3309 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
So & So’s boasts that it offers “something for everyone” at this “friendly, come-as-your-are bar.” The chef in the kitchen is well-known in the Dallas area and has an impressive list of stints at restaurants including Meddlesome Mother and Nobu. The bar, which used to be a popular Tex-Mex spot, features a tin ceiling, dark wood and some eclectic pieces. If you’re coming here for cocktails, you might want to try its ‘Such and Such Martini’ or the frozen blueberry mojito.
Henderson Tap House
2323 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Although it is a tap house, don’t let the name fool you. While it definitely has a wide variety of beers on tap, including local and craft beers, it also has a great list of specialty cocktails. This 7,000-square-foot bar is a great place to watch your favorite sports team, but it is also a great place to enjoy a cocktail on the patio. There are daily food and drink specials. The ‘Spicy Paloma’ is a great option for a cocktail or you could try a classic cocktail with a twist like the ‘Moscow Bull.’
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3619 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Vagabond Bar was voted D Magazine’s Best Bar Food for 2014. With live music every week, this bar is known for its great concerts. While most concert venues might offer basic bar bites or greasy snacks, Vagabond is perfect for enjoying a great meal (including cocktails) while listening to some local bands. The back patio features large communal tables and bocce ball. It’s a great place for larger groups of friends to gather and enjoy drinks together.
Truth and Alibi
2618 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
If you’re looking for a different type of experience, Truth and Alibi offers exactly that. You might have trouble finding the place, and that’s because the entrance is actually a candy shop. That’s right, this is a speakeasy hidden away in Deep Ellum. It goes all out to create the perfect atmosphere with a buzzer and a secret password that changes every week (check the Facebook page for the newest password). The menu features seasonal flavors and the fall menu includes drinks like the ‘Pyrut Pumpkin Eater’ and and ‘Black Tea Fizz.’
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