Back in June, Governor Greg Abbott ordered all bars closed following a surge of COVID-19 cases. Since then, many breweries have been allowed to reopen. And starting in late August, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) approved emergency rule changes that allowed bars to apply for food and beverage certificates and then reopen. Essentially, bars need to serve food in a large capacity, so get ready to order a $5 bag of chips or be asked to buy some chicken wings.
Meanwhile, restaurants remain open - see our patio guide and our outdoor Happy Hour guide for the best options. For more takeout and delivery options, check out our guide to alcohol delivery and takeout, our guide to cocktails to-go, and the Ultimate Austin Delivery & Takeout Guide.
As always, before heading out, it’s best to check online or call ahead first.
4th Tap Brewing Cooperative
The brewery 4th Tap has reopened its taproom with limited hours and capacity. They’ve also launched a new beer garden. They encourage people to use their new reservation system, and they also have contactless ordering and payment. Additionally, they continue to offer curbside beer to-go.
The microbrewery Adelbert’s Brewery has reopened its taproom and outdoor patio.
The patio at the North Austin brewery Austin Beerworks is open.
Barking Armadillo Brewing
Georgetown brewery Barking Armadillo’s patio and taproom are open, with Takavron tacos at the ready.
BB Rover's Cafe & Pub
The dining room and patio at the north Austin bar and restaurant, B.B. Rover’s, is open.
B.D. Riley's Irish Pub at Mueller
BD Riley’s Irish Pub in Mueller is open to the public.
The Bon Aire
The Bon Aire, the self-described “Austin bar with a Midwest influence,” is back open, including their patio.
The taproom at Celis Brewing is back open.
Circle Brewing Company
Circle Brewing Co has limited seating inside and on their patio. There’s also the newish Gulf Coast-inspired food truck Huckleberry parked outside.
Hopsquad Brewing Co.
The north Austin brewery Hopsquad has opened their taproom patio with limited seating.
Rentsch Brewery in Georgetown has opened their patio to customers.
The North Austin bar Shenanigan’s Nightclub has opened their doors, and they’re doing events like trivia and karaoke again.
Both locations of the billiards/sports bar Shooters - North Austin and Cedar Park - have reopened their indoor spaces and patios.
Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits
The coffeeshop/bar Turnstile by the Domain has reopened, with Shishman Mediterranean Grill serving lunch and dinner.
Whitestone Brewery in Cedar Park has opened their tap room and patio at a limited capacity.
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Black Star Co-op is back open, including their side patio.
The Central Austin brewery/restaurant The Brewtorium has opened their huge indoor space and their their beer garden to the public.
Draught House has opened their patio and food trailer.
The Dogwood has opened both their West Sixth and their Rock Rose locations.
Easy Tiger Linc, the beer garden/restaurant in Highland, is opened back up.
Hold Out Brewing, the brewery owned by and next to Better Half Bar, is open for reservations on their outside patio.
Long Play Lounge
Long Play Lounge, the Highland bar with a patio, is back open. They’re now sporting a new menu of Korean dishes, including a pizza.
The campus sports bar/restaurant Posse East has opened their patio to guests.
The West 6th Street bar and music venue The Rustic Tap is open.
Texas Sake Tasting Room
Texas Sake Company is open with limited seating in their new taproom.
The Rainey Street bar The Alibi is open, with food from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.
Popular multi-level Dirty Sixth bar The Blind Pig is open.
Bungalow, the bar on Rainey Street probably best known for the “I hate you so much” wall, is back open with its large backyard.
The new bar/restaurant Idle Hands, with a Havana/tropical bent on Rainey Street, is open.
The Iron Bear
The LGBT-friendly hangout Iron Bear downtown is open, and they’ve opened their kitchen as well to dine-in and takeout. Masks are required for entry.
Dirty Sixth bar The Jackalope is open.
Downtown tiki bar The Lost Lei is open.
San Jac Saloon
The East 6th live country music venue/bar San Jac Saloon is back open.
Popular Dirty Sixth bar Shakespeare’s Pub is open.
Shiner’s Saloon, the downtown bar and live music venue, is back open.
12 Fox Beer Co.
12 Fox Beer Co. in Dripping Springs and their huge patio is open. They have rotating food trucks.
Acopon Brewing Company
The English-focused brewery, Acopon Brewing, in Dripping Springs is open with a new menu of empanadas and cheeseburgers.
