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Get a Sneak Peek at Sky Blu Rooftop Bar in the Design District

Plus Lee Harvey’s swim club and a buzzing Beehive downtown are two new spots to drink in Dallas

A coupe with a Manhattan in it sits on an off-white bar top with the skyline of Dallas in the relief.
A Manhattan waits on the counter at Sky Blu Rooftop Bar.
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Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

The list of places with the best view in Dallas is about to get a new addition. Sky Blu, a rooftop bar at Tru by Hilton Dallas Market Center, is opening on Thursday, June 23. Cocktail enthusiasts are welcome to sit at the bar or in interior leather club chairs and enjoy a classic cocktail while admiring the views around this location right off the Stemmons Freeway in the Design District.

Leather club chairs sit in the foreground as a skyscraper rises in the background outside the window of Sky Blu Rooftop Bar.
Leather club chairs for comfy seating inside Sky Blu Rooftop Bar.
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If you’d like a glass of something new, Sky Blu also offers half a dozen cocktails. At the opening, these include some twists on classics like iterations of an Old Fashioned, a margarita, and a passionfruit rickey. But there are also some inventive options, such as the Normal Clothes, made with mezcal, charred pineapple, lemon, and habanero shrub or the Tally Man, made with Maker’s Mark, Plantation dark rum, Averna amaro, and a banana liqueur.

Outdoor couches with navy blue cushions line the roof deck at Sky Blu Rooftop Bar.
The roof deck at Sky Blu Rooftop Bar.
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Jump into summer in the Cedars

Lee Harvey’s, the finest dive bar on the South side of Dallas, opened its swim club, Lee Harvey’s Dive In, down in the Cedars over the weekend. And while another fantastic pool to beat the summer heat is always welcome, the place also has food and cocktails with table service. The snacks menu is extensive, ranging from smaller bites like hummus and ceviche to salads to full-on plates with pulled pork sliders and quesadillas (and, of course, a hot dog). The full bar offers classic cocktails and beer.

A woman in a swimsuit and hat holds an icy cold yellow cocktail in front of the pool at Lee Harvey’s Dive In.
A icy cold cocktail at Lee Harvey’s Dive In.
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There’s a buzz about the Beehive

An exceedingly cute spot opened up Downtown. The Beehive is from the owners of, and downstairs in the same building as, Sky Blossom Rooftop. The space is dripping in crystal chandeliers and midcentury modern glass light fixtures. It serves New American cuisine crafted by chef Thiago Pretto, who matriculated from Le Cordon Bleu. Its Bee Naughty Sprtiz cocktail, pictured below, is an Instagram-obsession-worthy drink made with Prosecco, blue Curacao, orgeat syrup, elderflower liqueur, and lime. There is a whole menu of great sounding dishes, from the “Volcano Shrimp Balls” to the pear salad to a flambe banana tart for dessert.