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18 Essential Dallas Drinking Destinations

Where to find expertly mixed daiquiris, perfect martinis, and so much more

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Especially when the weather is this hot, drinking in Dallas is essentially a survival tool. From dingy, charming dives to the fanciest of upscale cocktail dens, the city is practically littered with spots to sip a good drink.

This guide is intended to answer an ever-present question: “Where should we drink tonight?” Bars at all price points and levels of sophistication are present on this guide, which means that it can satisfy pretty much any drinking need.

Whether in search of the coldest beer or the craftiest cocktail, let this map of Dallas’s 18 essential cocktail bars be your guide.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The People's Last Stand

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5319 E Mockingbird Ln Ste 210
Dallas, TX
(214) 370-8755
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Cocktails are taken seriously at this Mockingbird Station bar, evidenced by fancy. freshly made ingredients like fruit-infused spirits, cordials, and garnishes. The People’s Old Fashioned, mixed with rye and a hint of maple syrup, is always an excellent choice here.

The People's Last Stand

2. Lounge Here

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9028 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 238-3374
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Tucked away in East Dallas, Lounge Here offers a taste of the Southwest without actually having to leave the Big D. The Marfa vibes are real, and the cocktail menu (divided by spirit) will satisfy even the pickiest of drinkers.

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3. Rapscallion

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2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110
Dallas, TX
(469) 291-5660
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Outside of being one of the best dining options on Lower Greenville, Rapscallion is also home to some of the city’s most well-composed cocktails. Here, classic drinks like daiquiris, Manhattans, and Sazeracs are always mixed perfectly.

Rapscallion

4. Lakewood Landing

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5818 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX
(214) 823-2410
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The most delightful of Dallas dives, Lakewood Landing is the perfect spot to end an evening with an ice cold beer and a shot. The jalapeno corn dogs and tater tots are also a solid way to soak up even exorbitant amounts of booze.

Lakewood Landing Whitney Filloon

5. Cosmo's

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1212 Skillman St
Dallas, TX
(214) 826-4200
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Retro vibes and a seriously good selection of cocktails await at this cozy dive, complete with a “faux fireplace.” Martinis, classic cocktails, and old-school libations are all on offer, along with killer Vietnamese eats that are so much better than typical bar snacks.

Cosmos

6. Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall

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3912 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX
(214) 522-9611
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With so many bars on Cedar Springs, it’s hard to pick an Oak Lawn favorite. Still, the Round-Up stands out thanks to its friendly bartenders, cold beers, and potent cocktails. Even celebs like Lady Gaga make a point to stop by this western-themed watering hole when visiting Dallas.

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7. The Grapevine Bar

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3902 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 522-8466
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Drinkers of all stripes are welcomed at this comforting dive, which serves as a one stop boozing destination. Sip Everclear bellinis on the rooftop bar, or cozy up on one of the couches and pick a song from the Grapevine’s well-stocked jukebox.

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8. The Mansion Bar

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in Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Dallas, TX
(214) 443-4747
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Slightly fancier pants than usual are required at this Uptown bar, but the luxe mid-century vibe and quality cocktails make it well worth the extra effort.

The Mansion Bar

9. Bowen House

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2614 Boll St
Dallas, TX
(214) 484-1385
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This Texas landmark turned chic cocktail bar is an ideal destination for daily happy hour, when the Mai Tais and Old Fashioneds are just $7. Better yet, there’s a hidden mezcaleria in the bar’s Back Room, which is arguably one of the city’s most exciting drinking destinations.

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10. Parliament

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2418 Allen St
Dallas, TX
(469) 804-4321
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From 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., this tiny cocktail den in Uptown is packed with drinkers who are looking for a sophisticated sip. Rare whiskeys, well-shaken Ramos gin fizzes, and quality Old Fashioneds are all on offer, all garnished to perfection.

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11. Trick Pony

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2819 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 624-3310
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The bar on top of Deep Ellum’s Harlowe MXM, Trick Pony completely overhauls the theme of its menu every three months, which means that patrons can frequently expect to see a whole new line-up of interesting drinks.

Tiki drinks at Trick Pony
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12. Las Almas Rotas

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3615 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226
(972) 685-5666
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Las Almas Rotas is the perfect place to enjoy — or learn about — mezcal. The bartenders here are experts in agave-based spirits, which are mixed into classic drinks like the Ranch Water, a simple-yet-perfect summer sip that’s made with mezcal (or tequila), lime, and fizzy Topo Chico.

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13. Midnight Rambler

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX

Midnight Rambler is back, with former Black Swan Saloon’s Gabe Sanchez at the bar. Long known as the home of Dallas’ most intricately-crafted cocktails, Midnight Rambler is serious about maintaining its reputation. The seasonally-changing menu is pretty tight, but the bartenders here are adept at mixing pretty much any libation.

Midnight Rambler

14. The Mitchell

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1404 Main St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 230-1404
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Excellent bar snacks and compelling cocktails await at this Downtown stalwart. Snack on steamed mussels or roasted bone marrow while sipping a chilly martini or proper daiquiri.

15. Jettison

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1878 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 238-2838
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At this small, elegant cocktail den in Sylvan Thirty, drinkers can step inside and leave the Texas heat behind while sipping expertly mixed cocktails influenced by Japanese bar culture. Note: Jettison requires reservations.

Photo credit: @brandon_lajoie on Instagram
Photo credit: @brandon_lajoie on Instagram

16. Lee Harvey's

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1807 Gould St
Dallas, TX
(214) 428-1555
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Despite its slightly sinister name, there’s no more welcoming bar in the city than this South Dallas institution. Plop down on one of the ripped vinyl couches or park with well-behaved pooches on the patio, then prepare to drink. Lee Harvey’s is an especially good choice on weekends, when live music by local acts accompanies the drinks and eats.

Lee Harvey's

17. Tiny Victories

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604 N Tyler St
Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 685-7055
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This Oak Cliff cocktail den is beloved by regulars and drinkers who are perfectly willing to make the drive to Tiny Champions. Classic drinks abound on the menu, plus creative riffs like the Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, a Selena-inspired libation mixed with tequila, lime, hibiscus, agave, and lime.

Cocktails at Tiny Victories in Oak Cliff
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18. Revelers Hall

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412 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 982-2661
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On any given night in Bishop Arts, passersby will discover this raucous live music and classic cocktail bar spilling folks out onto the street, where parklets have been added ever since 2020 brought social distancing and a need for outdoor dining. Grab a cold brew martini or a New York sour while enjoying the live band.

The bar inside Reveler’s Hall
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1. The People's Last Stand

5319 E Mockingbird Ln Ste 210, Dallas, TX
The People's Last Stand

Cocktails are taken seriously at this Mockingbird Station bar, evidenced by fancy. freshly made ingredients like fruit-infused spirits, cordials, and garnishes. The People’s Old Fashioned, mixed with rye and a hint of maple syrup, is always an excellent choice here.

5319 E Mockingbird Ln Ste 210
Dallas, TX

2. Lounge Here

9028 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Melissa Hennings

Tucked away in East Dallas, Lounge Here offers a taste of the Southwest without actually having to leave the Big D. The Marfa vibes are real, and the cocktail menu (divided by spirit) will satisfy even the pickiest of drinkers.

9028 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

3. Rapscallion

2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110, Dallas, TX
Rapscallion

Outside of being one of the best dining options on Lower Greenville, Rapscallion is also home to some of the city’s most well-composed cocktails. Here, classic drinks like daiquiris, Manhattans, and Sazeracs are always mixed perfectly.

2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110
Dallas, TX

4. Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX
Lakewood Landing Whitney Filloon

The most delightful of Dallas dives, Lakewood Landing is the perfect spot to end an evening with an ice cold beer and a shot. The jalapeno corn dogs and tater tots are also a solid way to soak up even exorbitant amounts of booze.

5818 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX

5. Cosmo's

1212 Skillman St, Dallas, TX
Cosmos

Retro vibes and a seriously good selection of cocktails await at this cozy dive, complete with a “faux fireplace.” Martinis, classic cocktails, and old-school libations are all on offer, along with killer Vietnamese eats that are so much better than typical bar snacks.

1212 Skillman St
Dallas, TX

6. Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall

3912 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX
Round-Up Saloon/Facebook

With so many bars on Cedar Springs, it’s hard to pick an Oak Lawn favorite. Still, the Round-Up stands out thanks to its friendly bartenders, cold beers, and potent cocktails. Even celebs like Lady Gaga make a point to stop by this western-themed watering hole when visiting Dallas.

