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Keep cozy with these 5 heated patios for holiday dining

Downtown restaurant Arlo Grey is holding Yurt dinners for the holiday season. (Arlo Grey/Instagram)

It doesn't stay cool in Austin for long, so if you want to enjoy the temperate weather, you have to get out while you still can. Some of Austin's favorite activities are outdoors, so you shouldn't let a little brisk weather get in your way.


Even if you run cold, you'll stay enjoying the Austin atmosphere with these heated patios.

Aba | 1011 S. Congress Avenue

Nestled in the luxurious new development along Music Lane, Aba is the Mediterranean-influenced brainchild of two-time Top Chef contestant CJ Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises executive partner and divisional president Marc Jacobs. Among his California upbringing, travels to Israel and time spent in Austin, the cuisine is modern, bright and surprising.

The expansive patio has heaters throughout, but you might want to bring a jacket since the patio is open-air. You'll probably be hard-pressed to walk in at Aba, so make a reservation to be safe.

Arlo Grey Yurt Village | 111 E. Cesar Chavez Street

Yurt season is back at Arlo Grey, so gather up to eight of the ones you love most for a charming dinner by the Line Hotel's pool. Once seated, you'll be served with family-style dishes and craft cocktails created by Arlo Grey owner Kristen Kish.

Reservations are required and start at $100 per person. The experience starts on Dec. 1!

Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden | 121 Pickle Road

Cosmic's habitat-preserving, rainwater-catching, food-truck-having heated patio is wildly popular, so good luck finding parking. Beer, wine and coffee drinks are available indoors with a very limited amount of seating, so the real party is outside.

Try the frozen Matcha Painkiller or one of the local beers while you enjoy this dog-friendly patio.

Culinary Dropout | 1721 Rock Rose Ave #100

Located in the heart of the Domain, Culinary Dropout serves twisted gastro-pub treats like pretzel bites, provolone fondue and honey-drizzled fried chicken. The expansive heated patio has games to play, stages for live music and views of the Domain's bustling foot traffic.

Upstairs at Caroline | 621 Congress Avenue

Caroline's large, open-air heated patio is a great choice for rooftop views of the skyline, and it's even better if you love a good special. Every day of the week features a new special at Caroline, often including $7 cocktails and $2 tacos. We suggest a Prickly Pear Rita.

There are lounges and games so feel free to stay awhile. Don't forget, you get 25% off if you bring in your dog during Sunday Yappy hour!

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