Food & Drink

10 Must-Hit Dallas Happy Hours

Published On 02/12/2015 Published On 02/12/2015
Hayden Bernstein/Thrillist
Green Door Public House
Scott Wayne McDaniel
Hayden Bernstein/Thrillist
The Barley House
Stratos Greek Taverna
Flying Saucer Addison
Whiskey Cake Plano
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1. The Quarter Bar 3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

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

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2. Double Wide 3510 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226

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

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3. Green Door Public House 600 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201

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

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4. Small BrewPub 333 West Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

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.

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5. Matt's Rancho Martinez 1904 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75206

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.

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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,

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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.

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8. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 14999 Montfort Dr, Dallas, TX 75254

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

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9. Whiskey Cake 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093

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.

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10. Eight 11 7080 W Main St, Dallas, TX 75034

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.