Dallas' Six Best Bars for Day Drinking

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Catherine Downes
These guys were made 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?

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.

*****

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English breakfast at Ten Bells Tavern
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.

*****

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The Loon
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.

See also: The Loon Is Moving to Make Room for CVS, But Not Before a Proper Goodbye

*****


Location Info

Truck Yard

5624 Sears St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Loon

3531 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Ginger Man

2718 Boll St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Club Schmitz - CLOSED

9661 Denton Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Music


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20 comments
tlewis186
tlewis186

Sadly, Club Schmitz is no mas. The actually raised this great landmark to enlarge a  gas station. I hope it burns to the ground. 

thatguykyle
thatguykyle

Good list...accurate. I would add Elbow Room to that for the patio, the day staff, and the food. Many a Sunday-Monday-Thursday-Funday has been spent there during business hours.

MikeDunlap
MikeDunlap

"There's not a lot going on in this part of town."

Cedars residents thank you for perpetuating this. Thankfully keeps certain types up town.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

No mention of The Goat which opens at 7am daily?

boborr
boborr

I think the best bar for gay drinking is JR's. 

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

Should have called this "Drinking for Heterosexuals" - not a single gay bar in the list.

Greg820
Greg820

Ah, Day Drinking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I was going somewhere with that thought.

J_A_
J_A_

I miss day drinking at the Ginger Man when I use to work downtown. Always meant I was leaving early.

wilme2
wilme2

The Dallasite should definitely be on the list.  Opens at 10am daily.

wheelguy
wheelguy

As a longtime professional Dallas day drinker, I must disagree with some of your choices. First and foremost on the list should be Milo Butterfingers, followed closely by The Nodding Donkey Uptown. The Goat has to be on everyone's list , Primos, RIP, was always a contender, and if you want to go upscale, MiCocina in HP village

NewsDog
NewsDog

What about Ship's lounge... the East Dallas version of Schmitz.

But the all time best day drinking bar emeritus in Dallas was Mitche’s. They opened at 6:00 AM. I used to live a block and a half up on McMillan. Used to get up early, walk over to Melios Brothers for breakfast, go back home and mow the yard and I could be at Mitche’s having a beer by 10:30.

But the assholes that own the building that now holds The Slip Inn, screwed them over in a rent deal .

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

The way you guys promote "Truck Yard" in every issue, I would guess that the bar has a "free Drinks" for DO employees forever.

MargaretHuntHill
MargaretHuntHill

Solid list.  I'd actually add R+D in case you need to day drink in a suit.

boborr
boborr

@Greg820  


you like men...........................................................................................................................................right?

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

@NewsDog  Yes, by all means...Ship's and Club Schmitz.  They're 2 of my favorite pit stops when I'm in need of some quiet reflection.

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

@juanmayeaux DO is far from the only one giving them a lot of good press.


But if you are going to check out the Truck Yard during a weekday really is the best bet.  On a Saturday afternoon they have a line out the door at about 4:00 pm, which is just insane.

Greg820
Greg820

Not as much as I enjoy women.

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