What should you keep in mind about the best bars in Dallas, TX? For starters, they’re lots of them – the city has a thriving bar scene. Among the highlights: A spot to enjoy a stogie and rum; a mixologist’s dream bar; and a tap house that’s second-to-none. Check out the following drinking establishments (among the best bars in Dallas, TX) the next time you’re in town and you won’t be disappointed.
An eclectic jukebox, a pool table set, and PBR in the can await visitors to this rustic bar that’s been dispensing spirits for a half-century. It’s located in an area south of downtown that could still be described as “transitional.” But that doesn’t faze the young hipsters who ingest its old-school vibe—and s’mores, warmed over a fire pit.
Inside this legendary restaurant (in the back room precisely) is a cigar bar where revelers can partake in its drink menu including scotch, tequila, port, cordials, cognac, bourbon, brandy and rum. It’s the place to take your best buds where you can raise sip on the good and puff away on a premium cigar while toasting to the good life.
3030 Olive Street at North Houston, (214) 303-0544
This two-level cigar and rum lounge shines as bright as the $4 billion Victory Park development that surrounds it. Club membership includes their own engraved cigar locker and a reserved table. Everyone is welcomed inside Havana Social Club, where both members and newcomers can marvel over the 30 kinds of rums available.
The lounge inside Fearing’s restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton reverberates most evenings with the coos of ladies out on the prowl. Most meet their friends at Rattlesnake Bar for nibbles and generous pours. On weekends the action sweeps out onto the adjoining patio.
The Libertine is known for an ambitious menu and hosts occasional beer-pairing dinners. The comfy pub on funky Lower Greenville features six imported beers on tap and more than 50 by the bottle. Of those, sample Maredsous, or try Éphémère Apple ale.
There are two levels at Frankie’s Downtown: Street-side and underground, a speakeasy-style spot. Many TVs populate this feel-good bar, which hosts an extensive happy hour from 11AM to 7PM weekdays. Their entrees, such as the stuffed tenderloin and the lamb shank, will pair well with your dining choices.
Recently reopened in new digs, the bar has an instant homey feel, thanks to its roaring fireplace and stellar vino. Its wine list is available by the glass, ranging from $8 to $15. There are wine flights available as well.
David Podgurski has written about travel, books, fashion + entertainment for digital and print media. He’s hunted down vintage finds in crumbling attics, published poetry, worked for the New York MTA, and likes to haunt museums, cafés and shops. When he isn’t traveling or writing, he’s thinking about his next trip — and what to enjoy when he gets there.