3912 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX

7. The Grapevine Bar

3902 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX
The Grapevine Bar/Facebook

Drinkers of all stripes are welcomed at this comforting dive, which serves as a one stop boozing destination. Sip Everclear bellinis on the rooftop bar, or cozy up on one of the couches and pick a song from the Grapevine’s well-stocked jukebox.

3902 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX

8. The Mansion Bar

in Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, TX
The Mansion Bar

Slightly fancier pants than usual are required at this Uptown bar, but the luxe mid-century vibe and quality cocktails make it well worth the extra effort.

in Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Dallas, TX

9. Bowen House

2614 Boll St, Dallas, TX
Bowen House/Facebook

This Texas landmark turned chic cocktail bar is an ideal destination for daily happy hour, when the Mai Tais and Old Fashioneds are just $7. Better yet, there’s a hidden mezcaleria in the bar’s Back Room, which is arguably one of the city’s most exciting drinking destinations.

2614 Boll St
Dallas, TX

10. Parliament

2418 Allen St, Dallas, TX
Parliament Kyla Davidson/EDFW

From 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., this tiny cocktail den in Uptown is packed with drinkers who are looking for a sophisticated sip. Rare whiskeys, well-shaken Ramos gin fizzes, and quality Old Fashioneds are all on offer, all garnished to perfection.

2418 Allen St
Dallas, TX

11. Trick Pony

2819 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Tiki drinks at Trick Pony
Courtesy of Trick Pony on Facebook

The bar on top of Deep Ellum’s Harlowe MXM, Trick Pony completely overhauls the theme of its menu every three months, which means that patrons can frequently expect to see a whole new line-up of interesting drinks.

2819 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Las Almas Rotas

3615 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
Las Almas Rotas/Facebook

Las Almas Rotas is the perfect place to enjoy — or learn about — mezcal. The bartenders here are experts in agave-based spirits, which are mixed into classic drinks like the Ranch Water, a simple-yet-perfect summer sip that’s made with mezcal (or tequila), lime, and fizzy Topo Chico.

3615 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226

13. Midnight Rambler

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX
Midnight Rambler

Midnight Rambler is back, with former Black Swan Saloon’s Gabe Sanchez at the bar. Long known as the home of Dallas’ most intricately-crafted cocktails, Midnight Rambler is serious about maintaining its reputation. The seasonally-changing menu is pretty tight, but the bartenders here are adept at mixing pretty much any libation.

1530 Main St
Dallas, TX

14. The Mitchell

1404 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202

Excellent bar snacks and compelling cocktails await at this Downtown stalwart. Snack on steamed mussels or roasted bone marrow while sipping a chilly martini or proper daiquiri.

1404 Main St
Dallas, TX 75202

15. Jettison

1878 Sylvan Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Photo credit: @brandon_lajoie on Instagram
Photo credit: @brandon_lajoie on Instagram

At this small, elegant cocktail den in Sylvan Thirty, drinkers can step inside and leave the Texas heat behind while sipping expertly mixed cocktails influenced by Japanese bar culture. Note: Jettison requires reservations.

1878 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

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16. Lee Harvey's

1807 Gould St, Dallas, TX
Lee Harvey's

Despite its slightly sinister name, there’s no more welcoming bar in the city than this South Dallas institution. Plop down on one of the ripped vinyl couches or park with well-behaved pooches on the patio, then prepare to drink. Lee Harvey’s is an especially good choice on weekends, when live music by local acts accompanies the drinks and eats.

1807 Gould St
Dallas, TX

17. Tiny Victories

604 N Tyler St, Dallas, TX 75208
Cocktails at Tiny Victories in Oak Cliff
Courtesy of Tiny Victories on Facebook

This Oak Cliff cocktail den is beloved by regulars and drinkers who are perfectly willing to make the drive to Tiny Champions. Classic drinks abound on the menu, plus creative riffs like the Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, a Selena-inspired libation mixed with tequila, lime, hibiscus, agave, and lime.

604 N Tyler St
Dallas, TX 75208

18. Revelers Hall

412 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
The bar inside Reveler’s Hall
Courtesy of Reveler’s Hall on Facebook

On any given night in Bishop Arts, passersby will discover this raucous live music and classic cocktail bar spilling folks out onto the street, where parklets have been added ever since 2020 brought social distancing and a need for outdoor dining. Grab a cold brew martini or a New York sour while enjoying the live band.

412 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

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