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The Best Bars for Foodies in Dallas

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 26, 2020

The bustling city of Dallas has been the heartbeat of Texas's diverse and exciting cultural scene for decades, and the best bars in Dallas deliver all of the Lone Star State's good charm and hospitality. Mixing a thriving business and corporate scene with the influences of a diverse group of residents, Dallas has developed a nighttime scene that's all its own. But, where are the Dallas locals and the city's visitors going to spend their weeknights and weekends? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've pulled data from the people in the know to develop a list of the finest bars in all of Dallas. From upscale clubs to down-home honky-tonks, the bars of Dallas deliver great food, great vibes, and great drinks. Find a Texas-sized good time at one (or more) of the spots on this list.

A photo of Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill - Euless, TX restaurant
4.4
4.4 (539)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
About the restaurant
The Dallas-area installment of this nationwide chain of gastropubs is in nearby Euless. It's a perfect spot for thirsty or hungry travelers who may require some refreshment after a trip to or from nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The Thirsty Lion is a comfortable, friendly pub that's a great spot for a casual hangout with friends. Go during a Dallas sporting event and chow down on some of the Lion's bacon-wrapped barbecue prawns. Don't miss their signature flight of local beers, a selection of brews from some of the best breweries in Texas. With great beers and great times, the Thirsty Lion is one of the best bars in Dallas.
Top review
DavidD
Dined on May 12, 2024
Overall the food was excellent, the only thing I would recommend is to make sure the portions are correct. On my daughters waffles and chicken, the chicken portion was very small and we had to order extra.
A photo of Vidorra - Dallas restaurant
4.3
4.3 (382)
$30 and under
Mexican
Deep Ellum
About the restaurant
This Mexican restaurant in the heart of Downtown Dallas offers up one of the most pleasant atmospheres in the entire city. Stylish and teeming with life and color, Vidorra is an exciting spot for an evening out in the middle of the city. Stop in during the weekday happy hours for drink specials and half-off appetizers. There's also a lively patio atmosphere in good weather, with patrons enjoying cold Mexican beers and selections from the extensive tequila menu in the sunshine. For those that want a little movement with their night out, their "Salsa Wednesdays" feature a free beginner's salsa lesson.
Top review
JohnnyO007vip
Dined 4 days ago
Sat on the rooftop patio for brunch which was a nice experience despite the scorching heat as they have plenty of fans running. The molcajete bowl was fantastic! Went to burritos and tacos for main meal and both were delicious and nicely presented. Didn’t hit the bar at all but the drinks looked tasty. Good experience in a neighborhood full of restaurants.
A photo of 940's Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.6
4.6 (752)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Denton
About the restaurant
Cocktails are in the name and on the top of the list for visitors to 940's. It's one of the best bars in Dallas. The list of cocktails at this Denton hot spot is long and distinguished. There are even cocktail "taps" for a unique pouring treat. Patrons can grab a flight of cocktails, with favorites like Old Fashioneds and Sangria on the menu. Other traditional cocktails include the "Careless Whisper" with gin and grapefruit and the "Duke of Gordon" with blended scotch and orange bitters. 940's lush and stylish ambiance makes it an excellent choice for an engaging night out with friends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Totally surprising interior based on the exterior. Lovely hole in the wall restaurant with exceptional staff, delicious menu items, and excellent drinks! Totally enjoyed celebrating my best friend’s birthday at 940. Will totally be back, and Happy Hour on a Sunday? Definitely returning!!
A photo of Arthur's Steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1266)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
North Dallas
About the restaurant
Arthur's is the place for the complete nightlife experience. For dinner, Arthur's offers a menu of traditional steakhouse and seafood favorites. The restaurant provides a one-of-a-kind style, with the retro dining room surrounded by colorful aquariums and dominated by high ceilings. The wine list and cocktail selections are excellent, and Arthur's features a lively atmosphere with music and dancing. It's an excellent option for an extended night out.
Top review
lesliejuniorvip
Dined 4 days ago
Music from bar was too loud in main dining room. Should have some type of buffer between bar and dining room.
A photo of Kenny's Wood Fired Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8044)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
North Dallas
About the restaurant
The flames of the wood-fired grill at Kenny's offer an exquisite backdrop for a relaxed night out. Kenny's is a casual, fun restaurant in the Addison Walk shopping mall in North Dallas. Grab some dinner from the grill at Kenny's to start with. There are classic steakhouse options like chops and ribs alongside appetizers like "adult mac and cheese" with smoked gouda and ham. To drink, go for a classic cocktail or a choice from Kenny's fine wine list.
Top review
EarlD
Dined 2 days ago
The food was delicious, hot, & the service was excellent.
A photo of Scout - The Statler Dallas restaurant
4.1
4.1 (119)
$30 and under
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
There's plenty of options to enjoy the night at Scout at the Statler. This massive, 12,000-square foot space at the opulent hotel has plenty of good-time options. It's one of the biggest and best bars in Dallas. Visitors can opt for pool, ping-pong, or bowling. There are also live music performances and DJs to entertain the crowds. It's an ideal spot to go with a group of friends for a high-energy night out. Grab a pitcher of a fine local beer from Shiner Bock or Deep Ellum to go along with the game night. Patrons can also go for group-sized cocktails of sangria, mules, or the "pack leader" with tequila and Cointreau.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Nice experience for a good Saturday outing. We ended up not dining at the scout but rather had drinks and played games. It was not crowded due to the time we arrived. Perfect Sunday meet up spot.
