Let’s face it. It’s not going to be a glorious 80 degrees in Dallas forever. The 100-degree days of summer are almost upon us, but this year, you’re going to be prepared. Whether it’s a grown up shaved ice or a patio equipped to beat the heat, here are our picks in Dallas for staying cool when the weather gets hot:
La Grange
2704 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75226-1424
(214) 741-2008Have we mentioned grown up shaved ice yet? If we haven’t, we’re about to mention it, oh, 80 more times. People. It’s shaved ice. All grown up. It’s the best of the best from the fairs you attended as a kid – glorious shaved ice that cools you off even in the hottest heat, drenched in syrup that gives you a sugar high before your spoon hits the cup.

Now take that image above and add vodka. That is what La Grange is serving up in Deep Ellum, both at their main bar area and the side room next door. If you’re there for a show on a Saturday night or just looking for a way to chill out on a Sunday funday, La Grange is open, willing and ready to hook you up with a delicious shaved ice and the requisite test tube of the liquor of your choice.

The Quarter Bar
3301 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 754-4941Jack and coke – it’s the standard drink of many Dallas drinkers. The Quarter, next to Breadwinners in Uptown, takes this bar staple to the next level and serves it frozen, along with booze pops and frozen cherry limeade, made with 3 Olives vodka.

All of these delicious things make The Quarter Bar’s rooftop patio tolerable even in the depths of July, and the fact that they’re $2 on Tuesdays makes the deal even sweeter.

Main Street Garden
Main St. & S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201Okay, you caught us. It’s not technically a bar, but it’s one of the coolest places (literally) to be outside in Dallas. Well-shaded and misted, the Lily Pad Cafe at Main Street Garden serves up a pretty solid variety of microbrewed beers and wines by the glass. Plus, the patio is in the optimal location for people watching as the downtown foot traffic bustles by.

Flying Saucer on the Lake
4821 Bass Pro Drive
Garland TX, 75043This Lake Ray Hubbard drinking establishment has an excellent patio, and the temperature always seems 5 degrees lower than it is in downtown Dallas. Now, 5 degrees might not seem like much, but when it’s 105 in August, that 5 degrees counts for a lot.

Each Flying Saucer is always well prepared to help you beat the heat with a great selection of wheat and summer beers (we recommend the Franconia Kolsch) and – guess what? Texas pints are just $3 every Sunday. What a way to wrap up a weekend!

Alyssa is a nightlife blogger and local music aficionado currently residing in East Dallas. She writes for a local happy hour website and her personal blog, and can frequently be found tweeting about her favorite bars and bands.
  1. Larry Rothberg says:

    580 West Arapho Road, #136
    Richardson, TX
    (972) 792-POOL (7665)

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