Food & Drink

Your guide to the best whiskey drinking (and eating!) in Dallas

Published On 02/12/2014 Published On 02/12/2014
12 best places to drink whiskey DAL
All Photos: David Maez
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1. Nickel and Rye 2523 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

Nickel and Rye's got you covered with delicious burgers, whiskey, and bartenders who know what they're talking about. The menu features a number of Texas comfort foods, including guilty shareables (such as friend deviled eggs and a lobster quesadilla) and noteworthy "Big Plates" and sides... most popularly the chicken and waffles, and bacon jalapeño mac 'n' cheese. And just as important as the food is the Single Ladies' Night -- unaccompanied chicks enjoy almost everything half price (including bottles of wine).

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2. The Second Floor 13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240

Found on the second floor (see what they did there??) of the Westin Galleria, The Second Floor is an American Bistro with a killer whiskey selection -- we're talking 200 different varieties.

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3. Windmill Lounge 5320 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75235

A welcome, divey atmosphere, a jukebox, and some well-crafted and well-priced cocktails will make your evenings at Windmill Lounge very enjoyable indeed.

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4. The Common Table 2917 Fairmount St, Dallas, TX 75201

TCT's is a tenant of 2917 Fairmount, the converted home that's seen a string of vaunted restos -- to stake their own claim, the Common Table guys installed a chrome-spotlit central bar with orange upholstered seating where they serve ridiculousness like whiskey milkshakes.

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5. Whiskey Cake 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093

This rustic, high-windowed warehouse-style joint features communal tables, plaid sofas, rocking chairs, and a stacked firewood partition that is set off by industrial touches like Edison bulbs. Sink your teeth into Texas comfort foods like pulled pork sliders, thick burgers, smoked BBQ, and fried chicken. Don’t be surprised by some of the more interesting items like the Thai Cashew Pork Baguette and Pork Belly Ramen … Whiskey Cake whips up fresh comfort foods that you can’t get at grandma’s. Indulge in a long list of national craft brews whiskey flights, and whiskey cocktails like Little Rye Lies (rye whiskey, black tea syrup, and orange and angostura bitters). Yes, you can enjoy actual Whiskey Cake on a porch next to a fireplace if you’re so inclined.

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6. The Standard Pour 2900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

This place is anything but standard, serving an outstanding variety of liquors, cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as delightful food options like their thyme and garlic chicken, lamb ravioli, and lobster nachos.

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7. Victor Tangos 3001 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

A classy, dimly lit Mexican restaurant doling out savory goodness like roasted marrow bones and brisket with chimichurri and toast, Victor Tangos in Knox-Henderson also offers killer cocktails to boot. Seasonal ingredients shine in boozy libations like the Pepper Smash with gin, red bell pepper, local mint, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and house-made clover-honey syrup.

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8. Library Bar 3015 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Library Bar is where you'll find leather-bound books, mahogany, and Scotch.

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9. Tate's 2723 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

When was the last time your drink was made with fresh squeezed juices? If you're a Tate's regular, it was 10 seconds before you generously tipped your 'tender. This place believes in superb cocktails and will never disappoint in their variety or quality of the booze they pour.