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The Dallas Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

The best drinking spots of the moment

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2017 is now in full swing, which means that it's time for an update of the Eater Dallas Cocktail Heatmap. While established places like Black Swan Saloon, Tate's, Boulevardier, The Windmill, and The People's Last Stand are all top-notch cocktail destinations, this map is intended to showcase newer spots and those with exciting new (and boozy) offerings.

They're also all perfect answers to the question, "Where should I drink tonight?" A slew of excellent new cocktail bars have recently debuted in Dallas, like Deep Ellum cocktail lab Hide and new East Dallas tiki haunt Pilikia, which means that you have really no excuse to stick with your same ol', same ol' bar.

Whether you're looking for a complex sip mixed by one of Dallas' finest bartenders or something impossibly drinkable, this guide to Dallas' hottest cocktail spots will certainly satisfy.

Is there a hot new cocktail bar missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Drugstore Cowboy

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2721 Main St, Dallas TX
Dallas, TX 75226
At this Deep Ellum bar, you can seamlessly switch from coffee to booze at any point during the day. Try the bar's whiskey & cheese pairings if you're feeling adventurous, or stick with theme-appropriate classic cocktails like the Corpse Reviver.
Drugstore Cowboy

2. Quill

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1628 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 484-8702
This sexy Design District lounge's see-and-be-seen vibe is enough to draw the crowds, but the cocktails are equally noteworthy. The sips – like the Senya Many Nights mixed with pisco, sake, and yuzu juice – are just as sophisticated as the atmosphere.

3. The Independent Bar &  Kitchen

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2712 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
The food at Independent Bar & Kitchen gets plenty of fanfare, but the cocktails are plenty strong — in more ways than one. Traditional drinks (like a killer Tom Collins or Corpse Reviver) are a sure bet, but be sure to try the Dallasite. Mixed with 10-year-old Irish whiskey, bitter orange, and cantaloupe, it's a smooth ode to our fair city.

4. Vetted Well

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This bar at Alamo Drafthouse may be best known for its boilermakers, but that combination is a bit heavy for the summer months. Instead, go for the Prescription Julep, blended with rye, cognac, and mint poured over plenty of cooling crushed ice.
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5. The Tipsy Alchemist

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2101 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 899-7080
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This showy new Cedar Springs cocktail lounge doesn't skimp on presentation – expect plenty of dry ice and over the top garnishes. Behind the glamour, though, you'll find some pretty stellar drinks. During happy hour, score a selection of ever-changing $6 "creative cocktails" that are much more delicious than their price point would indicate.
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6. Flora Street Cafe

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2330 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
Chef Stephan Pyles is concocting his most creative fare yet at this new Arts District hotspot, and the accompanying cocktails are equally innovative. Try the Elotes, mixed with smoked corn, charred poblano, and a lemongrass-lime-cardamom syrup, for a boozy take on the traditional street food. Or go for the blissfully pink Flora, a delicate drink mixed with junipero.
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7. Jettison

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1878 SYLVAN AVE E150
Dallas, TX 75208
Situated inside Houndstooth Coffee, you can take care of (nearly) all your vices in one stop. If it's too early to hit the hard stuff, try one of the low-proof cocktails mixed with sherry or vermouth. Otherwise, go ahead and order that martini and know it will be shaken (or stirred) perfectly.
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8. Lounge Here

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9028 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 238-3374
This brand new East Dallas' sparse aesthetic belies the intricate and well-mixed cocktails that await inside. Cocktail snobs, your classic favorites (martinis and Old Fashioneds) are in good hands here, or you could try one of the libations on the menu. Perhaps the Sugarmaker, mixed with Ford's gin, coconut water, orgeat, and apricot liqueur?

9. Stirr

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Deep Ellum's newest bar is likely to become your favorite new cocktail haunt. With its stunning rooftop views and equally gorgeous patio, you can expect for this spot to be packed at peak hours. Squeeze your way to the bar and order the Babe's Old Fashioned, mixed with bacon fat infused rye, chocolate liqueur, and Angostura bitters.
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10. Ill Minster Pub

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2600 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201
(972) 707-7756
This hot new Uptown booze haven comes from the minds behind some of Dallas' favorite bars, like Truth & Alibi. Swing by after grabbing dinner at the adjacent Uptown Urban Market, then sip on killer cocktails and craft beers in a lush, loungey atmosphere. Don't miss out on reverse happy hour — the well drinks are $4 between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
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11. Hide

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2816 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
Deep Ellum continues to be one of Dallas' best place to drink, and the arrival of science-inspired cocktail lab Hide adds a whole lot of interesting libations to the mix. Try the Snapdragon, mixed with pisco, clarified grapefruit, maple syrup, and Kummel, a delightful Dutch liqueur infused with caraway seed, fennel & cumin. kummel, pisco, clarified grapefruit, maple,
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12. Pilikia

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3113 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
Since Trader Vic's shuttered years ago, Dallas has sorely lacked a tiki bar. It may not have the deep dedication to the tiki trend that other bars across the country have, but if you're craving a painkiller (mixed here authentically, with Pusser's Rum) and a taste of the tropics, Pilikia is an excellent option.
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13. The Parlor on Commerce

