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Incredible Patio Spots in Downtown Houston

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When it comes to patio spots in downtown Houston there’s plenty to choose from! We want to make sure you have an amazing time and enjoy all of the sights and sounds from the city. That’s kind of the point of hanging out in the heart of Houston! 

This is a list of the best patio spots in downtown Houston. As you enjoy the different destinations be sure to take lots of pics and tag us on Instagram and Facebook, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #StufftoDoinHouston.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing all the food and the drinks you’re enjoying!

You can’t have a list of best patio spots in Downtown Houston without mentioning Z on 23 Rooftop! 

Located inside of the Le Meridian hotel on the 23rd floor, they have breathtaking 360-degree views of Downtown Houston! This is surely a rooftop to see. It’s perfect for date night drinks, happy hour with the girls, or post-work meetups.

Be sure to enjoy their light menu, variety of craft cocktails, specialty beers, and unique wine selection. 

First come first serve. 

Friday & Saturday  | 4PM–11PM



📍1121 Walker St, Houston, TX 77002

McIntyre’s, the Heights popular neighborhood bar, has now opened up a three-level beauty in Downtown Houston! Expect the same drinks and good vibes like the Heights bar but in a much larger setting. Enjoy a beautiful patio overlooking Buffalo Bayou, their signature swings, 65 TV screens and two giant LED walls broadcasting the games, foosball, cornhole and shuffleboard.

The bar has 24 beers on tap; two cocktails on tap including its most popular drink, a watermelon sangria called It’s Always Sunny in Houston. Check out this newest addition to downtown, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Monday – Wednesday | 2:00PM – 12:00AM
Thursday and Friday | 2:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Saturday | 11:00AM – 2:00AM
Sunday | 11:00AM – 12:00AM

📍 813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002

Next on our list of best patio spots in Downtown Houston is The Grove, a two-story, ultra-urban restaurant inside of Discovery Green.

When you dine or enjoy a glass at The Grove it is a complete experience. The first level bar and dining room are filled with floor-to-ceiling glass windows so you can get in some serious people watching and enjoy the buzz of the city around you even when you’re inside. The second level is equipped for a private event space and features a large outdoor bar,  (Super “insta-worthy”). If you are invited to anything up there… GO!

The menu features a variety of steaks, seafood, and rotisserie specialties. The bar menu offers casual eats like their signature cheeseburger and on Sundays stop by for brunch at a flat rate.

Monday – Saturday |11:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday | CLOSED


📍 1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

We couldn’t miss the chance to share this top patio spot in Downtown Houston. You have to add them to your list places to visit as soon as you can!

Fun fact – Batanga was transformed from an 1880‘s saloon into the modern tapas restaurant that we know and love today, featuring Latin American tapas that originate from places like Peru, Brazil, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and Portugal. 

Send your taste buds on a ride 6 days a week for lunch and dinner!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Thursday | 4:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday | 4:00PM – 2:00AM
Saturday | 11:00AM – 2:00AM
Sunday | 11:00AM – 9:00PM

📍908 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002

Tacos, tequila and margaritas; this hotspot in Downtown Houston is not only known for having amazing bites and cocktails but for their patio deck overlooking downtown! 

El Big Bad gives customers an opportunity to customize their own ritas’ with over 30 different handcrafted tequila infusions. With so many choices to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a refreshing mango margarita with a tajin rim.  Happy hour clocks in from 4-7pm daily! 

Daily | 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM

📍 419 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Nothing compares to the relaxation of floating in cool water with a cold cocktail in hand while the Texas sun beams on your skin. Lazy rivers are not so easy to come acorss in Houston, but thanks to the Marriot Marquis in Downtown, Houston, you can now float the Texas boarder six stories high. If you’re not a guest at the hotel, you can book a day pass ($50) that gives you access to cabanas, food and beverages.

Pool: Daily | 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
High Dive Pool Bar: Monday – Thursday  | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday – Sunday | 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

📍 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

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Next up on our list of the best patio spots in Downtown Houston is the definition of a hidden gem. Don’t let the secretive entrance, dark wood and chandeliers fool you. Captain Foxheart’s beautiful bar feels like an old-fashioned speakeasy with a love for authentic cocktails and quality ingredients. 

Outside on the second level, enjoy their large patio that offers views of Main Street and the courthouses. If you’re craving a strong drink with a fun atmosphere look no further! 


Daily | 5:00PM – 2:00AM

📍 308 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

This is another awesome patio spot in downtown Houston that our southern comfort food lovers will appreciate! Have you been to Moonshiners Southern Table? 

They offer great drinks while giving you the bustling urban backdrop of downtown Houston. The restaurant celebrates and elevates southern culinary traditions serving up moonshine and whiskey in mason jars alongside generous portions of comfort foods like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and pulled pork sandwiches. 

What would you order first?

Daily Hours  | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM


📍1000 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002

Rounding out our list of best patio spots in downtown Houston we have Christian’s Tailgate.  This is an amazing spot to enjoy drinks and views!

For more than 50 years, Christian’s Tailgate has long been a town favorite for burgers, beer, and sports, making it a great spot to kick back, drink a cold beer and enjoy some of the best hamburgers in Houston. 

We also love that every  Friday & Saturday night, they have karaoke, and keep the kitchen open until 2 am. 

Daily Hours |11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

📍1012 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002

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Aubrey Jackson

Aubrey Jackson

Aubrey is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Houston City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Houston area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinHouston on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.