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Rooftop Bars Houston

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Rooftop Bar Houston
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Houston Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

From a sky-high downtown cocktail lounge to charming restaurant patios, we will guide to the elevated and open-air venues to see Houston from a new perspective. Packed with all the info you need about every great Houston rooftop bar: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more.

As one of the biggest cities in the US, a warm climate and lots of skyscrapers, Houston has all the features for a good rooftop city. And there’s something for everyone here, whether you want to wine & dine or relax in a rooftop swimming pool. But which is the best rooftop bar Houston? Just scroll down and find the Houston rooftop bar best suited for you.

The list

13 best rooftop bars in Houston

Rooftop bar Houston Z on23 Rooftop Bar

Z on23 Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 23rd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Stylish
  • Crafted cocktails

Perched on top of Le Méridien Houston Downtown you find Z on23 Rooftop Bar, a stylish and open-air cocktail bar with fantastic 360-degree views over Houston, beautiful both around sunset and later on, when the skyline is twinkling with lights. Equipped with comfy lounge seating and a sleek, open-air rooftop bar, the Z on23 rooftop menu includes a nice selection of crafted signature cocktails, premium spirits and wine, all served in a stylish yet warm atmosphere.

Rooftop bar Houston Skylawn at POST Houston

Skylawn at POST Houston

$$$ | 3rd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Huge rooftop park
  • 360° views
  • One-of-a-kind

The former Barbara Jordan Post Office bulding has been turned into a vibrant 550 000-square-foot cultural hub, mixing concert venue and co-working spaces with restaurants, bars and an international market hall. Called POST Houston, the venue is highly impressive throughout, but the most striking feature is the Skylawn rooftop. The five-acre rooftop includes seven distinct gardens, a skyline promenade, event space, a stage, a game space and much more. All framed by amazing 360° views over Houston.

Rooftop bar Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company in Houston

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company

$$$ | 3rd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Creative brews
  • Skyline views
  • Weekend brunch

BuffBrew does not only produce some of the most interesting brews in all of Houston, they also offer a large and vibrant venue to enjoy it all. Located right in the Arts District and Sawyer Yards, and spread out across three floors, here you find tasting room, brewpub, restaurant and a spacious rooftop terrace with panoramic views over the Houston skyline. Try some of the creative brews made on site, along with a wide selection of gastro pub dishes made perfect to pair with the beers.


10 Spectacular Rooftop Bars in Houston

Rooftop bar Houston B&B Butchers & Restaurant

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

$$$$ | 2nd floor | Washington
  • Highlights
  • Kobe Beef certified
  • Skyline views
  • Vibrant upscale

B&B Butcher’s mixes a traditional in-house butcher shop with an upscale steakhouse restaurant. And best of all, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed on the charming second floor rooftop terrace, where you get great and unobstructed views of the Houston skyline. One of only nine US restaurants certified by the Kobe Beef Association in Japan, this is obviously a perfect spot for a good steak. But also for crafted, Texas-spirited signature cocktails during weekday Social Hour (3-6pm), or for a weekend rooftop brunch.

Rooftop bar Houston 77 Degrees Rooftop in Houston

77 Degrees Rooftop

$$$ | 4th floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Caribbean vibes
  • Skyline views
  • Multi-level

The hot amd trendy 77 Degrees Rooftop brings plenty of Caribbean cocktails and vibes to Midtown Houston. Set over four levels, the bright and open venue feels a lot like a vacation, with a mix of comfy cabanas and swings. Climb to the very top, and you are also blessed with some amazing panoramics over the Houston skyline. Taking its name from the optimal cocktailing temperature, 77 Degrees serves a refreshing selection of Caribbean-inspired speacialty cocktails, complemented with tropical bites.

Rooftop bar Lawless Spirits & Kitchen in Houston

Lawless Spirits & Kitchen

$$$ | 2nd floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Daily happy hour
  • Glamorous

Located in the historic Rice Hotel in downtown Houston, Lawless Spirits & Kitchen offers a modern take on a glamorous, glitzy and old school bar and restaurant. Part stylish indoor lounge and part chic rooftop terrace, mixing chairs, cushioned couches and palm trees, overlooking downtown. Open most nights of the week, here you can indulge in a menu filled with well-crafted cocktails, a large selection of wine and beer, as well as finger foods and bites perfect to share.

Rooftop bar Altitude Rooftop & Pool at Marriot Marquis in Houston

Altitude Rooftop & Pool at Marriot Marquis

$$$$ | 6th floor | Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Infinity pool
  • Tropical park
  • Day pass / hotel guest

The Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston comes with several resort-like amenities, where the crown jewel is the spacious and amazing 6th floor rooftop terrace. Called Altitude Rooftop & Pool, this impressive venue looks and feels a lot like a tropical rooftop park, and comes with both a heated rooftop infinity pool and a Texas-shaped lazy river. A hot-spot for long hours of fun relaxation under the Texas sun, which you can enjoy either by staying at the hotel or purchase a day pass.

