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The 14 Essential Hotel Bars in DFW

Classic cocktails and fancy new ones await those who belly up to these hotel bars — as a guest or a local

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There’s something special about a perfect hotel bar, whether you’re just in town for a little while, staycationing, or enjoying dinner at a restaurant nearby.

DFW has a plethora of well-appointed hotels, and no hotel is complete without one. However, not all hotel-based watering holes are created equal, and these are the bars that define the Metroplex.

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Magnum Speakeasy

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The sprawling Hotel Vin in Grapevine has a lot going for it. With a massive on-site restaurant and a food hall attached, and its location an easy stroll away from the town’s main street with oodles of restaurants and bars, there is no end of entertainment. But those in the know will know to ask the concierge to make them an appointment at the hotel’s speakeasy through a hidden telephone booth. It’s open Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and reservations are strongly recommended.

The Library

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Looking for an old school hotel bar with lots of space and live music? This is the spot. Over in Cedar Springs inside the Warwick Melrose Hotel, this piano bar with Jazz Age vibes focuses on classic cocktails and a very social atmosphere.

Upside West Village

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Arguably one of the best views from a hotel bar is at Upside West Village, on the 8th floor of the Canopy Hotel. Sip on a refreshing cocktail — the Miranda Priestly is a solid choice, made with Marker’s Mark, raspberry, and mint simple syrup. Or choose a draft beer to enjoy while snacking on a charcuterie board.

The Mansion Bar

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A stalwart of the Dallas cocktail scene, the Mansion Bar inside the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek remains one of the classiest spots to grab a drink in town. Order the Phrasemaker, a tequila cocktail with Cointreau, white cranberry, lime, and coconut. Or go for the Stagecoach, an applejack brandy drink with Amaro Nonino, Zaya rum lemon, and vanilla.

Commons Club

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Sexy and bold, the Commons Club bar at the base of the Virgin Dallas hotel is 100% swank. Try the Perfect Pair, a clever version of Manhattan made with Hennessy VS Cognac & spiced pear, or something from the extensive wine list. And the Uncommon Burger is a perfect pairing with absolutely any of its spirits.

Beau Nash

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Beau Nash at the Hotel Crescent Court in Uptown serves glasses brimming with Dallas history. Classic cocktails and live music await, along with tapas and a spot to see and be seen. To that end, a glass of champagne is certainly appropriate here.

Babou’s

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See and be seen at Babou’s (or the Library at Babou’s) inside the Hotel Swexan in the Harwood District. The vibe is glamorous meets excess with a touch of sophisticated. In the bar proper, there’s a dance floor and red lights to go with the modern cocktail list and reserved seating. The library is more low-key, with spots to sit and chat.

97 West Kitchen & Bar

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The Hotel Drover has some crafty cocktails to match the chic country vibes at the hotel. The Bluebonnet, for instance, features Silverstar vodka, lemon, blueberries, lime, and tajin. Simple with a distinctly Texan twist that knows how to sparkle — just like Fort Worth.

Catbird

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With a gorgeous interior and terrace, Catbird at the Thompson Hotel is a downtown gem. The cocktail menu veers from classics to exotic, with the Femme Fatale as a highlight from the latter options that tells you everything about the vibe of the place. It’s a gin cocktail with Charaeu, peppercorn Lillet, and pamplemousse (er, that’ French for cantalope).

Bourbon & Banter

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A speakeasy hidden in the basement of the Statler Hotel, Bourbon & Banter is a small craft cocktail bar with a bustling atmosphere. Enter via the telephone booth and step into the dark, cozy space with solid, memorable drinks like the Lover Boy: vodka, strawberry and basil syrup, rhubarb bitters, and egg whites.

Midnight Rambler

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It really doesn’t get better for bars, hotel or not, in this city than Midnight Rambler. The menu was created by Gabe Sanchez of the shuttered Black Swan Saloon. And head bartender Haley Merritt recently landed on the Alcohol Industry’s 40 Under 40 list. Reservations highly recommended.

The Adolphus

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The Adolphus Hotel offers guests several bar options, depending on their mood. The bar in the hotel’s lobby is ideal for happy hour, and the 7th floor pool deck cools folks off with delightful frozen margaritas. The French Room Bar is the hotel’s most upscale spot, featuring fancy cocktails, wine and bubbles perfect for cozying up before or after dinner. A local favorite, Rodeo Bar, has returned post-renovation to offer a more low-key bar menu that’s the kind of place you take out of towners when they want to see “Texas.”

Wicked Butcher

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Fort Worth’s tribute to Art Deco, the Sinclair Hotel mixes both old and new. The Wicked Butcher, with a massive bar and some seating on the main floor, wraps below to the basement, where fine dining is the focus. Both floors offer creative cocktails.

