Austin sometimes has rain-soaked spring months, but whenever that starts you can bet the sunshine and heat are just around the corner.

When it gets nice out like that, Austin ladies don their cotton sundresses, dudes dust off their flip-flops, and everyone heads outside to enjoy the weather. Outdoor drinking and dining is a mainstay for Austinites when it gets hot, and we’re no exception to the rule.

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As it happens, we’ve developed some favorites along the way. Totally subjective, sure, but all of them are a guaranteed good time. So, grab your cheap sunglasses and wrap your hands around a margarita. It’s time to get out to one of our 10 favorite Austin patio bars!

The Grove (Lakeway Location)

Courtesy, The Grove Lakeway on Facebook.

Courtesy, The Grove Lakeway on Facebook.

The Grove is a wine bar and restaurant with two locations — Lakeway and West Lake Hills. If you want to enjoy a fantastic view, head out to the Lakeway location. In addition to their wide selection of wines and awesome menu, the Lakeway location offers panoramic views of the hilly neighborhoods between RM 620 and Austin proper. If the weather isn’t cooperating, their dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows with the same views.

For an appetizer, try their bruschetta with tempting topping combinations like gorgonzola/walnuts/Asian pear/local honey, goat cheese/strawberry/arugula/balsamic and avocado-bacon aioli/roasted tomato/arugula/balsamic. Their pizzas are killer, too.