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Grab something tropical at Toller Patio.
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15 Essential Dallas Drinking Destinations

Where to drink, from highbrow to lowbrow and everywhere in between.

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Grab something tropical at Toller Patio.
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We take our drinking very seriously in Dallas. Happily, we have some of the most creative and hospitable bars to serve this diverse community. And, thankfully, most of them know when it’s time to bust out an Oaxacan Old Fashioned and when a pitcher of Coors is more apropos. This guide helps navigate the grand scape of libations from opulent roof-top patios to neighborhood taverns.

Where are we drinking tonight? These 15 essential locales are the watering holes worth diving into.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Time Out Tavern Sports Bar

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While this sports bar has been around for 34 years, longtime barkeep Aaron Saginaw took over ownership in 2015 and has kept one of Dallas’ best dive cranking. It’s got a great patio, cold beer, some of the best southern hospitality, and if you’re a cocktail drinker, don’t hesitate to grab an old fashioned or Manhattan.

Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House

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Great patio, delicious burgers, substantial whiskey selection, and one of the best beer programs in the city: it is the quintessential neighborhood bar. Whether it’s sipping Montucky Cold Snacks or frozen drink of the day on the laid back patio or knocking back some Rollertown Big Germans while cheering on the Mavericks with the rest of the neighborhood, Goodfriend is a great place.

Patrons sit at the bar at Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House.
The interior of Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House.

Bodega Wine Bar

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Originally in Uptown, Bodega is now a permanent fixture in the lives of East Dallas wine lovers. Try the weekly “Cult Wines” flight, which could feature anything from a 2013 La Magia Ciliegio Brunello to a 2018 Plumpjack Oakville Old Vine Estate Cabernet. If it’s a Netflix and Chill kind of night, all bottles are available to go. 

The Honor Bar

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Offering up the quintessential Highland Park experience, this is where to go to rub shoulders with politicians, professional athletes, and regulars who look like they have nothing better to do on a Monday afternoon and make more money than your parents. Enjoy a perfect martini and their killer wedge salad while enjoying Dallas’ finest people watching.

Apothecary

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From the team at next door restaurant Rye, Apothecary has cemented its place in the Dallas cocktail scene for having one of the most innovative and creative programs in town. Duck confit washed bourbon and cocktails served with an octopus tentacle, pyrolyzed elderflower, or even pasta sauce make for an adventurous date night.

A dimly-lit cocktail bar with black tall seating
Inside Apothecary on Lower Greenville.
Samantha Marie

Swizzle

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Ever since Trader Vics went away, Dallas has been in desperate need of a quality Tiki bar. Island vibes and over-the-top cocktails make Swizzle a delightful place to begin or end your evening on Lower Greenville. Try the Martiki Swizzle 2.0, an overproof rum cocktail with pineapple, lime, and rock candy syrup, and the Pupu platter loaded with Lechon Kawali pork skewers, crab rangoon, and pork lumpia. 

A large wooden keg barrel with the word “swizzle” on it.
Dive into the drinks at Swizzle.
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Alexandre's

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In the center of Dallas’ LGBTQ community, this shotgun-style live music venue has offered up classic cocktails for 17 years. While you may come for the Cher-e-Oke (Cher karaoke), stay for the array of daily specials, as damn near every booze “holiday” gets a special. National Mojito Day? Check. World Malbec Day? Of course! But first, dive into their tequila fountain…just not literally. 

Toller Patio

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This spot has a massive patio with TVs and picnic tables as far as the eye can see. Great bar food and hospitality make this courtyard a perfect place to watch a game or sit outside and enjoy the weather. On draft, find a delicious rye whiskey bramble and a spicy pineapple margarita made for patio pounding. Grab a blueberry lemonade boozy pop while you’re at it. Coming in large groups and bringing your dog are both highly encouraged. 

Plates of food and drinks sit on a neon pink table runner.
Food and drinks are on offer at Toller Patio.
Photo: Toller Patio

Adair's Saloon

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Graffiti-filled walls and live honky tonk say you know that this bar is unlike any other in downtown Dallas. One of the oldest bars in Deep Ellum, Adair’s has always been known for its live music, incredible burgers, and pitchers handed out like sips from a communion tray. Don’t try to get fancy. Order a pitcher of Shiner Bock and enjoy the band when you come here. It’s the spot for visiting friends who want to see “Texas.”

An interior shot of the graffiti and stickered walls of Adair’s Saloon.
It doesn’t get more Texas than Adair’s.
Adair’s Saloon

Whiskeys

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Whiskeys is a Black-owned whiskey bar with one of the most thorough selections in North Texas. White dudes typically dominate whiskey. Whiskeys are creating a new audience for the spirit by educating patrons and serving rare bottles. And yes, Pappy is in stock.

