Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Patios

Bayou view? Check. Comfy seating? Check. Great drinks? Check.
Bayou view? Check. Comfy seating? Check. Great drinks? Check.
Photo courtesy Brenner's on the Bayou

With unusually cool and sunny April weather, who can resist lunching on a patio and soaking up some sun? This time of year, it's usually getting too hot to bear, but we've been incredibly lucky to have had sunshine and cooler temperatures the past few weeks.

For me, better weather means lunch under the shade of an umbrella, dinner under the stars and possibly some bocce and stiff drinks at one of these spots, which feature the ten best patios in the city.

With great views of both nature and the urban jungle, the Grove has something for everyone.
With great views of both nature and the urban jungle, the Grove has something for everyone.
Photo courtesy The Grove

10. The Grove Nestled in the heart of Downtown in Discovery Green, The Grove is an ideal place to take in trees and skyscrapers alike. It's a popular wedding and party venue, thanks to the many private rooms available and the first- and second-floor patios with views of the park and Downtown Houston. The second-floor patio houses an herb garden for the restaurant, which serves distinctively Houstonian food with an emphasis on Southern cuisine and products from local purveyors.

A little bit of the Hill Country in Houston at Cedar Creek.
A little bit of the Hill Country in Houston at Cedar Creek.
Photo courtesy Cedar Creek

9. Cedar Creek The sign above the entrance reads "Welcome to the Hill Country," and the vibe on the sprawling patio in the Heights is definitely one of Hill Country cool, with live music, local beer and a little bit of that funky devil-may-care attitude that makes Austin and the surrounding areas so fun. It's a little bit country and a little bit city all rolled into one great party locale where folks come out to celebrate everything from Halloween to crawfish season.

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