With scorching temperatures right around the corner, it’s good to know that there is always a breezy refuge high in the sky. Austin’s 12 best rooftop spots offer live music, killer happy hours, dancing, and even a pool -- along with sweeping views of our ever-changing skyline, of course.

Backbeat

Backbeat

South Lamar

Backbeat is the newest cocktail destination from the owners of drink.well. From a silky tequila sour to an on-draft manzanilla sherry cobbler, it provides one of the best and most forward-thinking drink menus in Austin, all on top of a chill rooftop deck with views of busy South Lamar.

HandleBar

East Fifth

This East Fifth Street bar with a breezy rooftop is a fun weekend stop, just a few blocks away from the chaos of Dirty Sixth. The mustachioed bartenders make a solid Old Fashioned amongst other craft drinks.

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The WET Deck at W Austin

Downtown

Its rooftop pool party series, SHOCK WAVE, goes down on Sundays (with a few exceptions). Guests can relax poolside from noon to sundown, while taking in scenic downtown views with beats by DJ Kurupt and Bird Peterson. Access to this exclusive hangout is just $20 for non-hotel guests.

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Shiner's Saloon

Sixth Street

Shiner’s Saloon is highly underrated for multiple reasons: 1. It has live music every night. 2. The kitchen serves burgers, wings, pizza, and other bar fare until 2am. 3. Whiskey Wednesday means $1 well whiskey. 4. The chill, breezy rooftop is always open.

Maggie Mae's

Maggie Mae's

Sixth Street

This Dirty Sixth institution has been around since 1978, and caters to the fratty and just-looking-to-have-a-good-time population. The rooftop has recently been updated so it now includes cozy seating in addition to prime people-watching.

Mohawk

Red River

Mohawk’s rooftop is for two things: drinking, and drinking in between watching bands. (Check out its upcoming shows.) And its new spring cocktail menu has refreshing options like the Espolon Paloma (Espolon tequila, grapefruit juice, soda, lime twist), perfect for summer nights.

Speakeasy

Speakeasy

Warehouse District

This sprawling nightclub has three levels of fun that include a photo booth and bowling, but the rooftop is the main attraction. Great views, lots of seating, and a dedicated bar and cocktail waitresses make this a welcoming spot for the graduated-from-Dirty Sixth crowd.

Hangar Lounge

Warehouse District

With a retro airport theme, this hangout caters to a slightly upscale crowd. Grab a drink and head to the rooftop deck for views of Austin’s skyline.

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Geraldine's

Rainey Street

The new Hotel Van Zandt is home to Geraldine’s -- a posh restaurant and music venue with a killer bar program. Just outside the restaurant is the hotel’s rooftop pool (only for guests, sorry!) with cabana seating, and an outdoor bar perfect for watching the sunset.

The Rattle Inn

Nueces

The Rattle Inn, located on the West side of downtown, has friendly bartenders and local live music to light up the dance floor. Make your way to the roof for a relaxing spot to sip your whiskey. Happy hour is Mon-Fri, from 5-7pm.

The Market & Tap Room

The Market

Warehouse District

Loud, buzzing with people, and killer daily happy hour specials. Sunday is for bottomless mimosas. Wednesday is buy-one-get-one on all drinks. The cozy rooftop has rocking chairs, porch lighting, and even a swing.

Summit Rooftop Lounge

West Fifth

One of newest in rooftop venues, Summit has a very posh feel with a huge dance floor; expect a very EDM-heavy nightclub experience.

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Anastacia Uriegas is a writer at Thrillist whose favorite rooftop to make fun of is not on this list. Follow her to see screenshots of messages from angry business owners: @anaurie.

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1. Backbeat 1300 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Backbeat is a lush space that oozes mid-century modern cool. A rooftop deck provides gorgeous views of South Austin and the cocktail menu is fresh and inventive. You can also enjoy fresh East Coast oysters and charcuterie plates while sipping on any of the delicious drinks.

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2. Handlebar 121 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

This East Fifth Street bar with a breezy rooftop is a fun weekend stop, just a few blocks away from the chaos of Dirty Sixth. The mustachioed bartenders make a solid Old Fashioned amongst other craft drinks.

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3. The WET Deck 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

This 4th floor pool party deck is open from sunrise to sunset, with DJd parties on the weekend.

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4. Shiner's Saloon 422 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

This Congress Ave second-story hangout invites illogically irrepressible Bengals diehards to catch the action on their wall-to-wall flatscreen while enjoying a complimentary game-day buffet stocked with selections from their menu of Southern comfort foods. The place has a distinctly Western feel and nightly live music keeps patrons entertained even when there's no game on.

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5. Maggie Mae's 323 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Since 1978, Maggie Mae's has been a Dirty Sixth institution for the fratty and those just looking to have a good time.

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6. The Mohawk Austin 912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

A live music venue and bar that has tunes playing every night of the week from 8p-2a.

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7. Speakeasy 412 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

This sprawling, three level night club has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained, including a photo booth and bowling, but the roof is the real hot spot. It's a welcoming spot for the graduated-from-dirty-sixth crowd.

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8. Hangar Lounge 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Hangar's a three-level warehouse-district landing spot meticulously outfitted with features like a metal plane wing overhanging the bar, an eye-catching map of the world, a worldwide array of clocks, and a Quonset steel hangar with vintage windsock on the rooftop, all brought together by local architectural kingpin Dick Clark, because what else'd you expect from the man behind American Airlines Bandstand?

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9. Geraldine's 605 Davis St Ste 400, Austin, TX 78701

Geraldine’s -- located on the fourth floor of the swanky Hotel Van Zandt -- combines great food, great cocktails, and live music in a huge, gorgeous space. Executive chef Frank Mnuk’s resume includes working in Michelin-rated eateries in New York, and he has created a menu of dishes that are meant to be shared and paired with the craft cocktails on offer. You can also grab a drink on the rooftop patio bar next to the pool, with incredible views of Lady Bird Lake.

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10. Rattle Inn 610 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

This West 6th honky-tonk supplies live music, dancing, and fun, Lone Star-inspired signature cocktails like the "Ranch Water" (Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Patron Citronge, and fresh lime juice) and "Rattle Rita" (Effen cucumber, habanero lime syrup, fresh lime juice, and a splash of soda). Equally important to the drinks is the roof, which provides much-appreciated shade in this oven of a city. Check out the happy hour, when cheap drinks pair perfectly with free Skee-Ball!

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11. The Market 319 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

This cozy rooftop is all about the killer happy hours. Sunday is for bottomless mimosas. Wednesday is buy-one-get-one on all drinks.

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12. Summit 120 W 5t St, Austin, TX 78701

Expect a very EDM-heavy, nightclub experience a Summit has as very posh feel with a huge dance floor.

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