Where to Grab a Drink in Dallas Right Now

Stylish lounges, pool bars, and more ways to escape the summer heat.

The best way to manage summer’s heat is with plenty of SPF and ice-cold drinks. The former is just some free self-care advice, but the latter can be achieved at the many great bars throughout Dallas, including a handful of newly opened spots you’ll want to visit. We’ve rounded up high-end lounges, fun-loving tequila bars, and places where you can play Marco Polo with a beer in hand. These are 20 great places to grab a drink in Dallas right now.

Mayer’s Garden
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Mayer’s Garden

Henderson
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This attractive bar took over the old Jake’s Burgers and infused the space with blonde wood, breezy vibes, and lots of hanging green plants. There’s a generous happy hour that runs all day Monday and Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 7pm, when you can take down beers, wines, and house cocktails for cheaper than usual—try the Rosemary Paloma, with tequila, Aperol, grapefruit, and lime. And when you’re hungry, the food menu features classics like sandwiches, tacos, and deviled eggs. It’s important to note the Nuggies section, stocked with Chicken Nugs, Portobello Nugs, and a Nugs Party Platter, which feeds a crowd and includes a handful of different sauces, including a BBQ sauce made with rye whiskey.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Casablanca
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Casablanca

Bishop Arts
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Part of the same group that includes The Botanist and Paradiso, Casablanca is a gorgeous lounge that sports retro Marrakesh vibes and creative cocktails, like the Smith + Such, which merges multiple spirits with bianco vermouth, celery, clarified apple juice, and cardamom bitters. The bar’s also batching up tea cocktails for groups, so bring some friends. After loosening up with a drink and some lamb skewers, head back to a private karaoke room for an impromptu singalong.
How to book: Reserve online.

Available for Reservations
Rodeo Bar
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Rodeo Bar

Downtown
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After closing in 2018, the iconic Rodeo Bar reopened at the Adolphus hotel to kick off 2022. The updated interior was expanded and features neon beer signs and vintage art, but you can still expect good burgers and cold drinks. Knock back domestic beers, simple cocktails, and boilermakers, like the Mexican Handshake, which pairs a local hazy IPA with a shot of mezcal.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Tiny Victories
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Tiny Victories

Oak Cliff
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Tiny Victories is not large—that probably goes without saying. But what does need saying is that it maxes out its 1,000-square-feet with cozy vibes, tasty drinks, and one of the neighborhood’s best happy hours. Classic cocktails like Negronis and Sazeracs are joined by a handful of inventive originals, plus beer, wine, and hard seltzers. The best choice, however, is the My Neck, My Daq, which pairs a Miller High Life pony with a Snaquiri (AKA a snack-size Daiquiri). It’s impossible to have a bad time with your hands full of adorably diminutive drinks.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Botanist
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Botanist

Bishop Arts
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Botanist puts out some of this vibrant neighborhood’s most interesting concoctions. We’re talking Clarified Espresso Martinis and other tipples featuring spirits like coconut-washed Japanese whisky. Of course, you’re also free to ignore all of the fanciness—the bartenders are equally at home serving up beers and shots. Whatever you choose, throw in a pizza and some light bites from Paradiso next door.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Las Almas Rotas

Fair Park
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This casual agave-focused hangout goes heavy on the mezcal and tequila, and its cocktail menu ranges from Margaritas and Ranch Waters to more innovative options laced with charanda (a sugarcane spirit) and butterfly pea syrup. The food is just as good, so put down a base layer of Lamb Birria Tacos and Al Pastor Tortas before all the booze and 32-ounce beers creep up on you.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Midnight Rambler

Downtown
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This cozy, subterranean refuge in the basement of the Joule Hotel is one of the best cocktail bars in town. Gabe Sanchez, formerly of Black Swan Saloon, and his team create interesting menus and are quick with conversation. Step into the windowless, warmly lit room, order a few rounds, down a Cuban Sandwich, nod your head to the always-stellar tunes, and then remark how late it’s gotten. Time flies when you’re having fun (and whiskey)

Available for Reservations
Neon Kitten
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Neon Kitten

Deep Ellum
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Three things to know: 1) Neon Kitten is an izakaya with 10 cocktails on tap, including one that pairs umeshu with bubbly, plus another six not on tap, like the Fukuoka with Japanese whisky, vanilla, and soy sauce. 2) There’s also a full menu of dim sum, aka the perfect drinking food. 3) Blackbird Society, a small lounge serving Japanese spirits and cocktails, is a concept-within-a-concept located in the rear of the space, so you get two bars under one roof. Knowledge is power.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.

Apothecary

Lower Greenville
$$$$

This low-lit lounge serves innovative cocktails and small plates like oysters, ceviche, and Torched Wagyu Nigiri. The drinks range from interesting to wacky, but each is surprisingly balanced. Much of what goes into your glass is made or doctored in house, like sous vide green apple mezcal and coconut-cinnamon rye whiskey. One unique drink channels Peking Duck, with duck confit-washed bourbon and lapsang tea-infused peach liqueur, while another merges kimchi-infused vodka with gentian, celery, mushroom soy, and gochujang. Needless to say, you’re unlikely to get bored here.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.

