Beverage Director

The Best Places to Drink in Dallas Right Now

You could use a drink.

Wrapping your hands around an expertly crafted cocktail, ice-cold beer, or Texas-size glass of wine used to be as easy as popping into any place with a neon OPEN sign in the window and a bar in the back. Yet as we approach the seven-month mark of Covid-19-related shutdowns, bars across Texas remain closed -- unless they serve enough food to qualify for an exemption. Fortunately, several establishments have found creative ways to stay open and relevant to the current times, including offering cocktail kits, to-go drinks, and other ways to enjoy an adult beverage whether it’s at home or in-person imbibing on a patio or in a reduced-capacity dining room. Below, find 20 Dallas spots offering the best in beverage service, from all-time favorites to brand-new establishments.

Thunderbird Station
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Thunderbird Station

Deep Ellum

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 circa 1922. Settle in on the 5,400-square-foot patio for fresh air and social distancing while chomping on one of three sloppy joe variations (including vegan!) accompanied by a Rattle Trap whiskey cocktail made with peanut butter, Dr Pepper, and roasted peanuts on top.
How to order: Dine-in; patio.

303 Bar and Grill
Give 303 Grill a shot when looking for a place to drink. | Courtesy of 303 Bar & Grill

303 Bar and Grill

Bishop Arts District

It’s a mixed drink lover’s paradise at this quaint former home in the Bishop Arts District with a list of no-frills margaritas and other quick-pour specialities, alongside cheap beer options, and a handful of wines. Burgers and shareables dominate the food menu, all perfect for lingering on the enclosed, air-controlled patio, a setting that’s ideal even when the weather’s not.
How to order: Call 214-942-3030 for takeout.

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. At Toller Patio, there’s a whopping 15,000 of those square feet perfect for getting back to nature with your pooch -- or with one of many others sprawled out and 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 enough to quench the thirst of a crowd. 
How to order: On the patio, or order takeout cocktails & food online via Toast.

Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge
Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge | e3 Photography

Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge

Arts District

Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District downtown, this spectacular restaurant and lounge makes for a perfect extension of the art-filled HALL Arts Hotel. Sip on cocktails in the wide-open, high-ceilinged dining room or escape to the patio in the shadow of downtown skyscrapers with a prickly pear tequila cocktail known as the Come Back as a Flower.
How to order: Dine-in; patio (evenings only for now)

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

JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden

Downtown

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 Discover District. With 34 beers on tap (mostly local Texas brews), six signature cocktails frozen or on tap, and a full bar, you’ll never go thirsty. One of the trendiest cocktails right now is the beloved Ranch Water, but their Scarlet Water puts an interesting spin on it with hibiscus-infused Aperol and tequila served inside a Topo Chico bottle.
How to order: 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 vividly colored 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 Darkest Storm or the forever-summer frozen watermelon mule while communing over bacon-wrapped, brisket-and-pimento-cheese-stuffed jalapeños.
How to order: Dine-in; patio.

Hillside Tavern

Lakewood

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 spot 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: Dine-in; patio.

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. 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 vacation-worthy touches including group swings, cabanas, and balconies with views of Dallas in all directions.
How to order: Patio.

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, a black widow. Created by the owners of next-door El Come Taco, this discreet gem boasts a brilliant selection of mezcals, as well as other Mexican-born spirits like raicilla (“Mexican moonshine”), and even some darn good whiskey. Make sure to try anything with pulque as well, an ancient alcoholic drink made from the maguey plant’s fermented sap.
How to order: Dine-in.

Sidecar Social

Addison

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 you sing too much Bieber.
How to order: Dine-in; patio.

Lee Harvey's

Cedars

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, a burger, and settle in near a fire pit for some live music and livelier conversation.
How to order: Dine-in; patio.

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

The Island Spot

Oak Cliff

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: Dine-in; patio; 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 the centerpiece bar is an essential part of the concept. Cocktails feature a bevvy of bespoke components focused on the little details, from infused spirits and proper ice to handmade tonics, tinctures, bitters, and fresh-squeezed juices. The gin-based Perfect Mayhem brings a taste of autumn to the glass with toasted fennel seed, celery, lemon juice, and lavender bitters.
How to order: Dine-in; patio.

Truluck's
The fall cocktail lineup at Truluck’s: Upper Manhattan, Paper Plane, Fireside Chat, Fig Manhattan | Courtesy of Truluck’s

Truluck's

Uptown

There are certain occasions when the siren’s call of an icy-cold dirty martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives beckons from deep inside a swanky steakhouse -- or in this case, a spot famous for its seafood. The luxe-but-laidback Stone Crab Lounge has reopened with live music Wednesday to Saturday evenings, with weekday drink specials, and plenty of curbside takeout options ranging from cocktail kits (including the aforementioned dirty martini) to half-price bottles of wine.
How to order: Dine-in; call 214-220-2401for curbside pickup.

Commons Club
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Commons Club

Design District

If you’re lucky, Richard Branson might pick up your bar tab (but that’s not very likely) at this Virgin Hotels Dallas food-and-beverage venue with live music on Thursdays and drag brunch some Sundays. The patio boasts great views of the Dallas Design District and makes for a fab spot to soak up some sun -- and booze -- in style.
How to order:  Dine-in; patio.

Bowen House
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Bowen House

Uptown

Come for the creative cocktails, stay for a double-meat cheeseburger and chicken salad with crackers in this circa-1874 landmark home. Settle in on the patio or near the fireplace inside for some of the best boozy concoctions in the neighborhood -- all currently available to-go.
How to order: Dine-in; patio; or call 214-484-1385 for curbside cocktails or food to go with curbside pickup available.

Lakewood Landing

Lakewood

Reopened only a matter of days after a March shutdown, one of the city’s most beloved dive bars has returned to serve its famous stiff drinks to wash down crave-worthy burgers and wings. Scooch into a dimly lit booth or take your drinks out to the small smoker’s patio for some semi-fresh air and celebrate this icon’s return.
How to order: Dine-in; patio.

The Rustic

Uptown

If ever there were a place built for patio season, it’s this wildly popular Uptown venue filled with locals who’ve walked from nearby apartments to people who’ve driven in from all over the metro area for an outdoor concert and a craft cocktail or cold brewski. Plus, beer-can game hen or the beloved chicken-and-cheese sandwich. Takeout options include cocktails by the gallon.
How to order: Dine-in; patio; or call 214-730-0596 or order online for curbside pickup

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

Sloane’s Corner

Downtown

Located smack dab between downtown and the Dallas Arts District, the patio here makes for a wonderful place to relax before or after a show or 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: Dine-in; patio; or order cocktails and cocktail kits to-go with purchase of food online via Toast for curbside pick-up.

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