Downtown Bars & Nightlife
The Cedars Social (Closed)
1326 S. Lamar St., Downtown
While the menu of decadent foods like crisp pork belly tacos, queso fundido, and grilled rib eye is a definite plus, the real draw to this retro-themed bar is the extensive drinks menu, care of mixologist Leann Berry. The plush seating and ’70s 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.
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.
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.