Atlas

Bishop Arts District
$$$$

Drinking at Atlas is like taking a trip around the world, but with more cocktails and minus the need for a passport. The sultry lounge is adorned with moody paintings, ornate chandeliers, and an Edgar Allan Poe-inspired vibe, complete with red banquettes and damask sofas. Get comfortable, then begin working your way through the menu. The globally inspired drinks give a nod to Mexico (Paloma), Cuba (Daiquiri), England (Pimm’s Cup), and other fine drinking nations. Or try something from the Layover section, which features geography-themed beer and shot combos, like the Texas (Balcones Bourbon and a Lone Star) and the Italy (Fernet-Branca and a Peroni).
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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Cosmo's

Lakewood
$$$$

Dark and eccentric with mismatched furniture, throwback art, and one of the better jukeboxes in town, Cosmo’s is a neighborhood treasure. Pizza shares menu space with GM Jackson Tran’s signature Vietnamese dishes, like bánh mì, pho, and vinegar-spiked dumplings, plus some of the best wings in Dallas. Grab a stool, request a draft beer with a whiskey chaser—or, alternatively, try one of the solid, straightforward cocktails—and lose yourself in a steaming bowl of pho while an old movie plays on the small TVs stashed behind the bar.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Loro

Old East Dallas
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A collaboration between Uchi and Austin’s famous Franklin Barbecue, Loro is rightfully lauded for its smoked meats and fresh sides, but don’t sleep on the drinks. The lengthy bar is pouring draft beers, thoughtful wines, batched cocktails, and boozy slushies. Try the frozen Gin & Tonic, which is only $5 during happy hour, or perk up with a frosty Vietnamese Coffee.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Royal 38

Uptown
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Royal 38 has an extensive cocktail list broken down by categories, like refreshing, comforting, and bold. The latter includes adventurous concoctions like the Magellan’s Gambit, with coconut milk-washed rum, chai, clarified banana, and curried orange. If you’re hungry, the kitchen’s got shared plates, sandwiches, and entrees, from Ceviche and Grilled Artichokes to a Lobster Roll and New York Strip.

Available for Reservations

Bowen House

Uptown
$$$$

Come for the creative cocktails, stay for a Double Cheeseburger and Chicken Salad laden with buttery Ritz crackers at this circa-1874 landmark home. Grab a coveted spot by the fireplace as the weather turns cooler, and go all in on some of the best boozy concoctions in the neighborhood.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Lee Harvey’s, the lovable bar known for its divey sensibilities, picnic tables, and solid burgers has just opened an offshoot across the street. Dubbed Lee Harvey’s Dive In, the new guy has a 60x30-foot pool, cabanas, and a full bar, plus simple food like hummus, a charcuterie plate, and a chicken wrap. You can purchase a cheap day pass, or get a season-long membership, which comes with perks, including priority access and dibs on the cabanas and shaded loungers.
How to book: Purchase a day pass or season membership on the website.

Clifton Club

Fitzhugh Ave

Clifton Club is the new bar from Greg Katz and the Beverley’s team, and they’ve conveniently located it just a couple hundred feet down Fitzhugh Avenue. The cozy cocktail lounge features a 14-seat bar, rounded banquettes, and pops of color everywhere you look, so there isn’t a bad vantage point in the house. The menu includes classic and original cocktails, like the Oaxacan Affair with mezcal and watermelon. To eat, there are shareable snacks like steak tartare toast, whipped ricotta with tomatoes and pistachios, and mini wagyu smashburgers.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Chef Julian Barsotti has given us some of the city’s best Italian restaurants, including Nonna and Fachini. But now he’s the proud owner of Goodbye Horses, a casual sports bar on SMU Boulevard with wings on the menu and games on TV. There’s a small cocktail list, but the best play here is to order a cold schooner of beer to pair with those wings, a Chicago-style hotdog, or a crispy chicken sandwich. As you might expect from a Barsotti-owned spot, the food is better than it has to be.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Federales

Deep Ellum

The long-awaited Federales opened in Deep Ellum in May, and they brought enough tequila and tacos for the whole neighborhood. The lofty, industrial space spans 12,000 square feet, which is plenty of room to spread out at a table with some friends and start taking down plates of Smoked Brisket Nachos, Carnitas Tacos, and Lamb Quesabirria served with consommé. Sip something from the extensive tequila list, try a cocktail, or “ring the bell.” The latter is one of the more unique drinking experiences in town, in which you’ll down a shot served in an ice shot glass, and then throw that icy glass against a bell to hear it ring.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Available for Reservations

PM Lounge

Henderson

PM Lounge is back. The downtown club that once dominated mid-2000s nightlife has been reborn on Henderson in the old Dram space. The new digs are polished and stylish, with soft fabrics, custom chandeliers, and an enviable bar. Expect cocktails, lounge-y vibes, rotating DJs, and artwork saved from the original. Grab a drink at the bar if you’re just looking for an after-dinner nightcap, or reserve a table for bottle service and a more VIP experience.
How to book: Reserve tables via the website.

Carbone Vino

Design District

The side-by-side sister concept to Carbone—the new outpost of the popular NYC restaurant—Carbone Vino is a good-looking spot to hangout and drink, whether you’re dining next door or staying put for the evening. The wine cellar is 1,000 bottles strong, so you should probably try at least one of those. But you can also sip aperitifs and digestifs, like the Aperol-and-blood-orange-spiked Spritz Americano or a Negroni, and pair your drinks with plates of pasta and pizza.

Available for Reservations
Kevin Gray is a freelance writer and editor covering all things food, drinks, and travel. He’s written for The Dallas Morning NewsForbesLiquor.comMen’s Health, and Wine Enthusiast, and his extensive home bar is turning into a real Hoarders situation.