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20 Essential Dallas Dive Bars

Dimly lit and slightly grungy, there's nothing better than a dive bar

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Dallas has plenty of ritzy cocktail dens, but some of the city’s most beloved drinking establishments are its dive bars. From The Grapevine, a bar with its own basketball court, to Lakewood Landing, home of the city's best late-night corn dogs, Dallas has a divey destination to fit any personality.

Want to dress up and spend $15 on a cocktail? Look elsewhere. But if in search of a place to throw back some whiskey and several PBRs in jeans and a t-shirt, look no further than Dallas's 20 best dive bars.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

One Nostalgia Tavern

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Having served as a filming site for shows like Cruel Summer and movies like This World Won’t Break, One Nostalgia will quite literally make you feel like you’re in a movie. Not to mention, the karaoke stage here will make you feel like a star too.

Inwood Tavern

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One of Dallas’ oldest dive bars, Inwood Tavern remains a place for cold drinks and good times, with live music from local bands and DJs.

Milo Butterfingers

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With multiple TVs at Milo’s, you’ll never miss a beat of the big game (or the latest episode of your favorite crime show). Plus, challenge friends to games of darts or pool, while chowing down on burgers or chicken sandwiches.

Barley House

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At this SMU favorite, watch sporting events, game shows and more, or participate in one of Barley House’s weekly trivia nights. Get a boost of energy from their frozen Deep Eddy vodka and Red Bull cocktails.

The IVY Tavern

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In this loungey little dive, drinkers can enjoy pizza, burgers, and flatbreads while jamming to their favorite tunes on the jukebox, or spun by a local DJ on weekends. The patio is spacious, featuring pool tables and grassy walls for Instagram photo ops.

Hidden Door Inc

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Your money’s no good here at Hidden Door—well, your credit card, that is. This LGBTQ-friendly bar only accepts cash, and the drinks are stacked with enough booze to keep the party going from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Yes, they open that early.

Stan's Blue Note

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Whether you’re catching the game with your drinking team, or simply shooting the breeze with your best friends, Stan’s Blue Note is the place to be loud and rowdy. Plus, the $12 pitcher deals are unbeatable.

Single Wide

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In this cozy, trailer park-themed bar, loud music and rocking out are encouraged. Beware of their signature frozen YooHoo Yeehaws.

The Old Crow

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Draft beers and cocktails await at this Lower Greenville favorite. The Old Crow is a “come as you are” environment, offering pool, bar games, and karaoke.

The Goat

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With multiple pool tables, a jukebox and dart boards, The Goat evokes the feel of a classic blues dive.

Lakewood Landing

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At this classic East Dallas dive, diners can enjoy stacked burgers or BLTs paired with cold brews. Not to mention, Lakewood Landing’s iconic corn dog makes for a great snack in between bars.

Cosmo's

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Decked out with VHS tapes and old records galore, Cosmos is a funky, groovy joint that sells excellent hot wings.

Dallas Woody's

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In the good-ol’ gayborhood, Woody’s offers good drinks and fun music. Whether visiting on show tunes Tuesday or throwback Thursday, nostalgic music videos play on large screen.

The Grapevine Bar

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Sit on comfy couches on the inside of The Grapevine while sipping on $7 bellinis and jamming to Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Or shoot hoops in the dive bar’s large, spacious patio.

Charlie's Star Lounge

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Charlie’s Star Lounge is big fun, and not just because the resident bartender goes by the name of “Big Fun.” On the inside, you feel like you’re in the pit of a hotly-anticipated rock concert—especially on karaoke nights, when you’re front and center singing an iconic ‘80s rock anthem. On the outside, you feel like you’re backstage with the crew.

Double Wide Bar

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Double Wide has everything there is to love about Single Wide, plus a separate venue for live music. Come for the drinks, stay for the show.

Thunderbird Station

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From the minds behind Single Wide and Double Wide comes Thunderbird Station. In this dive bar, designed to look like a vintage service station, diners can enjoy beers, cocktails, hard ciders and more — plus, the best fried bologna sandwich you’ve ever tasted.

Off the Record Craft Beer & Vinyl

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With good cocktails and a mix of new and classic vinyls, keep Off the Record on the record. Choose between 24 craft beers here, and stick around for DJ nights like “Future vs. Drake” on Sunday Fundays with $5 drinks.

