Dallas' Five Best Bars for Drinking Alone

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Oh, you sad sap. Why are you sitting on your sofa nursing a whiskey bottle in solitude? Has your significant other suggested you take some time to grow as a person? Have all of your friends booked a weekend trip in tandem and left you? Maybe if you got out a little bit more you'd actually have a few more friends to choose from.

Or maybe you're on business travel and you've found yourself flying solo in Dallas. There's no need to lie in bed with airplane bottles and vending-machine mixers, catching up on Netflix reruns so you can remain culturally relevant back at the office. Get out of your hotel room and do something. And by something, we mean drinking at one of the following bars, which are perfect when you find yourself drinking on your own.

Nova (pictured above)
Nova's bar is a mostly straight run with a turn at the end. The last handful of stools almost face each other. Have a seat here and you'll find yourself in a conversation with one of the regulars before you even get a beer, or sit out on the patio where smokers fill the air with eau du vintage barroom.

After you've put down a few, order a pizza before you call it a night. You'll have all your bases covered.

*****

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The Loon
The Loon is a loner's bar and a drinker's bar. You can strike up a conversation with a random, or squirrel yourself away in a corner next to a fire that will warm your bones. Either way, you're going to need a cab to get home. When these bartenders pour, they pour heavy. Don't make plans for too early tomorrow.

And don't forget about the crispy tacos when you get hungry. Look at those tacos.

*****

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Cosmo's
Cosmos is an East Dallas haunt with one of the best bars in Dallas. You don't see many horseshoe bars here, which is a shame because they facilitate discourse among strangers. No matter where you sit, you're looking at everyone else. And no matter who's working the bar, you'll have a drink in your hand. You'll never see the bottom of a glass at Cosmo's unless you're holding it upside down.

It's up to you to determine if that's a good thing or not.

*****

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Goodfriend
Goodfriend offers another horseshoe bar, and this one is massive. Factor in good burgers and one of the city's better beer lists and you have a place you can comfortably spend more time than you should. Goodfriend is one of those places that always seems filled with happy people having a good time. With any luck you'll catch on.

*****

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Zaza
Any hotel bar is a good place to drink when you're alone because, well, you know. And if that's your thing you might as well try it at Zaza. The quirky room and dim lighting set the tone, but it's up to you to close the deal.

But if you don't, just look at this burger. There are certainly much worse consolation prizes.


Location Info

Nova

1417 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Loon

3531 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Cosmo's Bar and Lounge

1212 Skillman St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

1154 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dragonfly Restaurant at Hotel Zaza

2332 Leonard St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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17 comments
The_Loner
The_Loner

Inwood Lounge, Time Out Tavern, Mi Cocina HP, Marquee, Adair's, Whole Foods, and Behind The Wheel.

tb00
tb00

Yay Jackson! Yay Brad!

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

You know when I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself.

SCamp
SCamp

Ship's is the best.

boodgieman
boodgieman

Okay, this is the first time I've ever heard the term "horseshoe bar."  "No matter where you sit, you're looking at everyone else."  Is that what it means?  Can someone explain?

180WestBrooks
180WestBrooks

So...that's what those places look like in the daylight.  

TheJeremyAdams
TheJeremyAdams

You forgot the FOE.  Not only does it have a granite horseshoe bar and CHEEP prices AND a heavy pour, but you won't be alone for long as someone will talk to you.  Just remember to sign the guest book on your way in.

MissT
MissT

I'm an Angry Dog, Louie's, or Trinity Hall solo drinker, myself.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

What question? My response was to max that he didn't know that the FOE is.

jamesh39
jamesh39

Why can't you just answer the question instead of being a smartace???

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