Patio Drunk: Ten Of Dallas' Best Patios
Editor's note: we originally published this list last fall, just as summer's swelter faded into blissfully cool September weather, but this guide works just as well for the spring. Get ready for the weekend, Dallas. Oh, and the first cold one is on you.
Goodfriend's cedar pergola should be a nice place to spend weekends straight through fall spring.
Goodfriend (pictured above)
OK, so the view is not so good, but the cedar pergola and patio here is great. A great crowd of neighborhood locals doesn't hurt things either. Goodfriend serves one of the best burgers in Dallas and swimsuit season isn't here quite yet, so grab a beer with one hand and your burger bun with the other and kick off patio season right.
Katy Trail Ice House is a bar that's defined by its patio. It gets crowded during sporting and other events, but there's a lot of room to move around, and the list of Texas beers is one of the most comprehensive in Dallas.
The Foundry boasts the most impressive outdoor space in Dallas, hands down. The lighting, picnic tables and plantings all come together in a way that makes you feel like you're hanging out in a really cool friend's backyard. That stage is a looker, and the vibe here is great. No wonder the place got national attention for it's beer garden.
Stackhouse Burgers has great burgers, cheap beer and a skyline view. There's nothing else you need to know.
The Blackfriar: Remember that chicken sandwich I picked on? It happens to be served on one of McKinney Avenue's best patios. 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.