Houston's Top 10 Patio Bars
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
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
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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1919 W. Alabama, Houston, TX