Food & Drink

10 Underrated Places to Drink in Dallas

Published On 01/14/2015 Published On 01/14/2015
Second Floor
Malai Kitchen
Casa Rubia
The Woolworth
The Social House Addison
Bryan Street Tavern
The Wild Detectives
Boxwood T+G
HG Sply Co.
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1. The Second Floor 13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240

Found on the second floor (see what they did there??) of the Westin Galleria, The Second Floor is an American Bistro with a killer whiskey selection -- we're talking 200 different varieties.

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2. Malai Kitchen 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Two local Thai & Vietnamese cuisine vets who also ran restos in Cali have opened a bistro where ginger plants blossom near walls covered with Japanese polonia wood painted silver, gold, and green, and scored with a pattern of interlocking leaves.

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3. Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

More than just a hotbed of Spanish tapas, this Trinity Groves spot has a raging Pintxo Social Hour. From 5-7pm Monday through Friday, a handful of featured cocktails go into deep discount mode. And, so that these drinks don’t have only each other to mingle with in your stomach (this IS a social hour, after all), Casa Rubia provides free eats, too.

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4. Tate's 2723 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

When was the last time your drink was made with fresh squeezed juices? If you're a Tate's regular, it was 10 seconds before you generously tipped your 'tender. This place believes in superb cocktails and will never disappoint in their variety or quality of the booze they pour.

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5. The Woolworth 1520 Elm St #201, Dallas, TX 75201

Truffle fries and lobster fondue sneak their way onto the menu of this Downtown cocktail bar where the man behind the bar is more "bar-chef" than just a mixologist. The Woolworth's brunch menu features flavorful, Southern dishes like habanero fried chicken and jumbo buttermilk biscuits, all of which you can enjoy on the spacious outdoor patio with a ice cold pitcher of Pomegranate Mimosas.

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6. The Social House 2708 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201

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.

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7. Bryan Street Tavern 4315 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75204

This low-lit dive has always felt like a friend's basement, decked out as it is in sofas, bar stools, and pool tables. Both feel like someplace where it’s (maybe too) easy to spend endless hours drinking and eating pizza, but what exactly is wrong with that? An added bonus of this spot is their regular live concerts and spacious outdoor patio area-- a major upgrade on the basement, indeed.

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8. The Wild Detectives 314 W 8th St, Dallas, TX 75208

Part indie bookstore, part bar, and part cafe, The Wild Detectives in the Bishop Arts District invites you to stop by for an afternoon or evening of curling up with fiction, poetry, and untranslated Spanish literature, while you sip local craft beverages and brews, and snack on Mediterranean-inspired bites. Coffee comes from a roastery in the neighborhood, beer comes from a brewery around the corner, and food includes toasts and cheese boards. You’re encouraged to pair your Spanish novel of choice with a glass of Spanish wine, or your classic literary tome with a craft cocktail, like the Shakespeare Sister.

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9. Boxwood T+G 2901 Thomas Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

A collabo between the dudes from The Dram and Oak, a Kosmas-trained 'tender to used to mix drinks at NYC's Employees Only, and a chef from Cafe 43 and Whiskey Cake, Boxwood T+G serves up delicious brasserie eats, has 10 beers on tap, and features the finest patio on all of Thomas Ave.

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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.