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12 of the greatest rooftop bars in Houston

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Some of the best places to feel high on life in the Bayou City are at a Houston rooftop bar or lounge. Whether looking out at stunning architecture, romantic treetops or twinkling stars, these hangouts each have their own vibe and view to lift your spirits. 

From super casual to classy hangouts, keep reading for our guide to 12 of the greatest rooftop bars in Houston. 

Patterson Park Patio Bar (Houston Heights) 

This new “treehouse” patio bar along White Oak Bayou Trail offers park and downtown Houston views. Trees surround the huge outdoor deck at the dog- and bicycle-friendly gathering spot, which also offers arcade and board games. Patterson Park Patio Bar serves specialty cocktails and classics with a twist alongside wine and 24 beers on tap including some from Houston’s great local craft breweries like Eureka Heights, Southern Star, Great Heights, Saint Arnold, Saloon Door and Texas Leaguer. 

Patterson Park, a new treehouse rooftop bar along White Oak Bayou Trail, offers park and downtown Houston views.   

Patterson Park, a new treehouse rooftop bar along White Oak Bayou Trail, offers park and downtown Houston views. 

 

Alex Montoya for Patterson Park

Signature drinks: Tree House Gimlet with Austin Still Gin, Green Chartreuse, cucumber syrup and lime or the Shwayze with cherry limeade with Deep Eddy Vodka, lime, grenadine and soda.

Zero-proof drinks: Soft drinks

Best bites: On-site food trucks

Find it: 2205 Patterson St., Houston Heights, Houston, TX 77007; 832-804-6912

RISE Rooftop (Midtown)

Designed to host national music acts (Kane Brown, Lil Jon, Gryffin, CNCO), this 13,000-square-foot architectural marvel rocks excellent views of downtown Houston’s skyline. Located in the heart of Midtown, RISE Rooftop spans over two floors and boasts a retractable roof that provides year-round shelter. 

RISE Rooftop, with its massive retractable roof, hosts national and regional musicians. 

RISE Rooftop, with its massive retractable roof, hosts national and regional musicians. 

RISE Rooftop

Signature drinks: Don Julio Margarita or Ketel One Mule.

Zero-proof drinks: Gatorade with Jarritos.

Best bites: Houston food trucks and small businesses.

Find it: 2600 Travis St., Houston, TX 77006; 832-767-0513

The Dogwood (Midtown)

This Southern hospitality outpost’s spacious rooftop bar faces Houston’s downtown skyline. Choose a spacious spot on the open air patio or grab a private nook for your in-person meetups. The hot sound system and numerous HD screens make it lively on game day. 

This Dogwood's spacious rooftop bar faces Houston's downtown skyline.

This Dogwood’s spacious rooftop bar faces Houston’s downtown skyline.

The Dogwood Midtown

Signature drinks: Southern Lemonade with Deep Eddy Peach and Lemon Vodka, fresh lemon juice and agave nectar or the Dogwood Flower with Deep Eddy Vodka, St-Germain and Waterloo Sparkling Grapefruit Water, served with a flower.

Zero-proof drinks: Dogwood Daisy with Calypso Lemonade or Waterloo Sparkling Lemon-Lime Water.


Best bites: Sweet tea marinated wings, chicken and waffle sliders and the “I Work Out” plate. 

Find it: 2403 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77006; 281-501-9075

Altitude Rooftop & Pool at Marriott Marquis Houston (Downtown)

Groove to DJ sets, float along an amazing Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river and relax with craft cocktails in a cabana or by the fire pits with a $40 day pass or $20 Sunset Urban Nights tickets at the Marriott Marquis Houston’s Altitude Rooftop & Pool. It’s the perfect spot to savor sweeping city views of downtown Houston, peeks at Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green and stunning sunsets.

Altitude Rooftop & Pool on the sixth floor of the Marriott Marquis Houston is graced with a Texas shaped lazy river. 

