As the summer heats up, you might want to relax from work playing some outdoor games at your favorite bar. In Houston, the only time of day with tolerable temperatures is in the evening, which perfectly coincides with the time your favorite bars are operating. Find the best spots around town to kick back with a drink while having fun outside.
Brooklyn Athletic Club
601 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-4440

While the name might suggest that the Brooklyn Athletic Club is little more than a gym, it is actually a bar that happens to have outdoor games. You can enjoy bocce ball or the outdoor putting green while waiting for your food or drinks. The kitchen’s menu includes upscale and comforting small bites such as buffalo chicken sliders or fish and chips. The drink menu not only includes a wide selection of local craft beers, but you can also get wines and cocktails such as a Pimm’s Cup or a New York Sour

Hans Bier Haus
2523 Quenby Ave.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 520-7474

Hans Bier Haus features a patio with a wide variety of outdoor games. For those with four-legged friends, the patio is dog-friendly. While there is not enough space on the patio to fling a Frisbee to Fido, you can still enjoy games with your human friends. At Hans Bier Haus, you can play bocce ball, horseshoes, beer pong and cornhole. Other events during the week keep this bar a local hot spot. You can enjoy football on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Tuesdays, you can pit your wits against others at trivia night, and Wednesdays are open mic nights. Karaoke is also offered on Thursdays. Regardless of your brand of fun, you can find something to do at Hans Bier Haus while enjoying any of the 16 beers on tap.

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3422 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 802-0410

Located near the Heights, in the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest neighborhood, is Cottonwood. A bar located along a railroad track that hosts fun for the entire family; yes, even kids are welcome at Cottonwood. In fact, this bar was named by the Houston Press as one of the top 10 in Houston for bringing your kids to. The outdoor patio has several games, including cornhole. Cottonwood also hosts several live concerts on a regular basis on the patio for you to listen to while you play and drink. Despite its reputation as a family friendly place, Cottonwood does not skimp on the drinks. You can find a live listing of what is on tap both on the bar’s Twitter page and on its website.

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Little Woodrow’s Midtown
2306 Brazos St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-1041

Where else in Houston can you play outdoor games on the patio while waiting for the start of the turtle races? Little Woodrow’s Midtown features free, live turtle racing on the patio every Thursday night, while Wednesday nights feature Geeks Who Drink trivia. Shuffleboard and bean bag toss are some of the games you can play anytime during the week. This bar does have a limited menu, or come for steak nights on Wednesdays. If you are thirsty, the drink menu is lengthy and features a wide range of beers from all around the world.

Liberty Station
2101 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 640-5220

The Washington Corridor is well-known for its variety of bars and night spots. One of the best in this area is Liberty Station. Hailed as one of the most laid-back pubs in the neighborhood, this bar features an outdoor patio that is climate controlled, which is a boon during the sultry summer nights in Houston. On the patio, you can play cornhole, Foosball and other games. While this bar only serves drinks, food trucks regularly stop by to satisfy your hunger, but if you prefer something else, you are welcome to bring in your own food to accompany your drinks or craft beers.

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