One Eyed Penguin

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In true speakeasy fashion, the clandestine One Eyed Penguin is located in between Birdguesa and The Scarlet Pumpernickel in downtown. Enjoy cocktails on the patio while taking in beautiful views of the city.

Lee Harvey's

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Few things beat a good night out at Lee Harvey’s — especially when surrounded with friends at one of this dive’s fireside picnic tables.

One Nostalgia Tavern

Having served as a filming site for shows like Cruel Summer and movies like This World Won’t Break, One Nostalgia will quite literally make you feel like you’re in a movie. Not to mention, the karaoke stage here will make you feel like a star too.

Inwood Tavern

One of Dallas’ oldest dive bars, Inwood Tavern remains a place for cold drinks and good times, with live music from local bands and DJs.

Milo Butterfingers

With multiple TVs at Milo’s, you’ll never miss a beat of the big game (or the latest episode of your favorite crime show). Plus, challenge friends to games of darts or pool, while chowing down on burgers or chicken sandwiches.

Barley House

At this SMU favorite, watch sporting events, game shows and more, or participate in one of Barley House’s weekly trivia nights. Get a boost of energy from their frozen Deep Eddy vodka and Red Bull cocktails.

The IVY Tavern

In this loungey little dive, drinkers can enjoy pizza, burgers, and flatbreads while jamming to their favorite tunes on the jukebox, or spun by a local DJ on weekends. The patio is spacious, featuring pool tables and grassy walls for Instagram photo ops.

Hidden Door Inc

Your money’s no good here at Hidden Door—well, your credit card, that is. This LGBTQ-friendly bar only accepts cash, and the drinks are stacked with enough booze to keep the party going from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Yes, they open that early.

Stan's Blue Note

Whether you’re catching the game with your drinking team, or simply shooting the breeze with your best friends, Stan’s Blue Note is the place to be loud and rowdy. Plus, the $12 pitcher deals are unbeatable.

Single Wide

In this cozy, trailer park-themed bar, loud music and rocking out are encouraged. Beware of their signature frozen YooHoo Yeehaws.

The Old Crow

Draft beers and cocktails await at this Lower Greenville favorite. The Old Crow is a “come as you are” environment, offering pool, bar games, and karaoke.

The Goat

With multiple pool tables, a jukebox and dart boards, The Goat evokes the feel of a classic blues dive.

Lakewood Landing

At this classic East Dallas dive, diners can enjoy stacked burgers or BLTs paired with cold brews. Not to mention, Lakewood Landing’s iconic corn dog makes for a great snack in between bars.

Cosmo's

Decked out with VHS tapes and old records galore, Cosmos is a funky, groovy joint that sells excellent hot wings.

Dallas Woody's

In the good-ol’ gayborhood, Woody’s offers good drinks and fun music. Whether visiting on show tunes Tuesday or throwback Thursday, nostalgic music videos play on large screen.

The Grapevine Bar

Sit on comfy couches on the inside of The Grapevine while sipping on $7 bellinis and jamming to Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Or shoot hoops in the dive bar’s large, spacious patio.

Charlie's Star Lounge

Charlie’s Star Lounge is big fun, and not just because the resident bartender goes by the name of “Big Fun.” On the inside, you feel like you’re in the pit of a hotly-anticipated rock concert—especially on karaoke nights, when you’re front and center singing an iconic ‘80s rock anthem. On the outside, you feel like you’re backstage with the crew.

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Double Wide Bar

Double Wide has everything there is to love about Single Wide, plus a separate venue for live music. Come for the drinks, stay for the show.

Thunderbird Station

From the minds behind Single Wide and Double Wide comes Thunderbird Station. In this dive bar, designed to look like a vintage service station, diners can enjoy beers, cocktails, hard ciders and more — plus, the best fried bologna sandwich you’ve ever tasted.

Off the Record Craft Beer & Vinyl

With good cocktails and a mix of new and classic vinyls, keep Off the Record on the record. Choose between 24 craft beers here, and stick around for DJ nights like “Future vs. Drake” on Sunday Fundays with $5 drinks.

One Eyed Penguin

In true speakeasy fashion, the clandestine One Eyed Penguin is located in between Birdguesa and The Scarlet Pumpernickel in downtown. Enjoy cocktails on the patio while taking in beautiful views of the city.

Lee Harvey's

Few things beat a good night out at Lee Harvey’s — especially when surrounded with friends at one of this dive’s fireside picnic tables.

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