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Cottonwood

Beer Garden, Gastropub, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Garden Oaks, Houston
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  • Local Houston Magazine
    It does a fantastic job of making you feel like you are relaxing somewhere in West Texas. Taking in the views you're going to see kids (only before 8pm), hipster parents & local Garden Oakians. Read more
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Cottonwood is a delightful bar/restaurant that looks like the lovechild of an old Texas dancehall and a beautiful beer garden … with a well-above-average food menu as its nanny. Read more
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Cottonwood is a hidden-in-plain-sight enclave just outside the Loop (a trip to some), well worth the drive to escape that déjà vu feeling we get at times inside the Loop. Read more
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MonachinoAugust 8, 2014
    I like this pl. Similar to Little Woodrow's, but w/o the Ice House feel. Its a step up - Clean, Chill, Good Layout... Patio is super cool. Lots of good lookn peeps and, friendly like in the Heights.
  • Local Houston Magazine
    A yard of crushed granite and tasteful landscaping, huge covered patios (heated!), a stage for live music, bocce court and a massive parking area are new as well. Read more
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 5, 2015
    The Squirrel Master burger is great! Pair it with their flight of any four beers if your choice (you can ask the bartender to curate this for you) and you can't go wrong!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressNovember 4, 2014
    The Squirrel Master Burger is a winner with a heap of bacon, melted pepperjack cheese, and an oozing, jalapeño-studded fried egg! Read more
  • Rex M'Masi
    Rex M'MasiSeptember 3, 2014
    Holy shit. Let's start with the ambiance: great tunes, perfect patio. Jerk chicken sandwich, shrimp po boy sandwich, onion rings, squirrel master burger, ALL HEAT. No worries with those picks.
  • Yuliana H.
    Yuliana HernandezJuly 13, 2013
    Awesome music and amazing waitresses who like my cat shirt. Have I mention how amazing their water buffalo wings are?? & they're dog friendly?? I'm in love!
  • Stephen A.
    Stephen AlexanderAugust 25, 2014
    Awesome outdoor/indoor bar with an Ice House feel but more upscale. The beer selection is good and the outdoor games are nice for big groups
  • Rhonda P.
    Rhonda PowerJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the wide selection of crafted beers and the menu choices. Having an area that neighbors can bring their kids to play is very thoughtful too!
  • Dave
    DaveJuly 27, 2014
    Order the Spritzer on a hot day! They make it right with Aperol & Prosecco. Very Refreshing!
  • Local Houston Magazine
    No problem finding a parking spot here, just don’t pull too close to the tracks. The raw metal sign as you walk up welcomes you to Cottonwood, and we think you will enjoy staying for a while. Read more
  • Luis C.
    Luis C.December 6, 2013
    Great place to hang out and plenty of beers on tap. I recommend the Moscow Mule if you are looking for a mixed drink!
  • TJ
    TJApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Shittier cover bands than Midtown and the Village combined. However, good beer selection and a great place to have a dog fighting ring.
  • Local Houston Magazine
    With an ever-changing craft beer and cocktail menu, Cottonwood makes it possible to call it home for an entire day or weekend. Read more
  • TopSpot Internet Marketing
    Team Lead Rachel frequents Cottonwood as she loves the "very relaxing, social atmosphere." Try "The Lounger" on the open patio.
  • Mike D.
    Mike D.October 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    BBQ Oysters & Stuffed Quail & Jerk Wings are the best. Great selection of beers on tap. Nice sound system too!!
  • Alejandro M.
    Sunday Brunch is pretty good! Small selection but won't regret it! Tres leches toast is my recommendation!
  • Marisol B.
    Marisol BuriticaDecember 17, 2012
    I love this place! Awesome beers, delish food, and great service. Just wish there weren't so many kids running around.
  • My Table Magazine
    My Table MagazineJune 14, 2013
    Cottonwood, with its outdoor benches and big pavilion, feels a bit like the kind of venue that would be good for a community barbecue. There actually are quite... Read more
  • Miles W.
    Miles WadeMarch 8, 2014
    Blue cheese stuffed burger was one of the better burgers I have ever had!
  • M G.
    M GDecember 9, 2016
    Fantastic neighborhood spot. Great food! Kid & dog friendly.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KMarch 22, 2016
    Chill spot with a huge outdoor space. The shrimp poboy is deeeeelicious. Dog friendly
  • Local Houston Magazine
    While your standard entertainment fare of cornhole, horseshoes, dominos and giant TVs are available, the biggest draw is the near-500sf, hardwood stage. Read more
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 16, 2016
    Beer garden with some cocktails. Laidback but lively. Service can be slow. Strawberry pie 👍🏼
  • Mike L.
    Mike LinskeyApril 11, 2014
    Spring time is awesome at this outdoor watering hole with live band on Thursday.
  • Marcus D.
    Marcus D.November 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The burgers here are great! Wonderful ambiance too! Very eclectic.
  • Silla Z.
    Silla ZNovember 4, 2016
    Really chill good music and very spacious... Nice menu too.. Cool place 🌺
  • Elsa M.
    Elsa MoyaOctober 26, 2013
    Cute bar! Love the games and laid back decor!
  • Taran
    TaranMay 21
    Great atmosphere. Live music, lots of outdoor seating and great food!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cool bar but waaaay too many kids running around on a weeknight while parents ignore them and drink! There are about 20 kids running around going nuts.
  • Collin M.
