Food & Drink

10 Must-Hit Dallas Happy Hours

Published On 02/12/2015 Published On 02/12/2015

"Happy hour" is a bit of a misnomer -- not the "happy" part (who doesn't love inexpensive drinks?), but the "hour" part. Why? Because Dallas' bars are wise and just and know that the glory of discounted drinks and unhealthy foods should last much longer than just an hour. Here are 10 geographically diverse Dallas happy hours you'd have to be a sad, sad person not to enjoy:

The Quarter Bar

Uptown
The special: $2 wells & domestics; $4 select wine, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
It’s pretty much always happy hour in New Orleans, so it makes perfect sense that The Quarter Bar would have a happy hour that would fit in just fine on Bourbon St. The patio boasts a fine view of the world's greatest skyline, and the interior courtyard is perfect for all seasons. Watch out for the Uptown Trolley on the way out!

Hayden Bernstein/Thrillist

Double Wide

Deep Ellum
The special: $2 wells & domestics; $3 drafts, Monday-Friday, 5-9pm. Happy hour extends all night Monday & Tuesday!
Would your mom ever mix you chocolate milk after a long day at school? Well, take that chocolate milk, put it into a margarita machine with whiskey, and slap some tattoos on your mom and we have a Yoohoo Yeehaw at the Double Wide. Their "CHEAP A$$ Happy Hour" is a favorite among local musicians and anyone else who needs to forget about their day-job.

Green Door Public House

Green Door Public House

Downtown
The special: $1 off all drinks, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
Dallas may have a reputation for being a "tear down" city, but an exception was made for this historic building built in the late 1800s. Instead of tearing it down, it was moved, brick-by-brick, a few blocks South, and is now home to Green Door Public House. Every window is filled with views of the skyline and the patio is spacious for Downtown.

Scott Wayne McDaniel

Small Brewpub

Oak Cliff
The special: $5 cocktails, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm, and all day Tuesday & Wednesday!
The dream of the 1890s is alive in Oak Cliff. Yes, they brew beer at Small Brewpub, but for happy hour, the focus is on their historically inspired cocktails. Each week, the bartenders pick five cocktails to reinterpret from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, first published in 1862. Gin Fizz, anyone?

Hayden Bernstein/Thrillist

Matt’s Rancho Martinez

Lakewood
The special: Cheap house margaritas ($3 small, $4 large, $1.50 off drafts and half-off apps), Monday-Friday, 2-6pm.
If you grew up in east Dallas, chances are, you ate at Matt’s quite a bit. Though Shirley Temples may no longer be part of your repertoire, Matt’s is still there for you with more adult beverage options. Their new-ish location has a much-upgraded bar area, and they still don't mind if you insist on having queso for dinner.

The Barley House

Barley House

Highland Park / SMU
The special: $3 wells; $3 domestic drafts; $4 house wines, Monday-Friday, 4-8pm
A staple for any SMU student, Barley House is that standard-yet-necessary bar for any college area. Plus, walking to and from the bar comes in handy when the deals are this good.

Stratos Greek Taverna

Stratos Global Greek Taverna

West Dallas
The special: $2.50 domestic; $3.50 house margaritas, 11am-7pm daily
It’s a party every time you walk into Stratos Taverna; napkins are flying, belly-dancers are jingling, and most importantly, the drinks are being served as fast as they can be poured. The double-decker patio fills up in the warmer months, and (super-bonus!) the entire food menu is 1/2 off on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Flying Saucer Addison

The Flying Saucer

Addison/Richardson
The special: $3 pints on Mondays; $1 off draft wall, Thursday 4-7pm
Before the craft beer explosion of recent years, finding somewhere pouring more than the standard mix of domestics and imports was an arduous task. The Flying Saucer has been catering to "Beer Knurds" since before chocolate stouts and pumpkin-spiced dunkels were part of the regular lexicon. For the truly dedicated, there is a spot on the "Ring of Fame." for your personally engraved plate, commemorating your love of brew.

Whiskey Cake Plano

Whiskey Cake

Plano
The special: $2 cocktails; $3 off drafts, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
As the saying goes, "You can have your cake and whiskey too"... or something like that. There are 100 different whiskeys, bourbons, and Scotches to choose from. There are, unfortunately, not 100 different cakes. But there IS a cake made with whiskey.

eight11

Eight 11

Frisco
The special: $5 house pours; $2 off wines by the glass, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
As it turns out, the suburbs aren’t all bad. Bars like Eight 11 stand as proof that you can find a warm, homespun atmosphere in the outer reaches of Dallas. This house has been converted into a bar, Austin-style, offering a nice respite from the cookie-cutter subdivisions and generic storefronts of suburbia hell.

Sign up here for our daily Houston email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
1. The Quarter Bar 3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

A dive bar with an outdoor patio and killer happy hour specials, all from the food geniuses at Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
2. Double Wide 3510 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

The DW's a Dallas staple, good for happy hours, live music, and good times all set in an ode to trailer park culture.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
3. Green Door Public House 600 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Downtown)

This Downtown bar is located in a historic building built in the late 1800s. Every window is filled with views of the skyline and the patio is spacious for Downtown. Green Door offers one of the best happy hours in Dallas, with $1 off all drinks, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
4. Small BrewPub 333 West Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This microbrewery's cute size (they've only got room for a handful of picnic-style tables) and bare, industrial interior certainly doesn't speak for how much a culinary powerhouse it is. Its constantly changing menu highlights an equal mount of game- and vegetable-based dishes, all rooted in American and Southern classics with modern spins that make them real game changers. Fruity ales and spicy peppered lagers brewed in tiny batches are what get your though the door, but the wild onion dumplings and rabbit bolognese are what keep you at the table.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
5. Matt's Rancho Martinez 1904 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lakewood)

This laid-back, family-owned Lakewood Tex-Mex spot offers dine-in, take-out, and catering options. In addition to their high-quality enchiladas, flautas, and chile, they're known their Bob Armstrong queso, with seasoned ground chuck, chile con queso, fresh guacamole, and sour cream.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
6. Barley House 2916 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

A staple for any SMU student, Barley House is that standard-yet-necessary bar for any college area. It has a great happy hour (Monday-Friday, from 4-8pm), with $3 wells, $3 domestic drafts, and $4 house wines,

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
7. Stratos Global Greek Taverna 2907 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220

It’s a party every time you walk into Stratos Taverna; napkins are flying, belly-dancers are jingling, and most importantly, the drinks are being served as fast as they can be poured. The double-decker patio fills up in the warmer months, and (super-bonus!) the entire food menu is 1/2 off on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
8. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 14999 Montfort Dr, Dallas, TX 75254 (Addison)

The Flying Saucer has a TON of beers on tap and in bottles, plus live music and a selection of delicious pub food.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
9. Whiskey Cake 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

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.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
10. Eight 11 7080 W Main St, Dallas, TX 75034 (Frisco)

Bars like Eight 11 stand as proof that you can find a warm, homespun atmosphere in the outer reaches of Dallas. This house has been converted into a bar, Austin-style, offering a nice respite from the cookie-cutter subdivisions and generic storefronts of suburbia hell.

Clickbait