Patterson Park Patio Bar Opens with Multi-Level Indoor/Outdoor Watering Hole Along Scenic White Oak Bayou


Patterson Park Patio Bar (2205 Patterson Street) – a new multi-level hospitality concept billed as a Treehouse on the Trail – will open to the public on Wednesday, April 13 just as Houston patio weather kicks in to high gear.

Reminisicent of a modern day Swiss Family Robinson set, the built-from the-ground-up drinks concept is equal parts outdoor patio bar and indoor casual lounge designed for drinking, gathering, socializing, game-playing and sports-watching with cold beer and cocktails on tap along with rotating food offerings from some of Houston’s finest rolling restaurants.

The new neighborhood haunt – the brainchild of restaurant veterans Lonnie and Candice Schiller in partnership with their daughter and son-in-law, Caroline and Brendan Murphy – draws its name from the street upon which it resides and the verdant, park-like setting adjacent to the lush woods and mature live oaks that define White Oak Bayou Trail. Situated directly north of I-10 and equidistant from the residential enclaves of Rice Military and Houston Heights, the 9,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor, dog-friendly space features 40+ oversized HDTVs, arcade and board games, out-of-the-box programming, vibrant artwork and spectacular downtown views across three levels.

“Patterson Park is a concept that we’ve been thinking about as a family for a long time, and we are thrilled to bring our vision for a neighborhood hangout to life on this uniquely-situated piece of property along White Oak Bayou Trail,” noted Brendan Murphy. He added, “We invite our guests to come as they are to enjoy refreshing cocktails, bask in the picturesque scenery, and socialize in an environment befitting Houston’s diverse community, rich culture, and unique charm.”

Chief among its unique selling points is Patterson Park’s show-stopping 5,000-square-foot outdoor deck custom made for sipping flavored Ranch Water and two dozen brews on tap, including a bevy of local craft brewery selections and inspired cocktail offerings that include the Frozen Pickle Back (Tullamore Dew, Simple Syrup, Lime, Pickle), the Schwayze (Deep Eddy Vodka, Lime, Grenadine, Sprite, Cherry Garnish), the Tree House Gimlet (Austin Still Gin, Green Chartreuse, Cucumber Syrup, Lime, Cucumber Slice Garnish), and the French 765B –Patterson Park’s twist on the classic French 75 that pays homage to the bar’s I-10 exit number.

The interior and exterior spaces are the result of a collaboration between veteran restaurateur and award-winning interior designer Candice Schiller, principal at H3D Hospitality Design, whose work has included Cafe Annie, The Grove, and The Pearl at the Sam Houston Hotel, in tandem with her aforementioned daughter Caroline – an artist who began her career as a muralist in West Palm Beach – and architect Craig Schuster of Schuster Inc., who served as the lead designer for iconic restaurant concepts in the Pappas family for over 20

Adjacent to acres of mature trees, the building’s architecture and design are rooted in the site and are intended to exist in harmony with the White Oak Bayou ravine as viewed from the dramatic, two-level cantilevered deck. The space is dominated by a large mural – fantastical in scale and color – that provides contrast to the cedar walls and high wood truss ceiling. Garage doors throughout open to bring the outside in, including at the horsehoe-shaped, granite bar.

“The chance to collaborate with my daughter, Caroline, on a new project was the thrill of a lifetime. Her experience as a muralist – as well as her generational perspective – guided the design and proved key to the end result,” Schiller said.

In addition to happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 7 pm, the City’s newest gathering place offers additional incentives for bike riders, who will receive 10% off their tabs – even if they come during happy hour – if they opt to take the trail to the treehouse hangout. Special themed nights at Patterson Park will include Industry Night on Mondays; Texas Tuesdays ($5 select Texas liquors, $4 select Texas beers); Ladies Night on Wednesdays ($5 frozen drinks, $5 glasses of house wine, $5 draft cocktails, 25% off wine bottles); and Steak Night on Thursdays ($7 ranch waters and highballs).

A rotating selection of some of Houston’s most popular food trucks will keep patrons’ hunger at bay from the time Patterson Park opens until it closes each day; one truck will service guests’ needs during the week and on Sundays, and two trucks will be on-hand on Fridays and Saturdays. A full schedule for each month will be posted to the Patterson Park website that outlines food truck days and times and provides links to each truck’s website and menu.

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Photos: Alex Montoya