Dallas
1. White Elephant
Fort Worth Stockyards

Originally opened in the 1890s in Hell’s Half Acre, to say this bar has a history would be an understatement of duel-worthy proportions. Though the current location has only been around since the 1970s, that’s still pretty ancient by DFW standards. The bar’s an absolute must when visiting the Historic Stockyards, a legendary place for an ice-cold longneck or whiskey cocktail served with a steaming bowl of celeb chef Tim Love’s Texas Red Chili and cornbread while listening to a country band on the stage.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

4. Happiest Hour
Harwood District

With 12,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space, Happiest Hour near the American Airlines Center continues to be one of the largest bars in DFW. Of course, the name should be a hint that this place has a killer happy hour (with drinks starting at only $5), a great time to gather with friends on the rooftop deck featuring dynamic skyline views. But no matter when you visit, get your Tiki fix with a Harwood Paradise, a fruity creation made with coconut and dark rums, pineapple and lime juices, and coconut.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

5. Alexandre's
Oak Lawn

This newly expanded LGBTQIA+ cocktail lounge and piano bar has long been one of the best places to wrap your hands around a classic cocktail (an affordable one at that) while listening to sultry singers and charismatic crooners on the intimate stage. The classic Daiquiri will always be our go-to, but when we’re in the mood for something a little less sweet, it’s Sazerac all the way.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

6. Apothecary Bar
Lower Greenville

This Lowest Greenville Avenue cocktail bar may have only debuted last summer, but its cutting-edge approach to cocktail crafting (think centrifuges and pyrolysis) has made it a worthy destination for innovation that doesn’t overshadow taste. Discover unexpected ingredients, such as Tom Kha soup in the Tom Kha-llins, as well as a vast vermouth collection that includes a handful of housemade options. Because of its popularity, this is one venue that’s worth planning in advance to visit.
How to book: Reservations can be made online, which are released the 15th of the month for the following month. A limited number of seats are available for walk-ins on a first come, first served basis.

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