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The 25 Best Patios In DFW For Drinking And Dining

Where to eat and drink outside, even when it's hot

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There's no denying that it is absurdly hot in Dallas right now, but that somehow doesn't keep dedicated drinkers off the city's numerous patios. Dallas' patio culture is really like no other city.

Here, getting a drink means enjoying a killer margarita or fancy craft cocktail while sitting underneath misters and enjoying excellent people-watching, catching up with your crew, or (and perhaps most importantly) drinking so many beers that calling an Uber is absolutely required.

Whether in search of a great after-work happy hour or a lazy Sunday in the sun, these 25 excellent patios offer up Dallas' best al fresco dining. Find a spot in the shade, and just keep trying to remember that cooler temperatures are on the way...eventually.

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Blind Butcher

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With plenty of room for sitting (to devour duck poutine) or standing (to sip on a whiskey cocktail or a refreshing Stiegl Radler grapefruit beer), Blind Butcher's patio is the perfect place to soak up a breezy evening.

[Photo: Blind Butcher/Facebook]

Braindead Brewing

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Now the undisputed king of all the Deep Ellum patios, Braindead's outdoor space spills right out onto always-buzzing Main Street. Order up a round of beers and some duck fat Parmesan popcorn and stay a while.

[Photo: Braindead Brewing/Facebook]

Chicken Scratch

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Chicken Scratch shares its expansive, dog-friendly yard with The Foundry, which means you've got the best of both worlds: killer fried chicken with sticky oregano honey, buttermilk biscuits, and an excellent craft beer selection and tasty cocktails at The Foundry. You might even catch some live music on the stage made from old wooden shipping pallets.

[Photo: Sara Kerens/EDFW]

Henry's Majestic

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This spacious, well-shaded patio is the perfect place to hunker down with a cocktail by barman Alex Fletcher and a snack from chef Roe DiLeo (the onion dip with housemade potato chips is a strong buy). There's a pool table and a cool fireplace, though you probably won't be needing to utilize the latter anytime soon. If you hope to snag a patio table during prime brunch hours, it'd be wise to make a reservation.

[Photo: Henry's Majestic/Facebook]

HG Sply Co.

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Between the fantastic rooftop patio and the top-notch cocktails (courtesy of beverage director Mate Hartai), you'd be hard-pressed to find a better warm weather hangout than this. Try the Frozen Double Under, beet-infused tequila spiked with lime and rosemary syrup, and enjoy the sunset.

[Photo: Greg Cella]

Palapas Seafood Bar

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Despite its location on busy Lowest Greenville, a meal on the patio at Palapas is like dining at a Mexican beach bar. All you need is a cold Dos Equis with lime and some zingy ceviche or shrimp tostadas.

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Pecan Lodge

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The city's best barbecue, cold craft beer, a gorgeous patio overlooking Deep Ellum, and frequent live music — it doesn't get much better than Pecan Lodge.

[Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]

Rodeo Goat

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The recently opened Dallas outpost of the Fort Worth burger sensation has a sprawling outdoor space with a funky industrial vibe that suits its Design District location. Eventually it'll connect to the Katy Trail, because what better way to fuel up post-run than a burger and a beer?

[Photo: K. Davidson/EDFW]

Fancy fire pits and views of Klyde Warren Park make Savor's patio one of the swankiest in town, especially by night. Order a round of the excellent cocktails (the Hemingway, made with Lillet Blanc, gin, strawberry, and balsamic, comes highly recommended) and a snack of cheesy lobster puffs and enjoy the view.

[Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW]

Taqueria La Ventana

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This fun little oasis in the midst of Downtown Dallas is the ideal place to hunker down with a margarita and some tacos after work. Don't sleep on the freshly fried churros.

[Photo: Taqueria La Ventana/Facebook]

Truck Yard

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Delicious cocktails on tap, beer served from an Airstream trailer, a cool-beyond-words treehouse bar, some mighty fine cheese steaks, and a variety of food trucks to choose from. Need we say more? Oh yeah: It's dog-friendly.

[Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]

El Bolero

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El Bolero's patio is simply stunning, and there's plenty of umbrellas to provide shade, making it an ideal brunching spot; or kick back after work with one of the excellent margaritas and some tacos al pastor. [Photo: El Bolero/Facebook]

Cibo Divino

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The patio at Sylvan Thirty's multifaceted Italian market is buzzing every night with a post-work crowd sipping on wine and nibbling on the excellent wood-fired pizzas. A glass of prosecco and the potato and red onion pizza makes for a pretty awesome light dinner, if you ask us.

High Fives

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This hot new hangout is brought to you by the guys behind So & So's, and the patio is packed, particularly on the weekends. Cocktails are creative and delicious, such as the $9 Vodka Daisy (Stoli, lemon, vanilla syrup, yellow Chartreuse, and soda), and most of the food items are affordable at around 5 to 7 bucks — including a PB&J served on doughnut bread and fried chicken on a Hawaiian roll. [Photo: High Fives/Facebook]

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OSK is bigger and better than ever at its new Trinity Groves location, and the patio is, in a word, epic. Tons of picnic tables provide ample seating, and there's ping pong and bumper pool tables to amuse you once you've devoured your Murph-style burger and fries. Frozen Moscow mules might be our favorite drink of the summer, and they're priced right at $5.
Parigi's patio scene remains one of the classiest (and most classic) in town. It's easy to pretend you're in New York — or possibly even Paris — whether you're brunching on fancy pancakes and mimosas or nibbling on bruschetta with a glass of bubbly. Dog-friendly, too. [Photo: Kevin Marple]

Pints & Quarts

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Just opened at the corner of Ross and Greenville is this hip new counter-service burger spot from the owner of Mudsmith and It'll Do. Burgers are wisely served on potato buns and the fried pickle spears are killer, but your constant patio companion ought to be one of the tasty cocktails, such as the refreshing Summer Coolant (vodka, watermelon puree, coconut water, lemon juice, and fresh basil). [Photo: Whitney Filloon]

The Rustic

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The Rustic sells more booze monthly than practically any other establishment in town, and it's easy to see why: The gigantic patio is always packed with young Uptown-frequenting types sipping on cold craft beer and munching on calf fries (seriously, just try them). [Photo: Garrett Hall]

Wabi House

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The ramen craze has finally hit Greenville Avenue, and it's got a pretty sweet patio to boot. You'll probably want to wait till the sun goes down to slurp up a steaming bowl of rich tonkotsu broth, though. [Photo: Kyla Davidson]

Mudhen Meat and Greens

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The patio at Mudhen Meat & Greens is a great place to lounge after wandering through the Dallas Farmers Market. Order a few cocktails (or freshly pressed juice if you're feeling super-healthy) and stretch out in this expansive space.
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Rapscallion

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This Lower Greenville hotspot is frequently packed, but the patio can be a welcome reprieve from the chaos inside the restaurant. Enjoy your Nashville-style hot catfish and tiki cocktails from barman Eddie Eakin whilst enjoying some killer people-watching in the heart of Greenville Ave.

Top Knot

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Uchi's upstairs sibling only takes reservations for parties larger than six, which means that you may end up on the patio at peak times. Fortunately, it's a pretty cozy place to enjoy cocktails and small plates before heading out for the evening. As a bonus, you can watch all the fancy cars drive up and down Maple Ave and, if only for a moment, feel rich enough to be in Uptown.
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Chelsea Corner

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This newly-resurrected McKinney Ave haunt will give you serious nostalgia if you chilled here in the '90s. Even if you didn't the patio here is worthy of a visit. Enjoy a burger with a few glasses of wine and soak up the relaxing (yet surprisingly trendy) vibe while taking in a little people-watching.
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Americano

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Dallas doesn’t feel much like Italy, but the closest you’ll get is on Americano’s patio in the middle of Downtown. Sip Aperol spritzers and nosh on housemade pastas and pizza while doing plenty of people-watching.
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Smoky Rose

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Located near the Dallas Arboretum, the lush surroundings provide Smoky Rose with one of Dallas' best patios. Smoked meats and patio hangs are already a pretty obvious combination, but the abundance of comfortable seating and live music on the patio make Smoky Rose an essential al fresco destination.
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Blind Butcher

With plenty of room for sitting (to devour duck poutine) or standing (to sip on a whiskey cocktail or a refreshing Stiegl Radler grapefruit beer), Blind Butcher's patio is the perfect place to soak up a breezy evening.

