Food & Drink

These are Dallas's Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/08/2014 Published On 01/08/2014
Concrete Cowboy
Sandbar Cantina and Grill
The Loon
McFadden's
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1. Concrete Cowboy 2512 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

From the dude behind Teddy's Room -- who was clearly not at all influenced by the 1996 Meryl Streep drama Marvin's Room -- this "party bar for grownups" sets the mood with a trio of garage doors, all-brick walls accented by 30yr-old barnwood, and a huge vintage "Giddy Up" sign hovering over couches where you can watch games on twin 113-inch screens. Music alternates between classic rock/country and top 40, shots are plentiful and sometimes wacky, and they periodically hold edible events like Saturday pork roasts.

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2. Sandbar Cantina and Grill 317 S 2nd Ave, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Sandbar has everything you want in a beach bar (minus the ocean) that you can visit right off of Second Ave in Deep Ellum. Palms, live music, and even volleyball complete the illusion of an awesome beach party.

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3. Avenu Lounge 2912 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

Avenu Lounge has all of the dancing crowds, DJS, and lasers that you would expect from a nightclub, but throws in the added bonuses of reasonably cheap drinks and friendly bartenders.

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4. Sambuca 2120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

Sambuca leaves the choice up to you: settle in with a classy cocktail (like the Sambuca Sling-Back martini with Grey Goose, St-Germain, and Champagne), enjoy some small plates (like Buca Beignets or Lobster Tempura), or get out of your seat and dance to the nightly live music.

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5. The Loon 3531 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Oak Lawn)

With a menu full of classics and cheap drink specials, The Loon is the kinda of dive only a crazy person wouldn't love. Something actually loony? This Dallas institution is closing down March 31st, so prepare to get a pint in and get misty-eyed this Spring.

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6. Jaguars Dallas 11327 Reeder Rd, Dallas, TX 75229 (Far North Dallas)

Amateur dance contests, strip poker, and thousands of dollars in door prizes? This self-proclaimed "Greatest Nude Club in the Country" also sounds like the best game show ever -- oh, and it's BYOB, too.

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7. McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon 4050 Beltline Rd, Addison, TX 75001 (Dallas)

If you're looking for a party around Addison, McFadden's is a good place to find one. Thursday through Saturday, it's packed with like-minded folk getting their drink on and feeding off of each other's energy, as well as some great American pub grub.

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8. The Trophy Room 2714 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

A great patio area, live music, liberal pours, and a mechanical bull make The Trophy Room a great spot for an unpretentiously fun Uptown night.