Las Almas Rotas

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Dallas is blessed to have the best mezcaleria in the country in its backyard. Las Almas is consistently lauded for its dedication to one of the most amazing spirits in the world, including a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Bar Program. And if you’re unfamiliar with mezcal, try a tasting flight and let the team introduce you to this incredible spirit.

Las Almas Rotas interior
Peek inside Las Almas Rotas.
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Catbird

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On the 10th floor of the stunning Thompson Hotel, this is the epitome of Dallas glam. Enchanting Art Deco decor on a vast patio with simple and perfectly executed cocktails. Its signature drink is the Catbird, with tequila, Campari, lime, and grapefruit foam. Upscale vibes and a food menu from Jeramie Robison (formerly of The Mansion, Uchi, and the Adolphus) make this one of Dallas’ hottest spots.

The interior of Catbird, with Art Deco decor and plush brown leather booths.
Catbird nails Dallas glam.
Gus Schmiege

Midnight Rambler

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Host to one of the best cocktail menus in the country, the Rambler has racked up “best American hotel bar” awards year after year. Look for the Pineapple Get Down for a pineapple upside down cake in a glass or Peach Old Fashioned, featuring bourbon house infused with Texas peaches. 

A gold and brown interior with brass finishes give Midnight Rambler a sexy feel.
The sexy interiors at Midnight Rambler.
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Jaxon Beer Garden

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Besides the big ass TV screen, Jaxon is the crown jewel of the AT&T Discovery District and is on the short list of places you have to bring your visiting relatives for some killer barbecue and the best frozen margaritas in Texas. Make sure to try a Mangonadas, a mango and chamoy (a sour, spicy paste) slushie. Jaxon has 40 beers on tap, mainly from Texas, including the Turning Point Quencher and incredible Texas whiskey selection.

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Jaxon Beer Garden in the AT&T Discovery District.
Jaxon Beer Garden

Atlas Bishop Arts

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Designed around an “around the world” theme, Atlas and its head bartender, Reid Lewis, are racking up awards left and right. Their Atlas Shrugged cocktail, a smoked rum old fashioned with spiced black tea syrup, is presented in a literal statue and made for 2 to 3 people. And make sure you pop into the “secret” back room.

Time Out Tavern Sports Bar

While this sports bar has been around for 34 years, longtime barkeep Aaron Saginaw took over ownership in 2015 and has kept one of Dallas’ best dive cranking. It’s got a great patio, cold beer, some of the best southern hospitality, and if you’re a cocktail drinker, don’t hesitate to grab an old fashioned or Manhattan.

Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House

Patrons sit at the bar at Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House.
The interior of Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House.

Great patio, delicious burgers, substantial whiskey selection, and one of the best beer programs in the city: it is the quintessential neighborhood bar. Whether it’s sipping Montucky Cold Snacks or frozen drink of the day on the laid back patio or knocking back some Rollertown Big Germans while cheering on the Mavericks with the rest of the neighborhood, Goodfriend is a great place.

Patrons sit at the bar at Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House.
The interior of Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House.

Bodega Wine Bar

Originally in Uptown, Bodega is now a permanent fixture in the lives of East Dallas wine lovers. Try the weekly “Cult Wines” flight, which could feature anything from a 2013 La Magia Ciliegio Brunello to a 2018 Plumpjack Oakville Old Vine Estate Cabernet. If it’s a Netflix and Chill kind of night, all bottles are available to go. 

The Honor Bar

Offering up the quintessential Highland Park experience, this is where to go to rub shoulders with politicians, professional athletes, and regulars who look like they have nothing better to do on a Monday afternoon and make more money than your parents. Enjoy a perfect martini and their killer wedge salad while enjoying Dallas’ finest people watching.

Apothecary

A dimly-lit cocktail bar with black tall seating
Inside Apothecary on Lower Greenville.
Samantha Marie

From the team at next door restaurant Rye, Apothecary has cemented its place in the Dallas cocktail scene for having one of the most innovative and creative programs in town. Duck confit washed bourbon and cocktails served with an octopus tentacle, pyrolyzed elderflower, or even pasta sauce make for an adventurous date night.

A dimly-lit cocktail bar with black tall seating
Inside Apothecary on Lower Greenville.
Samantha Marie

Swizzle

A large wooden keg barrel with the word “swizzle” on it.
Dive into the drinks at Swizzle.
Lindz Photography

Ever since Trader Vics went away, Dallas has been in desperate need of a quality Tiki bar. Island vibes and over-the-top cocktails make Swizzle a delightful place to begin or end your evening on Lower Greenville. Try the Martiki Swizzle 2.0, an overproof rum cocktail with pineapple, lime, and rock candy syrup, and the Pupu platter loaded with Lechon Kawali pork skewers, crab rangoon, and pork lumpia. 

