by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
In the wise words of Will Smith, "Summer, summer summer time. Time to sit back and unwind." (It sounds better when he says it.) We suggest you do exactly that, on a patio with a drink in hand. Patios are as common as mosquitoes in Houston, but here are a few of our favorite outdoor bars. (Photo: Continental Club)
Updated: May 20, 2011
As with most icehouses, this one is little more than a shack full of beer coupled with sprawling space for picnic tables. And that's how we like it. Bring on the bikers, their dogs and pet snakes and the sweaty bottles of Texas ale.
Call us crazy, but there's something about warm weather that makes us want to drink tropical beverages. The frozen mojito at the Flat is sweet and refreshing and the courtyard out back is charming, even if it closes earlier than the rest of the bar.
Despite being grungy and nonchalant, Poison Girl has somehow become the Montrose golden child. It's been eternally well-loved for its wide selection of whiskey, cheap Lone Star and the shady back patio occupied by a giant Kool Aid Man and crowded with smoking 20-somethings.