June 27, 2022



Huge new patio bar in the Heights poised to be the hangout of the summer

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Welcome to The Lowdown, where we tell readers what they can expect from the latest restaurant openings in Houston. Today, we’re discussing Patterson Park, the new patio bar in the Heights that overlooks the White Oak Bayou Trail.

Hold up, we have trails in Houston? I know it feels like we live in a concrete jungle, but we do indeed have some wonderful green spaces here in Houston. White Oak Bayou Greenway starts in north downtown and stretches diagonally through the Heights. Patterson Park is nestled on one of its banks.

So I can see the bayou from the bar? You can’t see the bayou itself, but a whole stretch of the patio on the first floor of Patterson Park is lined with rows of the greenway’s trees. It kind of feels like you’re next to a forest—and that’s the vibe they’re going for, the owners are calling it a “treehouse bar.”

The first floor? There are several floors? Yes, it’s a multi-level bar, with a small ground level that has access to the street and parking lot, a first floor with a massive U-shaped bar inside and a 5,000-square-foot tree-abutting deck, as well as a rooftop with a view of downtown Houston. The entire space is a whopping 9,000 square feet.

Really, you can actually see Houston’s skyline from there? You sure can—although it’s in the distance, the immediate view you’ll see is of an industrial parking lot full of forklift trucks, because you know, it’s still Houston.

Patterson Park in the Heights is bound to be a popular bar during patio season and in the summer.

Patterson Park in the Heights is bound to be a popular bar during patio season and in the summer.

Alex Montoya

That’s fair. So am I drinking here or just admiring the view? Both. The bar serves specialty cocktails and some classics with a twist. The Thai Chili Margarita is on point and boasts an appropriate level of spiciness (read: spicy). It’s made with Hornitos tequila, orange liqueur, ginger, Thai chile and lime. The Fantasma—with Ghost tequila, cassis, lime and ginger beer—is fruity and refreshing. They’re not all winners though: The Plantation Rum-based Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (yes, you read that right) tasted out of balance on a recent night.

The beer list does a good job of highlighting some of Houston’s great local craft breweries, including Eureka Heights, Southern Star, Great Heights, Saint Arnold, Saloon Door, Texas Leaguer and more. The wine list is a who’s who of big commercial brands, nothing too interesting, so I’d stick with the cocktails and beer.

Sounds good. I’m hoping there’ll be food to soak up all this alcohol. Patterson Park will have one or two food trucks selling food every day, parked on the ground level. Featured trucks will rotate, but upcoming ones include Foreign Policy, serving Korean, Greek, Mexican and American food; and Offbeat Eatz and Ultimate Kitchen, which both focus on comfort food like burgers.

What about the ambiance, can you paint a picture for me? Patterson Park emulates a treehouse with its entirely wooden structure, from the barn-like interior boasting exposed beams to the deck and rooftop. There’s classic patio furniture outside complete with Adirondack chairs and colorful bar stools, as well as weird, mismatched living room furniture inside behind the bar. There are 40 HDTV screens that will broadcast all those sports games (peep the Astros flags proudly waving outside), as well as a few arcade games in a corner. Neon wall signs glow with messages like “You look good in neon.”

It’s the kind of place that will be totally crawling with customers this spring and summer, likely with plenty of youths and party people, but I could totally see your mom heading there too after her yoga class.

Patterson Park in the Heights has three levels and is built to look like a massive treehouse.

Patterson Park in the Heights has three levels and is built to look like a massive treehouse.

Alex Montoya

Sounds like good vibes. So who are the people behind it? Pretty big Houston restaurant people, as a matter of fact. Heard of the iconic Café Annie that opened in 1980? Well, it’s now owned by the Berg Hospitality Group and called the Annie Café and Bar, but was co-founded by Lonnie Schiller, a famed Houston restaurateur that has now turned his attention to Patterson Park, with the help of his wife, Candice “Candy” Schiller, and daughter and son-in-law Caroline and Brandon Murphy. The umbrella company, Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group, also owns The Grove in Discovery Green and Café Express, which has three locations in the Houston area, with a fourth on the way.

Patterson Park is the team’s latest concept, and it opened just this week after a years-long buildout from the ground up—they closed on the land on Patterson Street, formerly an empty lot, almost four years ago.

Hmm, Patterson Street. Didn’t I read about a bike lane being built there or something? Yes, Chron’s resident bike guy Jay R. Jordan wrote about upcoming Houston bike lanes in January and mentioned one coming to Patterson Street. Construction starts in May. Honestly, the parking situation in that area is not ideal. The bar has a lot with 100-car capacity, including a valet section, which will likely not be enough for how highly trafficked Patterson Park is going to be. You can also fight for the area’s scant street parking, but biking to this spot—especially once the new lane is in place—or grabbing a rideshare is recommended.

I’m totally sold. When does it open? It opened April 13! You can head there this weekend. Patterson Park is open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Patterson Park
2205 Patterson Street (Heights)

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