Is there anything sweeter in the summer than a cocktail with a view? The Houston sun may be intense, but the rooftop bars make the heat feel like a vacation. Whether you’re sitting with your feet in the pool at a trendy hotel or dancing underneath string lights at a dive bar, these bars will remind you why you love summer so much. Because even though it’s Texas in the summer, Houston will help you still love this state.
Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge
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This bar is perhaps the best second date spot in all of Houston. Nestled in a speakeasy that’s disguised as a law office, Bad News Bar is at the top of a steep flight of stairs, which takes you to a dark, old-school bar, complete with an outdoor patio. They have a classic cocktail list, as well as more adventurous drinks to try.
Located downtown, the Grove is a Sunday brunch miracle. Known as “Brunch on the Green,” the Grove’s buffet is $35 for adults and $15 for kids. They also have a killer happy hour, with $5 Prosecco and wine, and perhaps most importantly, $5 truffle fries. It overlooks a famous park, Discovery Green, giving you the full urban meets nature experience.
The definition of a good dive bar, Grand Prize offers a pool table and an Elvis pinball machine. What else could you want? The string lights make this place a hit at night, with lots of places to sit on the bottom and second floor. The second floor has an outdoor patio to sit on and enjoy the Houston nightlife—plus your Lonestar.
Located on the second floor and offering seasonal cocktails, the Rosemont often has impressive DJs and has a Moroccan ambiance. You know how much this bar understands Houston when you see the number of coverings used to protect their customers from the sun.
After a long day of shopping on 19th Street, you’re going to want to treat yourself to a beer. Luckily, Harold’s is the ideal spot. You can grab a pint of Saint Arnold Summer beer and plan out your next move by looking at the shops down the street. It’s even next door to Emerson Rose, a trendy clothing store that won’t disappoint.