Travel + Leisure declares two Austin watering holes among “America’s Best Outdoor Bars”

Travel + Leisure bestowed the honor of being one of “America’s Best Outdoor Bars” to two equally popular but distinct watering holes in Austin.

First up is the sprawling, glittering Lustre Pearl. Known for its hula hoops, table tennis and charming (un)restored (I’m not being facetious, the paint peeling off the walls truly is party of the appeal) interior aesthetic, social butterflies arrive in droves to sit under the stars and, if things go well, meet a mate.

Bypass Austin’s better-known 6th Street, nicknamed “Dirty Sixth.” You’ll find this pearl-in-the-rough on Rainey Street in a wonderfully dilapidated house. With an old jukebox, Ping-Pong tables, and lounge chairs on a spacious gravel patio, it’s a laid-back place to get a Black Eye — the drink, that is (Shiner Bock, a Texas beer, with a shot of Jack Daniels). The outdoor front porch is for people-watching and provides easy access to a food truck selling tacos, nachos, and other comfort foods for when the munchies set in.

The magazine’s second selection is the courtyard nestled within Hotel San Jose’s grounds. The understated patio (small, quiet, private) is frequented by the creative, artist type seeking asylum from the Texas heat with, quite possibly, the most refreshing sangria in town. You can be confident that anything hotelier Liz Lambert is behind will exude a certain brand of minimalistic cool.

A small pool, vintage reclining chairs, and tall plants make this intimate courtyard bar an easy, breezy space to while away a few hours in Austin’s South Congress neighborhood. If a drink makes you so inclined, grab a Polaroid camera or antique typewriter — available on loan from the hotel — and start recording some memories. Just be sure someone holds your spot because seats are hard to come by after 6 p.m.


About melissagriggswebb

My professional career has always had a focus on sales and marketing including a diverse mix of technology and media sales as well as fund raising and event planning experience. My passion for residential real estate and design led me back to Texas almost a decade ago at which time I acquired my real estate license. I escalated my real estate career when I partnered in a business with my husband, Robert, in which we renovate homes in the Central Austin area. We have a daughter who is the joy of our lives and keeps us on the go and on our toes! Besides my family, my interests include art, design, jogging and music. I am a member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® and Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. My enthusiasm for the highly desired Austin lifestyle, in addition to my extensive knowledge, resourcefulness and professionalism, make me the one to call for properties in Austin.
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