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Most Popular Outdoor Bars in the Houston Area

Are you heading to Houston soon? Enjoy the warm Texas weather and visit the city’s outdoor bars.

Houston is a city that loves to be outside, as evident from the city’s parks, trendy street art, food trucks, and iconic festivals.

With warm weather and abundant green space, it’s no wonder that there are so many great outdoor bars in the city.

So, read on for a list of the best outdoor bars in Houston!

Axelrad Beer Garden

1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: (713) 597-8800
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This popular spot in the Heights offers a spacious outdoor patio with plenty of seating and a full bar with a food menu. It’s in a vintage building and has a laid-back vibe.

Axelrad offers a wide selection of craft beers on tap, and the place has fire pits, games, and live music shows.

So, head down to Axelrad with friends or solo, and enjoy the sunny afternoon with a drink or soak in Houston’s cool nights.

Heights Bier Garten

1433 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (713) 862-4940
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Check out Heights Bier Garten, an outdoor bar and restaurant in Houston’s Greater Heights. It can get busy, so book a table ahead, but the place has a lot of quiet, cozy spots ideal for a chill night with friends.

Their German menu features wheat beers and pork sandwiches on pretzel bread.

Tuck away in a booth in the garden and order a hearty dinner and draft beer, or grab some appetizers and vibe to the pop music over the speakers.

J-Bar-M Barbecue

2201 Leeland St, Houston, TX 77003
Phone: (713) 534-1024
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J-Bar-M Barbecue is a popular bar in Houston’s East Downtown neighborhood (EaDo). It’s near Shell Energy Stadium and Discovery Green, and the location is ideal if you’re staying Downtown.

The restaurant is known for its slow-smoked brisket, ribs, and sausage, and J-Bar-M also offers a variety of other barbecue items, such as pulled pork, chicken, and turkey.

Sit in the rustic outdoor seating area and grab a craft beer, domestic brew, or a non-alcoholic offering like Cheerwine.

La Lucha

1801 N Shepherd Dr #A, Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (713) 955-4765
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La Lucha is a lively outdoor restaurant in Houston’s iconic Heights neighborhood.

The spot is a cozy Southern restaurant, and it’s a great place to relax with friends on a warm day or vibe to live music on a fun night out.

I recommend checking out their bar, which offers a wide selection of cocktails, beer, and wine. There’s also a delicious menu with local Gulf seafood, chicken, and burgers, so check it out today!

King’s BierHaus

2044 E T C Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (832) 582-7753
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King’s Bierhaus is by the riverfront in the Shady Acres neighborhood of northwest Houston. The spot is a traditional beer garden with a German menu, and the bar has ample outdoor seating.

The elevated pub serves wine, classy cocktails, and gourmet sandwiches, but it’s not pretentious, and the space is relaxed and welcoming.

King’s Bierhaus is an ideal location for your next outdoor bar excursion, and I recommend visiting for a pint and a plate of bratwurst. 

Truck Yard

2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77003
Phone: (713) 855-9666
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Are you looking for a bar with outdoor seating, live music, and a central location? Truck Yard Houston might be perfect for you.

The rustic beer garden is just across from Discovery Green, where Downtown meets EaDo. It’s known for late-night music shows, comfortable chairs, and a dog-friendly environment.

Truck Yard Houston serves canned or frozen cocktails, wine on tap, and barrel-aged drinks. I recommend pairing your beverage with a hearty provolone cheese steak and chips.

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Phone: (713) 861-8666
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Rainbow Lodge is an upscale bar in Shady Acres with elevated bar food and a quaint outdoor seating area. It has a history of accommodating guests for over four decades.

The place is a 100-year-old wooden cabin with a rustic feel and private rooms for groups and parties.

They have a unique menu, with wild game items and seafood sourced right on the gulf, and the bar has on-site gardens with vegetables. The drinks menu features wines and house cocktails.

Kirby Ice House

3333 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
Phone: (713) 524-2752
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Kirby Ice House is in the Greenway and Upper Kirby district, near the Color Factory Houston, a modern art museum. The Ice House is a Houston institution and claims to be the largest-sized bar in Texas.

The bar has a relaxed vibe, and you’ll feel like you’re in a friend’s backyard in the welcoming outdoor space.

The menu features global fusion cuisine, and I recommend trying the signature steakburger sandwich. Pair it with one of their 50+ draft beers.

Tiny Boxwoods

3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77027
Phone: (713) 622-4224
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Tiny Boxwoods is a cute, upscale garden restaurant in Greenway and Upper Kirby, near River Oaks Park in west Houston.

The place serves small bites and drinks and is ideal for an afternoon with friends.

The cozy atmosphere is popular with couples, families, and tourists, and I like to grab a spot on the outdoor patio.

Head to the bar and order seasonal cocktails, martinis, and sparkling wine, or grab a sandwich off the food menu.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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