Dallas' Six Best Bars for Day Drinking
The list of excuses is endless: your boss is a jerk and you need some personal space to avoid going all Office Space on him: You've billed too many hours for the quarter and you can't work any more, anyway; it's greater than 72 degrees during a month that normally features ice and snow; your dog died; your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend finally changed the Netflix password and now you've got to pay to stream House of Cards; your hard drive failed and you know for certain you'll never recreate that beautiful paragraph that would have finally gotten you that book deal; you started your taxes and the preliminary results are no good; you got fired; you stubbed your toe; it's your birthday; it's your friend's birthday; oh screw it you just feel like it, OK?
Catherine Downes These guys were made for day drinking.
Day drinking is one of those activities that's just as good at dulling the blow of bad news as it is for heightening the celebration of just about anything you want to attach a few beers to. It's also a great way to erase a day, but only if you booze it up at a place that was made for drinking in the afternoon. These bars won't fail you.
Truck Yard (pictured above)
This place is the king of all-day drinking in Dallas. It doesn't get any better. There's outdoor seating when the weather is nice, and when it's not you can hunker down indoors. Within a beer bottle's throw there are always a few food trucks, and the best cheesesteak around is waiting for you as soon you get drunk enough to be reminded that cheesesteaks are a good idea, which is not that drunk at all.
Ten Bells Tavern
English breakfast at Ten Bells Tavern
This Oak Cliff bar has become a staple since opening in 2012 in part because their kitchen turns out some great bar food, winning a Best of Dallas award in 2013. Don't miss the wings, or the fish and chips.
The bar is small, but that's OK. When the weather is nice enough (and even when it's not) you'll find people out back with glasses of beer in their hands, sitting at the picnic tables.
Have you tried to get into The Loon on the weekend after 9 p.m.? It's awful. There's this strange thing called a line that runs the length of the bar outside and you have to stand in it before you get a drink. There should never be lines at casual bars, ever. Lucky for you they open at 11 a.m. most days and the place is nearly empty: day drunk.