The word "Summer" should make you wanna do exactly two things: 1) watch old episodes of NBA Inside Stuff (Reeeeeewind!) and 2) find a patio and start drinking on it. Helping you make sure you're doing the latter at the awesomest place possible, this handy list of the top seven booziest patios around, conveniently ranked 7-to-1.
Thrillist's Patio Power Rankings. You're welcome, Dallas.
7. Full Circle Tavern
1319 S Lamar St; South Dallas; 214.208.3435
Sure, it just opened, but its patio still has a great view of the skyline and craft beers and insane burgers that go incredibly well with a great view of the skyline and craft beers.
6. Katy Trail Ice House
3136B Routh St; Uptown; 214.468.0600
The chances are pretty high that, unless you are 73 and live in the Park Towers, you already love KTIH.
5. Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger Bar
1154 Peavy Rd; East Dallas; 214.324.3335
You'd be hard pressed to find people more passionate about the quality of their beer. You'd be even harder pressed to find those people with an outdoor patio as sweet as Goodfriend's.
4. Bar Belmont
901 Fort Worth Ave; Oak Cliff; 866.870.8010
The across-the-river staple's been a go-to spot for years, because really, who doesn't wanna drink at a 1950s-era hotel w/ a view of all the important buildings?
1722 Routh St #110; Arts District; 214.220.2828
Great drinks? Check. Music? Check. Skyline-adjacent rooftop bar? Check. Check? Check.
2. The Foundry
2303 Pittman St; Oak Cliff; 214.749.1112
If you think that, in theory, having a firepit and a huge stage made outta old forklift palettes isn't a good idea, then go to The Foundry and drink until you realize... it's actually a pretty great idea.
1. The rooftop at NYLO South Side
1325 S Lamar St; South Dallas; 214.421.1080
Good drinks and a rooftop infinity pool with a nearly perfect view of downtown put NYLO at the top... for now (ominous noises!).
1. Full Circle Tavern1319 S Lamar St, Dallas
2. Katy Trail Ice House3127 Routh St, Dallas
3. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House1154 Peavy Rd, Dallas
4. Bar Belmont901 Ft Worth Ave, Dallas
5. Tei-An Rooftop Lounge1722 Routh St, Dallas
6. The Foundry2303 Pittman St, Dallas
7. NYLO Dallas South Side1325 S Lamar St, Dallas
Full Circle Tavern's got badass burgers, kickass cocktails, a buncha brews, and's serving 'em all up on Lamar courtesy of two chicks who got their start hawking their food in a friend's hair salon.
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.
They say that a good friend is hard to find. But in this case, you just need a GPS or a fairly decent sense of smell. This beer garden and burger joint is everything its name says and more because who says you can't put a buddy between buns and devour him?
Located in the Belmont Hotel, Bar Belmont's got an outdoor terrace with incredible views of the Downtown skyline (as does the hotel's pool!), an EB&D Loaded Up & Truckin Burger (bacon, cheddar, and frittered farm egg), and a Beer (!) Can Farm Chicken with tomatillo chili sauce and pickled green beans.
Whether you're dinging on the rooftop patio or in one of the mod or rustic dining rooms, Tei-An is a sight for sore eyes. The menu boasts gourmet-level Japanese fare like daily fish selections in big sashimi spreads, brisket braised in miso, and chewy tonkotsu ramen bowls. Reservation for the roof top are must -- seated just below Uptown, this spot's prime location offers one of the best skyline views of the city.
This brick- and beer-laden outdoor garden serves up 45 beers (Anchor Steam and Harpoon UFO among them) to West Dallas denizens.
NYLO's third Metroplex hotel, the NYLO Dallas South Side, was built into the 100yr-old Dallas Coffin Co. building, with rooms boasting exposed 10ft ceilings, original concrete floors, and blackout drapes for those mornings you just know you won't want to get up off that concrete floor.