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Don’t sacrifice safety for a good time at these 15 socially-distanced outdoor patios in Austin

Enjoy the best of both worlds at one of the many socially-distanced bars with outdoor patios in Austin. (Loro Austin/Facebook)

With COVID-19 cases ramping back up, businesses must try to strike a balance between customer experience and public safety. Luckily, some spots in Austin are able to provide the best of both worlds with spacious patios to put customers' minds at ease and promote social distancing.

Here are 15 of the best patios in Austin perfect for your peace of mind:

El Alma, 1025 Barton Springs Rd 

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Looking to have dinner with a view? This chic restaurant features Mexican cuisine and offers rooftop patio seating that looks out at Austin's skyline. If you go, make sure to check out their daily happy hour menu from 3-6 p.m.

Easy Tiger, 6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Ste 1100

This iconic Austin beer garden features fans and misters for those warm summer nights. Enjoy a coffee, cocktail or beer while snacking on their signature pretzels at any of their three locations in town.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard

Hours: 7 a.m.-midnight every day

Known for their view of Lake Austin, Mozart's offers great coffee with peaceful scenery. If you sit here long enough, you may even see a water skier wipe out just yards away from your waterside table. This is a great place to bring your family for a daytime coffee or a nighttime treat.

Loro, 2115 South Lamar Boulevard

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

This Asian smokehouse-meets-Texas BBQ fusion offers a rustic dining experience on South Lamar. Guests can enjoy their meals and drinks while seated on an expansive patio. Make sure to stop by for their happy hour on weekdays from 2-5 p.m.

Kitty Cohen’s, 2211 Webberville Road #3548

Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. weekdays, noon-2 a.m. weekends

Just because fall is starting doesn't mean you can't still take a dip! Visit this retro bar for specialty drinks and stay for their outdoor patio and pool. This is a great place for a bachelorette party or even just casual day out drinking.

Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Road

Hours: 7 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday

This hip coffee and beer bar provides outdoor seating under stringed lights and welcomes anyone looking for community and casual drinks. Every Wednesday, they also host a trivia night where winners have the chance to receive a Radio Coffee gift card. Radio is also host to live music and comedy shows every now and then.

Juliet Italian Kitchen, 1500 Barton Springs Road

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

This modern Italian restaurant offers a classic vibe alongside luxurious furniture and decor. The outdoor seating, complete with string lights, is the perfect place for a classy dinner to catch up with friends. Make sure to try their family favorites including hand-tossed pizzas and 12-layer lasagna.

P6 at the LINE Austin, 111 East Cesar Chavez Street

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Located within The LINE Hotel, this bar offers an intimate rooftop garden experience for lounging, drinking and dining. Enjoy sipping on a specialty drink while overlooking downtown Austin. You can catch their happy hours Monday-Thursday from 4-5 p.m.

Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, 121 Pickle Road

Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday

This dog-friendly beer garden is the perfect oasis for a casual night out with friends. With its array of foliage and far-reaching string lights, you will feel like a true Austinite here. Food trucks such as LeRoy and Lewis, Pueblo Viejo and Tommy Want Wingy are available here, and the beer garden becomes 21+ after 9 p.m.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails, 406 Walsh Street

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

This coffee and cocktail bar is ideal to enjoy a drink or meal while outdoors. Take a seat at the picnic tables and sip on a pink sangria, or study with a coffee in hand. Don't forget about their reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. until they close.

The Ballroom @ Spiderhouse, 2906 Fruth Street

Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight every day

Located near UT's campus, this eclectic performance space comes with eats, drinks and featured events. While the indoor space often hosts events, don't take their outside patio for granted: surrounded by mismatched furniture, guests can hang out with friends underneath the expansive colorful lights.

Meanwhile Brewing, 3901 Promontory Point Drive

Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 am-9pm, Sunday

This brewery and taproom located in South Austin is the perfect place for families and dogs. They also have a soccer field for any sports fanatics who want to kick the ball around. With an expansive patio space, there is plenty of room to spread out.

Lou’s, 1900 Cesar Chavez Street

Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. every day

This East Austin restaurant offers burgers, rotisserie chicken and coffee for any Austinite ready to take on the day, enjoy their lunch break or wind down for the night. Their patio seating features an expansive lawn, brightly colored seating and hanging string lights. Make sure to check out their half-price wine every Tuesday.

Lazarus Brewing Co., 1902 East 6th Street

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-11p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

This cozy brewery is a great weeknight or weekend pub to grab a house beer or other popular beverages. No need to leave your four-legged friend at home—because dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio. Check out their draught beer menu and take note of the cleverly-named drinks with religious ties.

Hank’s Austin, 5811 Berkman Drive

Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

This bright and hip restaurant and bar is a great brunch spot. Dogs are welcome on their covered patio. Their decor gives desert vibes in the middle of the city with neatly placed cacti and other plants.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway