Houston's Top 10 Patio Bars

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Celtic Gardens
In honor of summer's limited days and incoming beauty -- not to mention tolerable temperatures -- that mark the arrival of fall, Rocks Off has decided to help you brush up on your patio-bar game.

It can be hard to remember what the great outdoors look like in this city of concrete, but don't worry. We've got your back. Here are the top ten patio bars in Houston.


10. CELTIC GARDENS
Celtic Gardens can be a little bit brotastic, but it has got a great patio, and that's what we're looking for. Nothing more, nothing less, but there is a bit more here. This Irish-style pub is nearly all patio, with are rows and rows of swanky seats outside.

The patio was designed around a bit of nature, with trees hanging out alongside the cabanas to provide extra shade, if you're brave enough to head out before the heat index drops. Add some great happy hour specials and beers like Lily & Seamus American Wheat on tap, and you'll be shotgunning beers with the bros before you know it.

2300 Louisiana, 713-900-2500, facebook.com/celticgardens


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9. CEDAR CREEK
Cedar Creek's patio is huge. In fact, the majority of the seating is outside, so it can be a little tough to weather (yes, cheesy pun intended) during the summer, but now that fall is approaching, Cedar Creek is where it's at. Live music -- usually acoustic -- helps to set the mood and a diverse crowd that reflects its position in the heart of the Heights.

So basically, it's perfect for a nice fall night. The only pitfall is no dogs allowed, but the wicked beer selection and divine patio deck still make it worth your time.

1034 W. 20th St., 713-808-9623, onioncreekcafe.com


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8. BLACK LABRADOR PUB
What could be cooler than a life-size chess set? That's where you'll find us this fall, playing out that chess scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The Black Lab is on the edge of the University of St. Thomas, but is by no means a college bar. It's a good old English pub transplanted to Montrose, complete with fish and chips and more bottles of cider than you can shake a stick at.

4100 Montrose, 713-529-1199, blacklabradorpub.com


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Location Info

Venue

Map

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar

307 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cottonwood

3422 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Capitol Bar

2415 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

AvantGarden

411 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Hans' Bier Haus

2523 Quenby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Under The Volcano

2349 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Black Labrador Pub

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cedar Creek

1034 W. 20th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Celtic Gardens

2300 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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9 comments
ramblinhamblin
ramblinhamblin

Nice list! I'd probably include the Continental Club/Big Top patio as its pretty awesome.

gailmindy
gailmindy

Great choices. Gingerman comes to mind too.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Two enthusiastic thumbs up for Boheme, Mike the bartender is an ace gent -- take the time to be respectful and talk to him you will not regret it. Somewhat surprised moontower and or last concert aren't mentioned, but no biggie.

KING
KING

Batanga? D&T?

Quiquig
Quiquig

Hobbit Cafe. Good beer and wine selection, healthy (but not militantly so) food, friendly people, fair prices and easy location put Hobbit on this list. Oh yeah, they also have a great patio.

annaleicht
annaleicht

@Quiquig The Hobbit does have an awesome patio -- they're just more suited for a restaurant patio blog, rather than a bar blog. But the Thor Oakenshield sammich is amazing.

tchanks88
tchanks88

@dillonhowland Houston Press focuses mostly inside the loop unless they're doing a piece specifically on other places. As for Proof Bar, I don't know if she considered rooftop bars in this since I don't see any but that place is a ton of fun

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