Happy birthday, boo! Looking for something fun to do in Austin on your special day? It can be hard to figure out plans for your birthday... The trickiest part is just brainstorming, so we're offering a lot of ideas for places to celebrate your birthday in Austin.
Don't forget, there are always the classics: a good rooftop bar in Austin, a really fun boozy Austin brunch with your pals, or just a simple solo introvert day with a coffee shop and a delicious dinner. Or, read on for 27 ways to celebrate:
27 Places To Celebrate Your Birthday In Austin
1. Peter Pan Mini Golf
It's the oldest mini golf course in Austin (since 1946), and Peter Pan Mini Golf is always a fun (and hilarious...) way to celebrate your birthday in Austin!
It's close to El Alma, a fantastic Mexican restaurant with a rooftop patio that has views of downtown. Pregame with margaritas and queso before mini golf. Photo via.
2. Fonda San Miguel
An Austin institution, Fonda San Miguel is a highly-recognized as one of the preeminent interior Mexican restaurants in the country. The beautiful hacienda-style building, fresh margaritas, and delicious tacos and molé and tres leches make this a festive choice for your Austin birthday party.
7 stories up in downtown Austin, Zanzibar is a lush rooftop bar with amazing drinks, views, and bites. It's a fun spot to stop before heading to your next birthday destination. Or, you can make it the entire event!
4. Fresa's Chicken
A big patio, creekside dining, long picnic tables, and amazing wood-grilled chicken and tacos...plus prickly pear margaritas, queso, and killer homemade ice cream and churros. Need we say more?
5. Gabriela's Downtown
You're gonna have a gooooood time if you celebrate your birthday at Gabriela's Downtown! The margaritas are strong, the shots are served quickly, and the tacos are there to soak up all the booze. Try to grab a table on their fun patio! This restaurant is near downtown, so you can bar-hop after dinner.
6. Group Therapy Rooftop Bar
Looking for a swanky rooftop bar where you can celebrate your birthday in Austin? Book a table at Group Therapy. It's on the 7th floor of Hotel Zaza and has a view overlooking their epic pool and downtown Austin. (Be sure to request an outdoor table for the best view of downtown.)
7. Top Golf
Golf, booze, food. It's always a good time. To make it a little more Austin-y, hit up a local craft brewery near Top Golf: Hopsquad, 4th Tap, and Celis are all close to Top Golf and worth a visit.
8. Zilker Brewing
Zilker Brewing is a great place to celebrate your birthday in east Austin! Great for both afternoons and evenings, it's a fun spot to hang out outside and enjoy a few beers.
There's a food truck on site called Spicy Boys that serves fried chicken with pan-Asian flavors (sandwiches, wings, roti, tots). After hanging at Zilker, you can bar hop up and down E 6th Street or go to dinner at Il Bruto or Suerte.
10. Odd Duck
One of the most popular restaurants in Austin, Odd Duck sources locally and offers seasonal cuisine. That means that even if you've dined here before, you'll always find something new to try.
11. Rooftop Pool at the South Congress Hotel
Weekday birthday? How about you just take the day off work and lounge poolside? There are dozens of beautiful rooftop pools in Austin, and South Congress Hotel's stunner is one of the best.
Book a pair of day beds and order food from the (always fabulous) Cafe No Se. Note: pool access is only available on weekdays to non-hotel guests.
12. De Nada Cantina
Looking for a low-key and casual hangout for your Austin birthday this year? De Nada has scrumptious tacos, creative cocktails, and a chill east side location. (It's near some other fun spots, like Central Machine Works Brewing, if you want to hop around.)
Parkside is one of the few great restaurants on Dirty 6th street in Austin. Bonus? They have a great happy hour. After dinner, bar hop around Sixth Street.
16. Yard Bar
If you want to bring the dogs along to your birthday, you need to check out Yard Bar. This north Austin bar is especially fun because it's home to Fat City Stacks, a fun little restaurant with beef or chicken sliders, soft serve, and beer. Grab your friends, enjoy some sliders, and play with your pups on your birthday.
17. A Wig Party at Coco Coquette
Gather the group to get all glammed up with wigs, makeup, and more. The team at Coco Coquette will have you looking so fabulous. Every party guest gets to take a wig home!
18. Meanwhile Brewing
Just want to hang out with a few friends? Go to Meanwhile Brewing. It's a big outdoor space in East Austin with incredible, nationally-recognized brews, a big playground for the kiddos, and some really great food trucks.
19. Buzz Mill
Buzz Mill Coffee's Riverside location is open 24/7...so you know it's gonna be open on your birthday. It's a big space where you can invite your friends, get some beer (late) or coffee (early), and enjoy some patio hangs. (A few other similar places in Austin: Radio Coffee and Beer, and Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden.)
20. Il Brutto
This beautiful Italian restaurant in East Austin is a great space to celebrate your birthday! They have Italian cocktails, handmade pasta, delicious pizza, and a swanky bar. Or, go for a big group table outside under the huge live oak tree. (Don't forget limoncello and homemade gelato to finish up the night!)
21. Trapeze Classes at Sky Candy
If you want a more interactive birthday event, Sky Candy in Austin Texas is a blast! Pole lessons? They've got them. Aerial, bungee, or burlesque? Yep. This is a really fun place to celebrate your birthday with some close friends.
22. Easy Tiger East
Easy Tiger is a popular bakery in Austin with homemade pretzels and beer cheese, delicious sandwiches, and lots and lots of beer, cocktails, and other drinks. Any of their locations are great fo ran Austin birthday party, but the East location is especially wonderful. There's lots of grassy space, ping pong tables, yard games, giant jingo and checkers, and more.
23. Emmer & Rye
For a fancy dinner out, go to Emmer & Rye restaurant on Rainey Street. It's a nationally-renowned spot that has an impressive menu of farm-to-table fare, cocktails, and wine. Truly one of the greatest restaurants in Austin, and worth the splurge on your birthday!
Since it's located on Rainey Street, you can easily keep the party going after dinner.
24. Bowl & Bull
Ever wanted to ride a mechanical bull? There's no time like your birthday to seize the moment! Duckpin bowling, billiard tables, skee-ball, hoops, and lots of food, too. It's one of the funnest places to celebrate your birthday in downtown Austin. Photo via.
25. Licha's Cantina
Want some really great Mexican food on your birthday? Licha's Cantina is a lively, colorful restaurant in east Austin. They have a fun outdoor patio and a really great (yet tiny!) indoor space.)
26. Capital Cruises
Take a sightseeing boat tour, a cruise to see the Austin bats, or a kayaking trip with your friends on your birthday! Capital Cruises offers all of these (and other options, too.) They've been in Austin since 1991 and are the best-known boat rental company in the middle of Austin.
There are a few reasons why dinner at Geraldine's is a good place to celebrate your birthday in Austin. First, it's in a high rise hotel overlooking downtown Austin, so #views. Secondly, it's an incredible restaurant with live music, so you get dinner and a show. And finally, it's on Rainey Street, so you can keep the party going after dinner.
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