Grab a hammock & swing beneath the neon tree at Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown

Photo courtesy of Axelrad Beer Garden

Sip your cares away beneath the neon tree of a backyard beer garden while you enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, pizza and more at Axelrad Beer Garden.

Located on the edge of Midtown on Alabama Street, this neighborhood favorite is beloved for its big beer selection and bigger backyard, brimming with a grove of hammocks, live music, food trucks and the glorious neon tree. 

Built by David and Gertrude Axelrad, the century-old building was originally a small grocery store before its eventual evolution into the brightly-lit bar we know today, boasting modern seating, colorful textiles, and over thirty hand-carved tap handles that represent figures from different cultures, crafted by Venezuelan-based artist Maria Rangelin.

Courtesy of Axelrad Beer Garden

Patrons at Axelrad can enjoy delicious cocktails, wine, or one of many local beers on tap, before catching one of the weekly nights of live music, comedy shows, movie screenings, and other programming.

Relaxation-bound guests can step out into Axelrad’s garden, where they can swing away in hammocks among a mix of native, regional, and heirloom plants, or enjoy video art pieces, film screenings, live music, events, festivals and more that grace the bar’s events calendar.

If you don’t want to brave the outdoor elements, you’ll find plenty of air-conditioned seating indoors, or plenty of shaded outdoor seating suitable for large and small gatherings alike.

In addition to the food trucks that make an occasional appearance at Axelrad, hungry patrons won’t have to go far as they can order a slice from the adjoining Luigi’s Pizzeria—just a quick walk across the backyard garden.

Click here to view the menu or for more information on upcoming events.

Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown

  • Location: 1517 Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77004
  • Hours: Sunday to Wednesday noon to 1am; Thursday to Saturday noon to 2am
  • Parking: Free lot and street parking is available in the surrounding area.
Courtesy of Axelrad Beer Garden
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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.