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Dallas’s 9 Favorite Bars

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by Diana Spechler
Updated June 22, 2022

Maybe it’s Dallas’s long, hot summers, or perhaps it’s because residents love nothing more than to go out for dinner and drinks, but the city and its surrounding areas overflow with enticing watering holes. Dallas’s artisanal distilleries are winning awards and its craft beer scene is one of Texas’s best. The establishments on this list serve everything from local brews to Old World wines to Japanese whiskys. From iconic dives to fancy wine bars, from gastropubs to live music venues, from a sushi and cocktail lounge in the sky to a Mexican speakeasy, there’s something for every drinker.

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4.8 (6011)
$50 and over
About the restaurant

The Rattlesnake Bar at star chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton is Dallas’s sexiest lounge. Mahogany walls, rich leather furnishings, and tasteful, oversized art provide an elegant backdrop for sipping margaritas. Chef Fearing is known worldwide as one of the pioneers of southwest cuisine—the glass and gold chandelier, shaped like a cluster of cattle horns, is a nod to his reputation. A happy hour here means fancy bites, cocktails on the cheap, and guac on the house.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely stunning meal. Always a the best. And always feels like a treat when we are there. Best service in town. Food is stellar and smashed amazing and perfection of the cookery. Amazing chefs. We always enjoy having dinner here for any occasion but had become our go to for our anniversary like last night. Left there completely stuffed. Sooooooo good.
A photo of The Lounge Here restaurant
4.8 (458)
$30 and under
Lakewood / White Rock Lake
About the restaurant

The round bar at this neighborhood gem is a stylish spot to relax with a bourbon. The Marfa mural on the wall and leather booths lend an airline-lounge vibe. Innovative cocktails, including the La Vie en Pistache—white rum, pistachio syrup, lime, and Thai basil—pair well with fancy bar snacks such as goat cheese and crab toast with tomato-bacon jam. A daily happy hour from 4 to 6 pm offers discounted cocktails and a soundtrack curated by Good Records, the neighboring record store and music venue.

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Dined on Jan 1, 2023
New Years Day brunch. DJ was a little loud. Our server Brandon was great. Food was excellent as always. The overall experience was a little different from evening but still very good. I think New Years Day had challenges not usual. Lounge Here is a terrific place.
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4.6 (206)
$30 and under
About the restaurant

This intimate 60-seat sushi and cocktail lounge, set on the 50th floor of The National skyscraper, was made for Japanese whisky and sake lovers. Jewel-toned furnishings pop against glass picture windows, framing a bird’s eye view of Dallas. The luxe vibe extends to the menu—the king crab roll is prepared with fresh truffle shavings and the decadent cocktails are stellar sushi accompaniments. Try the Kyoto Old Fashioned, made with Japanese whisky, or the Kessaku Carajillo, a sake-forward drink, flavored with vanilla-flavored Spanish liqueur and cold brew.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Beautiful views. Fun! Just a different experience.
A photo of Yellow Rosa Cocktaileria restaurant
4.4 (570)
$30 and under
Deep Ellum
About the restaurant

The best time to hit Yellow Rosa is on Thursdays for five-dollar margaritas, but the agave cocktails are cold and delicious any night of the week. Inspired by the boho-chic vibes of tropical Tulum, this Mexican speakeasy-slash-cantina is an atmospheric oasis, dressed in greenery and neon signs. Live music—after 10 pm on the weekends—pairs exceptionally well with mini sopes, elotes, and tacos.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Sep 22, 2023
The food was great but the music was sooooo loud. Also they have blowing air vents that make your food cold. They might want to consider fixing the air or moving the portable air conditioning!
A photo of Neighborhood Services - Village on Parkway restaurant
4.8 (2232)
$30 and under
North Dallas
About the restaurant

The second location of Neighborhood Services is just as adored as the original on Lovers. The bar is a guaranteed good time, thanks to attentive and knowledgeable bartenders who churn out stellar cocktails—there’s also an excellent craft beer list. It’s all enhanced by the restaurant’s impeccable New American menu, which allows for classic pairings such as fish and chips with a local brew and steak frites with a glass of red—it’s impossible to make a bad choice here.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Good place to get away for a change of pace. Ore server, Amy, was exceptional.
A photo of RH Rooftop Restaurant Dallas restaurant
4.6 (3368)
$30 and under
Knox / Henderson
About the restaurant

High-end furniture chain RH has a stunning gallery on Knox, complete with a swish restaurant on the top level. To reach the spot, climb an elegant staircase, adorned with oversized mirrors. At the top, you’ll find a spectacular chandelier and a posh bar. While there’s no bar seating, guests can order a drink, then stroll the gallery. Feel free to take a seat down there, even with your glass of red—the furniture is near impossible to stain.

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Dined 3 days ago
RH rooftop restaurant was beautiful and inviting! We were running a little bit late for our reservation center accommodated us with a 15 minute grace period. When we got there, we were given a choice of seating and had a wonderful evening. the food was excellent, and the views were amazing. Great services as well 
A photo of NAPA Thai Asian Cuisine restaurant
4.9 (634)
$30 and under
About the restaurant

The Blue Infinite Lounge in this popular Thai spot is, as the name suggests, bathed in a vivid cobalt. Tufted-button velvet seats and lush plants create a moody ambiance. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect evening than one featuring a spice-laden curry on the restaurant’s terrace, followed by a stop at the lounge for nightcap. The inventive Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails, such as the Bangkok Mule, are infused with ingredients like tamarind and fresh ginger syrup.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
The atmosphere, service and food is always spot on at this restaurant. We love it and will be back soon.
A photo of Meddlesome Moth restaurant
4.8 (3390)
$31 to $50
Design District
About the restaurant

This traditional gastropub houses one of Dallas’s most dynamic beer lists—not just local I.P.A.s, but stouts, sours, lagers, and ambers from all over the world make appearances on the prolific menu. It’s difficult to choose just one, so order a sampler and pair your brews with shareable small plates, such as grilled oysters and gnudi with parmesan and crispy sage, aka Moth Balls.

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Dined on Apr 8, 2024
Service was excellent, the food was very good as well
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