The Bar at Bowie House

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Bowie House hits the rustic vibes of Cowtown with a sophisticated air at it’s hotel bar. It specializes in whiskey but martinis are a house speciality as well, all made tableside.

Magnum Speakeasy

The sprawling Hotel Vin in Grapevine has a lot going for it. With a massive on-site restaurant and a food hall attached, and its location an easy stroll away from the town’s main street with oodles of restaurants and bars, there is no end of entertainment. But those in the know will know to ask the concierge to make them an appointment at the hotel’s speakeasy through a hidden telephone booth. It’s open Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and reservations are strongly recommended.

The Library

Looking for an old school hotel bar with lots of space and live music? This is the spot. Over in Cedar Springs inside the Warwick Melrose Hotel, this piano bar with Jazz Age vibes focuses on classic cocktails and a very social atmosphere.

Upside West Village

Arguably one of the best views from a hotel bar is at Upside West Village, on the 8th floor of the Canopy Hotel. Sip on a refreshing cocktail — the Miranda Priestly is a solid choice, made with Marker’s Mark, raspberry, and mint simple syrup. Or choose a draft beer to enjoy while snacking on a charcuterie board.

The Mansion Bar

A stalwart of the Dallas cocktail scene, the Mansion Bar inside the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek remains one of the classiest spots to grab a drink in town. Order the Phrasemaker, a tequila cocktail with Cointreau, white cranberry, lime, and coconut. Or go for the Stagecoach, an applejack brandy drink with Amaro Nonino, Zaya rum lemon, and vanilla.

Commons Club

Sexy and bold, the Commons Club bar at the base of the Virgin Dallas hotel is 100% swank. Try the Perfect Pair, a clever version of Manhattan made with Hennessy VS Cognac & spiced pear, or something from the extensive wine list. And the Uncommon Burger is a perfect pairing with absolutely any of its spirits.

Beau Nash

Beau Nash at the Hotel Crescent Court in Uptown serves glasses brimming with Dallas history. Classic cocktails and live music await, along with tapas and a spot to see and be seen. To that end, a glass of champagne is certainly appropriate here.

Babou’s

See and be seen at Babou’s (or the Library at Babou’s) inside the Hotel Swexan in the Harwood District. The vibe is glamorous meets excess with a touch of sophisticated. In the bar proper, there’s a dance floor and red lights to go with the modern cocktail list and reserved seating. The library is more low-key, with spots to sit and chat.

97 West Kitchen & Bar

The Hotel Drover has some crafty cocktails to match the chic country vibes at the hotel. The Bluebonnet, for instance, features Silverstar vodka, lemon, blueberries, lime, and tajin. Simple with a distinctly Texan twist that knows how to sparkle — just like Fort Worth.

Catbird

With a gorgeous interior and terrace, Catbird at the Thompson Hotel is a downtown gem. The cocktail menu veers from classics to exotic, with the Femme Fatale as a highlight from the latter options that tells you everything about the vibe of the place. It’s a gin cocktail with Charaeu, peppercorn Lillet, and pamplemousse (er, that’ French for cantalope).

Bourbon & Banter

A speakeasy hidden in the basement of the Statler Hotel, Bourbon & Banter is a small craft cocktail bar with a bustling atmosphere. Enter via the telephone booth and step into the dark, cozy space with solid, memorable drinks like the Lover Boy: vodka, strawberry and basil syrup, rhubarb bitters, and egg whites.

Midnight Rambler

It really doesn’t get better for bars, hotel or not, in this city than Midnight Rambler. The menu was created by Gabe Sanchez of the shuttered Black Swan Saloon. And head bartender Haley Merritt recently landed on the Alcohol Industry’s 40 Under 40 list. Reservations highly recommended.

The Adolphus

The Adolphus Hotel offers guests several bar options, depending on their mood. The bar in the hotel’s lobby is ideal for happy hour, and the 7th floor pool deck cools folks off with delightful frozen margaritas. The French Room Bar is the hotel’s most upscale spot, featuring fancy cocktails, wine and bubbles perfect for cozying up before or after dinner. A local favorite, Rodeo Bar, has returned post-renovation to offer a more low-key bar menu that’s the kind of place you take out of towners when they want to see “Texas.”

Wicked Butcher

Fort Worth’s tribute to Art Deco, the Sinclair Hotel mixes both old and new. The Wicked Butcher, with a massive bar and some seating on the main floor, wraps below to the basement, where fine dining is the focus. Both floors offer creative cocktails.

The Bar at Bowie House

Bowie House hits the rustic vibes of Cowtown with a sophisticated air at it’s hotel bar. It specializes in whiskey but martinis are a house speciality as well, all made tableside.

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