Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Patios

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Photo by Troy Fields
Cottonwood's large patio and bar games make for a great spot to hang with the dogs.
8. Cottonwood
Relative newcomer Cottonwood is just what Garden Oaks needed: Part bar, part restaurant and part epic patio filled with live music, giant Jenga, bocce balls and dogs galore. The bar has a great selection of local craft beer, and the restaurant serves one of the best burgers in town. But who cares about all that when you can hang out on the patio at one of Cottonwood's many events and party the evening away with kids, dogs, food trucks, vendors and as much fun as the unassuming spot can cram into the welcoming space!

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Photo by F. Hunter Jones
The red lighting at Boheme makes it both sultry and inviting.
7. Boheme
The first several times I hung out at Boheme, I discovered a new branch of the patio on every occasion. The interior space is cozy and moody, but the outside seating area is positively sprawling, and on most weekend evenings the entire place is packed. Strings of lights and any number of random old films projected on a back wall outside make for a warm, inviting atmosphere, while the food and drinks make you want to stay a good long while and soak up as much of the hip ambiance as possible.

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Location Info

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

El Pueblito Place

1423 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Batanga

908 Congress Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Kingwood

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Grove

1611 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar

307 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cottonwood

3422 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cedar Creek

1034 W. 20th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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16 comments
kapatsaki
kapatsaki

Byzantio has a beautiful open air patio

m2m310
m2m310

Are you serious!!! The best outdoor patio is the West Alabama Icehouse!

Earnest Bush
Earnest Bush

Tiffany Pinkston, Tosca Davis: We need to find a happy hour!

Sydney Toubman
Sydney Toubman

Natalie Gamez, I've been to 4 already but let's do all 10 this summer :)

Natalie Gamez
Natalie Gamez

Sydney Toubman let's start checking these off the list!!

Cris19
Cris19

I wish there was a way to view this whole list on one page.. Or is there one, and I'm just missing it?

Valerina
Valerina

These are good but I like the quaint, honeysuckle-scented goodness of Dolce Vita's patio.


And then there is the amazing Rainbow Lodge patio overlooking the gardens

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@m2m310  Haha I do love that patio, but this list is all restaurants or bar/restaurants. West Alabama doesn't serve food of its own.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Cris19  Click on "Print Article" right under the box telling you to subscribe to the dining newsletter :)

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