A photo of STIRR Dallas restaurant
4.3
4.3 (798)
$30 and under
American
Deep Ellum
About the restaurant
STIRR is a local favorite hot spot in the middle of the Dallas Deep Ellum neighborhood. It's a great summertime destination, with a lively patio full of an after-work crowd enjoying beers and a great view of the city's skyline. STIRR is also perfect for a large group outing, with large-serving cocktail servings of blueberry mojitos and sangria. Don't forget about dinner at STIRR, too. They're known for their excellent burgers. Try their Kobe beef burger or the smash burger with house Dijon dressing.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This place had a great and helpful staff! Our drinks were never low, the food was hot and delicious. The atmosphere even at 10 in the morning was solid, music was playing, but not to loud , tv’s were on, but not distracting and the drinks were delicious. It is “ pricey” but you get what you pay for and I would definitely be there again.
A photo of Felix Culpa restaurant
4.6
4.6 (456)
$50 and over
Tapas / Small Plates
Knox / Henderson
About the restaurant
For arresting ambiance in Dallas, Felix Culpa is the place to go. The lively interior of this Vickery Place restaurant is decorated with pop art from the 20th century, giving it a relaxed and modern vibe. It's an ideal backdrop for a night out with a loved one or a group of friends. Order one of the restaurant's namesake cocktails, made with Grey Goose vodka, raspberries, and prosecco. Look for the Felix Culpa happy hours, with half-priced appetizers and specials on house wines and beer.
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DallasTvip
Dined on May 25, 2024
Visited on Friday 5/24/24 930pm. It was pretty empty when I visited, only 5 tables filled. Trendy restaurant/IG place. Shareable pricey plates. Great service, good dj. Sliders were very good, tacos were decent.
A photo of The Henry - Dallas restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2719)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
About the restaurant
A young and hip crowd provides the atmosphere at The Henry. On weeknights and weekends, this upscale spot (one of the best bars in Dallas) close to the American Airlines Center is full of revelers. Visitors should make their way to the Henry's rooftop for a local brew or one of their specialty cocktails. Try the spicy "Devil's in the Details" with shishito peppers and vodka or the "Southern City Mischief" with bourbon and house marmalade.
Top review
LisaB
Dined 2 days ago
We saw our server Seth really quickly. We ordered a bottle of wine and a bottle of champagne. It came fast as did the appetizers I ordered w the drinks. He was patient attentive and once we ordered the dinner came promptly too. My husband enjoyed his steak, our friend had the burger, great too. My house salad so so my friends the same but it was a salad. Oh well. Back to the apps: shortrib potstickers amazing and crispy rice and tuna delicious. Fries delicious. I’d go again in a minute.
A photo of Hugo's Invitados - Las Colinas restaurant
4.4
4.4 (644)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Irving
About the restaurant
Hugo's Invitados is a buzzy Mexican restaurant with a lush interior. With plenty of plant life and greenery on the wall, the interior decor reflects the earthy food on the menu. Hugo's specializes in healthy and hearty Mexican cuisine, with a menu of authentic food drawn from the land to the south of Texas. Tortillas are house-made, and dishes include organic and all-natural ingredients. Local favorites include the wagyu carne asada and the pan-seared diver scallops with Trufa. Choose from one of the superb tequilas on Hugo's menu, or go for a traditional margarita. There's plenty of entertainment to be had here on a weekend or weekday night.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Nice spot to dine for lunch or dinner. High quality ingredients, healthy menu options, good cocktails. Give it shot. Hugo’s will not disappoint.
A photo of KAI Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1692)
$31 to $50
Pan-Asian
Plano
About the restaurant
Kai is the place to go to admire the work of the chefs. The open wok kitchen at the heart of this hip restaurant delivers a must-feel vibe to visitors enjoying the creative fusion cuisine. At night, Kai becomes an exciting spot with a diverse crowd enjoying plenty of sake, light Japanese lagers, and creative cocktails. Be sure to try one of the Japanese highballs, crafted cocktails with Japanese whiskey and soda water.
Top review
LeslieCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service was very good. Menu was quite comprehensive. We had some delicious cocktails. We sat in the dining area, but next time, I would choose the lounge as the seating in there is softer and more comfortable. Still, we had a good time and very much enjoyed this beautiful restaurant!
A photo of Craft & Vine Taproom & Eatery restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1007)
$30 and under
American
Roanoke
About the restaurant
There's an upscale/neighborhood vibe at Craft & Vine. The restaurant combines the best qualities of a gastropub and fine dining eatery to make for an engaging experience. It's in the running for one of the best bars in Dallas. Craft & Vine's beer menu fuels the crowd, with selections ranging from local treats from the Armadillo Ale Works to brews from nationally renowned spots like Bell's.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Cocktails were reasonably priced and delicious! For Mother’s Day they had a buffet that was $60 per person. This was not advertised on their website so we did not know that regular menu would not be available. The price of the buffet was not of value in comparison to the food.
A photo of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1419)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Uptown
About the restaurant
The Dragonfly is an intimate nightlife experience in the ornate Hotel ZaZa. Full of style and upscale decor, the Dragonfly draws a crowd of young professionals and locals to sip and chat. It's also an excellent spot to enjoy people watching while having a drink or two. Enjoy one of the restaurant's signature cocktails, like its trademark Dragonfly Old Fashioned or a skinny margarita, or one of the local craft beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Dragonfly was a great experience. Really good cocktails and appetizers, the goat cheese was great. Short ribs were awesome.
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