Dallas Bars & Nightlife
Bars & Nightlife neighborhood
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
2823 St. Louis St., Deep Ellum
We’ve developed a soft spot for Deep Ellum’s local, craft-brewed beers that you’ll find in a lot of the hipper eateries across Dallas. If anything, it’s fun to see a couple of twenty and thirty somethings make a successful business out of a passion project. If you’re in town with a beer connoisseur, their weekly brewery tours and open house is absolutely worthwhile.
1530 Main St., Downtown
The Joule’s subterranean mixology bar is somewhere between hipster and Texas classic, serving up some serious old-school cocktails with a twist, in a glam setting concocted by the gang behind the store Tenoversix (which also has a concession in the hotel). Green marble cocktail tables, brass bar stools and accessories, and a walnut ceiling, are elegant enough for the Texas environs, while the cocktails—with names like “Sister Cel-Ray” and “Savory Hunter”—have a bit more bite.
1325 S. Lamar St., Downtown
This rooftop bar at the NYLO—the latest in a crop of younger, hipper hotels—offers spectacular views of the city’s South Side. Come for sunset drinks by the pool or at the bar, take in the Dallas skyline, and make a meal of it, too, thanks to a menu of substantial snacks—hot dogs, tacos, salads, and the like.
The Cedars Social
1326 S. Lamar St., Downtown
While the menu of decadent foods like truffle mac n’cheese, shrimp grits, and pork belly is a definite plus, the real draw to this retro-themed bar is the extensive drinks menu, care-of mixologist Michael Mortensen. The plush seating and 70’s lounge chairs make this bar even harder to leave—especially true when you’ve made the journey out to this part of town, as it’s a little off the beaten track.
3656 Howell St., Uptown
Beer is an important theme at the Rustic: In addition to their impressive list of Texas beers on draft and a seriously good beer-butt chicken, the bar's centerpiece is an American flag sculpture constructed from old beer cans. In the summer, their enormous outdoor patio (dotted with picnic tables and fire pits) plays host to country music bands and singers that play late into the evening. Their huge custom marquee sign completes the scene.
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