Patio weather is here, so break out those flip flops! Or don’t, because you fear what people will think of your weird, gross toes. Either way, put some sunscreen on your nose and get ready for some
day drinking (unless it’s nighttime), and head out to one of these 90 outdoor drinking spots while the weather is still bearable enough to do so.
Charleston: The Ultimate Local's Guide Batanga
Batanga Downtown Downtown’s prettiest patio is full of beautiful people and even more beautiful ways to get your drink on.
Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge Downtown Take in the city lights and a sturdy Old Fashioned on the bar’s second-story terrace. El Big Bad Downtown A wrap-around balcony featuring seriously boozy margaritas and some queso for good measure. The Grove Downtown A chic rooftop and patio set in the beautiful Discovery Green. Home Plate Bar & Grill Downtown Houston’s premier rooftop to pregame on before the Astros lose. La Carafe Downtown Grab a seat on the second-story patio overlooking Market Square Park. Last Concert Cafe Downtown This Mexican restaurant and live music hotspot boasts a sweet and colorful back patio. Little Woodrow’s EaDo EaDo The EaDo outpost of Little Woody’s has a nice-sized side patio with plenty of seating. Moon Tower Inn East End Monster wild game weenies and 60+ taps make this chill-as-hell backyard the neighborhood hangout. Neil’s Bahr EaDo Cool off from intense games of Mario Kart on the side patio, complete with a few seats and a grill. The Springbok Downtown Take in Downtown on this South African pub’s expansive terrace. The Tasting Room Wine Cafe
The Tasting Room Galleria/Uptown A pretty patio on which to get your wine and cheese on.
Belvedere Galleria/Uptown Get dancey in the open air at this club’s hip outdoor lounge. Big Woodrow’s Galleria/Uptown Hit the sprawling patio up for crawfish, brews, sports, and whatever other wild stuff is going on that day. Cafe Mawal Galleria/Uptown A hookah bar and lounge with substantial outdoor seating AND tents. Muldoon’s – The Patio Galleria/Uptown This bar’s oak tree-shaded deck is the perfect quiet place to collect your thoughts while you down beers. The Richmond Arms Pub Galleria/Uptown Grab a few pints on the spacious, bench-lined patio at this neighborhood pub. Sam’s Boat Galleria/Uptown This chill-as-hell deck is one of the best spots to take down seafood and beer on a nice day. Cottonwood
Cottonwood Garden Oaks/Oak Forest Easily one of the biggest, chillest patios in town. Hit it up for live music, corn hole, and an excellent selection of craft beer. Lillo & Ella Garden Oaks/Oak Forest This trendy cocktail and globally inspired eats spot has a dog-friendly, 70-seat patio. Petrol Station Garden Oaks/Oak Forest Head to this no-frills converted gas station for a solid rotation of hard-to-score brews. Sassafras Garden Oaks/Oak Forest This neighborhood pub’s sprawling patio is the best place to take down "fancy and cheap beer, above-average wine, and tasty liquor." Wakefield CrowBar Oak Forest/Garden Oaks Play sand volleyball at this huge outdoor patio bar. Cedar Creek Bar & Grill
Cedar Creek Cafe Heights With plenty of picnic tables and a chilled-out crowd, this expansive creekside patio deck boasts a Hill Country-vibe.
BB’s Cafe Heights Take down po’ boys, hurricanes, and monster plates of fries on the huge outdoor patio. Big Star Bar Heights A huge outdoor space complete with fire pits makes this dive bar a great spot all year round. Christian’s Tailgate Heights A beloved sports bar with plenty of room for the pups and plenty of burgers for you. D&T Drive Inn Heights Hit up this friendly beer bar’s patio for housemade shandies and a general good time. Jimmy’s Ice House Heights A neighborhood dive with some of the cheapest beers around. Little Woodrow’ s Heights Bring your dog to grab happy hour brews on White Oak. Lucky’s Pub Heights Heights Get bar pies, beers, and sports on the patio at this Lucky’s outpost. Onion Creek Heights This patio bar has a Hill Country-feel without the mustaches. Dogwood
The Dogwood Midtown You can expect sweet tea vodka on tap and a trendy crowd at this two-level patio bar.
3rd Floor Midtown A three-story beer-and-wine bar with a nice-sized terrace and views of Downtown. Bourbon on Bagby Midtown Sit out on the front deck to enjoy the warm weather and a cheap tower of beer. Capitol Bar Midtown A sprawling yard and patio, games, food trucks, and live music make this one of Midtown’s best outdoor destinations. Celtic Gardens Midtown One of the biggest daytime party spots in Midtown boasts lounge seating, DJ sets, bags, booze, and plenty of debauchery. Front Porch Pub Midtown Crawfish boils, trivia nights, and Screwdriver- and beer-laced "Frozen Moons" rule the roost on this relaxed patio. Gaslamp/Gaslamp Terrace Midtown Grab beers on the modern, industrial patio or a cabana-style brunch on the rooftop terrace. Little Woodrow’s Midtown Half sports bar, half wild-as-hell party, this sprawling outdoor lounge is a Houston gem. Midtown Drinkery Midtown A covered side patio and rooftop dance party draws a post-grad, boozed-up crowd. Natachee's Supper 'n Punch Midtown This country-style bar’s backyard is the kinda place you can hangout a while... especially when there’s live music. Proof Rooftop Lounge Midtown A 4,000sqft rooftop patio with a hip, clubby feel. Red Door Midtown Midtown Hit the posh rooftop to escape Houston’s biggest dance orgy (which is most definitely happening downstairs). Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille Midtown Ice-cold pitchers, steak night, and fried Oreos make this table- and bench-lined patio a winner. Brooklyn Athletic Club
Brooklyn Athletic Club Montrose/Museum District Bocce and booze in the yard is one excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon.
