Communion Cooperative

One of DFW's most innovative coffee shops isn't in Dallas proper — it's in Richardson. This former auto garage is now Communion Cooperative, a coffee shop, cafe, cocktail bar, event space and co-working hub, and this place has great energy. During the hot summer months, don't miss the cold-brew coffee slushie or the lightly caffeinated take on the Arnold Palmer, the Cascara Palmer.

Las Almas Rotas' take on a gin and tonic is made with agave gin.
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Tacos have been a staple here, though the menu has more recently expanded.

The Dallas cocktail scene is finally growing up, which means we've got a few bars that specialize in everything from specific spirits to unconventional bar tools like roto-vaporizers. Our favorite specialty bar by far is Las Almas Rotas, the Expo Park mezcaleria that bills itself as "a shrine to the spirits of Mexico." Learn about independent mezcal and sotol producers when distillers come in for demos, catch barbecue pop-ups out front or just dive into a massive menu of mezcals that you can sip straight in flights to help compare flavors. If you know nothing about this Mexican spirit, don't feel put out: You're Las Almas Rotas' favorite type of customer.

This Dallas roastery, an arm of Houndstooth Coffee, is serious about sourcing and sustainability. We love their Foxtrot, a citrusy, chocolatey blend made with beans from Guatemala and Nicaragua. Tweed develops great relationships with its growers, which makes us feel good about snagging a pound of this coffee during morning coffee runs to Houndstooth.

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Anvil Pub

In true Texas fashion, we subscribe to the idea that bigger is better — and Anvil goes big. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during Anvil's F**k Brunch, you can eat a brunch's worth of garnish off this Bloody Mary for a cool $20. Imagine 32 ounces of beverage topped with a bacon cheeseburger slider, pepperoni, shrimp, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, sausage and whatever else they can find in the kitchen. Just make sure to leave room for the baby beer that comes on the side and get there early, because they do sell out.

Jose's patio is the perfect spot to sip their margarita.

Looking for killer, authentic margaritas? West Lovers Lane Guadalajaran restaurant José offers some of the best you'll find in the city. There are only three margaritas on their core list: traditional, skinny and frozen. With fresh ingredients and skilled preparation, they turn out authentic, well-made margaritas.

Shoals' cosmo.
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Shoals' Omar Yeefoon

This Deep Ellum industry darling hits all the sweet spots: perfectly executed classic cocktails, crave-worthy bar food like that obscene bologna sandwich and a cool, understated vibe with vinyl playing over the speakers. Visit at the right time, and you might catch some live jazz to enjoy with a perfect Bloody Mary.

Meddlesome Moth is an altar to great beer.

"If you've seen it in a commercial, we don't serve it." The Meddlesome Moth touts this on their website, and with a glance at their beer menu, you know it's true. Meddlesome Moth prides itself on their expansive, creative beer options. They offer a rotating beer selection, featuring 40 beers on tap with an additional 85 bottled beers on the menu. You'll find some local favorites, but the majority of the on-tap menu is dominated by seasonal and rare selections from small breweries around the United States and abroad.

Lee Harvey's

It's one of those mornings: You stayed out too late the night before, your head aches, and all you want is a big meal to quell an uneasy stomach — and maybe some hair of the dog too. Make a beeline to Lee Harvey's, where the food isn't fancy, but it is damn good. The burgers are some of the best in Dallas, hungover or not. Jalapeño grilled cheese, wings, quesadillas and tacos are other hangover-busting options. If sitting outside in the light of day is too much, hunker down in the dimly lit bar in one of the ancient booths.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company usually keeps things pretty straightforward (they're known for their Dallas Blonde in particular), but we've fallen in love with Play Date, a super-drinkable 5.4 ABV American sour made with the subtle flavor of medjool dates. This sun-kissed sour isn't over-the-top tart and is a perfect summer sipper.

Pegasus City's amber beer, Cannoneer, with a cameo appearance on the left by Black Magnolia.

This relative newcomer to the Dallas beer scene is already making an impression on beer drinkers with its straightforward, uncomplicated lagers, ambers and porters. You won't find any IPAs or sours, but we can almost guarantee you'll still fall in love with these Design District brews. This summer, we filled our fridge with the Woofus, a hybrid kölsch, steam beer and cream ale.

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