Get a feel for great weather at Houston’s top restaurant & bar patios

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Bask in great weather at our picks for the best outdoor and rooftop patios at restaurants and bars in Houston.

Spring has arrived, and with it is some of the best weather of the year in the city of Houston.

Across town, you’ll find no shortage of spots where you can post up outside and enjoy a breeze, a beer, or a meal while you take in some of the good ol’ outdoors.

We’ve whittled down Houston’s sizeable offerings to a dozen notable ones that you shouldn’t miss if you’re on the hunt for an outdoor patio experience in H-town.

Top 12 Restaurant & Bar Patios in Houston

West Alabama Ice House in Montrose

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Nearly 100 years ago, this neighborhood haunt got its start as a literal ice house, selling blocks for home refrigerators, but now provides a smattering of its signature red picnic tables along the street and in the spacious backyard to become one of the city’s bonafide communal watering holes. Swing by for an ice cold brew and pair it with offerings from nearby taco truck, Tacos Tierra Caliente. Monday to Friday 10am to midnight; Saturday 10am to 1am; Sunday noon to midnight.

Truck Yard in EaDo

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Part-treehouse, part–honky tonk and an all around good time, Truck Yard in East Downtown features an adult playground atmosphere, complete with a towering Ferris wheel that overlooks sprawling outdoor digs. The dog-friendly patio makes for a great social hang where you can sip on local drafts, enjoy live music on the weekends, or bite into flavorful cheesesteaks from the on-site kitchen. Learn more.

Saint Arnold Brewery Beer Garden in Greater Fifth Ward

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Nearly 25 years after launching out of the garage of founder Brock Wagner, Saint Arnold christened a new addition to its brewery footprint in 2018, opening the expansive, semi-covered beer garden to the thirsty masses. The cathedral-like space features fanned out tables that provide plenty of room for crowds on gamedays, weekly events, or those in search of stunning skyline views. Stop by to enjoy the storied brewery’s taproom lineup alongside an elevated pub food menu. Learn more.

Rainbow Lodge in the Heights

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Housed in a log cabin that dates back over a century, Rainbow Lodge offers elegant dining on succulent wild game like elk, bison and quail alongside traditional surf and turf options. But the cozy interior is just part of the dining experience, as you can also grab a seat on the multi-tiered deck out back that winds down to a scenic creek flanked by beautiful greenery for one of the city’s most romantic meals. Learn more.

Lost & Found in Midtown

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From Jonathan Reitzell and Mojeed Martins comes this laid back bar and lounge that serves up skyline views with cocktails, brunch and hookah across multiple levels of outdoor seating. The hospitality group also runs other outdoor spots in the city, like Prospect Park and Kamp, but Lost & Found makes for its closest location to Downtown and a tough vibe to beat. Learn more.

Original Ninfa’s in Second Ward

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One of the most storied Tex-Mex restaurants in all of Houston also features an enclosed patio where you can enjoy the hot spot’s delicious fajitas, tacos and enchiladas while sipping on the classic Ninfarita and margs with other flavorful twists. Time your visit right and you can keep the outdoor fun going with farmers markets that take place on the East End Esplanade across the street. You can also find the same food and drinks, on two warm, welcoming, and fully-covered patios at Original Ninfa’s in Uptown—complete with a larger-than-life mural by Donkeeboy and Donkeemom that unites Mama Ninfa with notable Houstonians past and present, including Beyoncé, J.J. Watt, Simone Biles, Bun B, and Mattress Mack. Learn more.

Bar Boheme in Montrose

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One of the most lively backyards in Montrose, Bar Boheme is situated in the heart of Fairview Avenue, offering a wide selection of wines, craft cocktails and globally-inspired foods. A great place for a low-key hang, the drag show brunch on Sundays and Friday night live music are can’t-miss events if you want to see the Montrose hideaway in its full glory. Learn more.

Lucille’s in Museum District

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In the middle of the Museum District, Executive Chef Chris Williams and Chef de Cuisine Khang Hoang combine to deliver one of the city’s best dining experiences in Southern cuisine. For more than a decade now, the restaurant that pays tribute to Williams’ grandmother, Lucille B. Smith, has been serving up some of her most famous recipes and refined Southern classics throughout the cozy, vintage house and a patch of patio that makes for a gorgeous good weather meal. Learn more.

B&B Butcher’s on Washington Avenue

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Along Washington Avenue, this brick building has sat for more than a century where it now is home to the in-house butcher shop and upscale steakhouse known as B&B. Where you want to be, however, is on the covered patio on the second floor, which overlooks Washington and affords some terrific skyline views to go with an equally tremendous dining experience. Learn more.

Z on 23 in Downtown

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Sitting atop the 23rd floor of Downtown’s Le Méridien hotel, Z on 23 serves up craft cocktails and light bites among the city’s towering skyscrapers. The open-air rooftop bar provides some of the best views in Houston and makes for a great nightcap following a meal at Zutro, the American dining restaurant on the ground floor. Reservations are not required. Learn more.

Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown

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Between the tap wall of Axelrad and the next-door Luigi’s Pizzeria sits this sprawling patio that makes for one the most bustling nightlife spots in the city. With live music nights, movie screenings, hammocks and a ton of seating, Axelrad Beer Garden is an event-heavy venue that’s prime for social hangs and colorful Instagram posts. Learn more.

Brasil Cafe in Montrose

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A longtime Montrose staple, Brasil Cafe features an inspired menu of pizza and flatbreads, tamales, burgers, sandwiches and more—including vegan options—to enjoy on its two outdoor patios. The first sits in a small, greenery-flanked area on the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer that makes for great people watching on one of Houston’s busiest corners; while the more expansive backyard patio is a quieter retreat and a top-notch spot for special events like movie screenings. Learn more.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.