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.
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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
Take in the city lights and a sturdy Old Fashioned on the bar’s second-story terrace.
El Big Bad
A wrap-around balcony featuring seriously boozy margaritas and some queso for good measure.
A chic rooftop and patio set in the beautiful Discovery Green.
Home Plate Bar & Grill
Houston’s premier rooftop to pregame on before the Astros lose.
Grab a seat on the second-story patio overlooking Market Square Park.
Last Concert Cafe
This Mexican restaurant and live music hotspot boasts a sweet and colorful back patio.
Little Woodrow’s EaDo
The EaDo outpost of Little Woody’s has a nice-sized side patio with plenty of seating.
Moon Tower Inn
Monster wild game weenies and 60+ taps make this chill-as-hell backyard the neighborhood hangout.
Cool off from intense games of Mario Kart on the side patio, complete with a few seats and a grill.
Take in Downtown on this South African pub’s expansive terrace.
The Tasting Room
A pretty patio on which to get your wine and cheese on.
Get dancey in the open air at this club’s hip outdoor lounge.
Hit the sprawling patio up for crawfish, brews, sports, and whatever other wild stuff is going on that day.
A hookah bar and lounge with substantial outdoor seating AND tents.
Muldoon’s – The Patio
This bar’s oak tree-shaded deck is the perfect quiet place to collect your thoughts while you down beers.
The Richmond Arms Pub
Grab a few pints on the spacious, bench-lined patio at this neighborhood pub.
This chill-as-hell deck is one of the best spots to take down seafood and beer on a nice day.
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.
Garden Oaks/Oak Forest
Head to this no-frills converted gas station for a solid rotation of hard-to-score brews.
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."
Oak Forest/Garden Oaks
Play sand volleyball at this huge outdoor patio bar.
Cedar Creek Cafe
With plenty of picnic tables and a chilled-out crowd, this expansive creekside patio deck boasts a Hill Country-vibe.
Take down po’ boys, hurricanes, and monster plates of fries on the huge outdoor patio.
Big Star Bar
A huge outdoor space complete with fire pits makes this dive bar a great spot all year round.
A beloved sports bar with plenty of room for the pups and plenty of burgers for you.
D&T Drive Inn
Hit up this friendly beer bar’s patio for housemade shandies and a general good time.
Jimmy’s Ice House
A neighborhood dive with some of the cheapest beers around.
Bring your dog to grab happy hour brews on White Oak.
Lucky’s Pub Heights
Get bar pies, beers, and sports on the patio at this Lucky’s outpost.
This patio bar has a Hill Country-feel without the mustaches.
You can expect sweet tea vodka on tap and a trendy crowd at this two-level patio bar.
A three-story beer-and-wine bar with a nice-sized terrace and views of Downtown.
Bourbon on Bagby
Sit out on the front deck to enjoy the warm weather and a cheap tower of beer.
A sprawling yard and patio, games, food trucks, and live music make this one of Midtown’s best outdoor destinations.
One of the biggest daytime party spots in Midtown boasts lounge seating, DJ sets, bags, booze, and plenty of debauchery.
Front Porch Pub
Crawfish boils, trivia nights, and Screwdriver- and beer-laced "Frozen Moons" rule the roost on this relaxed patio.
Grab beers on the modern, industrial patio or a cabana-style brunch on the rooftop terrace.
Half sports bar, half wild-as-hell party, this sprawling outdoor lounge is a Houston gem.
A covered side patio and rooftop dance party draws a post-grad, boozed-up crowd.
Natachee's Supper 'n Punch
This country-style bar’s backyard is the kinda place you can hangout a while... especially when there’s live music.
Proof Rooftop Lounge
A 4,000sqft rooftop patio with a hip, clubby feel.
Red Door Midtown
Hit the posh rooftop to escape Houston’s biggest dance orgy (which is most definitely happening downstairs).
Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille
Ice-cold pitchers, steak night, and fried Oreos make this table- and bench-lined patio a winner.
Brooklyn Athletic Club
Bocce and booze in the yard is one excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon.
A live music and entertainment hub with a front porch and pretty, tea-light-trimmed back patio.
The Black Labrador
50 seats, plus a life-sized chess board outside and an authentic British pub-feel inside.
Get your culture and cocktail on at this beautiful landscaped patio on the Menil campus.
Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar
A charming outdoor destination for flatbread pizza, fries, and wine.
Grungy hangout with a patio you’ll smoke way too many cigarettes on.
Grab a cheap beer, pub-grub, and a game of giant Jenga on this chill, street-side patio.
El Pueblito Patio
A lush, island-style patio boasting cabanas and tropical drinks.
Grand Prize Bar
Hit up the rooftop for a breezy break from the dive below.
The Hay Merchant
Easily one of the city’s best beer bars, this hotspot boasts an outdoor patio as cool as its selection of brews.
Hit the covered terrace or relax by the poolside cabana at one of the hottest hotels in town.
Sip whiskey with a giant Kool-Aid Man in the backyard.
Rosemont Social Club
Sexy rooftop lounge with craft cocktails and a swanky club-feel.
West Alabama Ice House
Grab a taco, a cheap beer, and an embarrassingly bad game of horse out on this friendly neighborhood patio and yard.
55 Restaurant & Bar
This hip, casual sports bar boasts a full-sized patio perfect for getting your drink on.
Hit the modern American resto’ early if you want a spot on the second-story lounge deck.
The Ginger Man
A quaint pub with one of the coziest backyards in the city.
Hans Bier Haus
Live easy with bocce, pong, and pints in a tree-lined beer garden.