Beerburg Brewing Company
The spacious and shaded beer garden at Beerburg Brewing is back open.
The taphouse and patio at Bell Springs Brewery in Dripping Springs is open, and they also offer a guided inside beer tasting.
Infamous Brewing Company
Infamous Brewing Company, the brewery out in Hudson Bend, is back open with its spacious patio.
Jester King has come back from a brief dine-in hiatus stronger than ever, with brand new picnic grounds, hiking trails, and multiple stations to fill up on their ever-changing selection of wild-fermented farmhouse ales. Right now, spots are available by reservation only.
Last Stand Brewing Company
Last Stand Brewing Company’s taproom, beer garden and food truck are now open.
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Oasis Texas Brewing Company, with its huge patio overlooking Lake Travis, is back open.
Vista Brewing in Driftwood has opened their spacious beer garden.
Batch Craft Beer And Kolaches
Batch, the craft beer bar and coffee shop with kolaches, has opened its beer garden.
The Butterfly Bar
The outdoor seating at The Butterfly Bar at The Vortex on Manor Road is open.
The East Side brewery Central Machine Works is open, including their very spacious patio. They are taking reservations.
Gourmands Neighborhood Pub
Gourmand’s has opened up their patio.
East Side sports bar Haymaker opened its dining room and outdoor patio.
Hotel Vegas has reopened its enormous patio, plus you can get burritos now. Breakfast burritos on the weekend even.
The East Side bar Kitty Cohen’s, with their big patio, is back open. The food truck Bonsai Bowl is now there serving Japanese-inspired rice bowls.
The patio at East Side brewery Lazarus Brewing Company is open to the public. There’s a full menu of tacos, tortas, and more.
The East 6th St dive bar The Libery has reopened, including its spacious backyard.
Kinda Tropical on the East Side has opened their patio with limited seating.
The Lucky Duck
The Lucky Duck, the dog-friendly bar with a large patio on East 6th, has reopened its doors.
Rainey Street bar Lustre Pearl has opened their patio and their interior.
The East Side bar Nickel City has reopened. They’re also offering curbside pickup.
The East Austin bar Oddwood Ales has reopened with limited seating on its patio. The pizza’s good, you should order it.
Revelry Kitchen + Bar
Both locations of Revelry (on E 6th and on North Lamar) are open for food and drinks, but will only be offering seating on their patio.
School House Pub
The dining room and patio are open at a limited capacity at School House Pub on Manor Road.
Popular East Side cocktail bar Whisler’s is back open with patio service. The food truck Golden Tiger is there for you with fried chicken sandwiches.
The East Side bar, Yellow Jacket Social Club, has reopened its patio. They’re serving their full menu, including frozen drinks and brunch.
Zilker Brewing Co.
The East 6th brewery Zilker Brewing Co. has reopened it patio.
ABGB, the South Austin warehouse/beer garden with lots of draught options and a solid food menu, is open. There’s also live music several nights of the week.
The Austin Winery
The Austin Winery has reopened and they’re taking reservations for tastings.
Black Sheep Lodge
Black Sheep Lodge is back open, including its spacious patio.
Down on the corner of South Lamar and Oltorf, Bouldin Acres, the beer garden with food trucks that’s basically an adult amusement park, is open.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden has opened their patio to guests.
The Far Out Lounge & Stage
The huge outdoor music venue/bar Far Out Lounge is back open.
Golden Goose, the cocktail bar on South Lamar, is back open.
Independence Brewing Co.
Independence Brewing Co. is back open with a brand-new taproom patio.
Last Chance Bar & Dancehall
The live music venue Last Chance Bar and Dancehall is now open.
The Little Darlin’, the bar/restaurant with the huge outdoor patio, has reopened for dine-in service. The indoor space has limited seating.
Live Oak Brewing Company
Live Oak has reopened its beer garden and disc golf course. Place your orders at a table by the entrance.
Moontower Saloon opened their patio to the public. The volleyball courts are open as well.
Nomadic Beerworks in South Austin has opened its indoors and outdoor seating, and they’re now serving food.
Radio has opened up their front yard and greenhouse for limited outdoor seating.
Roughhouse Brewing out in San Marcos has reopened its enormous outdoor space.
St. Elmo Brewing Company
The patio at St Elmo Brewing Company is open.