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.) Don't forget to check out our guide to the best rooftop bars in Austin!
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, Oscar Blues, 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? There are lots of great places for tacos and margaritas in Austin, and De Nada Cantina is definitely among the best of them. 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. Rent A Boat On Lake Austin
How about renting a boat in Austin for your birthday?! There are lots of great boat rental companies in Austin (Float On is continually rated well and we have first-hand experience renting with them - they're awesome) where you can rent a large pontoon boat for a group of 8. Boat rentals include a driver who takes you around to all the best swimming spots, a bluetooth connection so you can play your own party music, and you can BYOB on the boat for a fun day of birthday cheers.
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!
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 for ran Austin's 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, skeeball, hoops, and lots of food, too. It's one of the funniest 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.
As you plan for the biggest day of the year (you know, the one devoted entirely to YOU), why not go all-out with some amazing Mexican food and margs at a fun east Austin restaurant? To take your birthday celebrations to the next level, head to Licha's Cantina and experience the best Mexican food east Austin has to offer.
This colorful, lively restaurant has a fun, vibrant atmosphere to get you and your group in a celebratory mood. In the summer months, their outdoor patio is perfect for kicking back and people-watching – margarita in hand – as you watch the bustling E Sixth Street scene. In the colder months, their cozy indoor space – while tiny – is gonna keep you warm and toasty while you enjoy your meal of spicy interior Mexican cuisine.
Once you've taken your seat, the hardest part of your experience at Licha's Cantina will be deciding what to order! Thankfully, their menu is packed with all your Mexican cuisine favorites, from street tacos and enchiladas to chochinita pibil and guacamole. From freshly-made tortillas to spicy salsas, their flavorful ingredients are sourced from local farms and artisans. As a true testament to their authentic Mexican kitchen, the restaurant is named after the owner's mother, "Licha" Rivera, who grew up in Mexico City. Lichee's Cantina brings those trademark flavors and flair to every dish.
So, if you're looking for an experience that's truly special for your birthday, a great option would be to head to Licha's Cantina for exceptional Mexican food in east Austin. With their warm atmosphere, colorful surroundings, and delicious cuisine, you're definitely going to have a birthday worth remembering!
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.
Their knowledgeable staff and friendly captains will make sure you have an incredible time on the water. From the moment you board your boat or kayak, you'll be able to see Austin from a new perspective. You'll get a closer look at Lady Bird Lake, the skyline of downtown Austin, and all of those cute little turtles in the water! Sometimes you just want to let someone else take care of you on your birthday, and that's why we like Capital Cruises - they'll always make sure you're in good hands – and that your birthday will be one, you'll never forget.
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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