Five of Our Favorite Dallas Patios (Because It's Going to Be 70 Degrees Today)

Categories: Whimsy

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Sara Kerens
The Katy Trail Ice House: Patio heaven.
Editor's note: If you're thinking this item looks familiar, it is. I was talking with Rallo about how today's weather demanded an outdoor lunch, and like idiots we sat there for five minutes trying to think of good patios. Then we realized that we run a web site that exists solely to solve these quandaries. So I dug this up (it's from September) and republished. You could safely add two of Scott's recent reviews, Goodfriend and Stackhouse, to this list.

Seriously, go eat outside today. It's going to be 71 degrees, it's Friday and the NFL playoffs start this weekend. Life gets no better. -- Joe Tone

Original item: For this week's review, which is on newsstands and on the restaurant page now, I drank my way through an exploration of the Katy Trail Ice House, a bar and grill defined by its patio. Over my several visits, the weather was brutally hot, but as we polished the story, the summer released its hold on the thermometer and cooler weather rolled in.

I'm pretty smitten with the Ice House, but it can get packed on the weekends, and having a backup or two is never a bad thing when looking for places to drink outdoors.

So: Here are some Observer favorites. Chime in with some of your own, and, God willing, we'll see you on a patio, any patio, soon and for several weeks to come.

The Black Friar: The front porch of this house-turned-bar spills out onto a large deck made for drinking. Outdoor televisions keep you entertained if your date sucks, and gas heat lamps stand at the ready to extend your fall season. 2621 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204 | Uptown & Oak Lawn | 214-953-0599

The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Back Patio: The only thing that's missing is a perfect Dallas skyline, but two big fireplaces, a canopy of trees dotted with lanterns, and lots of space make for a polished evening session. 2821 Turtle Creek Dallas, TX 75219 | Uptown & Oak Lawn | 214-559-2100

Lee Harvey's: Just like Katy Trail, Lee Harvey's has a massive outdoor space supported by a smaller building. The scale-tipper here is live music, and there are also fire pits, because nothing goes better with booze than open flames.1807 Gould St. Dallas, TX 75215 | Oak Cliff & South Dallas | 214-428-1555

Barley House: You'll have to put up with those crazy kids from SMU, but the Barley House is owned by the same characters as Katy Trail. They also own Bryan Street Tavern. All of their locations sport solid bar food. 5612 SMU Blvd. Dallas, TX 75206 | East Dallas & Lakewood | 214-824-0306

Ozona: Vegetation and fencing that separate this multi-level patio from Greenville Avenue have won Ozona a few Best Of Dallas Best Patio awards. 4615 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75206 | East Dallas & Lakewood | 214-265-9105

Location Info

BlackFriar Pub

2621 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lee Harvey's

1807 Gould St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Barley House

5612 SMU Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Ozona Grill & Bar

4615 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I too will be enjoying some patio time this eve, with the wifey and children...dang near free beera..maybe a rum and diet coke when the evening chill comes back to roost. Might cook some steaks..watch the heatherns run wild.  Best part: Won't be surrounded by douchers, POW!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

The patio at Joe's Crabshack in excellent, you can have a drinky drink while the kids play; or you can sit on some Dallas patio with a bunch of 20 something verbally kicking each other in the nuts; tat's and piercings shining in the sun!  I'll take Joe's-sir(s)!

Jake's has a nice patio also.

Ralphy
Ralphy

Stop publishing this stuff; 

Why? Because the list is both completely wrong and absolutly correct.

The former being bad journalism and the later ruining a good thing !

Angie
Angie

Love the patio at Gloria's in the OC. Very comfortable and dog friendly.

McDoom
McDoom

Gingerman all the way. Best combo of beer selection/patio around.

Minot
Minot

the scale-tipper for me between Lee Harvey's and Katy Trail Ice House is that one if crawling with douche-nozzle's while the other one is pretty laid back.

Steve
Steve

Cardinal Puff's!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

All very good choices, The wife and I will be sitting on the Patio at The Grease Monkey in Arlington tonight.  Have heard very good things about this place

Ralphy
Ralphy

Friday night out with the wifey and kids on a patio............................

Stay the "F" away from my hangouts.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Last night, I sat out front, yeah I actually wanted to see my neighbors, and drank a few brew whilst grillin some steak and roasted corn.  Twas a wonderful early evening, the wife rolled in from work and asked wtf i was doing at home, and grillin on a weeknight bc usually Id be at the bar.  I said I couldnt pass up a wonderful warm winter evening to cook.

guess
guess

Some of these patios in Dallas should spray out a fine mist of "Massengill" to ensure their patrons feel "fresh and ever so clean"...

guess
guess

Dude, brah, you'd fit in just fine at one of Uptown's "best of the best" doucherino hangouts. All you need is some temporary tats, spray on tanning shite, and a clip-on earring(or two or three),and obligatory "Ed Hardy" tee....brah, it'll be like, whatever dude! p.s. maybe frost the tips of your hair just to even things out.....SEE YOU THERE

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Nice! I was thinking about that today, as well. If you see me, beer me. I look like the guy in that picture.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

You needn't worry bout me brah, my Ed Hardy is at the cleaners with my wranglers and your mom's moomoo.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I take it you didnt get that he was inferring to his own patio on his ranch?  Secondly, what would be wrong with him taking his family to the local Uncle Julios or on the border and sitting on the patio eating dinner. I certainly wouldnt want any kids on the patio of the bar i go to, but then again, if the place you are happy houring allows children to be there, maybe you should re-evaluate where you are happy houring

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I really enjoyed that; couldn't have said it better meself!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

you would know me as soon as you saw me, we used to drink in the same cirlces, i beleive maybe the sports dog

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

no, no punches holmes!  I dont get in fights.  Im very docile. I miss dollar beer and golden tee tuesdays up there. 

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Man, do you owe me a punch in the face or something? Now I'm worried.

I miss the Dog sometimes. 

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