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The Best Bars for Foodies in Dallas

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.

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10 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Euless, TX, 940's Kitchen & Cocktails, Arthur's Steakhouse
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor, Denton, North Dallas
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Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Euless, TX

$$$$
Contemporary American
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
4.6
434 reviews

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.


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940's Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$
Contemporary American
Denton
4.4
508 reviews

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.


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Arthur's Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
North Dallas
4.7
993 reviews

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.


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Kenny's Wood Fired Grill

$$$$
Contemporary American
North Dallas
4.8
6966 reviews

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.


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Felix Culpa

$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates
Knox / Henderson
4.5
337 reviews

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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The Henry - Dallas

$$$$
Contemporary American
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
4.6
1765 reviews

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.


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KAI Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$
Pan-Asian
Plano
4.5
1173 reviews

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.


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Craft & Vine Taproom & Eatery

$$$$
American
Roanoke
4.5
771 reviews

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.


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Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa

$$$$
Contemporary American
Uptown
4.5
1303 reviews

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.


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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Dallas

$$$$
American
Downtown
3.9
1093 reviews

Great live shows are always on tap at the House of Blues. The Dallas installment of this national chain offers both a live concert venue and an always-rocking lounge called the Foundation Room. Head in before or after a show for a few local beers or a cocktail. The Foundation Room also offers plenty of its own musical vibes, with live DJs and musical acts fueling plenty of good times. Head in on Sundays for the "Gospel Brunch" with lots of comfort food and great music.


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