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2651 Commerce St #100
Dallas, TX 75226
Reflective of a changing Deep Ellum, The Parlor on Commerce serves up the neighborhood's old dive bar aesthetic inside an upscale haunt, and that's a pretty solid recipe for success. The selection of whiskeys here is excellent, so order up an Old Fashioned or a neat pour of something fancy.
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1. Drugstore Cowboy

2721 Main St, Dallas TX, Dallas, TX 75226
Drugstore Cowboy
At this Deep Ellum bar, you can seamlessly switch from coffee to booze at any point during the day. Try the bar's whiskey & cheese pairings if you're feeling adventurous, or stick with theme-appropriate classic cocktails like the Corpse Reviver.
2721 Main St, Dallas TX
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Quill

1628 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207
This sexy Design District lounge's see-and-be-seen vibe is enough to draw the crowds, but the cocktails are equally noteworthy. The sips – like the Senya Many Nights mixed with pisco, sake, and yuzu juice – are just as sophisticated as the atmosphere.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207

3. The Independent Bar &  Kitchen

2712 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
The food at Independent Bar & Kitchen gets plenty of fanfare, but the cocktails are plenty strong — in more ways than one. Traditional drinks (like a killer Tom Collins or Corpse Reviver) are a sure bet, but be sure to try the Dallasite. Mixed with 10-year-old Irish whiskey, bitter orange, and cantaloupe, it's a smooth ode to our fair city.
2712 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

4. Vetted Well

Dallas, TX
Vetted Well/Facebook
This bar at Alamo Drafthouse may be best known for its boilermakers, but that combination is a bit heavy for the summer months. Instead, go for the Prescription Julep, blended with rye, cognac, and mint poured over plenty of cooling crushed ice.

5. The Tipsy Alchemist

2101 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75201
The Tipsy Alchemist/Facebook
This showy new Cedar Springs cocktail lounge doesn't skimp on presentation – expect plenty of dry ice and over the top garnishes. Behind the glamour, though, you'll find some pretty stellar drinks. During happy hour, score a selection of ever-changing $6 "creative cocktails" that are much more delicious than their price point would indicate.
2101 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201

6. Flora Street Cafe

2330 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
Flora Street Cafe/Facebook
Chef Stephan Pyles is concocting his most creative fare yet at this new Arts District hotspot, and the accompanying cocktails are equally innovative. Try the Elotes, mixed with smoked corn, charred poblano, and a lemongrass-lime-cardamom syrup, for a boozy take on the traditional street food. Or go for the blissfully pink Flora, a delicate drink mixed with junipero.
2330 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201

7. Jettison

1878 SYLVAN AVE E150, Dallas, TX 75208
Robert Yu
Situated inside Houndstooth Coffee, you can take care of (nearly) all your vices in one stop. If it's too early to hit the hard stuff, try one of the low-proof cocktails mixed with sherry or vermouth. Otherwise, go ahead and order that martini and know it will be shaken (or stirred) perfectly.
1878 SYLVAN AVE E150
Dallas, TX 75208

8. Lounge Here

9028 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
This brand new East Dallas' sparse aesthetic belies the intricate and well-mixed cocktails that await inside. Cocktail snobs, your classic favorites (martinis and Old Fashioneds) are in good hands here, or you could try one of the libations on the menu. Perhaps the Sugarmaker, mixed with Ford's gin, coconut water, orgeat, and apricot liqueur?
9028 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

9. Stirr

Dallas, TX 75226
Stirr/Facebook
Deep Ellum's newest bar is likely to become your favorite new cocktail haunt. With its stunning rooftop views and equally gorgeous patio, you can expect for this spot to be packed at peak hours. Squeeze your way to the bar and order the Babe's Old Fashioned, mixed with bacon fat infused rye, chocolate liqueur, and Angostura bitters.

10. Ill Minster Pub

2600 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75201
ILL Minster Pub/Facebook
This hot new Uptown booze haven comes from the minds behind some of Dallas' favorite bars, like Truth & Alibi. Swing by after grabbing dinner at the adjacent Uptown Urban Market, then sip on killer cocktails and craft beers in a lush, loungey atmosphere. Don't miss out on reverse happy hour — the well drinks are $4 between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
2600 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201

11. Hide

2816 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Hide/Facebook
Deep Ellum continues to be one of Dallas' best place to drink, and the arrival of science-inspired cocktail lab Hide adds a whole lot of interesting libations to the mix. Try the Snapdragon, mixed with pisco, clarified grapefruit, maple syrup, and Kummel, a delightful Dutch liqueur infused with caraway seed, fennel & cumin. kummel, pisco, clarified grapefruit, maple,
2816 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Pilikia

3113 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
Pilikia
Since Trader Vic's shuttered years ago, Dallas has sorely lacked a tiki bar. It may not have the deep dedication to the tiki trend that other bars across the country have, but if you're craving a painkiller (mixed here authentically, with Pusser's Rum) and a taste of the tropics, Pilikia is an excellent option.
3113 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

13. The Parlor on Commerce

2651 Commerce St #100, Dallas, TX 75226
The Parlor on Commerce/Facebook
Reflective of a changing Deep Ellum, The Parlor on Commerce serves up the neighborhood's old dive bar aesthetic inside an upscale haunt, and that's a pretty solid recipe for success. The selection of whiskeys here is excellent, so order up an Old Fashioned or a neat pour of something fancy.
2651 Commerce St #100
Dallas, TX 75226

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