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The deal: From 11am-3pm, $2 mimosas by the glass, $12 "bottle service" mimosas, and $15 Manmosas (beer, energy drink, orange wedges).
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $8 mimosas by the glass with fresh-squeezed orange juice, $20 mimosa carafes, and $8 Ixsir Rosé.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $6 mimosas by glass, $20 mimosa carafes, $8 Bloody Marys, and $7 micheladas.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $2 mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $10 bottomless mimosas.
The deal: From 10am-3pm, $10 bottomless mimosas and specials on Sfuzzis, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys.
The deal: From 11am-4pm, $14 bottomless mimosas, $4 Red Stellas (Stella Artois with Bloody Mary mix), $4.50 Bloody Marys with Tito’s Vodka, and $9 sangria half-liter carafes.
The deal: From 10am-4pm, $4 Bloody Marys, mimosas, and sangrias, as well as $10 liter carafes.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $6 mimosa by glass, $15 mimosa carafes, and $7 Bloody Marys.
The deal: From 9am-3pm, $6 mimosas/$20 carafe, $8 Bloody Marys/$25 carafe, and $6 Bellinis/$20 carafe.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $10 bottomless mimosas.
The deal: From 11am-4pm, $10 bottomless mimosas, $12 patio pitchers, and $12 bottomless Bellinis.
The deal: From 10am-4pm, $9 rotating punch for one, or $37 rotating punch for four to five people.
The deal: From 10am-3pm, $12 bottomless mimosas.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $9 Bloody Marys, $9 tequila sunrises, and $8 blood orange mimosas.
The deal: From 11am-4pm, $4 mimosas.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $6 mimosas and $6.50 Bloody Marys.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $3 mimosas and $3 Bloody Marys.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $17.99 full brunch (waffle, omelet, quesadilla station, buffet) with bottomless mimosas.
The deal: From 11am-3pm, $10 bottomless mimosas, $3 Bloody Marys, $3 tequila sunrises, and $5 sangria.
The deal: From 11am-2pm, full Bloody Mary bar, $10 top-shelf Bloody Marys served in a Topgolf Mason jar with a beef jerky straw, and $5 classic Bloody Marys.
The deal: From 11am-2pm, $4 domestic longnecks, $3.75 Mexican imports, $4.25 Swirl margaritas, $7.75 house margaritas, $1.95 mimosas, and $3.50 sangria.
1. Eastwood's3407 McKinney Ave, Dallas
2. Mercat Bistro2501 N Harwood St, Dallas
3. Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar2501 N Harwood St, Dallas
4. City Tavern1402 Main St, Dallas
5. The Cedars Social1326 S Lamar St, Dallas
6. Villa-O4514 Travis St, Dallas
7. The Old Monk2847 N Henderson Ave, Dallas
8. Vickery Park2810 N Henderson Ave, Dallas
9. The Meddlesome Moth1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
10. Oddfellows316 W 7th St, Dallas
11. Bolsa614 W Davis St, Dallas
12. The Social House2708 Routh St, Dallas
13. Ida Claire5001 Belt Line Rd, Dallas
14. The Londoner14930 Midway Rd, Addison
15. Mexican Sugar7501 Lone Star Dr #B150, Plano
16. The Holy Grail Pub8240 Preston Rd, Plano
17. Katy Trail Ice House3127 Routh St, Dallas
18. Sambuca 3607200 Bishop Rd, Plano
19. Mattito's Tex-Mex7778 Forest Ln, Dallas
20. Savour Tasting Room968 Village Green Dr, Allen
21. TopGolf8787 Park Ln, Dallas
22. Esparza's Restaurante Mexicano124 E Worth St, Grapevine
The self-proclaimed "living room of Uptown" is the upscale antidote to your tried-and-true dive or SMU frat bar. In addition to an endless list of craft cocktails (go for the Dallas Sour) with constant happy hours, this joint has a short and sweet menu with creative bar bites (falafel wraps, chicken and waffle sandwiches), amazing brunch specials (gorge yourself on a bowl of tots topped with eggs and sliced avocado) and, arguably the most important feature, a dog-friendly patio with fountains and treats galore.
