How different is the new Bayou Heights Bier Garten from the original?

We visited the two sister patio bars in Houston to see how they stack up.

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The cocktail bar at the new Bayou Heights Bier Garten

The cocktail bar at the new Bayou Heights Bier Garten

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There's a new patio and beer garden in the Washington Avenue Corridor—and this one may look familiar to Houston bargoers. The Bayou Heights Bier Garten from the Kirby Group opened its doors a few weeks ago, but is already drawing a crowd. We spent a chilly Sunday night hopping from this newest hot spot to its sister bar, Heights Bier Garten, to see how they stack up.

If breakfast is what you seek

Both locations have a central outdoor patio and two separate buildings, one for the bar serving beer and wine, the other serving cocktails. Bayou Heights Bier Garten steps up the offerings with the addition of a distinct cafe that dishes out coffee and pastries baked on-site. BHBG Coffee is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., so diners can stop in for a coffee and snack before the weekend brunch begins at 11 a.m. in the main restaurant. It's also a great spot for remote work or relaxed meetings, where you can sit in the sun on nice days, or inside the charming structure during Houston's worst weather moments.

The cafe at Bayou Heights Bier Garten has coffee drinks and pastries

The cafe at Bayou Heights Bier Garten has coffee drinks and pastries

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The lowdown on the patios

Our concern that Bayou Heights Bier Garten might be overwhelmed with traffic noise from busy Washington Avenue has been addressed with the parking lot, which serves as a buffer between the street and the building. The lot was already full to the brim on a slow Sunday night, largely due to the valet parking occupying numerous spots.

The patio is smaller at the new location, but the silo that towers above it makes it stand apart from fellow businesses. The glass structure houses the beer and wine bar and adds to the overall ambiance. Patrons will find the same picnic and wrought-iron tables at Bayou Heights as the Heights location, with cozy firepits to fend off the elements.

The Heights Bier Garten

The Heights Bier Garten

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Which one for date night?

People who enjoy the whimsical swings that are at the Heights Bier Garten will be delighted to know the same are found at the Washington Ave bar, though there are fewer. The Bayou Heights Bier Garten maintains the relaxed vibes of its sister bar, but is slightly elevated thanks to the cocktail bar's 36-foot-long marble top and lounge-style seating with velvet couches inside. While both beer gardens work as a relaxed date night spot, Bayou Heights manages to feel a touch more romantic and luxurious than the older location.

The newest bar has 28 house cocktails, from "Tropical and Tiki" to "Spirit Forward" selections such as a Flannel Skirt with rye, sweet vermouth, framboise and aromatic bitters. The adjacent bar has 76 beers and 16 wines to choose from.

The silo at Bayou Heights Bier Garten houses the beer and wine bar

The silo at Bayou Heights Bier Garten houses the beer and wine bar

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Last but not least: the food

What truly separates the two spots is the food. If you're craving heartier fare, head to Bayou Heights Bier Garten. The new locale swaps out the sausages served in the Heights for smoked meat plates with housemade pickles. Diners can order the same or different dishes from the Heights menu, including a brisket grilled cheese and a butternut squash bowl. This is sure to be a brunch destination, with enticing fare like the Croque Ma'am made with bechamel sauce, sliced pork belly, provolone cheese and a fried egg sandwiched between Texas toast.

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