Happy Hour: Dallas is crawling with cocktail lounges, but this Uptown drinking den is considered one the best in the city, and for good reason. It's a handsome, moodily-lit space with a laid-back vibe and an extensive cocktail list (more than 100 libations) featuring everything from innovative concoctions to prohibition-style classics. Best of all, it boasts a ridiculously good happy hour (all day on Mondays, and from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday), where you can snag many of these tipples for only $4-$7. Not only that, Parliament offers happy hour prices anytime it's raining, and it hosts complimentary artisan cocktail tastings several times a month. As you might expect, the place fills up fast, so come early if you want to find a seat.
Best Nightlife: This slick spot for savvy drinkers is not exactly easy to find. It's stashed behind a black tarp-covered patio in the State and Allen neighborhood of Uptown and it boasts almost no signage. Though, even with all the obscurity, you most likely will still find yourself waiting for a seat. And there is a good reason for it: Parliament is a great bar, one of the best in the city. It's a gorgeous, moodily-lit space with a speakeasy-esque ambience (think crimson brocade wallpaper, velveteen banquettes, tinned ceilings and sparkling chandeliers)–and a long, playful cocktail list (more than 100 libations) offering everything from prohibition-style classics to some rather innovative concoctions. They even have a whiskey-based drink with deer antler elixir in it. Oh, and did we mention you can score many of these drinks for around $7 during happy hour? So try to swing by on a Monday or between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
2418 Allen St
Dallas, TX 75204
Map / Directions
Happy Hour: "You can order food in from State & Allen Kitchen+Bar next door. Note that there is free 3-hour parking behind the restaurant and half-price pizza on offer Monday nights."
Best Nightlife: "Parliament hosts a daily happy hour until 8 p.m. and all night on Monday. They also offer happy hour every time it rains."
Best for Happy Hour Because: If you fancy good cocktails, Parliament is a must-add to your cocktail bar bucket list.
Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: Parliament is the best place for an evening of serious cocktail love.