Katy Trail Ice House

Ever since this Austin-style beer garden opened its doors off the picturesque Katy Trail, it’s been a hot new hangout for savvy students, locals, and brew aficionados alike. Whether the occasion is a mid-afternoon dog walk or a late night bar crawl, the Ice House is an ideal stop: There’s a solid selection of ice cold Texas beers on tap, not to mention a simple bar menu of burgers and Tex-Mex to satisfy the munchies. To sample some DFW brews, try the McKinney-based Franconia and the Fort Worth-based Rahr Brothers.

3136 B Routh St., 214.468.0600, www.katyicehouse.com.