While springtime is the rainiest season in Texas, in some regions that’s not the case. The western half of Texas tends to get less rainfall until the warmer summer months, when thunderstorms roll across the dry land. In spring, however, you’ll find mostly sunny skies in places like San Antonio and Austin. If your crowd is ready for some vitamin D, try these Texas rooftop venues.
AZUL ROOFTOP AT THE WESTIN AUSTIN DOWNTOWN, AUSTIN
Luxury surroundings and a heart-stopping view of the city make The Westin’s Azul Rooftop stand out, especially when it’s 20 stories in the air. Transparent panels surround the deck, providing an unobstructed view of the skyline, and fire pits tame cooler temperatures for a cozy atmosphere. Swim in the heated pool, or bring a small group to the adjoining cabanas for a day of sun and indulgence with your Resort Pass. marriott.com
THE MOON’S DAUGHTERS, SAN ANTONIO
Twenty stories above the River Walk, this indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar serves Mediterranean fare and Southwest-inspired cocktails. The Moon’s Daughters, with 5,000 square feet, has space for up to 200 standing guests and 150 for seated dinners. Live music weekly and a specialty menu on Sundays offer entertaining variety. Visit on the full moon and enjoy Cosmic Night with themed cocktails, tarot card readings, and a closer view of the big, bright moon. themoonsdaughters.com
THE ROOF, LUBBOCK
If college football and beer on tap are more your style, head over to The Roof, a bar that sits 11 stories high on top of a parking garage. Don’t worry: It’s not all cement. With a bird’s-eye view of the Texas Tech Red Raiders’ football field, The Roof is the perfect spot to catch the game and relax. Stay after dark for a club scene with a DJ and packed dance floor. Reserve the covered outdoor venue for special events, or bring the crew after a day of breakout sessions. rooflubbock.com