Did you, like me, open the door this morning and start spinning like Julie Andrews amid the Austrian Alps? Houston, it is July and it is nice outside. We're talking temperatures in the low to mid 80s ... that's like the upper Midwest, y'all.

Since we have this glorious weather (until the weekend, apparently), there's only one thing to do: Head to the patios and drink booze.

So sing it like Julie: Here are a few of our favorite patios:

B.B Lemon (Montrose)

Newly opened in the former Pax Americana space, this second location of Berg Hospitality Group's New York-style casual restaurant and bar has a very fern-friendly patio area. Enjoy B.B. Lemon's popular cheeseburger here, maybe with a bourbon drink like Time Will Tell.

Bellagreen

Have small children but still need that 4:30 p.m. wine break? We're a firm believer in the expansive patio area at the City Centre location of this health-forward family restaurant. Grab a glass of white and watch the kiddies run around crazy on the City Centre turf. Then it's nap time!

Calle Onze

Drive by this popular Mexican restaurant on even the hottest days and you'll find people sitting about its swanky patio. Why? Because the food and drinks are worth it. Head to Calle Onze for ceviche, fajitas, duck carnitas, and more than a few margaritas (we dig the papaya, which has more than a little kick from habanero).

Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory

With happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., and a pretty cool bar program, we're not sure why you're still reading this. Get $7 crispy wings, a selection of dips, and sliders with awesome cocktails ($6 at happy hour) like the Fords G&Tini or Frozen Forecast (a take on a Houston classic). Stay for dinner from chef Evelyn Garcia.

The Grove's patio is surrounded by plenty of natural beauty, thanks to its position at Discovery Green.

The Grove

The Discovery Green restaurant has a great happy hour, 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, made for enjoying on its large, stylish patio space. Try pork belly nachos for $8, or two cheeses for $13, and get house wine for $5. Want to sip a margarita Wednesday in honor of National Tequila Day? $6, baby.

Lotti Dotti

This Montrose newbie (in the old Brooklyn Athletic Club space) has a variety of frozen cocktails with very Houston names, from Slime in the Ice Machine to Be Someone. Pay tribute to Patrick Swayze with Pain Don't Hurt (Bacardi Gold, Bacardi Superior, passionfruit, blue curacao, orgeat, lime), then enjoy a burger or some salty meats.

Moon Tower Inn

Maybe we're cheating, since this is technically a beer garden, but who cares: Moon Tower is great. Get beautiful and sloppy burgers, or just some deviled eggs, along with a vast selection of local beer. 

The patio at Cypress's new Union Kitchen overlooks Towne Lake.

The Union Kitchen

Every Union Kitchen location has outdoor dining, perfect for that post-tough-day big dinner of comforting crab cakes or—hell, why not—filet mignon. The newest Union Kitchen in Cypress has 130 seats on a patio overlooking Towne Lake, along with plenty of cocktails including frozen drinks. 

Eight Row Flint

You can pair Eight Row with neighboring Calle Onze for a happy hour patio crawl. Totally worth it, if only to sip one of Eight Row's many whiskeys, or maybe one of the bar's frozen drinks (we love their frosé) or carbonated cocktails. Also, $3 tacos and $3 select local beers during happy hour (2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday). Who wants to leave work early?

Finn Hall

A patio ... downtown? Well, it's more like a really nice, bounded off section of tables and chairs, but you can sip a cocktail while sitting outside at the food hall. Grab a cocktail from upstairs Swallow's Nest, or order a beer from the hall's very solid beer selection, and pair it with grub from one of the dining concepts (Low Tide, anyone?).

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Lotti Dotti

Cocktails, Dog-Friendly, Happy Hour, Outdoor Patio 601 Richmond Ave

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Low Tide

$$ Seafood 712 Main St

Part of Downtown food hall Finn Hall, Low Tide comes from Harold's in the Heights owner Alli Jarrett. Here, she focuses on fresh seafood with a raw bar of oy...

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Eight Row Flint

$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 1039 Yale St.

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The Union Kitchen

$$ American/New American Multiple Locations

This local chain’s grilled cheese lobster sandwich is an almost indecently large lunch option. There’s lots of melty Brie and buttery slices of avocado tucke...

Moon Tower Inn

$$ Hamburgers, Pub/Brewery 3004 Canal St.

Though the menu has expanded to offer hamburgers and even fancy meat-and-cheese plates since Moon Tower Inn first opened in 2010—back when it resembled nothi...

The Grove

$$$ American/New American 1611 Lamar St.

The Grove’s five private dining rooms can hold anywhere from 20 to 240 people, and all afford breathtaking views of Discovery Green and the downtown skyline—...

Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory

$$ Latin, Mexican/Tex-Mex, Pan-Asian 2310 Decatur St

From some of the minds behind the Original Beaver's comes this concept where a budding chef gets an opportunity to run the show for a little while. Meantime,...

Calle Onze

$$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex 222 W. 11th St.

Constantly packed and often noisy inside, this happening Heights restaurant focusing on Mexican and elevated Tex-Mex offers some fun variations on tried-and-...

Bellagreen

$$ American/New American Multiple Locations

The former Ruggles Green with locations throughout Houston and Dallas showcases vegan-friendly, organic, and health-forward dishes on a vast menu. Service is...

BB Lemon

$$ American/New American 1809 Washington Ave.