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The 10 Hottest Bars in Dallas Right Now

By Farah Fleurima
July 7, 2014

A handful of buzzy new bars and lounges have emerged in recent months to stake their claim on our list.

  • Photo by: Kevin Marple

    Henderson Tap House

    Why It’s Hot: It’s brand-spankin’-new, and the only sports bar for miles on Henderson Avenue.
    Must-Drink: The Spicy Paloma ($10) with jalapeño slices.
    Insider Tip: Spread out — there’s another bar clear across the room. If the one in the front gets packed, migrate.

  • Blind Butcher

    Why It’s Hot: The folks from Goodfriend know how to get the chemistry just right for the perfect neighborhood hang. Here, it’s the in-house butchery cranking out charcuterie and sausage, along with a finely curated beer list and great cocktails.
    Must-Drink: The Seasonal Smash, which rotates ($10).
    Insider Tip: The patio’s open at last, so head out back.

  • So & So's

    Why It’s Hot: The newest Uptown gathering spot from the folks behind Sfuzzi and The Standard Pour has a lively lounge scene.
    Must-Drink: The Such & Such Martini (gin, citrus, Martini Rossi rosé, cucumbers)​.
    Insider Tip: Valet is available across McKinney Avenue.

  • Barter

    Why It’s Hot: We were all curious what was going into the space, and, thankfully, the food and drinks are a win. It helps that barmaster Rocco Milano is a phenomenal mixologist with ton of fans.
    Must-Drink: The allspice-laced Rusty Screw ($11).
    Insider Tip: You can park in the fancy garage out back; just make sure to get a validation coin from the host stand so it’s free.

  • Vagabond Bar

    Why It’s Hot: The Lower Greenville bar and grill, with its eclectic, knickknack-y decor, feels kitschy and familiar. The bocce ball court out back has been drawing regular players.
    Must-Drink: Moscow mules, especially when they're just $5 during happy hour from 4 to 7 PM.
    Insider Tip: There are even more drink specials during bocce ball tournaments on Tuesdays at 7 PM.

  • Glass Boot Biergarten

    Why It’s Hot: The East Dallas German-style beer garden has a spacious patio and serves a number of wursts, sandwiches and snacks perfect for the Euro (and Euro-style) beers on offer. There’s also a short list of cocktails.
    Must-Drink: The Bier Drinks mix beer and liquor or cola. Try the gin-and-hefeweizen-based Berlin Mule ($8).
    Insider Tip: If you go to watch the World Cup, the home team here is Bayern Munich.

  • Bowen House

    Why It’s Hot: The Uptown bar in a converted Victorian home maintains its grand air while serving classic drinks and barbecue.
    Must-Drink: An American whiskey, preferably at the bar.
    Insider Tip: Because it's a historical marker built in the 1800s, the building has no sign.

  • Truck Yard

    Why It’s Hot: Dallas digs the kitschy-cool of the trucker-chic yard, filled with rusty patio furniture and food trucks. The treehouse feels right out of childhood, except it serves booze.
    Must-Drink: The pineapple, rum and overproof-rum-tastic Fixin To, a bottled beverage only available in the treehouse ($7).
    Insider Tip: Don’t pass up ice cream at the Carnival Barker window out front; definitely get the s’mores kit, if the weather permits.

  • Truth & Alibi

    Why It’s Hot: The buzzed-about speakeasy, in the middle of gritty Deep Ellum, looks like a candy store from the outside. Oh, and you need a password to get in.
    Must-Drink: The bourbon-based New York Sour.
    Insider Tip: Find each night's password on T&A's Facebook page.

  • Bishop Cider Co.

    Why It’s Hot: Dallas' first cidery serves more than two dozen fruity brews (and is working on its own).
    Must-Drink: Clos des Ducs, a French unfiltered cider.
    Insider Tip: The grand opening bash on July 19 will unveil the housemade batches to eager fans.

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Barter

New American • Uptown

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So & So's

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Vagabond

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Truth & Alibi

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