As we lurch into the second year of the pandemic, many bars and restaurants that didn’t already boast great outdoor spaces have cleverly adapted. What was once a few parking spaces is now a dining area; a once bare area beneath a massive live oak now holds three picnic tables. We’ve never been so versatile, or flexible, on where we’ll sit to eat and imbibe. Despite the recent (premature) relaxation of state mandates, Austin’s plethora of patio oasis are some of the places we can safely gather as strangers, six feet apart and masked when bumbling about, to enjoy our wealth of sunshine. These spots are some of our favorites that offer the total package: plenty of (COVID-safe) great dog-friendly outdoor space, stellar drinks, delectable food, and a killer ambience.