A little slice of Paris in Harwood District, this eatery supplies French-inspired dishes ranging from an assortment of house-made, grab-and-go pastries, sandwiches and wraps to sit-down brunch, lunch, and dinner options. Favorites include the grilled salmon with Haricot vert, quiche Lorraine, mushroom ravioli and organic roasted chicken smothered in wine gravy. It's best to come with a group (if you're traveling in twos you might have to get cozy at the adjoined tables); Get a seat on the shaded patio for a beautiful view of surrounding Uptown.
Located next to the ultramodern Saint Ann Court, this related cafe & bar's set in an 83yr-old ex-Catholic grade school that now boasts a classy Scandi-sweet white oak-on-white dining area, an open kitchen, a glass-floored bar with contrasting black hardware, and an office-tower-shadowed wraparound patio. An ex-Abacus chef oversees an all-three-meals menu highlighted by bacon-wrapped-chicken Grilled Sizzlers, a prime-ribeye Shaved Beef sammy, and a mushroom-peppercorn-glazed "baseball sirloin" with shoestring fries.
Although this spot has solid brunch and lunch menus featuring a lineup of soups, sandwiches, nachos, and wings, City Tavern is a top late-night destination for Deep Ellum regulars. It's home to long rosters of live music on Fridays, when it gets particularly crowded, so show up before 10pm if you want a table in its cozy and well-worn wood-and-brick interior. You won't see anyone drinking wine in these parts -- just a small collection of craft cocktails and a long list of drafts from the best DFW breweries.
Downtown's Cedars Social is primarily a cocktail lounge but also has a full kitchen preparing gourmet brunches and dinners to pair with its well-crafted drinks. On the menu are upscale iterations on traditional Southern fare (think parmesan infused shrimp and grits for brunch and farro crusted lamb chops for dinner). Cocktail-wise, expect fresh and house-made ingredients and an expansive menu that evolves with the seasons
In Dallas' posh Highland Park sits Villa-O, a classic Italian eatery offering brunch, dinner and drinks in a nautical environment (a sleek dining space with heaps of natural light and sleek white and royal blue accents — think NYC meets Nantucket). Its got one of the best brunches in the city, serving creative melds of seafood and breakfast like crab cake eggs benedict and shrimp crepes, while for dinner it offers much more traditional Italian, mostly the handmade pizzas for which its known.
In Knox-Henderson, The Old Monk provides the cozy, well-worn feeling only a European pub could provide. Decorated with dark wooden tables, exposed brick walls and local antiques, the Monk serves beer from England, Ireland, Germany, and Belgium, and quintessential pub food like fish and chips, corned beef, and bread pudding.
This appropriately named Vickery Place pick has one of the best-known brunches in Dallas complete with every Southern brunch requirement: eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, chilaquiles and biscuits and gravy. Fill up in the morning (ok, afternoon) on the spacious, covered outdoor patio, then come back after 11 for a burger, taco or pizza and libation in the form of a local craft beer or house cocktail from the full-service bar.
Founded by the guy who brought you Addison's Flying Saucer, The Meddlesome Moth offers up a similar gastropub vibe with a little more class (see: plentiful leather booths, polished red wood trim and suspended strained-glass portraits of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Elvis). Dine here any time of the day from the brunch, lunch or dinner menu (go for the eggs creole benedict, the dogfish head bratwurst or the grass-fed chuck burger) but don't miss out on the 40-draught and 85-bottle beer selection.
The shockingly coherent vision of eight Oak Cliff friends/acquaintances (from an attorney to a PR ace to the chef behind Eno's), Oddfellows is a wildly creative neighborhood diner that offers something for everyone in an airy space where blonde, unvarnished wood abounds. Brunch waits can get rather lengthy at this Bishop Arts District staple, so get there early or grab a drink and people watch on their front patio and bar as you wait.
Located in the historic Settles Garage, Bolsa offers up a menu of American cuisine for brunch and dinner. The longstanding spot scores with creative cocktails you can't get anywhere else, like the The Shepherd with Mount Gay Extra Old, arugula, goats milk yogurt syrup, and lime. A covered outdoor patio with heat lamps makes it a solid spot to camp out even when the weather gets a bit nippy.
