By Laura Stillo

Katy Trail Ice House
3136 Routh Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 468-0600
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am – 2am; Sat-Sun 10am-2am

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If you haven’t already, then it’s time to venture to the Katy Trail Ice House located in Uptown Dallas just off the actual Katy Trail (well named, I know). A beer garden with a woodsy vibe, the indoor-outdoor Ice House opened in March to a Dallas crowd positively obsessing over the relaxed down home atmosphere.

Method of transportation

The Katy Trail runs right behind the Ice House. Upon sitting outside, you’ll notice people taking a break from their bike rides and power walks and stopping off for a drink with friends.


I am no foodie expert, but after spending many nights at the Ice House, and dragging my coworkers to lunch there (on multiple occasions), I can say that I really enjoy the food. The two-taco plate is wonderful, as are the nachos with fajita beef.


Beers are served in goblets. I’m going to go ahead and assume that I don’t need to explain that one any further.

Reese Witherspoon will get over it

Remember the line from Sweet Home Alabama where Reese Witherspoon’s character returns to her hometown and is appalled upon seeing a former friend bring her baby to a bar? There are babies in this bar. After you’ve exhausted that line in your head a few times, the casual vibe of the Ice House comes over you, and instead of wishing the babies were at home with a sitter, you begin to think, Cool, I wish my parents had brought me to a bar when I was a baby.

People Watching

All types of people hang out at the Ice House. Literally. Moms, Bikers, young professionals, college kids, skaters and dogs.  It’s one of the best parts of the outdoor hang out.


There’s an area for beanbag toss (which I’m told goes by the more popular name “corn hole” but I don’t advise calling it by that name).

Extra Tid-bit

The bathrooms are impeccably clean.


The outside portion of the bar has a dirt floor, so dress accordingly. Guys are seen in their usual button downs, girls wear cute, casual sundresses by day and flowing tops by night. Let’s all make it a personal goal to never wear high heels there, and live in Sperry’s and Rainbows. Sound like a plan? Good. Let’s keep the pretentiousness as weird as can be.

Hailing from Southern California and residing in Dallas, Laura Stillo is a local and national music enthusiast. She is the Creative Social Media Producer at