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11 Must-Visit Whiskey Bars in Dallas

Where to sip the city’s finest brown liquor, straight-up or mixed into a perfect cocktail

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It’s a fact: chilly weather makes whiskey taste better. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but whiskey and winter definitely go hand in hand. And here in the Metroplex, there are plenty of ways to imbibe a perfect whiskey cocktail any time of year.

Before venturing into an expansive and unfamiliar whiskey menu and blindly selecting a spirit, begin a brown liquor adventure at one of Dallas’s 12 best whiskey bars. These essential drinking destinations boast killer lists of rare spirits, extensive selections of rye, bourbon, and Scotch, and plenty of great whiskey-based cocktails.

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Whiskey Moon

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Any establishment with ‘whiskey’ in their title has some pretty big shoes to fill. At the Renaissance Hotel at Legacy West, this whiskey-forward bar presents their guests with a tablet full of rare and limited-edition spirits that’s well worth a trip north of Dallas. 

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

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Like barrel gold in the glass and on the plate? This is the place to make it happen. Bring a friend, split a Texas flight, and turn a happy hour sesh into dinner with whiskey braised short rib hash, served with spaghetti squash, whiskey demi-glace and gremolata.

Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen

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A hotel bar located inside the Galleria may not seem like a whiskey enthusiast’s heaven, but don’t be fooled — there are almost 200 varieties available at the Second Floor. Pick from eight different whiskey flights for a unique sampling that won’t require booking a stay in the Westin for the night. 

Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant

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With one of the most extensive Irish whiskey menus in Dallas, this pub provides tastings, flights and side-by-side samplings so that patrons can get a better understanding of each flavor profile. Whiskey enthusiasts, be sure and pop in often—the menu is always changing. 

The Libertine Bar

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Those that prefer a mixer with their whiskey will love the drink menu at this Lower Greenville bar and grill. Pick between classic cocktails with a twist like the Cherry Whiskey Coke, a house-infused cherry whiskey with Mexican Coke, or opt for something a little more seasonal like the Strange Brew, a rye-forward concoction with cinnamon, honey, allspice bitters and ginger beer. 

The Standard Pour

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While getting acquainted with the extensive menu, but be sure to order this beloved bar’s namesake cocktail (Jim Beam rye, Cocchi di Torino, Benedictine, root beer bitters and citrus oils). And if a little ordering assistance is needed, one of the friendly (and knowledgeable) bartenders will be happy to help. 

Tasting whiskey usually isn’t cheap, but thankfully there’s Whiskey Wednesday at Tate’s. This Uptown tavern runs a weekly special on their whiskey menu with half off almost every spirit. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks or old fashioned—just keep in mind that Thursday morning is right around the corner. 

The Common Table

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For those that would rather enjoy a whiskey cocktail instead of sipping it straight, there are plenty of options available at this Oak Lawn outpost. Start with the Traveling Pig, made with 

WhistlePig 10-year-old rye whiskey, Cointreau, cocoa liqueur and orange and chocolate bitters.

Bowen House

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This charming house-turned-bar boasts an A+ American whiskey stock and citrus-heavy cocktail menu. Try the Something Cooler, a bright whiskey blend with lemon, demerara, Q Drinks grapefruit soda and Bittermens hopped grapefruit bitters.

Armoury D.E.

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There are plenty of Irish, rye and bourbon whiskeys to choose from at this Deep Ellum haunt, but settling in just to sip on a Bonnie & Clyde (a smoky blend of bourbon, rye, chamomile demerara, Laphroaig rinse and Angostura bitters) is also highly encouraged.

Black Swan Saloon

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Not really sure what to order? Head to this beloved Deep Ellum bar and prepare to be amazed. The Black Swan doesn’t have a menu—instead, the bartenders will make a custom concoction on the spot with your favorite spirit (rye, bourbon, or something more unique) and desired flavor. 

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Whiskey Moon

Any establishment with ‘whiskey’ in their title has some pretty big shoes to fill. At the Renaissance Hotel at Legacy West, this whiskey-forward bar presents their guests with a tablet full of rare and limited-edition spirits that’s well worth a trip north of Dallas. 

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

Like barrel gold in the glass and on the plate? This is the place to make it happen. Bring a friend, split a Texas flight, and turn a happy hour sesh into dinner with whiskey braised short rib hash, served with spaghetti squash, whiskey demi-glace and gremolata.

Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen

A hotel bar located inside the Galleria may not seem like a whiskey enthusiast’s heaven, but don’t be fooled — there are almost 200 varieties available at the Second Floor. Pick from eight different whiskey flights for a unique sampling that won’t require booking a stay in the Westin for the night. 

Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant

With one of the most extensive Irish whiskey menus in Dallas, this pub provides tastings, flights and side-by-side samplings so that patrons can get a better understanding of each flavor profile. Whiskey enthusiasts, be sure and pop in often—the menu is always changing. 

The Libertine Bar

Those that prefer a mixer with their whiskey will love the drink menu at this Lower Greenville bar and grill. Pick between classic cocktails with a twist like the Cherry Whiskey Coke, a house-infused cherry whiskey with Mexican Coke, or opt for something a little more seasonal like the Strange Brew, a rye-forward concoction with cinnamon, honey, allspice bitters and ginger beer. 

The Standard Pour

While getting acquainted with the extensive menu, but be sure to order this beloved bar’s namesake cocktail (Jim Beam rye, Cocchi di Torino, Benedictine, root beer bitters and citrus oils). And if a little ordering assistance is needed, one of the friendly (and knowledgeable) bartenders will be happy to help. 

Tate's

Tasting whiskey usually isn’t cheap, but thankfully there’s Whiskey Wednesday at Tate’s. This Uptown tavern runs a weekly special on their whiskey menu with half off almost every spirit. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks or old fashioned—just keep in mind that Thursday morning is right around the corner. 

The Common Table

For those that would rather enjoy a whiskey cocktail instead of sipping it straight, there are plenty of options available at this Oak Lawn outpost. Start with the Traveling Pig, made with 

WhistlePig 10-year-old rye whiskey, Cointreau, cocoa liqueur and orange and chocolate bitters.

Bowen House

This charming house-turned-bar boasts an A+ American whiskey stock and citrus-heavy cocktail menu. Try the Something Cooler, a bright whiskey blend with lemon, demerara, Q Drinks grapefruit soda and Bittermens hopped grapefruit bitters.

Armoury D.E.

There are plenty of Irish, rye and bourbon whiskeys to choose from at this Deep Ellum haunt, but settling in just to sip on a Bonnie & Clyde (a smoky blend of bourbon, rye, chamomile demerara, Laphroaig rinse and Angostura bitters) is also highly encouraged.

Black Swan Saloon

Not really sure what to order? Head to this beloved Deep Ellum bar and prepare to be amazed. The Black Swan doesn’t have a menu—instead, the bartenders will make a custom concoction on the spot with your favorite spirit (rye, bourbon, or something more unique) and desired flavor. 

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