Dallas' Five Best Bars for Morning Drinking

Categories: Drinking

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Ships isn't quite the same without the old NCR. The register now sits impotent near the bathroom.
Most of us drinkers stick to a fairly predictable schedule. During the week we drink when we get off work until the sun gets heavy in the sky, and then depending on how we feel we cap it off with one more at home. When Friday comes we're more liberal: We could care less about our interstellar orientation and we just drink until the bartender tells us to go home.

Not everyone works a steady 9 to 5, though. The shift workers and the artists who roll out of bed at 2:30 in the afternoon follow a different rhythm. Sadly, if you got off of work at 8 a.m., your desire to cap your shift off with a cold one is no less than your more standard circadian counterpart. Your options, on the other hand, are considerably restricted.

Here's where to drink if you work while the rest of us sleep, or if, one day, you just want to get an early start.

Ships (pictured above)

Ships is an institution. From the tales of murder in the apartment above to rumors that you're not allowed to swear, this dive bar continues to pull in drinkers if only for its folklore. It doesn't hurt that the beer is pretty cheap, but that will hardly get you ahead with a list like this.

Ships opens at 10 a.m. every day but Sunday, when it opens at noon.

*****

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The Hidden Door
It's hidden in a few ways. First you have to find the building, just off of Mahanna Street, and then you have to find the door to get it. Order one drink and you're a member of the club for as long as the bartenders can remember your face. On one visit I watched an entire Madonna concert on DVD. You're not going to be bored here.

You can start drinking at 7 a.m. every day but Sunday, when the doors open at noon.

*****


Location Info

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The Dallasite

4822 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Goat

7248 Gaston Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Starlight Lounge

4319 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Hidden Door

5025 Bowser Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Ships Lounge

1613 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


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27 comments
j_angel180
j_angel180

I've hit two of the five places. The Hidden Door and Starlight lounge. Great places.

G_David
G_David

I'm not sure I'm proud of this, but I've had a drink before noon at every one of these bars except Hidden Door.  But since it's right on my way to work every morning...

KBDallas
KBDallas

Kay's Bar & Grill on 35 between Mockingbird & Empire Central opens pretty early and serves alcohol before 9am, I've observed....

Jamal4
Jamal4

This list would have come in handy during my, ahem, all-nighter days.

dc005
dc005

The Hidden Door is open for business every legal hour,  lets the bartenders pour the drinks,  not some metered system.  It's a neighborhood bar,  no food,  nothing fru-fru, prices way under what other bars in the area charge.  Huge covered back patio if you need to smoke.  A security blanket for me,  I'm not there most mornings,  but it's nice to have it as a resource if needed!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

If you've never been to The Goat at 7 am on a weekday I highly recommend it. It's a fun time.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

It's sad that I recognized that it was the cash register in Ship's before I read the photo caption.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Didn't they do this same thing just a couple weeks ago??

Greg820
Greg820

White Rock Sports Bar at Buckner & Northcliff.  Best hangover potatoes in Dallas, along with the best hangover remedy--another drink.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@dc005  


Boy, the Hidden Door is greatness! Had many a cocktail in said establishment. 

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

@P1Gunter  

The Goat is NOT a gay bar !


Not that there is anything wrong if it were !

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @dc005  Not that it matters to me, but for those who didn't know, it is a gay bar. I guess the Madonna concert DVD was a veiled hint, but not everyone would pick up on that.

Daniel
Daniel

@CitizenKane  It may not be a gay bar, but it indirectly owes its existence to the institution of gay marriage -- which led inexorably to millions of American men demanding to marry their goats. Now there's even a book, My Pet Goat, which teaches impressionable schoolchildren that this "lifestyle" is "normal" and "cool," instead of what it is: an abomination before the eyes of the Lord. Well, why doesn't he look away, then? you ask. Because he CAN'T look away.He's the frickin' Lord. 

That said, if you walk into that particular bar and the shaved, greased goat dancing in in bikini briefs in dry-ice smoke under a strobe light doesn't tip you off, you may be a moron.

Greg820
Greg820

@guest @Greg820  Correct. They do open at 8am Sat & Sun which is usually when I need their services.

Greg820
Greg820

@CogitoErgoSum  FYI, I did not see anything in your original post that I construed as offensive.  Text is a difficult medium to discern sometimes.  As Daniel said (sounds like I'm quoting from the Bible, not that there's anything wrong with that ;-) if you are an actual bigot it will come out pretty quick.

Daniel
Daniel

@CogitoErgoSum @dc005  For Christ's sake, you shouldn't have to trot out your credentials to atone for the cardinal sin of pointing out that the Hidden Door is a gay bar. I too am an "ally," but in recent years the PC surrounding all things gay has run amok. Human sexuality in general is a wellspring of humor and there's no reason to treat any of it with any special reverence. If you're an actual bigot, it will show pretty quickly.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @CogitoErgoSum @dc005  I knew it. I knew I'd be jumped on for saying peep. Just trying to help. Not everyone would feel comfortable in a gay bar. Not that it matters, but my sis is gay and I've visited many a gay bar. My officiant at my wedding was my very good friend, who happens to be gay. I'm also 100% for same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws. Keep insinuating I'm a bigot all you want, but I think it's fine for some people to be uncomfortable in a public place where dudes are strutting around bare-chested. It's hard to deny that the level of testosterone-fueled overt sexuality is often much higher in a place where the object of pursuit theoretically has just as much testosterone as the pursuer.

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