Houston
2. Space Cowboy
Heights

The revamped Heights House Hotel’s new trendsetting bar and lounge is a true unicorn, pairing island-style drinks with comfort fare dreamed up by one of Houston’s top chefs—that’d be Lyle Bento, the mastermind behind the too-short-lived Southern Goods and the beloved Underbelly—and a pool that you can dip in before or after you partake in some excellent food and drink (day passes for non-hotel guests start at $20). Which gets us to Bento’s Boom Boom Burger, a hearty endeavor featuring a double dose of cheesy patties, deeply caramelized onions, and “boom boom sauce,” a garlicky, sweet chili-spiked mayo. It comes with miso-kissed fries, and yeah, it tastes just as good as it sounds.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.