Sip Your Way Around 10 of the Best Bars in Dallas

Dallas may have a vibrant dining scene, but its bar scene is not slouch either. Not only is there an exciting array of sleek cocktail lounges, but there’s plenty of great spots for beer and wine lovers too.

Looking to knock back quality brews and excellent grub while people watching on a lively patio? Then the Old Monk, a cozy neighborhood pub that boasts a killer lineup of local and international beer, is just the ticket. If quaffing wine is more up your vine, head to Veritas Wine Room. Wine geeks seek out this wine bar-retail shop for its international list of small production wines as well as for its rotating selection of craft beer and cider.  

Sure, everyone can do a craft cocktail these days, but not all can create exquisite libations like Parliament, a handsome drinking den that features everything from innovative concoctions to prohibition-style classics. Speaking of drinking dens, there’s also Midnight Rambler, a sexy subterranean spot in the Joule hotel. And some of the best booze action in the city is also taking shape at Hide in Deep Ellum, where they’ve got the art of cocktail making down to a science, literally.

Need more suggestions? Then keep reading– there’s a bar on this 10best list for every kind of imbiber.

Veritas Wine Room
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At this cozy wine bar-retail shop, the wine and munchies are fabulous and the ambiance is even better. An abundance of dark woods, comfy seating and a stoned-in interior fireplace gives the place a low-key, almost rustic feel. And whether it's a...  Read More

The Old Monk
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It's not difficult to see why The Old Monk is one of Dallas' favorite watering holes. The place, adorned with ecclesiastical antiquities-- including lights from an old monastery, reclaimed dark wood paneling from confessional booths and a turn...  Read More

Truck Yard
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For nights when being surrounded by four walls don't quite cut it, this 15,000-square-foot urban playground of food trucks, flatbeds and mismatched lawn furniture might be exactly what's on order. The place is so popular that it even landed a...  Read More



Sure, the drinks are cheap, and the burgers are legendary, but what lassos most folks into this Deep Ellum dive is its undeniably unpretentious vibe and weekly roundup of live music. But it's not just any live music– Adair's brings in the...  Read More

High & Tight Barbershop
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Taking buzz cuts to a new level, say hello to this vintage barbershop that offers haircuts by day and hair-raising libations by night in a prohibition-inspired lounge hidden away in the back. After all, who doesn't want a stiff drink while...  Read More

The Balcony Club
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As the saying goes, sometimes the best things come in small packages– which is undoubtedly the case with this pint-sized, 1,400 square foot– jewel of a jazz joint. And what this laid-back watering hole lacks in square footage, it more than...  Read More

Library Bar
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If you are looking for delicious cocktails in surroundings perfect for a romantic rendezvous or catch-up with friends, you've come to the right place. Tucked inside the lobby of the Warwick Melrose Hotel (a historic Dallas landmark dating back...  Read More

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Dallas is crawling with cocktail lounges, but this Uptown booze haven 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)...  Read More

Midnight Rambler
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Prohibition chic meets twenty-first-century cool at this intimate subterranean hideout in the Joule Hotel. Equally dazzling are the neo-classical craft cocktails, which have been conceived by two of the country's top mixologists, Chad Solomon...  Read More

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This sleek Deep Ellum spot is one of the most popular drinking dens in the city. And no wonder: it's a cozy neighborhood bar with friendly bar staff and a beverage program that pushes the boundaries of the cocktail experience. Almost everything...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene