8 Cool Rooftops in Dallas

By Farah Fleurima
May 27, 2014
By Farah Fleurima  |  May 27, 2014

Summer heat makes patio lounging fairly unbearable during the day, but once the sun sets, we’re all about finding a sexy, convivial spot to dine or enjoy some sips. Rooftop patios fit the bill nicely, since there’s just something a little haute about an elevated space, no matter how casual the bar or restaurant attached to it is. Here are eight rooftops to see and be seen this summer.

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson


    The View: One Arts Plaza and the gleaming Dallas skyline.
    What to Drink: Go for a sake or a cold Hitachino beer - ask if the Dai Dai IPA is in stock.
    Insider Tip: Tei-An’s rooftop lounge is the spot to catch jazz music sets, dotted throughout the calendar.

    1722 Routh St.; 214-220-2828

  • Nora

    The View: Downtown Dallas' profile in the distance.
    What to Drink: The Rosemary Fizz, accented by Ford’s Gin and housemade rosemary syrup ($10).
    Insider Tip: The rooftop is only open on weekends beginning on Friday nights.

    1928 Greenville Ave.; 214-828-0095

  • The Green Room

    The View: Deep Ellum’s bustling main thoroughfare and the Dallas skyline.
    What to Eat: Texas short-rib poutine covers hand-cut fries with braised beef, cotija cheese, queso and a Dr Pepper gravy ($10).
    Insider Tip: The eatery with the green-neon sign that simply reads “room” is closed on Mondays.

    2715 Elm St.; 214-748-7666

  • HG Sply

    The View: The rest of Lower Greenville and the Downtown skyline.
    What to Drink: A cold glass of crisp wine - a chenin blanc/viognier blend from Pine Ridge is $8 a glass.
    Insider Tip: HG Sply-goers can park in the lot behind Kush, a few doors north of the restaurant.

    2008 Greenville Ave.; 469-334-0896

  • Stackhouse

    The View: A glorious glimpse of the sizzling Dallas skyline. Also lush treetops.
    What to Eat: You’re most likely here for the burgers, which they keep simple here. Get a single ($6.25) or a double ($10.75) or a housemade veggie patty ($6.95), and load up on toppings ranging from grilled onions ($1) to Canadian bacon ($1.75) and a fried egg ($1.50).
    Insider Tip: Stackhouse boasts a full bar, so have at a pint of local craft beer or a Hill Country old fashioned with Texas whiskey.

    2917 Gaston Ave.; 214-828-1330

  • The Soda Bar at the NYLO Dallas South Side

    The View: Unlike Deep Ellum and Greenville spots, the Soda Bar affords a spectacular - and much closer - view of Downtown from the south.
    What to Drink: The signature Belleview Martini, with St. Germain and white cranberry ($12)
    Insider Tip: Self-parking is free on-site from Sunday to Thursday; otherwise, it’s $15 for valet on Friday and Saturday nights and $5 across the street near The Cedars Social. Enjoy half-priced food all day on Tuesdays.

    1325 S. Lamar St.; 214-421-1080

  • Wit’s End

    The View: Elm Street near and Downtown yonder. On a clear night, you can see the block-spanning line up the way at Glazed Donut Works.
    What to Eat: You might find it hard to believe in such a rough-and-tumble bar, but the vegetarian options are great. The veggie gyro centers all the Greek accoutrements on Tofurky kielbasa ($12). If you’re in a carnivorous (and carnival) mood, the Jerk My Leg ($8) gives a giant turkey leg the Jamaican-seasoning treatment.
    Insider Tip: Wit’s End loads its calendar with a lot of on-stage programming, from music to beard contests (honestly) to comedy showcases.

    2724 Elm St.

  • Urban Crust

    The View: Not much … the “skyline” of Plano? And treetops.
    What to Eat: Pizza’s the thing here, sure, but we can never get enough of the spicy Nacho Libre margarita ($7).
    Insider Tip: There’s free parking two doors up from Urban Crust, but we recommend taking the DART light rail to the Downtown Plano station, just steps from the pizzeria’s front door.

    1006 E. 15th St.; 972-509-1400


Places Mentioned


Japanese • Arts District

Food27 Decor25 Service25 Cost$41
HG Sply Co.

Lower Greenville

Food24 Decor25 Service22 Cost$28
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