Seven Houston Patios To Enjoy Your Texas Winter On
As a Texan, you learn to take advantage of beautiful weather, because we all know it can change at the drop of a hat. After a chilly day today, we've got a historically warm week on the horizon, and here are seven patios you should check out.
1. Little Woodrow's
The first name on this list won’t surprise anyone. Known for its expansive patios and laid back vibe, it’s no mistake Little Woodrow’s remains a hot spot for patio sun worshipers. With plenty of TVs, you can watch the big game while you catch some rays, or take in some traditional bar entertainment with darts and billiards. If that’s not enough to convince you, we have two words for you: Turtle. Races. With plenty of locations around town to choose from, you really have no excuse not to be enjoying this Texas winter weather.
Address: Various locations, including 2019 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003
2. Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek doesn't hide its Hill Country roots. This is a patio pub with a small-town, antique feel. (Basically, it's the stuff of hipster dreams.) Open from 11am until the wee hours, day drinking aficionados and party after the partiers mix like jack and coke. Eclectic and cool, Cedar Creek knows its clientele—everyone. Whether you’re slipping into your flip flops or stepping into your boots, this is one patio bar where you’ll soak up as much sun as you do beer.
Address: 1034 W 20th St, Houston, TX 77008
While the first two locations on this list have a bit of an ice house feel, Cottonwood has more of an artsy, trendy atmosphere. With nightly live music on a sprawling patio covered with yard games, this bar may be just what the doctor ordered for Garden Oaks. The beer list is over 30 deep, with a definite emphasis on the craft selection. In the kitchen, the chef has created a beer lover’s paradise, with a menu perfectly paired to the hoppy selection. What’s better than beer and good food? Sharing it with you best friend. So go ahead and bring Fido with you!
Address: 3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
Occupying a beautiful historic structure in Montrose, Boheme will transport you to another world. Surrounded by a gorgeous garden adorned with statues from Zimbabwe, this patio should be absorbed like a fine art exhibit. The drink selection shows a surprising dedication to wine, but is otherwise your standard fare. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous on a warm winter day, this is the kind of rare patio experience you’ll never forget.
Address: 307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
Boasting the largest patio in Downtown Houston, Batanga may also be the most versatile patio on this list. Transitioning from happy hour with co-workers to late night nosh to Sunday brunch is seamless. At 3,600 SF, there is no shortage of seating for parties of any size. The happy hour drink menu ranges from $3 to $5, and there are ample varieties of tapas to pair with your booze of choice. Topping best-of lists by ZAGAT, Thrillist and The Houston Press, Batanga is one of the hottest locations in the Downtown revival. If you’re looking for a place to soak up the rays with friends this week, this is one patio you should have no problem getting comfortable on.
Address: 908 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002
6. Proof Rooftop Lounge
Deep in the heart of Midtown is Proof Rooftop Lounge, an upscale gem. You’re going to have to ditch the flip flops and board shorts, but the expansive patio at Proof makes it worthwhile. Imagine a NYC or LA rooftop hot spot married with a Texas saloon and you’ve got a general idea of what you’re in for. The drink menu is as adventurous and colorful as the Houston skyline and both are in ample supply. Perfect for special occasions, or just spending a night out in this beautiful Texas weather, this bar is proof that patios and partying go together perfectly.
Address: 2600 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006
7. Rosemont Social Club
Montrose offers up one of the classiest and most versatile patios in the city, Rosemont Social Club. The two-story lounge and restaurant is adorned with plush décor that provides an easy escape from the mundane. The upstairs patio offers beautiful views and ample seating. Quality over quantity is the name of the game here, as the menu isn't the most diverse. On Fridays and Saturdays, the in-house DJs will keep your heart pumping and feet tapping.
Address: 910 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX, 77006