Beverage Director

Where to Grab a Drink in Dallas Right Now

‘Tis the (patio) season.

March 10 was a day of celebration for the thirsty masses across the great state of Texas. That’s when, after nearly a year of total shut-down, the state’s bartenders once again resumed their posts, slinging everything from simple mixed drinks and ice-cold beer to creative craft cocktails and frozen concoctions perfect for sipping in the sunshine. Alcohol delivery and cocktail kits continue to make it easier to catch a buzz from almost anywhere but patios remain a superb way to get the full-service experience as safely as possible. Below, find all the Dallas-Fort Worth spots offering the best in boozy beverages, from all-time favorites to brand-new establishments.

The latest addition to Mule Alley in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards debuted on April 1, so if you’re looking for the newest spot to toss back a few drinks, look no further. This tribute to the classic cowgirls of yesteryear offers a variety of creations inspired by famous Wild Westerners, including the Prairie Rose named after the first-ever Bronc-riding female, Prairie Rose Henderson and made with Old Forester Bourbon'd Texas Tea, raspberry, and rose water. Texas-style tapas, including homemade beef jerky and bacon-studded cheddar biscuits, pair nicely with the spirited offerings. 
How to reserve/order: Dine-in and patio

Swizzle

Lowest Greenville

As eager as we all are to take a tropical vacation, that still may not be in the cards for everyone this summer. A festive tiki bar, however, might be the next best thing, and this island-themed escape offers enough stiff drinks served in hollowed-out pineapples to have you doing the hula in no time. Case in point? The Q.B. Cooler, a blend of rum, passion fruit, lime, and orange that’s so powerful they won’t let you down more than two per visit.
How to reserve/order: Reserve online for dine-in and patio seating or order cocktails and cocktail kits to-go with food.

Smoky Rose

Little Forest Hills

Even though it’s technically more of a BBQ joint than a watering hole, this spot’s massive patio and beer garden always attracts a lively crowd of humans and their four-legged friends with live music, yard games, and general open-air merriment. Sip on a signature Smoky Rose made with gin, elderflower, lemon, and muddled strawberries, or work your way through more than two dozen craft beers available on draft or by the bottle and can. 
How to reserve/order: Reservations strongly recommended for indoor and outdoor seating.

If you’re going to visit a local distillery, you might as well seek out one with a killer cocktail program, too—and that’s exactly what you’ll find inside this sophisticated Fort Worth tasting room. Fresh-squeezed juices and housemade tinctures enhance seasonal mixed drinks made with housemade vodka, gin, bourbon, and rye. Definitely give the Blackland Old Fashioned a try.
How to reserve/order: Reserve a table in the tasting room.

Truck Yard

Multiple locations

Whether you prefer to do your afternoon imbibing at a quaint picnic table, inside the bed of an old truck, or high up in a treehouse bar, Truck Yard has all your lazy day drinking needs covered. Check out the draft cocktails (including a mule that serves four people), sip on a frosty trash can punch, or get your hands on an ice-cold beer—each option is ideal for washing down a cheesesteak from the onsite kitchen or any number of hot eats provided by visiting food trucks.
How to reserve/order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

Thunderbird
Courtesy of Thunderbird Station

Even though this location hasn’t serviced cars in years, you can still fuel up on food and boozy drinks at this former service station dating to 1922. Settle into the 5,400-square-foot patio for fresh air and social distancing while chomping on one of three sloppy joe variations (including a vegan version!) accompanied by a Rattle Trap cocktail, a mix of peanut butter-infused whiskey and Dr. Pepper topped by roasted peanuts. 
How to reserve/order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

Toller Patio

Old East Dallas

The competition among Dallas patios to be bigger and better means there's no shortage of square-footage available for folks who like a little actual sunshine with their tequila sunrises. And Toller Patio spans a whopping 15,000 of those square feet, perfect for getting back to nature with your pooch (or with one of many other doggie guests snacking on puppy popsicles). For humans, signature offerings include about a dozen cocktails on tap, available by the shot all the way up to a $99 XXL vessel fit to quench the thirst of a small army. 
How to reserve/order: Available for patio seating or order take-out cocktails and food online via Toast.

Jaxon Beer Garden
Tejas Mule made with Tito’s vodka, tamarindo, ginger, and citrus Pulparindo candy | Courtesy of JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden

Whether you’re inside or out, there’s plenty of space to spread out at this massive eatery in the heart of the AT&T Discovery District. With 34 beers on tap (mostly local Texas brews), six signature cocktails frozen or on draft, and a full bar, you’ll want for nothing. One of the trendiest cocktails right now is the beloved Ranch Water, and this spot stands out from the pack with Scarlet Water, a hibiscus-infused Aperol and tequila-ified take on the classic served in a Topo Chico bottle.
How to reserve/order: Available for dine-in and patio seating or call 214-838-11422 for cocktail kits, beer, and wine for pickup and delivery.

