Did we mention Carpenters Hall’s outdoor space sits right next to the hotel pool? Photo courtesy of Carpenters Hall


How to Eat and Drink Outdoors in the Austin Heat (or Anytime)


In summer, any “high of” temperature that’s not in the triple digits feels exciting. But c’mon, Austin, don’t let the heat stop you from fully embracing patio dining, which our town does like no other.

From the misting fans at La Holly to the refreshing herbal cocktails at Carpenters Hall, there are plenty of ways to stay (relatively) cool without four walls and a blasting A/C. Whether you’re feeling iffy about indoor dining these days, or you simply prefer to feel the wind on your face as you enjoy your queso, we’re here to help you find the best places to eat and drink outside right now. For this list, we’ve selected eight essential spots that have (at least) one part of the holy trinity of summer patio dining: plenty of shade, powerful fans, and refreshing drinks.