AvantGarden Montrose A live music and entertainment hub with a front porch and pretty, tea-light-trimmed back patio. The Black Labrador Montrose 50 seats, plus a life-sized chess board outside and an authentic British pub-feel inside. Bistro Menil Montrose/Museum District Get your culture and cocktail on at this beautiful landscaped patio on the Menil campus. Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar Montrose A charming outdoor destination for flatbread pizza, fries, and wine. Boondocks Montrose Grungy hangout with a patio you’ll smoke way too many cigarettes on.
Doc’s Motorworks Montrose Grab a cheap beer, pub-grub, and a game of giant Jenga on this chill, street-side patio. El Pueblito Patio Montrose/Museum District A lush, island-style patio boasting cabanas and tropical drinks. Grand Prize Bar Museum District Hit up the rooftop for a breezy break from the dive below. The Hay Merchant Montrose Easily one of the city’s best beer bars, this hotspot boasts an outdoor patio as cool as its selection of brews. Hotel ZaZa Museum District Hit the covered terrace or relax by the poolside cabana at one of the hottest hotels in town. Poison Girl Montrose Sip whiskey with a giant Kool-Aid Man in the backyard. Rosemont Social Club Montrose Sexy rooftop lounge with craft cocktails and a swanky club-feel. West Alabama Ice House Montrose Grab a taco, a cheap beer, and an embarrassingly bad game of horse out on this friendly neighborhood patio and yard. 55 Restaurant and Bar
55 Restaurant & Bar West University This hip, casual sports bar boasts a full-sized patio perfect for getting your drink on. Benjy’s West University Hit the modern American resto’ early if you want a spot on the second-story lounge deck. The Ginger Man Rice/West University A quaint pub with one of the coziest backyards in the city. Hans Bier Haus Rice/West University Live easy with bocce, pong, and pints in a tree-lined beer garden. Hudson Lounge West University This swanky lounge complete with a rooftop patio is the closest you’ll get to South Beach in Houston. Under the Volcano Rice Village/West University Two smallish but chill patios for your outdoor Tiki-drinking pleasure. Backstreet Cafe
Backstreet Cafe River Oaks Get New Orleans-style vibes alongside excellent food and drink in this cozy backyard. Irish Pub Kenneally’s River Oaks Hit up this Irish pub’s expansive patio for bar pies and cheap booze. Red Lion Pub River Oaks Get pub-style curry and pints on the patio. Tiny Boxwood’s River Oaks Hit the picturesque patio garden for wine and snacks. 1919 Wine & Mixology
1919 Wine & Mixology/Corner Table Upper Kirby Plenty of seating and exotic banana trees line this trendy courtyard. The Hobbit Cafe Upper Kirby Escape to the hobbit hole on this oak-tree shaded deck. McElroy’s Pub Upper Kirby Catch a soccer game then sneak outside on the spacious patio for some air. The Stag’s Head Pub Upper Kirby Hit up the cozy pub’s patio for a pint in the shade. Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant Upper Kirby It’s okay to have wine mouth on this intimate patio. Tavern Orleans Upper Kirby Get a French Quarter-feel alongside a healthy buzz on the relaxed, cozy patio. Brenner's on the Bayou
Brenner’s on the Bayou Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Head to the Blue Bar for swanky happy hour with a view of the Bayou. Beer Market Co. Washington/Memorial/Rice Military A handful of outdoor, covered seating wraps around two sides of this sports pub. Beaver’s Washington/Memorial/Rice Military This ice houses’s patio is as laidback as they come. Expect it to be fully packed during crawfish season. Benjy’s Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Hit the second-story terrace for a trendy, always-popping happy hour. Galway Hooker Irish Pub Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Sit out on the rooftop to take in some rays during the day and wild dance parties during the night.
Hughes Hangar Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Expansive outdoor lounge area with gourmet comfort food and craft cocktails. Julep Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Elaborately rendered Southern-inspired cocktails are just as cool as the covered patio. Kung Fu Saloon Washington/Memorial/Rice Military A nice-sized covered patio with giant Jenga and a fun, post-college crowd. Liberty Station Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Hit up the neighborhood hangout for beers, craft cocktails, and a rotating selection of food trucks. Luke’s Ice House Washington/Memorial/Rice Military This laidback sports bar boasts plenty of patio seating alongside cheap eats and brews. Porch Swing Pub Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Chill out with a Frozen Moon -- the boozy drink is a hybrid of a frozen Screwdriver and a Blue Moon. Social Junkie Sports Bar and Grill Washington/Memorial/Rice Military The swanky sports bar offers a nicely sized second-story patio bar with views of Downtown. Taps House of Beer Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Return to college with corn hole and Connect Four in the yard. Underdogs Sports Pub Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Huge, dog-friendly patio with a chill vibe. Winston’s on Washington Washington/Memorial/Rice Military Homemade dog treats and outdoor turf make this Fido’s favorite pub.
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