Ebb & Flow

Deep Ellum

Nestled among Deep Ellum's tattoo shops and vivid murals, Ebb & Flow is a popular cocktail destination for concert pre-gaming and late-night shenanigans. Gather your friends, settle into a sensual red booth inside or on the garden-like front patio, and sip on creations like the activated charcoal-spiked Darkest Storm or the summery frozen watermelon mule while communing over bacon-wrapped, brisket-and-pimento-cheese-stuffed jalapeños.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

The coolest bars in town are usually the ones that don’t try too hard, and that’s definitely the case at this unassuming little hangout tucked away in a strip center. The sophisticated yet unpretentious watering hole comes from a talented group of industry vets, and whether you’re there to drink a cold draft on the patio or tuck into a hot, crispy duck confit sandwich, you’ll be in good company—even if said company is just the Willie Nelson painting glancing your way from the wall.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

77 Degrees

Knox/Henderson

According to the owners of this Texas-based mini-chain of adults-only patio bars, 77 degrees is the ideal temperature for enjoying cocktails al fresco. Who are we to question science? Here, options abound for lounging while getting liquored up on tropical concoctions thanks to three levels of rooftop patio space, each with leisurely touches including group swings, cabanas, and balconies complete with panoramic skyline views.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

La Viuda Negra

Old East Dallas

If you know what you’re looking for, magic awaits just beyond a door marked with this tiny mezcal bar’s namesake: an ominous black widow. Created by the owners of neighboring El Come Taco, this discreet gem boasts a brilliant selection of mezcals alongside other Mexican-born spirits like raicilla (“Mexican moonshine”) and even some darn good whiskey. While you’re there, make sure to try anything with pulque, an ancient alcoholic drink made from the maguey plant’s fermented sap.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

Everything about this gigantic indoor-outdoor venue is centered around fun with friends with a healthy bit of competition thrown in for good measure. Pick your playtime pleasure from a well-rounded selection of free games, belt out some karaoke tunes, or simply sing spontaneously wherever you find yourself at any given moment. Nobody will judge you for a second—unless, of course, you go a little too heavy on the Bieber.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

Most dives bars are known for their crowded, no-frills approach to drink-slinging, but this legendary decades-old watering hole named after the presumed JFK assassin has the added advantage of a gigantic, picnic table-lined yard. Grab a drink and a burger and cozy up near the fire pit for some live music and even livelier conversation.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

The Island Spot
Mango Mint Punch | Courtesy of The Island Spot

With more than 25 unique Caribbean rums to enjoy in flights or fruity tropical cocktails, a visit to this rum bar may be the closest thing you have to an island vacation this year. Order up some heavily spiced Jamaican dishes and pair them with a Flaming Hurricane, Painkillah, or Pineapple Paradise.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating or call 972-913-4919 for takeout cocktails & food.

Elm & Good
The bar inside Elm & Good | Courtesy of Elm & Good

Elm & Good

Deep Ellum

Located inside the newly renovated and reopened Pittman Hotel, the bar program at this dimly-lit centerpiece eatery remains at the core of the property’s concept. Cocktails feature a bevy of bespoke components with marked attention to detail, from infused spirits and crystal clear ice to housebrewed tonics, tinctures, and bitters plus fresh-squeezed juices. The cheekily-named Skipping Gin Class, an herbaceous mix of gin, line, Velvet falernum, cassis, and fragrant anise, is every bit as thrilling as dipping out on fourth period. 
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

Bowen House
Courtesy of Bowen House

Come for the creative cocktails, stay for a double cheeseburger and chicken salad with buttery Ritz crackers at this circa-1874 landmark home. Curl up on the patio or grab a coveted spot by the fireplace inside for some of the best boozy concoctions in the neighborhood, all currently available to-go.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating or call 214-484-1385 for cocktails and food to-go.

One of the city’s most beloved dives thankfully returned after a brief COVID-related closure last year a full roster of famously stiff drinks accompanied by crave-worthy burgers and wings. Get a sense of this hangout’s remarkable staying power by sliding into a booth, staking out a spot on the small smoker’s deck, or posting up on the make-shift parking lot patio for a few rounds of good old-fashioned fun.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

If ever there were a place built for patio season, it’s this wildly popular Uptown venue filled with everyone from neighboring residents on foot to folks driving from all over the metro area for an outdoor concert paired with a craft cocktail or cold brewski. All that plus beer-can game hen and celebrated chicken-and-cheese sandwiches. 
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating or call 214-730-0596 for curbside pickup.

Sloane’s Corner
Ranch Water Kit | Courtesy of Sloane’s Corner

Located smack dab between downtown and the Dallas Arts District, the patio here makes for a wonderful place to relax before or after a socially-distanced visit to a nearby museum or performance venue. In addition to a generous weekday happy hour, guests can also get more bang for their buck with a signature nine-ounce wine pour.
How to order: Available for dine-in and patio seating.

Lounge Here

Little Forest Hills

Co-owned by two founding members of Tripping Daisy, this also-newly-reopened cocktail den feels like a hidden gem to a roster of regulars tucked inside its strip-mall space. The cocktail menu is a comprehensive list of classics and cool-cat creations alike, easy to enjoy between plexiglass dividers at the bar or in one of the sumptuous horseshoe booths.
How to order: Call 214-238-3374 for reservations or takeout; or order takeout food, beer and wine online

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