[Photo: Blind Butcher/Facebook]

Braindead Brewing

Now the undisputed king of all the Deep Ellum patios, Braindead's outdoor space spills right out onto always-buzzing Main Street. Order up a round of beers and some duck fat Parmesan popcorn and stay a while.

[Photo: Braindead Brewing/Facebook]

Chicken Scratch

Chicken Scratch shares its expansive, dog-friendly yard with The Foundry, which means you've got the best of both worlds: killer fried chicken with sticky oregano honey, buttermilk biscuits, and an excellent craft beer selection and tasty cocktails at The Foundry. You might even catch some live music on the stage made from old wooden shipping pallets.

[Photo: Sara Kerens/EDFW]

Henry's Majestic

This spacious, well-shaded patio is the perfect place to hunker down with a cocktail by barman Alex Fletcher and a snack from chef Roe DiLeo (the onion dip with housemade potato chips is a strong buy). There's a pool table and a cool fireplace, though you probably won't be needing to utilize the latter anytime soon. If you hope to snag a patio table during prime brunch hours, it'd be wise to make a reservation.

[Photo: Henry's Majestic/Facebook]

HG Sply Co.

Between the fantastic rooftop patio and the top-notch cocktails (courtesy of beverage director Mate Hartai), you'd be hard-pressed to find a better warm weather hangout than this. Try the Frozen Double Under, beet-infused tequila spiked with lime and rosemary syrup, and enjoy the sunset.

[Photo: Greg Cella]

Palapas Seafood Bar

Despite its location on busy Lowest Greenville, a meal on the patio at Palapas is like dining at a Mexican beach bar. All you need is a cold Dos Equis with lime and some zingy ceviche or shrimp tostadas.

[Photo: Google Maps]

Pecan Lodge

The city's best barbecue, cold craft beer, a gorgeous patio overlooking Deep Ellum, and frequent live music — it doesn't get much better than Pecan Lodge.

[Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]

Rodeo Goat

The recently opened Dallas outpost of the Fort Worth burger sensation has a sprawling outdoor space with a funky industrial vibe that suits its Design District location. Eventually it'll connect to the Katy Trail, because what better way to fuel up post-run than a burger and a beer?

[Photo: K. Davidson/EDFW]

Savor

Fancy fire pits and views of Klyde Warren Park make Savor's patio one of the swankiest in town, especially by night. Order a round of the excellent cocktails (the Hemingway, made with Lillet Blanc, gin, strawberry, and balsamic, comes highly recommended) and a snack of cheesy lobster puffs and enjoy the view.

[Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW]

Taqueria La Ventana

This fun little oasis in the midst of Downtown Dallas is the ideal place to hunker down with a margarita and some tacos after work. Don't sleep on the freshly fried churros.

[Photo: Taqueria La Ventana/Facebook]

Truck Yard

Delicious cocktails on tap, beer served from an Airstream trailer, a cool-beyond-words treehouse bar, some mighty fine cheese steaks, and a variety of food trucks to choose from. Need we say more? Oh yeah: It's dog-friendly.

[Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]

El Bolero

El Bolero's patio is simply stunning, and there's plenty of umbrellas to provide shade, making it an ideal brunching spot; or kick back after work with one of the excellent margaritas and some tacos al pastor. [Photo: El Bolero/Facebook]

Cibo Divino

The patio at Sylvan Thirty's multifaceted Italian market is buzzing every night with a post-work crowd sipping on wine and nibbling on the excellent wood-fired pizzas. A glass of prosecco and the potato and red onion pizza makes for a pretty awesome light dinner, if you ask us.