Food & Drink

Your guide to outdoor drinking in Dallas this Spring

Published On 04/16/2014 Published On 04/16/2014
Outdoor Drinking Guide DAL
All Photos: David Maez
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1. Ozona Grill & Bar 4615 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Just across 75 from the SMU Campus lies the best place to drink outside in the Dallas heat at risk of a bad hair day or sweat-soaked shirt. The green, light-bulb-lined patio out back is first choice for the dinner crowd, who chow down on endless shared platter of chicken fingers, burgers, and tacos once the sun's retired for the day and things start to cool down. And it wouldn't be an outdoor outing without a round of icy margaritas and frosty domestic drafts, either.

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2. Hotel ZaZa 2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201

Hotel ZaZa is the swanky sort of spot where you might run into a celebrity -- but you'll definitely run into a sweet pool, where you can get down on brunch, sip some cocktails, or just lounge around in the sunshine.

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3. Taco Diner 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Savory Tex-Mex, cold margaritas, and a sweet patio make for a great time at Taco Diner. Take a walk on the wild side with their Mambo Taxi, a powerful frozen white sangria concoction that will lead to you needing the regular kind of taxi.

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4. Blackfriar Pub 2621 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Straying from your standard dark and dusty Irish pub aesthetic, Blackfriar has a huge, sunny patio where you can enjoy something from their huge domestic and imported craft beer list. Pair you brew with some short rib sliders that'll keep you going well into the evening-- Blackfriar's a great summer time nightlife spot where you can watch the game from outdoor patio flatscreens or just knock some back with your crew.

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5. The Rustic 3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204

Pat Green's Uptown live music spot cum restaurant and bar, The Rustic, is all set to serve you some locally sourced food and drink while you listen to some awesome locally sourced tunes in Pat's Backyard.

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6. Sisu Uptown 2508 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

Shoring up Uptown nightlife, this adult playground's set in a 5Ksqft house complete with a living room setup, a lounge-y den, and a palm tree-accented, cabana-equipped saltwater pool. Edibles stretch from not-from-the-pool mesquite-grilled lobster w/ blood orange vinaigrette, to a 28-day dry-aged ribeye served with crispy spinach, white cheddar horseradish mashed potatoes, and moneybutter, which also goes great over Billy Beanes.

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7. Mutts Canine Cantina 2889 Cityplace West Blvd, Dallas, TX 75204

A beer garden and dog park in Uptown where you can come to enjoy a few brews without leaving your canine companion behind.

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8. Truck Yard 5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206

A great beer selection, cheesesteak galore and ice cream trucks? To round out this myriad of awesomeness, let us not forget that there's also a freakin' treehouse bar in the place. Seriously, combine all of the above to make this the coolest backyard establishment in all of Dallas, if not the world.

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9. Social House Uptown 2708 Routh St, Uptown, TX 75201

Social House has returned to Uptown with a second location featuring treats like chicken-fried oysters in horseradish cream sauce, the Sink Burger (American, cheddar, Swiss, pulled pork, fried onion strings), and -- for weekend brunching -- traditional chilaquiles, plus they've got a tap selection pouring everything from Arrogant Bastard, to Live Oak Big Bark, to Blue Moon, to what Dumbledore wears to semi-formal events (Magic Hat #9).

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10. HG Sply Co. 2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Dallas's first primarily paleo diet-influenced restaurant, serving everything from bacon that you can dip in hummus, to an 80% Wagyu beef burger topped with bacon jam.

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11. Henderson Tap House 2323 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Henderson Tap House is a great place to catch a game on of their many TV screens, or just pull up a chair on their patio and enjoy a local brew from their huge selection.

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12. Glass Boot Biergarten 1804 McMillan Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Glass Boot Biergarten, aside from having an all-too-encouraging name, has a huge patio and plenty of German beers to keep you happy.