Dallas' Seven Best Restaurant Bars for Eating by Yourself

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Love is in the air at Joyce and Gigi's. I'm sure of it.
Another Valentine's Day is upon us. And if you're one of those people who forgot to book a table for your loved one, I have no sympathy for you. Perhaps you can snag a table at Red Lobster, or pick up one of those heart-shaped steaks at Whole Foods.

This post is for the people for whom I do have sympathy: the single people who are about to endure what is potentially the most depressing holiday there is. Don't spend a night on the couch with tepid sack of Taco Bell as your only companion. Instead, dust your shoulders off and take yourself out on a date. When you're out without your friends, you're more likely to interact with the new people who surround you. Who knows who you'll meet?

Here are seven of my favorite restaurant bars in Dallas. I've chosen each because I've enjoyed a meal on my own there and never felt alone.

Joyce and Gigi's (pictured above)
The bartenders have changed at Joyce and Gigi's since the restaurant opened last year, but the energy has not. This East Dallas restaurant has a Latin vibe, an electric, sexy feel that I haven't seen elsewhere in Dallas. If you don't agree with me when you get there, just have another Caipirinha. You'll be there soon.

*****

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Local
Solo dining at Local works best on a weekend when a bartender is tethered to a bar. Order multiple courses and take a culinary journey or just tackle a burger instead. There's something for every lonesome diner here.

*****

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The bar at Gemma is a real looker.
Gemma
I think this is my best pick of the bunch, mostly because the restaurant is still new and buzzy. There will no doubt be lots of diners sitting at the bar when you walk in, but do your best to grab that corner barstool. You'll be able to make eyes with people all the way down the marble.

*****


Location Info

Venue

Map

Local

2936 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Gemma

2323 Henderson Avenue, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bolsa

614 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

FT33

1617 Hi Line Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Loon

3531 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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4 comments
AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

What kind of moron goes out alone on Valentine's Day?  That's just asking to have hundreds of happy couples gushing ooey-gooey happylove all around you while you sit there reading the menu over and over because you have nothing else to do.

kduble
kduble

@AdamsonScott Hundreds of happy couples gushing ooey-gooey happylove all around? And you've been married how long? How many of them are checking their text messages?

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@AdamsonScott  It's the ooey-gooey folk that don't know what they're missing while they're too busy buying last minute cards at Hallmark. Dinner sitting at the bar with quiet thoughts, and nobody asking to split your dessert.

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