11 Dallas Bars Where Adults Eat Free, So Long As You're Drinking

At these spots, the best way to save money on food is by drinking booze. God bless America.
At these spots, the best way to save money on food is by drinking booze. God bless America.
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Why do kids have all the fun with the “kids eat free” nonsense? We adults want in on this. After all, we’re the ones who pay the damn bill. We may live in the land of free chips and salsa, but they won't soak up all that booze unless queso gets involved.

Luckily, a handful of Dallas establishments are subscribing to a more extreme version of the Jon Taffer method — he claims that customers will stay at a bar an average of 52 minutes longer if there's food — by offering free food to drinking patrons. We're guessing patrons will stay even longer if the food's free.  

Dive bars Inwood Tavern and J. Gilligan's in Arlington have been offering (questionable at best) serve-yourself popcorn for many years to give patrons a thirst for just one more beer, but what if we want a little more than mediocre popcorn that 18 other people touched? These 11 Dallas spots are offering boozing patrons the chance to spend on the part of the experience that matters: the alcohol.

Free sushi? When does that ever happen?
Free sushi? When does that ever happen?
Courtesy of the Dallas Fish Market

Dallas Fish Market
1501 Main St. (Downtown)
What you can eat
: A complimentary sushi roll with purchase of an alcoholic drink.
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday
The Downtown sushi spot will go tit for tat with a sushi roll to complement your drink. Just know that you’ll need another sake martini and roll in an hour.

This place has a guacamologist, so you know the free guac is worth it.EXPAND
This place has a guacamologist, so you know the free guac is worth it.
Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton

Rattlesnake Bar at the Ritz Carlton
2121 McKinney Ave. (Uptown)
What you can eat: Guacamole bites and mini-margaritas
When: Nightly starting at 6 p.m.
This see-and-be-seen scene offers up Fearing’s favorites, Chef Dean’s mini margaritas and bites of their guacamologist’s famous guacamole, nightly in the lobby. Bonus: Get a peek at their Tequila Vault featuring unique tequilas (including a bottle that’s one of only 100 bottles in the world) while enjoying your bites.

Just try walking away from this popcorn after only a few bites. Just try.EXPAND
Just try walking away from this popcorn after only a few bites. Just try.
Susie Oszustowicz

Ocean Prime
2101 Cedar Springs Road (Uptown)
What you can eat: Free truffle popcorn, bar only or upon request.
When: Daily
There’s heroin, there’s caffeine, there’s tobacco and then there’s this popcorn. When it’s called addictive, it’s not even close to an exaggeration. The sumptuously decadent truffle popcorn is worth the slight stomach ache that eating four bowls may send you away with.

Bottles on bottles at World Beer Co.
Bottles on bottles at World Beer Co.
Courtesy of World Beer Co.'s Facebook page

World Beer Co. (AKA The Bottle Shop)
2116 Greenville Ave. (Lower Greenville)
What you can eat: Free pizza
When: Mondays starting around 7 p.m.
This bottle shop lets you sip beer while you browse and, every Monday, offers up free pizza to sweeten the deal. Don't fill that growler on an empty stomach.

There are no sweeter two words than "free chicharrones."EXPAND
There are no sweeter two words than "free chicharrones."
Christina Alty

Stampede 66
1717 McKinney Ave. (Downtown)
What you can eat: Free pork chicharrones (bar only)
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The downtown Stephan Pyles hotspot offers a free treat that pairs nicely with their inexpensive happy hour tacos and does a lovely job of soaking up the infused, roasted and flash-frozen cocktails they serve behind the bar. 

 

Hit up the nacho car at Chuy's to fill up on all the queso you want.EXPAND
Hit up the nacho car at Chuy's to fill up on all the queso you want.
Susie Oszustowicz

Chuy's
Multiple locations
What you can eat: Free fully-loaded nacho car
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The off-the-wall-Austin transplant offers drinkers chips and salsa out of the trunk of a chopped-up car and quadruples down with queso, beans, ground sirloin and shredded pork.

Hit up Mattito's during happy hour and there are free snacks in it for you.
Hit up Mattito's during happy hour and there are free snacks in it for you.
Courtesy of Mattito's Facebook page

Mattito's
Multiple locations
What you can eat: Free appetizer buffet with alcohol purchase
When: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
If you’re into buffets and booze, this is your scene. If you purchase an alcoholic drink during happy hour, help yourself to the assorted traditional Tex-Mex goodies they offer until 6 p.m.

Three words: Free taco bar.EXPAND
Three words: Free taco bar.
Courtesy of Chris Rochelle

Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern
Mucky Duck, 5064 Addison Cir., Addison
Saintsbury Tavern, 6800 Windhaven Pkwy., The Colony

What you can eat: A free taco bar with drink purchase
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays
Forget Taco Tuesday, these pubs go all-in on Thursdays. This make-your-own taco bar is nothing to sneeze at. You can even take your fur baby along to Saintsbury — no tacos for Toto, though.

The sweet potato chips are a big draw on Blue Mesa's free quesadilla bar.
The sweet potato chips are a big draw on Blue Mesa's free quesadilla bar.
Courtesy of Blue Mesa's Facebook page

Blue Mesa
Multiple locations
What you can eat: Free quesadillas
When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Sidle up to the stone bar during happy hour, order up a cheap blue margarita and get free quesadillas. That was easy. Make sure to load on up on their delicious tortilla and sweet potato chips.

This looks too good to be free.EXPAND
This looks too good to be free.
Kevin Marple

Bread Winners
Multiple locations
What you can eat: Free dessert with entree purchase
When: Sundays
This Dallas mainstay offers a little booze-induced way to keep away the Sunday scaries and even offers diners a treat to end their visit. Choose any item from the dessert menu or bakery counter to enjoy with a White Russian after dinner.

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