Come to The Social House for insane weekday happy hour deals, including half-off pizzas, half-off Crown and Downs, and $3 off house-special cocktails. The crowd here tends to be good-looking - even more so once you've tossed back a few. Video DJs pack the house on Fridays and Saturdays and 25 TVs ensure you don't miss a moment of your favorite game. Brick oven pizzas and Southern flavors pack the menu, with eats like Buffalo Calamari and Texas Shrimp and Grits.
This quirky Addison gem serves up Southern classics with a twist -- that goes for the food and drinks. Ida Claire, which has a retro, down-home theme, is dishing out plates like sweet potato chip duck confit (made with goat cheese fondue), remoulade crispy catfish, crawfish corn beignets, and a Southern tasting board: house-cured meats, low country ham, pimento cheese, smoked mustard, jam, and Ida's biscuits. The knowledgeable staff will help you pair whatever meal you choose with the proper cocktail, whether it's a modern gimlet, Collins, or G&T.
Plenty of TVs and drink specials make the Londoner in Addison a great spot to catch a game. If you're hungry, no reason to worry: they've got a menu full of classics like bangers & mash and fish & chips alongside shared plates like grilled chicken & Brie sliders and chips & curry. On nice spring days, drink a few beers with friends on their outdoor patio.
Margaritas don't come more inventive than at Mexican Sugar in Plano, whose drink menu boasts margarita flavors like hibiscus, basil and smoked pineapple. Located in The Shops At Legacy, the Mexican restaurant has an expansive patio that is always packed, whether it's happy hour or brunch. Inside, the rich leather furniture and bright colors in the dining room bring a cozy yet vibrant atmosphere, and the live wood grill enlightens the entire restaurant as you wait for your authentic Mexican dishes.
The Grail is beloved by locals for its incredible beer menu and its decor modeled loosely after Galway's famed King's Head Pub, sporting cedar ceiling beams, an L-shaped mirror-backed bar, a rear wall obscured by stones, and copious votive candles. You can pair your brew with hearty plates like a smoked brisket frito pie and pub-style fish and chips. This spot also hosts tapping events and brand launch parties on the regular.
This beer garden/restaurant hybrid has one of the largest patios in Dallas and boasts 50 brews on tap, ranging from simple domestics to international imports, all poured behind a 50ft bar that features a number of flatscreens, making it a perfect game-day spot. Make sure to stop by for brunch for $6 mimosas from 11am to 3pm.
Multiple times a day, Sambuca 360 in Plano transforms itself. In the morning, the open-air patio invites the brunch crowd, and in the afternoon, happy hour enthusiasts take advantage of the extensive cocktail list. At night, the place transforms into a dance club with live music and arguably the largest dance floor in Plano. Although the crowd tends to skew older than the bars in Uptown Dallas, Sambuca is a great place to eat, dance and entertain yourself no matter the time of day.
Located across the street from Medical City Hospital, Mattito's serves up a menu of Tex-Mex dishes, many of which come from family recipes that go back more than 50 years. There's a large outdoor patio with a wood fireplace, in case you feel like taking your drinks al fresco.
Located right next to the open green in Allen's Watters Creek shopping center, Savour Tasting Room's indoor-outdoor patio is the ideal place to sip away your problems. The restaurant has an impressive mussels menu, so order a bottle of wine with your friends and try a few of the flavors. The hot ticket for Savour Tasting Room is their champagne brunch, which features bottomless mimosas. If you'd rather come around happy hour, the small plates on the menu are the perfect size for sharing while your friends trickle in after work.
TopGolf in Dallas is a golf entertainment complex that takes its beer, cocktails, and burgers just about as seriously as its golf, but that doesn't mean you won't feel better about your swing after a few rounds. Even though the bar mostly gives off an adult vibe, the KidZone program makes this a family-friendly destination. TopGolf welcomes both first-time golfers and self-proclaimed pros, and you can either take as many swings as you want for a set amount of time or cash in for some professional lessons.
Sipping margaritas on the patio adorned with string lights is the best way to experience Esparza's. The authentic Tex-Mex menu offers many classics such as tacos, enchiladas and chalupas, and the lively atmosphere is the perfect place for both families and a big group gathering. Chips and salsa and fluffy flour tortillas round out the Mexican food experience at this Grapevine restaurant, and you'll find yourself asking for one more margarita way into the night.