Top 15 Outdoor & Rooftop Patios in Houston

Courtesy of Post Houston

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

Spring has fully 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 15 notable ones that you shouldn’t miss if you’re on the hunt for an outdoor patio experience in H-Town.

Top 15 Outdoor & Rooftop Patios in Houston

An aerial view of the Skylawn at Post Houston
Courtesy of Post Houston

Post Houston in Downtown

Already a bustling spot for Downtown explorers, culinary adventurers and concertgoers to the adjoining 713 Music Hall, Post Houston is an expansive build-out of the former post office facility that sits on the northwest edge of Downtown.

The centerpiece is the neon-gilded food hall which features a tour of global eats available from many local chefs, but the view atop Post in the Skylawn is tough to beat.

Enjoy Houston’s best weather days in the neatly manicured Skylawn and drink in views of Downtown skyscrapers that sit just across the bayou.

A rooftop bar that overlooks skyscrapers in Downtown Houston
Courtesy of Z on 23

Z on 23 in Downtown

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.

A view into a backyard patio from underneath a shaded canopy
Courtesy of West Alabama Ice House

West Alabama Ice House in Montrose

Nearly 100 years ago, this neighborhood haunt got its start as a literal ice house, selling blocks for home refrigerators.

Now, it’s serving ice cold brews for you to enjoy at one of its signature red picnic tables that sit along the street and in the spacious backyard, solidifying its status as one of the city’s bonafide communal watering holes.

Swing by for a beer and pair it with offerings from nearby taco truck, Tacos Tierra Caliente—and other occasional food truck visitors.

A spacious outdoor beer garden with the Downtown Houston skyline in the background
Courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewery

Saint Arnold Brewery Beer Garden in Greater Fifth Ward

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.

A spacious backyard with covered seating, statues and green turf
Courtesy of 8th Wonder Brewery

8th Wonder Brewery in East Downtown

Known for their love of H-Town, the 8th Wonder campus in East Downtown combines its beloved brewery with a nearby distillery and dispensary for a three-part experience that keeps fans flocking to their spacious outdoor patio.

Through the taproom anointed by gear and memorabilia from Houston’s sports past and present, you’ll find a sprawling backyard with picnic tables and generous seating, overlooked by David Adickes’ towering sculptures of the Beatles, as well as the iconic “We Heart Houston” sign.

The space is prime for special events, so keep your eyes out for crawfish festivals, concerts, markets and more that take place on good weather days.

A lively outdoor patio with people conversing and a Ferris Wheel in the background
Courtesy of Truck Yard

Truck Yard in EaDo

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.

Photo: Becca Wright; courtesy of Ninfa’s on Navigation

Original Ninfa’s in Second Ward

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 weekends at the Navigation 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 Anat Ronen that unites Mama Ninfa with notable Houstonians like Beyoncé, Simone Biles and Bun B.

A spacious outdoor patio with people in hammocks and at tables
Courtesy of Axelrad

Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown

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.

Be sure to try their flavorful cocktail specials and deep list of local and regional brewery favorites.

An outdoor patio with patrons eating and a drag performer in the background
Courtesy of Bar Boheme

Bar Boheme in Montrose

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.

A shaded outdoor patio with patrons eating meals
Courtesy of Brasil

Brasil Cafe in Montrose

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.

A leafy backyard patio with seating under trees
Courtesy of Lucille’s

Lucille’s in Museum District

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.

Diners eat on the upstairs patio of a restaurant, overlooking the Downtown skyline
Courtesy of B&B Butcher’s

B&B Butcher’s on Washington Avenue

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.

A covered outdoor patio with rows of seating
Courtesy of Heights Bier Garten

Heights Bier Garten in the Heights

Just off Shepherd and 15th Street in the Heights, this sprawling beer garden offers plenty of shaded outdoor seating suitable for all sorts of weather and boasts an impressive beer list that you can sample from multiple bars throughout.

Televisions posted up across the beer garden offer line-of-sight on sports action, and the vast patio provides seating for parties of all sizes.

German-inspired eats—think pretzels, brats and brunchy sandwiches—are sure to help you keep pace with the deep taproom list.

If you’re looking for a laidback time on the weekends, consider arriving early as parking and seating tend to get packed.

An outdoor patio in the backyard of a lodge-style restaurant
Courtesy of Rainbow Lodge

Rainbow Lodge in the Heights

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.

A spacious outdoor patio with fans in University of Texas clothes watching sports
Courtesy of Kirby Ice House

Kirby Ice House at Multiple Locations

With locations in Upper Kirby, Memorial and the Woodlands, each of the Kirby Ice House outposts are known for their roomy outdoor patios and covered spaces.

Sports fans and college alumni are known to turn out for gamedays, but the ample seating makes for chill hangs with friends, colleagues, and pets alike.

In addition to a full slate of cocktail, beer and wine offerings, you can pair it with delicious eats from visiting food trucks or on-site events like steak nights and more.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.