Rooftop bar Sunset Rooftop Lounge in Houston

Sunset Rooftop Lounge

$$$ | 3rd floor | East Downtown
  • Highlights
  • Fun & vibrant
  • Skyline views
  • Live music

Found in the heart of EaDo, the hip and happening Sunset Rooftop Lounge is place to have a great time, with a great view. Mixing indoor and outdoor terrace seating, here you can enjoy days and nights against the backdrop of the downtown skyline. Aiming to be everything from your neighborhood local bar, day time patio or rendezvous for elevated nightlife, the Sunset bar offers creative and tropical cocktails, as well as live music and a fun atmosphere pretty much daily.

Rooftop bar Capt. Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge in Houston
  • Highlights
  • Speakeasy-style
  • Cocktail bar
  • Rooftop balcony

A bit tricky to find, but well worth the search, Bad News Bar is a comfy and classy bar, with a love for authentic cocktails. The second floor venue holds a quite dark indoor saloon, leading out to a much more open-air terrace. Quite small, and more of a rooftop balcony, this is still a great spot to enojy breezy views over the action on Main Street. Focusing on serving the best of crafts, the rooftop offers a small menu of craft beers, but what you really want to try is one of the many cocktails, all made to perfection.

Rooftop bar The Dogwood in Houston

The Dogwood

$$$ | 2nd floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Modern sports bar
  • Skyline views
  • Southern hospitality

Located in Midtown Houston, The Dogwood offers an 'outdoor entertaining' concept over two levels. From the downstairs interior bar with floor to ceiling walk-throughs to open-air patios, up to the second floor rooftop bar that wraps around the building, showcasing a breathtaking view of Houston's skyline. Surrounded by southern hospitality, The Dogwood serves high end comfort food in a casual setting, as well as all the beers and cocktails you could wish for.

Rooftop bar Upstairs Bar & Lounge in Houston

Upstairs Bar & Lounge

$$$ | 2nd floor | Rice Village
  • Highlights
  • Laid-back
  • Weekend brunch
  • Private events

Perched in the oak trees lining Rice Boulevard, Upstairs Bar & Lounge is a casual and contemporary neighborhood gathering spot, offering a great selection of food and drinks. Mixing stylish indoor seating with an expansive second-floor terrace, this is a go-to spot for after-work happy hour, a date night or a weekend rooftop brunch. The Upstairs menu includes exclusive light bites and wood-fired pizza, as well as refreshing and handcrafted cocktails and a large selection of beers and wine.

Rooftop bar Houston The Tremont House Rooftop Bar in Houston

The Tremont House Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 5th floor | Galveston
  • Highlights
  • Signature cocktails
  • Great views
  • Sophisticated

One of the best looking rooftop bars Houston has to offer is not located in the city center, but at Galveston Island out by the Gulf of Mexico. The Tremont House Rooft Bar is a sophisticated open-air venue with a beatiful setting. Here you find a mix of lounge sofas and bar stools, looking extra sharp at night thanks to a lighted Manzanita tree and illuminated pots. Enjoy great views over downtown Galveston and the harbor, along with well made signature cocktails, rooftop Sangria, crafted beers and a nice selection of wines.

Rooftop bar Houston Market Street Bar at Hyatt Centric in Houston

Market Street Bar at Hyatt Centric

$$$ | 2nd floor | The Woodlands
  • Highlights
  • Signature cocktails
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Rooftop pool

Situated on the second floor of the Hyatt Centric The Woodlands, a bit north of downtown Houston, The Market Street Rooftop Bar is most likely the chicest venue in the area. Both a stylish indoor lounge and an outdoor terrace, complete with lounge chairs, bar stools, cosy fire-pits, a swimming pool and cool views over the popular Market Street shopping area. With a stylish yet laid-back vibe, this is the ideal lounge-terrace for pre- or post dinner signature cocktails, microbrews or something from the extensive wine menu.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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City info

Rooftop bar Houston

Rooftop-grade: 7/10

Prime season: all year

Inhabitants: 6,3 millions

Climate: humid subtropic

The climate in Houston is pleasant all year round, except for summer, when it can get very hot. The climate allows the rooftop bars here to have open all year round.

Which are the best rooftops in Houston? There are many rooftop bars in Houston with awesome views, luxurious furnishings, and usually with a swimming pool. Dispite the perfect climate and the large amount of terraces in Houston, there should be more cool rooftops here.

A typical Houston rooftop bar is located at a hotel or restaurant with downtown city views, the same as many regular Houston bars. Use the map to find best sky lounges, that are close to your location.

About Houston

Houston is the fourth largest city in the US after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Houston is probably best known for its industrial energy, technology and space industries, NASA being the primarily reason for this. A visit to Space Center Houston is a must if you have never been there.