Central Texas skies will darken as a total solar eclipse fills the sky on April 8 for the first time in more than 600 years, according to The University of Texas at Austin. Here are 10 spots around the Austin area to check out during the celestial event.


The Mediterranean restaurant will offer an eclipse-themed cocktail called Totality, made with blanco tequila, blackberry, cardamom, yuzu and lime. The cocktail can also be made without alcohol.

  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • 1011 S Congress Ave., Austin

The Driskill

Guests can purchase tickets for the viewing party, which will include glasses and a specialty tequila sunrise cocktail, along with a commemorative poster. The Driskill’s 1886 Cafe & Bakery will be open for food and additional drinks.

  • 1-2 p.m.
  • 604 Brazos St., Austin


Ticketholders at the rooftop lounge and bar can watch the eclipse with the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake in the background. Snacks, drinks, live music, tarot card readings and eclipse glasses are included.

  • Noon-3 p.m.
  • The rooftop at Line Austin, 111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin

Austin Motel

Reservations can be made for the pool area, where lunar dips and sips will be available as well as eclipse glasses.

  • 10:42 a.m.-3:42 p.m.
  • 1220 S. Congress Ave., Austin

El Raval

Reservations can be made for an Asian-Spanish-inspired omakase meal prepared by chefs Laila Bazahm and Beigler Cruzl, along with themed drinks, live DJ music on the patio and eclipse glasses.

  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 1500 S. Lamar, Ste. 150, Austin

The Fieldhouse at the Crossover

The eclipse party will feature themed drinks, raffles, live DJ music, eclipse glasses and food trucks.

  • 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 160, Leander

The Salt Lick BBQ Driftwood

The eclipse party will offer live music by Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, and Tomar and the FCs. Tickets are per carload and include entrance for everyone inside the vehicle, with eclipse glasses available until supplies run out. Snacks will be available for purchase along with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood

Desert Door Distillery

General admission tickets for the eclipse party will include parking, eclipse glasses, entry for a themed giveaway, one cocktail and more, while listening to live music.

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • 211 Darden Hill Road, Driftwood

Bob Bryant Park

City of Bastrop officials will throw an eclipse-viewing party at the park with games, eclipse-themed music, food vendors and more, along with eclipse glasses while supplies last. Bleachers will be set up; however, attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

  • Noon-2 p.m.
  • Bob Bryant Park, 600 Charles Blvd., Bastrop

Bastrop State Park

For those who would rather be in nature during the eclipse, guests will be allowed into the park on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations cannot be made ahead of time, according to the website.

  • 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • 100 Park Road, 1A, Bastrop