If there's a more satisfying spot to have a beer in Houston than The Ginger Man's open-air backyard, I've yet to find it. Never overly packed, never too isolated — those thick-beam tables have a way of bringing even the most disparate groups together — The Ginger Man's pairing of patio and pint remains properly unparalleled. The drink selection's as wide as it is curated. The interior's intimate without feeling cramped. There are other bars in the Village, and there are other watering holes in Houston, but there are few places where a drink and an evening can leave you more content.