7 Best Rooftop Bars Near the University of Texas at Austin

by Megan Mills

It’s well known that Austin is growing rapidly. People are moving to Austin in droves, and it has quickly become a hot spot for young professionals. After a long day of classes and work, what better way to relax and enjoy Austin’s skyline views than from a rooftop bar?

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While Waterloo boasts a stunning pool deck on its 30th floor, featuring a rooftop bar, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, and killer views of the UT campus and downtown, there are a plethora of rooftop bars that Austin has to offer. Whether it be for happy hour, small plates, or a night out, Austin has something to offer for everyone.

Therefore, we have compiled a list of what we consider to be the best rooftop bars near the University of Texas at Austin for you to consider on your next night out.

Best Rooftop Bars Near UT Austin

P6 at the LINE Austin

Rooftop bar and restaurant, P6, sits on top of the LINE hotel Austin. Photo courtesy of Chase Daniel.

Address: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Previously a parking garage, P6 at the LINE hotel was reinvented and is now a lounge for open-air dining, light bites, and drinks. The spot is best known for its breathtaking views of Town Lake and the Austin skyline. Their menu features Mediterranean small plates and seasonal cocktails.

Upstairs at Caroline

Upstairs at Caroline brings an urban backyard design to a downtown Austin rooftop. Photo courtesy of Caroline Restaurant.

Address: 621 Congress Ave STE 201, Austin, TX 78701

Caroline’s outdoor rooftop bar, Upstairs at Caroline, is decked out in vibrant decor. Their stylish, urban backyard space features giant Jenga, Foosball, Shuffleboard, and Cornhole. They even host a Sunday “Yappy” hour, where customers are offered 25% off of their order if they bring their dog.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s rooftop terrace, located on the seventh story of the Austin Marriott Downtown. Photo courtesy of Zanzibar Rooftop Terrace.

Address: 304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 700, Austin, TX 78701

New to Austin, Zanzibar is a lush, tropical terrace that sits on the seventh floor of the Austin Marriott Downtown. Customers can sip on tiki cocktails and enjoy island-inspired small plates while taking in stunning views of downtown Austin. Hotel guests can lounge poolside and enjoy rooftop swimming with a modern tiki cocktail in hand.

Otopia

Otopia Rooftop is located in Austin’s OTIS hotel. Photo courtesy of White Lodging.

Address: 1901 San Antonio St Unit 1100, Austin, TX 78705

The OTIS Hotel boasts the stunning Otopia, the only luxury rooftop pool & lounge in West Campus. Otopia offers elevated cocktails and light fare, perfect to go with a golden hour sunset. They also have a luxurious, heated rooftop pool available for hotel guests to enjoy.

Green Light Social

Green Light Social is a retro-chic cocktail bar on West 6th Street. Photo courtesy of Image General Contracting.

Address: 720 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

On West Sixth street stands Green Light Social, offering a retro-chic interior and adjoining rooftop deck overlooking the street. The bar carries local craft beers and liquors, but its creative cocktail menu is what really stands out. Green Light Social is known for their spiked Capri Sun cocktails, a fun twist on a childhood favorite. The cozy yet modern vibe and regular DJ make this a must-visit spot on a night out.

Speakeasy

Speakeasy’s three-level venue has nightly live music and ’20s-style decor. Photo courtesy of Visit Austin.

Address: 412 Congress Ave D, Austin, TX 78701

Just a block from Sixth street, Speakeasy boasts ’20s-style decor across its three levels. The first level features a live music venue and bar, the second features a relaxed Cabaret bar with a couple of bowling lanes, and the third level features a rooftop bar and patio. With nightly live music, weekend DJs, and a rooftop bar, this nightclub has options for any mood.

RIO

RIO is a multi-faceted event venue with a rooftop lounge and sports bar. Photo courtesy of Foursquare.

Address: 601 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX 78701

On the corner of 6th & Rio Grande stands RIO, a multi-level venue with a rooftop lounge and sports bar. This fifteen thousand square foot venue offers rich décor and the ambiance of a neighborhood hotspot. The sports bar, located on the second floor, offers various shared plates and specialty cocktails, while the third-floor rooftop provides spectacular skyline views, as well as a pool and cabanas.

While these are some of our favorite rooftop spots in Austin, there are so many great options that this list is only the beginning!

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