    Collin MacAllisterNovember 25, 2013
    Good place to hang out. Awesome whiskey selection and friendly staff.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LinskeyApril 18, 2014
    Good crowd, big selection on beers, light on Menu. Burgers best choice.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SDecember 30, 2015
    Good selection of drafts and the flights available are as varied as you want them to be
  • John K.
    John KuruvillaMarch 1, 2014
    Bleu Cheese Burger and the rarest beer you can find. Heaven.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HendricksonAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer selection. Skip the food or hope for a food truck.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle McCormickDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ oysters and fish tacos r yummy. Kale salad nice if u want something healthy.
  • Geraldine G.
    Loved the outdoor seating area. The food was good and the waitresses friendly.
  • Cathi B.
    Cathi BunnAugust 9, 2013
    Great food great drinks great music and you can bring your dog!
  • Martha C.
    Martha ChavezMay 26, 2013
    Burgers and beer are worth the try, but it is waaay to loud and crowded.
  • Dyana L.
    Dyana L.October 3, 2014
    Everything is good here, great for hanging out with friends
  • theneener
    theneenerJune 28, 2014
    Service is unapologetically awful. Great patio but there are other great patios in Houston with better service. Visit those.
  • Liss V.
    Liss V.July 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Dog friendly. Food is good, along with the drinks.
  • Bailie
    BailieMarch 8, 2015
    Such a cool space! Great beer selection and awesome patio!
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy SmithJuly 12, 2015
    BLT Panini is great! So are their fries!!
  • Dawn S.
    Dawn SmithJune 14, 2013
    Kat is a great bartender, awesome grapefruit cocktail.
  • Ben F.
    Ben FloresJanuary 27, 2013
    Nice open space, game area, dog friendly.
  • Sheren G.
    Sheren GuerreroJune 14, 2013
    First time ordering the Dogfish and love!
  • danny p.
    danny paickFebruary 17, 2013
    Firewood get it. Their in house cinnamon whisky
  • Stacia R.
    Stacia RabithFebruary 24, 2013
    Sat night & no kids! Couple fire pits, food truck, jenga & bocce ball!
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraNovember 3, 2013
    I recommend the Moscow Mule and the Solstice :)
  • eva
    evaJanuary 22
    Shrimp Poboy is amazing!!!
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith MainesJune 30, 2013
    Get the fish tacos. Perfect for a Houston summer patio night.
  • Alvin
    AlvinSeptember 7, 2014
    Beer selection and frozen drinks, plus it's dog friendly
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GMay 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best classic music mix in a bar. Period.
  • Ann B.
    Ann BishopJanuary 26, 2013
    Overrated and stuck up staff. Terrible service. You have to be in your twenties and heterosexual to get a beer at the bar. Shepherd Park is a MUCH better bar and has excellent service!
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua Burgess2 weeks ago
    Outdoor seating is nice when the weather cooperates
  • Anita N.
    Anita NuñezDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great new bar and atmosphere!
  • Amber C.
    Amber CampiseMay 24, 2013
    Bbq oysters sound gross but are so delicious!
  • Angela M.
    Angela MarlowJuly 12, 2015
    Walking in the bathroom and found two ladies doing drugs. It was not late either and families with children were there. Kinda scary
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne ChuApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dog friendly only outside and 4 4oz beer samples.
  • Matt R.
    Matt Rodriguez2 weeks ago
    Great selection of craft beers & spirits.
  • Amber L.
    Amber LeshaeApril 25, 2015
    Jenga, corn hole and great patio scene
  • Joëlle E.
    Joëlle EidDecember 2, 2012
    Cocktails: delish but not strong enough, maybe. Food: meh. Atmosphere/setting: LOVELOVELOVE. Minus all the babies/children. Da hell?
  • Brian Rey R.
    Brian Rey RamosSeptember 13, 2013
    Great live music and patio scene.
  • Marissa L J.
    Marissa L JenkinsJuly 29, 2013
    No kids around...but we went at a more adult time...you were a kid once btw ... they are just young people.
  • Vlad D.
    Vlad DavidiukOctober 5, 2015
    Great place.
  • Valdo D.
    Valdo DeLaGarzaNovember 23, 2013
    Good good, fun atmosphere!
  • Kate M.
    Kate MOctober 15, 2013
    The flip floppinest bar in town.
  • Cesar V.
    Cesar VillagranDecember 24, 2014
    Merry Christmas. Let's have a few drinks
  • Texas D.
    Texas DesperadoApril 22, 2016
    Many craft style beers
  • Mona K.
    Mona KarimullahJune 16, 2013
    Have live music Saturday evenings.
  • David L.
    David LamMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp tacos, hummus
  • LaLa L.
    LaLa LangleyOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    It's going to be an amazing bar!!!
  • William D.
    William DeNamurFebruary 2, 2014
    Good place for beer
  • Kimberly W.
    Kimberly WallingNovember 20, 2012
    Dog friendly
  • Holly R.
    Holly RichDecember 7, 2014
    Move over margaritas. I 💙 Frozen Whiskey Sours!!
  • 巴西柔術 FullContactFitnessCenter 巴西柔術
    Wha da hell is cottonwood?
  • Margaret F.
    Margaret FossAugust 1, 2013
    Service sucks!! Even at the bar!!!
  • Juanma C.
    Juanma CantosOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Buena selección de cervezas, acompañada de ricas frituras y hamburguesas en una amplia terraza en la que se disfruta del buen clima de la ciudad. Hard rock como fondo musical de la tarde del viernes.
  • Word C.
    Word CottonNovember 22, 2014
    Chyll af atmos
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