While it can sometimes feel like bars are a dime a dozen in Dallas, insiders know where to go to catch the best vibes. Dallas has a great mix of unique, edgy, upscale, and cozy bars that will make you want to toast to Texas! Whether you’re planning a bar crawl or looking for a place where you can claim a booth for the whole night, Dallas has you covered. Check out our picks for the eight coolest bars in Dallas, TX.
The Tipsy Alchemist
2101 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX
The Tipsy Alchemist has the cool factor down to a science! Established in 2016, this bar is owned and operated by bartenders with a shared obsession with impeccable presentation. A two-story layout, massive bar, and neon whispers of light all make this one of the most aesthetically pleasing bars you’ll ever visit. Another plus is that there’s tons of seating! And when it comes to the drinks, the incredibly crafted cocktails here taste as amazing as they look. The Mad Hatter made with Grey Goose vodka, Blanc vermouth, watermelon juice, lemon juice, cucumber water, simple syrup, watermelon spear, and Tajin is what many people consider to be the official drink of the bar. The espresso martini, citrus marmalade, and hibiscus margarita are also great table companions.
Double D Bar
1404 North Riverfront Boulevard, Dallas, TX
There’s something about the decor at Double D Bar that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into 1970s Hollywood. Pink neon signage, disco balls, and strong piña coladas make this the place to be on the weekends. The crowd generally starts showing up at around 8:30 in anticipation of the night’s rotating DJ. If you don’t want to elbow your way to the bar, simply look for staff members who walk around taking drinks orders!
2418 Allen Street, Dallas, TX
Nestled in the heart of Uptown Dallas, Parliament practically breaks the law by offering a happy hour this amazing! Once you get your fill at the vintage-style bar, head out to the patio to sip your pristine cocktail while overlooking views of the State Thomas neighborhood. Bartenders spend a considerable amount of time crafting each cocktail to ensure the best experience ever. The menu is categorized by old favorites, champagne cocktails, gin and vodka cocktails, tequila and mezcal cocktails, whiskey cocktails, highballs, and old fashioneds to help patrons find the perfect choice!
2810 Main Street, Dallas, TX
Crafting and craft cocktails meet at this unique Deep Ellum bar with a cool concept. This is the only bar in town where patrons actually sign up for boozy DIY crafting projects! Guests are provided with the tools, supplies, and directions needed to create their masterpieces! Project options include coasters, necklaces, bracelets, butcher boards, wood art, wallets, serving trays, and much more! The bar menu at Upstairs Circus features cocktails, mocktails, wine, beer, and hard seltzers.
The Gallery Rooftop Lounge
1325 South Lamar Street, Dallas, TX
The Gallery sits atop the famed Canvas Hotel in Dallas. There’s simply no better place to catch views of the Dallas skyline while clutching a well-made drink. While many people come to this cool Dallas bar for the photo opportunity alone, the truth is that the cocktails and small plates are worth the trip before you even factor in those once-in-lifetime views of the Big D! The espresso martini made with Tito’s, Kahlúa, espresso, and simple syrup captures the elegance of the setting quite perfectly.
1928 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX
There’s no hiding the coolness of this bar! There’s also no hiding the fact that this is one of the best bars for noshing. Hide offers exceptional cocktails that are served alongside made-from-scratch food. A table here just isn’t complete unless it has a serving of Texas egg rolls made with shredded chicken, cheese, corn, onions, and jalapeño ranch! The cheeseburgers, nachos, knots, crispy pimento cheese, and tots keep people coming back.
2640 Elm Street, Dallas, TX
This cool, calm bar is where locals go to chill with some live music. Twilite Lounge is the definition of not trying too hard. The coolness flows as naturally as the bartender’s even, steady pours. Twilite Lounge has a reputation for being one of the last organically cool bars in ultra-trendy Deep Ellum. The beer selection, back patio, and friendly staff keep neighborhood locals loyal. One surprise about this place is that the “it” drink at Twilite is the frozen Irish coffee!
3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX
This cool bar does cocktails by the book! Located inside the acclaimed Warwick Melrose, this upscale bar spills over with jazz and glamour. Maxim called it the best bar in the greatest city on Earth. The Wall Street Journal called it one of the country’s top spots to sip. You’ll call it the best bar for seeking refuge from obnoxious, rowdy crowds. The Warwick Sidecar does its job as the bar’s signature drink using Remy VSOP, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, Cointreau, and PAMA pomegranate liqueur.