Where to Grab a Drink in Dallas Right Now

From a bespoke cocktail laboratory to a cheeky Fort Worth honky tonk.

A lot has changed over the past year and a half, but there’s one thing we can always count on: Dallas likes to drink, and there are countless establishments ready to quench our collective thirst. Fortunately, the city remains awash in great bars, from intimate cocktail dens to beer-soaked patios, and it seems like more and more are opening every day.

As you venture out this summer and fall, consider pulling up a stool, grabbing life by the pint glass, and reintroducing yourself to society one drink at a time at these 20 standout Dallas bars.

Apothecary

Lower Greenville

Apothecary, one of the Greenville strip’s newest inhabitants, is also one of its best. The low-lit lounge serves cocktails ranging from interesting to wacky, and each is surprisingly balanced. Much of what goes into your glass is made or doctored in house, like sous vide green apple mezcal and duck confit-washed bourbon. One savory drink channels the pasta dish cacio e pepe, while another features fennel five ways—needless to say, you’re unlikely to get bored here.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.

ArtPark

Trinity Groves

This massive beer garden is lined with graffitied walls and stocked with colorful chairs, picnic tables, lawn games, and a shipping container bar, all situated on bright green turf. The onsite restaurant offers a little A/C when the sun grows too intense, and that’s also where you can find a simple menu of burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, and hotdogs, perfect for eating alongside all those draft beers and frozen cocktails.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Atlas

Bishop Arts District

Recently opened Atlas is a sultry lounge with moody paintings, ornate chandeliers, and an Edgar Allan Poe-inspired vibe. Stretch out on the red banquettes and damask sofas, or take a seat at the bar and admire the impressive selection of booze. The global drinks bill includes classics like the Vieux Carre (New Orleans), Pisco Sour (Peru), and Pimm’s Cup (England), plus a handful of cocktails showcasing Texas-born spirits.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Cosmo's

Lakewood

Dark and eccentric with mismatched furniture, throwback art, and one of the better jukeboxes in town, Cosmo’s is a neighborhood dive known for its unique lineup and friendly staff. Pizza shares menu space with GM Jackson Tran’s signature Vietnamese dishes, like bánh mì, pho, and vinegar-spiked dumplings. 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 behind the bar.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Harper’s

Deep Ellum

This shiny new addition to the Epic building in Deep Ellum is a sprawling restaurant and bar complete with hanging plants, a wine wall, and a patio that can be closed to the elements if the weather turns. The sweeping menu spans Korean-style beef ribs, sea bass, and agnolotti pasta, and the drinks are equally diverse. Make your way through the expansive lineup of wines by the glass or opt for an inventive cocktail like the clarified Espresso Martini or the Bye Bye Birdie, served in a bird-shaped glass.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.

Loro

Old East Dallas

This highly anticipated collaboration between Uchi and Franklin Barbecue is rightfully lauded for its smoked meats and fresh sides, but don’t sleep on the drinks. The lengthy bar pours draft beers, thoughtful wines, batched cocktails, and boozy slushies. Try the frozen gin and tonic, which runs 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

A new project from your pals at Hide, Royal 38 boasts an extensive cocktail program organized into 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, feel free to dive into a bounty of shared plates, sandwiches, and entrees, with highlights spanning ceviche and grilled artichokes, lobster rolls, and a prime New York strip.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

The latest addition to Mule Alley in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards debuted back in April, and if you’re looking for a fun spot to toss back some drinks, this is it. The bar pays tribute to the classic cowgirls of yesteryear with a variety of creations inspired by the Wild West. Case in point? The Prairie Rose Henderson, a mix of Old Forester bourbon, Texas tea, raspberry, and rose water. Texas-style tapas, including homemade beef jerky and bacon-studded cheddar biscuits, are on hand to soak up the booze.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Swizzle

Lowest Greenville

As eager as we all are to take a tropical vacation, that still may not be in the cards this year. A festive tiki bar, however, is obviously the next best thing. Swizzle is an island-themed escape with enough stiff drinks served in hollowed-out pineapples to convince you that you’re far from home. Try classics like the Zombie and 1944 Mai Tai, or go all in with the Q.B. Cooler, a blend of white rum, dark rum, passion fruit, lime, and orange that’s so potent there’s a two-drink limit.
How to book: Reserve via TableAgent.

If you’re going to visit a local distillery, you might as well seek out one with a killer cocktail program—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 the distillery’s vodka, gin, bourbon, and rye. Start with a flight to get your bearings, then move onto the Blackland Old Fashioned or the Desert Sky, a refreshing mix of gin, bell pepper, prickly pear, and lime.
How to book: Reserve via TableAgent.

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, Truck Yard has all your lazy day-drinking needs covered. Check out the draft cocktails (including a mule that serves four), 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 good eats provided by visiting food trucks.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Thunderbird
Courtesy of Thunderbird Station

Even though this spot hasn’t serviced cars in years, you can still fuel up on food and drinks at this former gas station that dates back to 1922. Settle into the 5,400-square-foot patio for fresh air and some elbow room before biting into a sloppy joe or Frito pie. Pair your grub with a frosty Lone Star or a nostalgic Rattle Trap cocktail, a mix of peanut butter whiskey and Dr. Pepper topped with roasted peanuts.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served 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 basking in the fall breeze. Toller Patio spans a whopping 15,000 of said square feet, so you’ve got plenty of space to commune with nature while your dog chows down on a “pupsicle.” For humans, 10 cocktails on tap are available in five sizes, from shots to pitchers to the $99 XXL, able to quench the thirst of a small army.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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 chilling inside or lounging on the patio, there’s a boatload of space to spread out at this massive bar and restaurant in the heart of the AT&T Discovery District. Fortify yourself with the Jaxon Cheeseburger or some steak frites, then work your way through 40 taps slinging Texas beers and cocktails. The bar also serves three different Ranch Waters, so clearly, you’ll want for nothing.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

La Viuda Negra

Old East Dallas

Look for the door marked with this tiny mezcaleria’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 and Oaxacan gin. While you’re there, make sure to try anything with pulque, an ancient boozy drink made from the maguey plant’s fermented sap.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Most dive 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 spacious picnic table-lined yard. Grab a drink and a burger and cozy up near the fire pit for some good music and conversation with the friendly regulars.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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

Elm & Good

Deep Ellum

Located inside the freshly 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 house-brewed tonics, tinctures, and bitters, plus fresh-squeezed juices. The cheekily named Skipping Gin Class, an herbaceous mix of gin, lime, falernum, cassis, and Herbsaint is every bit as thrilling as dipping out on fourth period.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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. Post up on the patio or grab a coveted spot by the fireplace as the weather turns cooler, and drink some of the best boozy concoctions in the neighborhood.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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

Located between downtown and the Dallas Arts District, the patio here is a comfortable place to relax before or after a museum visit or concert. The menu is loaded with hearty pastas, meats, and fish dishes, plus all the food-friendly wines and spirits one can handle. Sloane’s also offers a generous weekday happy hour covering $7 cocktails and select wines, and you can take advantage of their signature nine-ounce wine pours every day of the week.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Lounge Here

Little Forest Hills

Co-owned by two founding members of Tripping Daisy, this cozy cocktail den is a hidden gem tucked inside an unassuming stripmall. The lineup features unique originals like the Serious Man (bourbon, sotol, Sichuan bitters, absinthe), while the beer leans local and refreshing. And it all goes down even smoother when enjoyed inside a sumptuous horseshoe booths alongside deviled eggs, mussels, and chicken-fried ribeye.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Kevin Gray is a freelance writer and editor covering all things food, drinks, and travel.