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.

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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1. Batanga 908 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Batanga is known for getting Spanish cuisine and cocktails done the right way -- an array of delicious tapas, sangrias, and a dynamite fish taco will make sure you leave satisfied.

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2. Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirits Lodge 308 1/2 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Be prepared to feel the effects after just one of spirits guru Justin Burrow’s boozed-up, old-style cocktails laced with things like elderflower and spiced wine syrup. But before you can enjoy the drinks, you have to find them through a nondescript door downtown. Climb the dark, narrow staircase all the way to the top, where you can enjoy views of downtown in a small, sexy space.

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3. La Carafe 813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Settled inside Houston's oldest building, La Carafe looks as if it's about to fall to pieces on the outside, but is rife wth history on the inside. Miraculously still level and smattered with antiqued photos and mementos, La Carafe's been close to shut down on the basis of broken fire codes many times since the '80s, but its jazz-bumping jukebox, impossible to imitate ambiance, and massive wine selection have kept it alive.

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4. Moon Tower Inn 3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003 (East End)

Awesome events like horror movie nights and growler giveaways, tons of craft brews from their wall of taps, and exotic hot dogs like a wild game sausage make Moon Tower Inn a unique and enjoyable hangout. Oh, and they have a backyard, too.

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5. Neil's Bahr 2006 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003 (Downtown)

This tweet from owner Neil Fernandez (@neilsbahr) describes it best: "this ain't ya grandpa's bar. that's because it's called Neil's Bahr. if your grandpa's name is Neil, we will have to destroy him". The Darth Vader on the liquor shelf and abundance of comic books/sci-fi novels only further prove that this is THE spot for all things fantastically nerdy. And that's before even mentioning that the bar’s name is a pun on Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr.

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6. The Springbok 711 Main St Unit 1, Houston, TX 77002

Come to this international sports bar to throw back a few brewskies and gorge on global pub fare like peri-peri wings, Guinness stew, and something called biltong that is pretty much South African’s way better take on a Slim Jim. Also, do all of this while watching futbol (both kinds), rugby, and cricket.

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7. Cottonwood 3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Cottonwood is a restaurant and bar that draws crowds to its home in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest with quality cocktails, craft beer, comfort food, and a massive outdoor patio. Cocktails include classics and signatures (ask about the frozen drinks), but whiskey is the spirit of choice, with primarily local and Kentucky labels on offer. Beer is at the forefront, though, with over 40 taps (two cask-conditioned), featuring a large number of local brews. The menu is appropriately tailored to the beverage offerings, with quality pub fare like frito pie, tacos, sloppy joes, and the famous Squirrel Master Burger -- stuffed with poblano peppers and topped bacon, pepper jack, jalapenos, and of course, a fried egg.

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8. Lillo & Ella 2307 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

At Lillo & Ella you can expect delicious takes on pan-asian street food from Chef and owner Kevin Naderi, like crispy Vietnamese chicken wings, braised bacon bao, Thai muu noodles, and blue crab fried rice.

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9. Petrol Station 985 Wakefield Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Petrol Station used to be exactly that: a gas station. Now, this refurbished counter-service spot is dishing up of the tastiest burgers in Houston. You'll also find a fantastic craft beer list that's divided into beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. Once you've made your burger and beer picks (a favorite is The Rancor, a 10-napkin burger topped with cheddar, smoked bacon, and a fried egg), you can enjoy your meal out on the patio.

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10. Sassafras 5022 Pinemont Dr, Houston, TX 77092

Housed in the old Crazy J’s spot, this neighborhood haunt is as cool and laid-back as it gets. The sprawling patio is the best place to take down "fancy and cheap beer, above-average wine, and tasty liquor" (their words, but their words are correct).

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11. Big Star Bar 1005 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

Off-the-beaten-path, Big Star Bar draws the kind of crowd that... well let's just say you're likely to see many scooters out front. A people-friendly (and pet-friendly!) dive, Big Star has an outdoor patio with picnic tables and warm fire pits, so bring the mutt and enjoy a frosty Lone Star by the fire. Getting tired? Fix it with shots of Fireball and concentrated coffee.