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.
Get New Orleans-style vibes alongside excellent food and drink in this cozy backyard.
Irish Pub Kenneally’s
Hit up this Irish pub’s expansive patio for bar pies and cheap booze.
Red Lion Pub
Get pub-style curry and pints on the patio.
Hit the picturesque patio garden for wine and snacks.
1919 Wine & Mixology/Corner Table
Plenty of seating and exotic banana trees line this trendy courtyard.
The Hobbit Cafe
Escape to the hobbit hole on this oak-tree shaded deck.
Catch a soccer game then sneak outside on the spacious patio for some air.
The Stag’s Head Pub
Hit up the cozy pub’s patio for a pint in the shade.
Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant
It’s okay to have wine mouth on this intimate patio.
Get a French Quarter-feel alongside a healthy buzz on the relaxed, cozy patio.
Brenner’s on the Bayou
Head to the Blue Bar for swanky happy hour with a view of the Bayou.
Beer Market Co.
A handful of outdoor, covered seating wraps around two sides of this sports pub.
This ice houses’s patio is as laidback as they come. Expect it to be fully packed during crawfish season.
Hit the second-story terrace for a trendy, always-popping happy hour.
Galway Hooker Irish Pub
Sit out on the rooftop to take in some rays during the day and wild dance parties during the night.
Expansive outdoor lounge area with gourmet comfort food and craft cocktails.
Elaborately rendered Southern-inspired cocktails are just as cool as the covered patio.
Kung Fu Saloon
A nice-sized covered patio with giant Jenga and a fun, post-college crowd.
Hit up the neighborhood hangout for beers, craft cocktails, and a rotating selection of food trucks.
Luke’s Ice House
This laidback sports bar boasts plenty of patio seating alongside cheap eats and brews.
Porch Swing Pub
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
The swanky sports bar offers a nicely sized second-story patio bar with views of Downtown.
Taps House of Beer
Return to college with corn hole and Connect Four in the yard.
Underdogs Sports Pub
Huge, dog-friendly patio with a chill vibe.
Winston’s on Washington
Homemade dog treats and outdoor turf make this Fido’s favorite pub.
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1. Batanga908 Congress Ave, Houston
2. Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirits Lodge308 1/2 Main St, Houston
3. La Carafe813 Congress St, Houston
4. Moon Tower Inn3004 Canal St, Houston
5. Neil's Bahr2006 Walker St, Houston
6. The Springbok711 Main St Unit 1, Houston
7. Cottonwood3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston
8. Lillo & Ella2307 Ella Blvd, Houston
9. Petrol Station985 Wakefield Dr, Houston
10. Sassafras5022 Pinemont Dr, Houston
11. Big Star Bar1005 W 19th St, Houston
12. D&T Drive Inn1307 Enid St, Houston
13. Jimmy's Ice House2803 White Oak Dr, Houston
14. Lucky's Pub801 St Emanuel St, Houston
15. Onion Creek3106 White Oak Dr, Houston
16. Celtic Gardens2300 Louisiana St, Houston
17. Front Porch Pub217 Gray St, Houston
18. Little Woodrow's Midtown2306 Brazos St, Houston
19. Saint Dane's Bar & Grille502 Elgin St, Houston
20. Bistro Menil1513 West Alabama, Houston
21. Boondocks1417 Westheimer Rd, Houston
22. Grand Prize Bar1010 Banks St, Houston
23. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston
24. Poison Girl1641 Westheimer Rd, Houston
25. West Alabama Ice House1919 W Alabama St, Houston
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.
Be prepared to feel the effects after just one of spirits guru Justin Burrow’s boozed-up, classic cocktails laced with unexpected flavorings like elderflower and spiced wine syrup. But before you can enjoy the drinks, you’ll have to find them behind a nondescript door in Downtown Houston. Climb the dark, narrow staircase to the dark drinking den at the very top, where you’ll revel in your libations and the views of the city in a small, sultry space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Big Star Bar is a modest hangout with low ceilings and a black-and-white linoleum floor whose loyal base of regulars comes for the cheap drinks, the jukebox, and the dance floor. Big Star also has an outdoor patio with picnic tables that are warmed by fire pits on chilly Houston nights, so bring the mutt and enjoy a frosty Lone Star all year round.
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.
Cheap, cold beer and a relaxed-as-hell atmosphere make it easy to spend all day at this no-frills ice house.
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.
Offering up standard American cafe breakfast and brunch options, Onion Creek also has a great dirnk menu, AND you can bring your dog!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This grungy two-story bar where Montrose meets the Museum District features rooftop access, a pool table, jukebox tunes and a full bar manned by award-winning mixologists on each floor. Cocktail lists are ever-changing and the kitchen is fully operational, meaning you’ll snack on a pimento grilled cheese with blackened green tomatoes or a chorizo meatball sub between sips of an imaginative beverage like the Five Finger Death Punch with rum, apricot brandy, vanilla, and lavender. Illuminated by glittery rainbow string lights, the space is alternately sophisticated and whimsical.
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.
Poison Girl is a Houston dive bar as infamous for its oddball decorations as for its whiskey selection. Pose for photos with a giant Cabbage Patch Kid and a life-size Kool-Aid man who has (sadly) seen better days as you sip on whiskey that, lucky for you, tastes far more expensive than it actually is. Try your hand at pinball before browsing Poison Girl’s collection of 1970s portraits of nude women that seem to surround you. However you choose to spend your time here, you can be sure it’ll be a memorable evening.
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.