When bar hopping, it’s best to eliminate any unnecessary traveling. Not only do the Uber costs accrue over time, it also drains valuable time that could otherwise be spent rallying with friends. Thus, for our new neighborhood series, we’re highlighting our favorite coffee shops, bars, and restaurants in Houston’s hottest communities. Below, we’ve listed our favorite drinking spots in The Heights. Continue on to discover the 10 best bars in The Heights – ranked in no particular order.
The Heights’ beer haven features a covered and uncovered patio spruced up with picnic tables, umbrellas, dappled lighting, and fire pits come the season. Likewise, Heights Bier Garten offers an extensive list of craft beers as well as wines and spirits. HBG also offers a full food and snack menu; take your order on one of their swing chairs and see how many pretzels you can eat before the chains give way.
The dog-friendly patio in the Heights offers a laidback garden retreat from the city, fit with twinkly lights, picnic tables, and a plethora of cocktails. In addition to daily specials like Taco Tuesdays, Steak Night on Wednesdays, and Old Fashioned Mondays, Wicklow Heights features Happy Hour from 4 – 6 pm from Monday through Friday.
You can take the tequila out of the tiki but you can’t take the tiki out of the tequila. Engulfed in towering palm trees, its patio is furnished with an manicured turf populated with lush greenery, beachy huts, and dappled lighting. Their menu is laced with mezcals, craft tiki cocktails, and frozen bevvys, while weekend features include tiki-twisted Micheladas, Bloody Marys, and mimosas
4. Better Luck Tomorrow
Better Luck Tomorrow in The Heights is a go-to truly delicious tropical cocktails. In the festive and colorful atmosphere, be sure to sip on a Bahama Mama made with rum, pineapple, lime, orange, pomegranate, coconut.
King Bier Haus is not only a gorgeous beer garden in the the heart of The Heights, it’s also one of the few places in town that you can find top notch German cuisine. Here you can fill your beer steins with any number of lagers, weissbiers, hefeweizens, and dunkels, while dining on schnitzel, bratwurst, pretzels, and Hungarian stew.
6. Space Cowboy
There’s a new watering hole in town, Houston. Space Cowboy is now open inside the Heights House Hotel at 100 Cavalcade for all your poolside bar needs. The bar, located at Heights House Hotel, is a tropical oasis complete with vintage sun-brellas, colorful beach chairs, and a shimmering pool. The Palm Springs-esque watering hole is certainly a vibe, whether its the retro color scheme, vice-like mural, and effervescent lawn-scape.
7. Lei Low
Known as the tiki bar that started a movement in Texas, Lei Low is an over-the-top Hawaiian haven tucked inside a strip center in The Heights. At Lei Low, Hawaiian shirts are encouraged, and rewarded come happy hour, with a menu that covers all rum-soaked surfside favorites. Be sure to swim over to Lei Low on Wednesdays for a steel guitar performance.
8. Big Star Bar
Good music, good people, and ridiculously cheap beer: that’s Big Star Bar. The retro-fitted late-night dive in the Heights is fitted with pool tables, a dance floor, and a big back yard when the weather’s fair. If you’re winding down for the night or turning up, Big Star is the place to do so.
Opened this past June, Moonshine Deck is a southern-cooked whiskey watering hole that celebrates comfort food, Americana, and moonshine. Self-described as a “rebellious respite in the bustling urban backdrop of downtown Houston,” the bar and kitchen offers a spacious indoor and outdoor hang beset with a myriad of TVs, a turf-plated patio, patio games, porch swings, and a number of photo-friendly installations
10. Harold’s Restaurant, Bar, & Rooftop Terrace
Located on 19th Street in the Heights, Harold’s offers fine southern cooking with a view. Their menu, which includes brunch, lunch, and dinner, features crave-worthy options such as their Creole Benedict, Crawfish Fondue, Beer Battered Fish, and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.