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12. D&T Drive Inn 1307 Enid St, Houston, TX 77009 (The Greater Heights)

D&T Drive Inn has a unique menu of shared plates and sandwiches (like stuffed cherry peppers and a beef stew po' boy), plus a fantastic beer selection and a spacious beer garden-esque patio.

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13. Jimmy's Ice House 2803 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Cheap, cold beer and a relaxed-as-hell atmosphere make it easy to spend all day at this no-frills ice house.

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14. Lucky's Pub 801 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003 (Downtown)

Lucky's Pub is one of the largest, most popular sports bars in Houston, and will supply you with craft beer, delicious wings, and a lively atmosphere while you watch the game.

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15. Onion Creek 3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Offering up standard American cafe breakfast and brunch options, Onion Creek also has a great dirnk menu, AND you can bring your dog!

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16. Celtic Gardens 2300 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006

Stiff drinks, solid happy hour specials, and a huge outdoor lounge mean this Midtown oasis will draw a big crowd pretty much any day its nice out. Enjoy an afternoon of beers, bags, and Irish nachos (you should always get the Irish nachos).

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17. Front Porch Pub 217 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

Front Porch is a laidback patio bar, offering up steak and trivia nights, crawfish boils, and cornhole tournaments. A perfect place to bring your dog along for a drink.

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18. Little Woodrow's Midtown 2306 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Little Woodrow's beer list isn't very little with 100 beers, a full bar, and daily specials. It's the perfect place to watch the big game.

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19. Saint Dane's Bar & Grille 502 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77006

If the name didn’t give it away, all of the dogs on the patio will: this Midtown bar is made for you and your dog (they’ll even bring him a water bowl). Leash up and head here to smash a burger and some ice cold pitchers; or, better yet, go for Monday steak night, where they serve juicy-as-hell ribeyes for 10 bucks. Just make sure you slip your four-lagged pal a few scraps.

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20. Bistro Menil 1513 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Expect Euro-inspired American fare from chef Greg Martin and a killer cask wine and beer program from bev director Sean Beck in a striking dining room that you should probably take a date to. Get the charcuturie plate, filled with deliciousness like duck rillete, jamón ibérico, and chicken ballotine, along with standouts like he big and beefy cocoa nib and black peppercorn-crusted filet. Was that a little meat heavy? Sorry, there are pizzas, pastas, and salads, too.

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21. Boondocks 1417 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This grungy bar that pumps out live music almost every night of the week is a Montrose standby. Come here to slam PBR, smoke way too many cigarettes, and invariably miss your 8am meeting for the third week in a row.

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22. Grand Prize Bar 1010 Banks St, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This grungy two-story bar in the Museum District features rooftop access, a pool table, jukebox tunes and whatever sneakily strong drink is churning in the mixer at the moment. It's got a Jekyll and Hyde-like personality that’s half serious cocktailery, half low-key dive bar, and the happy hour deals are always great.

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23. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.

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24. Poison Girl 1641 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Whether it’s a mascot or simply random "decoration," this whiskey hotspot has a GIANT rainbow-colored Kool-Aid man on the back patio, and that makes it worth of a visit, or two, or three. Bring quarters, 'cause while shooting back a tasty and wide variety of whiskeys, you can play one of their many vintage pinball machines.

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25. West Alabama Ice House 1919 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098 (Montrose)

To a non-native Houstonian, West Alabama Ice House doesn't look like all that much, given that it's just a covered bar and patio in West Montrose. But this iconic bar has seen Houston through history since 1928, when it operated as a literal ice house, just shilling the cold stuff to neighborhood homes. Now, of course, it's a regular haunt for Houston's most in-the-know, who come, humidity be damned, for a frosty Lone Star Beer, a taco from whatever truck is parked across the street, and some love from the regular influx of dogs that appear with their owners.

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