A large wooden keg barrel with the word “swizzle” on it.
Dive into the drinks at Swizzle.
Lindz Photography

Alexandre's

In the center of Dallas’ LGBTQ community, this shotgun-style live music venue has offered up classic cocktails for 17 years. While you may come for the Cher-e-Oke (Cher karaoke), stay for the array of daily specials, as damn near every booze “holiday” gets a special. National Mojito Day? Check. World Malbec Day? Of course! But first, dive into their tequila fountain…just not literally. 

Toller Patio

Plates of food and drinks sit on a neon pink table runner.
Food and drinks are on offer at Toller Patio.
Photo: Toller Patio

This spot has a massive patio with TVs and picnic tables as far as the eye can see. Great bar food and hospitality make this courtyard a perfect place to watch a game or sit outside and enjoy the weather. On draft, find a delicious rye whiskey bramble and a spicy pineapple margarita made for patio pounding. Grab a blueberry lemonade boozy pop while you’re at it. Coming in large groups and bringing your dog are both highly encouraged. 

Plates of food and drinks sit on a neon pink table runner.
Food and drinks are on offer at Toller Patio.
Photo: Toller Patio

Adair's Saloon

An interior shot of the graffiti and stickered walls of Adair’s Saloon.
It doesn’t get more Texas than Adair’s.
Adair’s Saloon

Graffiti-filled walls and live honky tonk say you know that this bar is unlike any other in downtown Dallas. One of the oldest bars in Deep Ellum, Adair’s has always been known for its live music, incredible burgers, and pitchers handed out like sips from a communion tray. Don’t try to get fancy. Order a pitcher of Shiner Bock and enjoy the band when you come here. It’s the spot for visiting friends who want to see “Texas.”

An interior shot of the graffiti and stickered walls of Adair’s Saloon.
It doesn’t get more Texas than Adair’s.
Adair’s Saloon

Whiskeys

Whiskeys is a Black-owned whiskey bar with one of the most thorough selections in North Texas. White dudes typically dominate whiskey. Whiskeys are creating a new audience for the spirit by educating patrons and serving rare bottles. And yes, Pappy is in stock.

Las Almas Rotas

Las Almas Rotas interior
Peek inside Las Almas Rotas.
Kathy Tran/EDFW

Dallas is blessed to have the best mezcaleria in the country in its backyard. Las Almas is consistently lauded for its dedication to one of the most amazing spirits in the world, including a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Bar Program. And if you’re unfamiliar with mezcal, try a tasting flight and let the team introduce you to this incredible spirit.

Las Almas Rotas interior
Peek inside Las Almas Rotas.
Kathy Tran/EDFW

Catbird

The interior of Catbird, with Art Deco decor and plush brown leather booths.
Catbird nails Dallas glam.
Gus Schmiege

On the 10th floor of the stunning Thompson Hotel, this is the epitome of Dallas glam. Enchanting Art Deco decor on a vast patio with simple and perfectly executed cocktails. Its signature drink is the Catbird, with tequila, Campari, lime, and grapefruit foam. Upscale vibes and a food menu from Jeramie Robison (formerly of The Mansion, Uchi, and the Adolphus) make this one of Dallas’ hottest spots.

The interior of Catbird, with Art Deco decor and plush brown leather booths.
Catbird nails Dallas glam.
Gus Schmiege

Midnight Rambler

A gold and brown interior with brass finishes give Midnight Rambler a sexy feel.
The sexy interiors at Midnight Rambler.
Lori Bandi/EDFW

Host to one of the best cocktail menus in the country, the Rambler has racked up “best American hotel bar” awards year after year. Look for the Pineapple Get Down for a pineapple upside down cake in a glass or Peach Old Fashioned, featuring bourbon house infused with Texas peaches. 

A gold and brown interior with brass finishes give Midnight Rambler a sexy feel.
The sexy interiors at Midnight Rambler.
Lori Bandi/EDFW

Jaxon Beer Garden

A photo of the seating in Jaxon Beer Garden.
Jaxon Beer Garden in the AT&T Discovery District.
Jaxon Beer Garden

Besides the big ass TV screen, Jaxon is the crown jewel of the AT&T Discovery District and is on the short list of places you have to bring your visiting relatives for some killer barbecue and the best frozen margaritas in Texas. Make sure to try a Mangonadas, a mango and chamoy (a sour, spicy paste) slushie. Jaxon has 40 beers on tap, mainly from Texas, including the Turning Point Quencher and incredible Texas whiskey selection.

A photo of the seating in Jaxon Beer Garden.
Jaxon Beer Garden in the AT&T Discovery District.
Jaxon Beer Garden

Atlas Bishop Arts

Designed around an “around the world” theme, Atlas and its head bartender, Reid Lewis, are racking up awards left and right. Their Atlas Shrugged cocktail, a smoked rum old fashioned with spiced black tea syrup, is presented in a literal statue and made for 2 to 3 people. And make sure you pop into the “secret” back room.

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