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Best Outdoor Dining in Austin

With summer upon us, there’s something to be said for eating a wonderful dinner outside. So where are those amazing patios? Those places that give us a fantastic view or ambience to go with our great food? We’ve rounded up some of the Best Outdoor Dining in Austin for you to enjoy.

First off, you need to head to Justine’s Brasserie. Dine al fresco in the French-inspired garden at Justine’s for a nice and fun evening out. Located at 4710 E. 5th Street, it’s open Mon-Sun (except Tuesdays when it’s closed) from 6pm to 2am. Exec Chef Taylor Chambers really knows his way around the kitchen just as you can get to know your way around the patio! Also get to know the yummy burgers, mussels and steak frites.

Next up on our whirlwind tour of the best outdoor dining in Austin is the Cherrywood Coffehouse open from 7am to Midnight every day. Easily the worst-kept neighborhood secret, the east side cafe is always packed. The huge breakfast tacos, delicious drinks, and large events-focused patio make for a winning combination. The menu is an inviting amalgamation of pastries, tacos, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and smoothies, as well as beer and wine, enhanced with excellent coffee beverages using Fair Trade Ruta Maya coffee. Breakfast at Cherrywood is an anytime affair, and it also offers a wonderful weekend brunch.

For stunning views, there’s Alta’s Cafe – a coffee and wine shop that offers an unparalleled view of Lady Bird Lake. Located over at 74 Trinity Street, Alta was the middle name of Lady Bird Johnson. She was a special lady who was instrumental in the beautification of the lake and its surrounding hike and bike trail. This natural escape in the middle of Austin’s urban setting stands as testament to her vision. Their coffee is fantastic as are their artisan sandwiches and cheese boards.

For some loud fun try Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden. It’s got everything; porches, picnic tables, a dog park and, of course, bangin’ beer and sausages! They’re about homemade sausage, craft beer, pig roasts, beef jerky, pickled vegetables, Sunday brunch, all forms of Americana and country music. They also have a specialty sausage for your doggy should you bring them.

We hope you enjoy a lovely dinner surrounded by some unique views – which is why we put this blog about the best outdoor dining in Austin together.


Father’s Day In Austin

Whether you’re a new dad, an older dad or planning something for the favorite dad in your life, you’ll want to know what’s going on in Austin for Father’s Day. We’ve got the scoop!

Does Dad like Whiskey? Then treat him to Whiskey 101 – a class that covers all he’ll ever need to know. Held on June 17 from 5-7pm,  this introductory two-hour shindig will feature bourbon, rye and scotch. In between shop talk, you’ll get to taste each type, as well as make creative cocktails of your own based on the customized curriculum. Bar tools will be provided during the workshop, as well as light bites. You will leave with a foundation in whiskeys, as well as recipes and a list of bar tools needed in order to keep the party going at home!  It’s open to everyone, including dads! 21+ only. $60/person; $110/twosome (Save $10).

Is Dad good with his hands? Then check out the Blue Owl Father’s Day Terrarium Class on June 18th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Dads can embrace their inner creative sides with this dinosaur terrarium class at Blue Owl Brewing. Local succulent connoisseur Martha Breed will lead the class while dads enjoy glasses of brew. Participants will leave Blue Owl with a desk-friendly dinosaur, a Blue Owl Brewing glass to enjoy a cold one on the patio later on, and reassurance that it’s still OK to play with dinosaurs every once in a while.

Or perhaps Dad likes cars. If so, there’s the Road Relics’ Antique Car Show on June 18th from 12-4pm. If you still call your dad with car questions anytime something goes wrong, chances are a wannabe mechanic raised you. Show him your appreciation for the long, frantic phone calls this Father’s Day with Motor Texas’ antique car show. All cars must be from before 1992, so let him relish in nostalgia while you nod your head and pretend to know exactly what he’s talking about. More than 350 automobiles were displayed at their last Father’s Day Antique Automobile Show, and there were a lot of spectators dropping in to see the cars.

Finally, if you just want food – food, glorious food, hit up Juniper’s Weinie Roast on June 18th from 1-6pm. Four words sure to please dad: All you can eat. This Sunday, bond with the family over unlimited quantities of delicious food at Juniper’s all-you-can-eat feast. The Texan-Italian inspired restaurant will serve up a hog roast, backyard cheeseburgers, Italiano sausage dogs, panzanella salad, and of course, kegs of beer. It’s a dad’s dream.

Whatever you do for Father’s Day here in Austin, have fun and treat Dad to the best day ever!