Altitude Rooftop & Pool on the sixth floor of the Marriott Marquis Houston is graced with a Texas shaped lazy river. 

Robin Soslow

Signature drinks: Frozen piña colada with Don Q Cristal Rum or the Coco Margarita with Código Blanco Tequila and agave.

Zero-proof drink: Frozen piña colada mocktail.

Best bites: High Dive Burger with caramelized onions and secret sauce and Fresh Fish Tacos with avocado crema and cotija cheese.

Find it: 1777 Walker St., Houston, TX 77010; 713-654-1777

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. (Arts District/Sawyer Yards)

At this sprawling three-story brewery-restaurant-beer garden’s rooftop bar, pair BuffBrew’s famously creative brews and bites with city skyline views that will have you snapping and posting pictures.

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. rooftop beer garden. 

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. rooftop beer garden. 

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Signature drinks: Crush City IPA (bright and citrusy with herby Mandarina hops) or More Cowbell Double IPA (a bright double IPA with assertive bitterness).

Zero-proof drink: In the Buff is a dry-hopped filtered carbonated beverage that is crisp, refreshing and the base for BuffBrew’s no-alcohol micheladas.

Best bites: Smoked Birria Nachos loaded with 44 Farms birria, beer queso, refried beans, shredded cabbage, pickled onions, jalapeno and chilies and BuffBrew’s green crack salsa.

Find it: 2101 Summer St., Houston, TX 77007; 713-714-3335

Terrace 54 Bar + Table (Medical Center)

This jewel box on the Westin Houston Medical Center’s 5th floor offers an indoor-outdoor bar and terrace overlooking trees surrounding Rice University and the Medical Center. Come for alfresco dining or happy hour and enjoy the local, seasonal and sustainable-focused menu that pairs global flavors with Southern culinary traditions. Valet service is comped.

Terrace 54 Bar + Table overlooks surrounding Rice University and the Medical Center.

Terrace 54 Bar + Table overlooks surrounding Rice University and the Medical Center.

Terrace 54 Bar + Table and Westin Houston Medical Center

Signature drinks: Smoked Agave Margarita with Socorro Tequila, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice and agave or the Kir Royale with Chambord and Brut sparkling wine.

Zero-proof drink: Seasonal Mule with cucumber agave, fresh lime juice and ginger beer.

Best bites: Fried Cauliflower with feta mousse, serrano and dill.

Find it: 1709 Dryden Road, Houston, TX 77030; 713-730-2404

Z on 23 Rooftop Bar (Downtown)

Z on 23 crowns Le Méridien hotel, based in the historic Melrose Building which was completed in 1952 as Houston’s first International Style skyscraper. Sip mixologists’ creations while viewing downtown’s magnificent architecture and Minute Maid Park.

Take in stunning views of the downtown Houston skyline at Z on 23 Rooftop Bar. 

Take in stunning views of the downtown Houston skyline at Z on 23 Rooftop Bar. 

Le Méridien Houston Downtown

Signature drinks: Rooftop Refresher with vodka, watermelon puree, coconut and lime or the Blueberry Mint Mule with gin, blueberry puree and ginger beer.

Zero-proof drink: Sunset Party with mango puree, raspberry puree and lemon-lime soda.

Best bites: Sweet & Spicy Shrimp with chili aioli.

Find it: 1121 Walker St., Houston, TX 77002; 346-330-3446

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Rooftop Terrace (Houston Heights)

Harold’s terrace and downstairs taproom patio are great family-friendly spots to enjoy views of historic architecture, the Heights Theater and sunsets. If you looking for a spot for happy hour, dinner or after a concert, this popular spot has you covered. 

Harold's Restaurant, Bar & Rooftop Terrace at night.

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Rooftop Terrace at night.

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Rooftop Terrace

Signature drinks: The Simple Gentleman with Fords Gin, fresh lemon juice, grapefruit juice, honey, basil, red bell pepper and cayenne or the Seersucker with Courvoisier, bitters, fresh lemon juice and Jameson Orange.

