Dallas' 11 Best Patios for Drinking

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Catherine Downes
I don't want to jinx it, but if this cool spring weather pattern keeps up, we're going to have a lot of time to sip our beverage of choice out on the patio. We're almost halfway through April and it's still hoody weather after the sun goes down. Maybe that means May will bring some warm but not too hot afternoons, in which case we're sure your boss won't mind if you slip out a little early and indulge a drink or seven.

When you do, the following list will suit you, no matter your drinking mood.

Truck Yard (Pictured above)
The Truck Yard was packed the second it opened, and it's been a bit of a circus ever since, at least when the weather is nice. There are two bars (one indoors, one outdoors in a gutted airstream trailer) and a cocktail station hidden in a tree fort.

Not that you needed anything else, but if you get hungry you can eat a cheesesteak -- the ones served here are as good as it gets in Dallas. Alternatively there's usually no fewer than three food trucks parked in the backyard, and they rotate every day.

*****

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Goodfriend's cedar pergola should be a nice place to spend weekends straight through fall spring.
Goodfriend
Beer nerds pay attention. Goodfriend has one of the best patios for dorking out on suds. If a local brewery is going to release a special issue beer, there's a solid chance it's on tap here, often before the other bars even take delivery of their kegs.

Mix in the strong neighborhood following and the massive roll-up doors that bring the patio weather inside, and you've got one of the better places in Dallas for drinking, whether the heat of summer has arrived or not.

*****

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Katy Trail Ice House
Katy Trail Ice House is sometimes so big it's overwhelming, but if you're an Uptowner at heart, this is where you'll want to spend every outdoor Rangers-watching session you can fit in till they win the pennant this fall. The coolers keep a nearly all Texas line-up of beers icy cold, and on weekends they bring out the smoker.

*****

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Catherine Downes
The Foundry
This Oak Cliff bar boasts the most impressive outdoor space in Dallas, hands down. The lighting, picnic tables and plantings all come together in a way that makes you feel like you're hanging out in a really cool friend's backyard. That stage is a looker, and the vibe here is great. No wonder the place got national attention for its beer garden.


Location Info

The Lot

7530 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Bryan Street Tavern

4315 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Rustic

3656 Howell St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lee Harvey's

1807 Gould St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Blind Butcher

1919 Greenville Avenue, Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Foundry

2303 Pittman St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Katy Trail Ice House

3127 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

1154 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

Did he even go to a gay bar, or should this be renamed "Best Heterosexual Hipster Patios in Dallas"

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Truck yard was great when it opened. Now its full of douches from Uptown and people that bring their kids. Lee Harvey's for the win off that list.

JonBerman
JonBerman

So many patio articles...#overkill

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

ya got my favorites on there! did some of this yesterday.

benwellsstreet
benwellsstreet

Discriminating against heterosexuals... You should be ashamed.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@AdamsonScott  I've included a gay bar on another list, and while this particular list leans hetero,  The Lot, The Mansion, Katy Trail and the Rustic are anything but hipster hangouts.

tamialwalker
tamialwalker

@scott.reitz @AdamsonScott Good Job Scott. Ignore the criticism. No matter what you do, or how good you do it, there will always be those complaining. Next time make sure you include all places for every race, gender, those that allow dogs, children dates and times they are open, what the weather is likely to be, etc... bend over to cater to every single person, gender, color and sexual preference, on the planet... guess what, someone will always find something to be critical about.

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

@scott.reitz @AdamsonScottAh, so once you listed a gay bar so that fills your quota?  Jeez.  It's amazing for an alt-paper how non-existent the gay community is in the Observer.

G_David
G_David

@AdamsonScott @scott.reitz  So you're saying there should be a quota of just how many gay bars per bar-themed blog post?  Jeez, get over yourself.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@AdamsonScott @scott.reitz always notice most comments that describe a place like Ice House as 'hipster' or 'douchey' they most likely NEVER been there. the place is not exclusive to any race or religion.

when it's crowded, just say 'hey can we share this picnic table' yeah my bud light is a little pricey in this neighborhood but hey this ain't Garland. I've been there. EVERYBODY is welcome.

looking forward to list of best Hindu patios.



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