Whether it's wine, beer or spirits, there's no doubt that booze plays an integral part in an overall dining experience. Which is why a number of Dallas' major foodie hot spots are regularly hosting dinner events that include multi-course menus synced up with top-notch libations.
Best of all, most of these pairing events don't necessarily have to break the bank.
At Pappas Bros., guests have the opportunity to wine and dine in a beautiful wine room — Photo courtesy of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse may be a carnivore's house of worship. But it's also a paradise for oenophiles. The restaurant's extensive wine list of 3,900 global selections consistently earns Wine Spectator's Grand Award year after year.
For those who want to experience the best of both worlds, Pappas Bros. offers wine tastings and wine dinners every month in a stunning wine room that overlooks the restaurant's wine vault.
The Meet the Winemaker dinners, presided over by Wine Director and Master Sommelier Barbara Werley, include a multi-course chef-driven dinner, with selected pairings starting at $65 per person.
For another option, the restaurant offers frequent wine tastings, featuring 10 to 15 different wine flights from particular regions and seasonal hors d’oeuvres.
Along with wine, Pappas Bros. hosts occasional dinners paired up with scotch and craft beer.
Between the exceptional cuisine and the jaw-dropping views from the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole, SER (pronounced like sear) creates an elevated dining experience in more ways than one.
SER's wine dinners are filled with fun people and stunning views — Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs
But if you really want an over-the-top experience, consider checking in for one of SER's monthly wine tasting dinner parties, where you can interact with winemakers, chefs and friendly guests over an indulgent five-course pairing menu. The dinners usually feature a specific winery or theme and start at $100 per person.
In addition to monthly wine dinners and tastings, SER hosts a fabulous wine, food and jazz festival every autumn.
This Henderson Avenue charmer scores high marks for its ambiance, service and creative farm-to table fare. And the restaurant's pairing dinners, which take place every two months, are truly some of the best booze-filled affairs in town.
Expect to find a multi-course, seasonally-inspired menu (Think diver scallop crudo, crispy sweetbreads, Muscovy duck cassoulet and Wagyu bavette.) teamed up with libations from unique distilleries and wineries.
The dinners at Hibiscus, which generally range from $85 to $125 per person, can be reserved by calling directly to the restaurant.
With its cozy, rustic surrounds and upscale bistro cuisine, this popular Greenville Avenue mainstay has plenty going for it. Not to mention its top-notch " Come-As-You-Are" wine dinners that take place the fourth Thursday of every month.
The dinners at The Grape always feature a guest speaker and include three different wines paired up with an indulgent three-course meal prepared by Chef de Cuisine Sarah Snow. And at $52 per person, it's one of the best deals in town.
Food, fun and terrific wine are what's in store every month at The Grape's wine events — Photo courtesy of The Grape Restaurant
Even less formal is the restaurant's wine and cheese chat (with four cheeses and four wines) with Owner/Sommelier Courtney Luscher and a guest cheesemonger, priced at $28. The wine and cheese chat takes place on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and includes 20% off your food bill if you decide to stay for dinner.
This family-owned butcher market is a one-stop shop for imported Italian food products, wine, and grab-n-go sandwiches. But what many don't know is that Jimmy's has a secret hideout in the back called the Circolo del Vino – where it regularly hosts informal public wine tastings for intimate gatherings.
Jimmy's wine dinners offer a little slice of Italy in "Big D" — Photo courtesy of Jimmy's Food Store
These events can entail something as simple as a complimentary wine with antipasto (on Saturdays) to full-blown winemaker-hosted pairing dinners featuring a multi-course Italian feast that even Tony Soprano would love.
Better still, the dinners are reasonably priced between $20 and $79. Plus, there's usually a free bottle of wine included as a parting gift.
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This jewel box of a restaurant, with its walls of windows overlooking Klyde Warren Park, serves up a delectable array of seasonally-inspired dishes that draw on flavors from across the globe.
And its lengthy selection of wine and craft beer is equally spectacular!
The Beggar's Banquet is one of the tastiest dinner deals in town — Photo courtesy of LARK on the Park
But for those who can't quite decide what to eat and drink, LARK makes it easy by offering an amazing and affordable tasting menu, dubbed the Beggar's Banquet. Every Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., acclaimed chefs Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley put together a three-course dinner with a choice of wine or beer pairing for only $35 per person.
In addition to the Beggar's Banquet, LARK also hosts a monthly small plate (four courses) pairing dinner with wine, beer or spirits for around $30 per person.
Who says you need to go to a fancy restaurant to have a memorable wine experience? This cozy temple of dairy delights attracts turophiles, oenophiles, and beer connoisseurs alike to its weekly lineup of cheese pairing classes and Saturday cheese and wine tastings.
The shop offers a variety of classes (lasting approximately 1.5 hours) that range from a basic 101 cheese and wine pairing course to craft beer and even champagne match-ups, most priced at $40 per person. You can also purchase a goody bag of your favorite wines and cheeses to take home after the class is over.
Along with tastings and pairing classes, the shop hosts monthly fondue dinners, complete with three courses and a glass of bubbly for $49.95.
Seating is limited and classes sell out on the regular, so be sure to reserve your spot on the shop's website well ahead of time.
It's always a full house for Scardello's beer and wine pairing classes — Photo courtesy of Scardello Artisan Cheese
With its bustling street-side terrace and delicious menu of Gallic fare, Toulouse Cafe is Dallas' answer to a true Parisian bistro. It's also one of the best places for Francophiles to sip and sup their way around France without having to cross the Atlantic.
Every third Monday of the month, Toulouse Cafe offers exquisite three-course wine paring dinners, showcasing selected wines and culinary specialties from various cities and regions of France.
The dinners are priced at $65, and reservations are required. The restaurant posts announcements and menus of upcoming pairing events on its Facebook page.
Few chefs can gussy up down-home comfort food (Think chicken-fried buffalo steak and pork belly tacos.) as well as celebrity chef Stephan Pyles, owner of Stampede 66 and all-around king of Southwest cuisine. So it should come as no surprise that the restaurant's booze-laden soirees are some of the hottest meal tickets in town.
Offered on a monthly basis, these multi-course culinary adventures feature food pairings with everything from wine to craft beer and spirits.
The pairing dinners at Stampede 66 are always an adventure for the taste buds — Photo courtesy of Stampede 66
Expect prices to range between $60 to $80 per person, depending on what is served. Be sure to follow the restaurant's social media to find out how to score a seat.
Fancy drinking something a little more hoppy? This raucous neighborhood gastropub boasts over 27rotating craft brews on tap, plus a menu of upscale pub grub to match.
But it's the Pour Man's Beer Dinner, served up for $29 every Monday night, that has earned this spot a massive following of devoted beer geeks.
These four-course beer and food feasts change from week to week, but expect to find everything from Asian-themed meals with the likes of wasabi crab salad and miso-glazed cod to a breakfast-inspired spread of mini waffles, eggs Benedict, BLT sandwiches and jelly donuts.