Zero-proof drinks: Custom mocktails.

Best bites: The Chicken or the Egg (farm deviled eggs topped with pickled sweet pepper and fried chicken).

Find it: 350 West 19th St., Houston, TX 77008; 713-360-6204

La Grange (Montrose)

At this neighborhood favorite for coastal Mexican fare, hang out by the cactus plants on the rooftop deck. And on cooler days, grab a heated booth.

The rooftop deck at La Grange.

The rooftop deck at La Grange.

Victoria Christiansen for La Grange

Signature drinks: Paloma with Hornitos Reposado Tequila, grapefruit, lime and Jarritos grapefruit soda, Berry Garcia with Zephyr Gin, Ilegal Joven Mezcal, berries and lemon or CBD oil-infused Willie Nelson’s Garden with St. George Terroir Gin.

Zero-proof drinks: Virgin margaritas and mojitos.

Best bites: Holy Queso with green chilies and Birria Tacos with dip.

Find it: 2517 Ralph St., Montrose, Houston, TX 77006; 832-962-4745

B&B Butchers & Restaurant (East End/6th Ward)

The popular steakhouse’s second-floor rooftop terrace overlooks the beautiful downtown Houston skyline. The retractable roof makes it a comfy place for drinks, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant's second-floor rooftop terrace overlooks the downtown Houston skyline.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant’s second-floor rooftop terrace overlooks the downtown Houston skyline.

Chris Brown for B&B Butchers & Restaurant

Signature drinks: Cocktails on tap including El Bandito with Codigo Silver Tequila, ginger beer, pineapple, jalapeño and lime juice or The French Diplomat with Hendrick’s Gin, Effen Cucumber Vodka and St-Germain.

Zero-proof drink: The Arnold Palmer.

Best bites: Tuna Tartare, and of course, steak.

Find it: 1814 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007; 713-862-1814

R24 Rooftop Lounge at Hilton Americas (Downtown)

On Hilton Americas’ 24th floor, enjoy evenings at this elegant, recently renovated rooftop lounge open to the public Thursday through Saturday. The vast views are terrific.

R24 Rooftop Lounge is located on the 24th floor of Hilton Americas-Houston.

R24 Rooftop Lounge is located on the 24th floor of Hilton Americas-Houston.

R24 Rooftop Lounge and Hilton Americas-Houston

Signature drinks: Rooftop Lemonade with Absolut Citron Vodka, strawberries, mint and agave or the Texas Margarita with Patron Silver Tequila, Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice and agave.

Zero-proof drinks: Soft drinks.

Best bites: Blackened Chicken Club sandwich.

Find it: 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010; 713-577-6115

Upstairs by Hungry’s – Bar & Lounge (Rice Village)

The 21+ area atop Hungry’s Restaurant is nested in the oak trees along Rice Boulevard. Beyond the long bar is a spacious well-shaded balcony suited for people watching, brunch noshing and mingling. The juices powering up the drinks are made in house.

Upstairs is a casual, contemporary neighborhood gathering spot that features an exclusive light bites menu including wood-fired pizza, handcrafted cocktails and an expansive second-floor terrace. 

Upstairs is a casual, contemporary neighborhood gathering spot that features an exclusive light bites menu including wood-fired pizza, handcrafted cocktails and an expansive second-floor terrace. 

Julie Soefer for Upstairs Bar & Lounge

Signature drinks: Smoked Rum Old Fashioned with Flor de Cana or the Spicy Pineapple Margarita with jalapeno pineapple-infused tequila.

Zero-proof drinks: Strawberry and raspberry lemonade.

Best bites: The Hungry’s Sampler with Tuscan, jalapeno and beet hummus with pita and Baked Goat Cheese topped with crumbled candied walnuts and dried apricots, and served with a toasted baguette.

Find it: 2356 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005; 713-523-8652



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