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.
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.
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.
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.
Blind Butcher Would you look at this dish? This is exactly what you need right before swimsuit season arrives. The Blind Butcher may be a meat bomb, but it's got a great patio that's perfect for kicking back and sipping on a full liter of beer at a time. That's right. The mugs are big here.
The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Back Patio With its two fireplaces glowing under trees filled with lanterns, this is a great place to have a cocktail or a glass of wine when you want to feel a little fancy. Consider it the perfect way to end a date that's going well.
Lee Harvey's Just like Katy Trail, Lee Harvey's has a massive outdoor space supported by a smaller building. The scale-tipper here is live music, and there are also fire pits, because nothing goes better with booze than open flames.
The Rustic For whatever reason, most of Dallas doesn't exactly feel like Texas, unless you're drinking at The Rustic. There's usually a country act on stage, and cowboys from far away have been known to come all this way just to court Uptown girls. Not feeling social? Grab a beer and order the quail if you can find a seat. You'll still be happy you came here.
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Bryan Street Tavern Look who's stepped into the scene with a new covered patio for your outdoor sports watching? Bryan Street Tavern just completed a serious upgrade to their patio, and if you like the place and haven't been in a while, you should pay them a visit soon.
Ten Bells Tavern Killer chicken wings and a solid beer selection may be all you need, but the kitchen here is actually quite capable of turning out some exemplary bar food. The patio out back is small, but comfortable and neighborhood locals have made a second living room of it. Don't worry, they saved room on the couch for you, too.
The Lot If you've got little guys and you need to get out of the house, you can get drunk in front of your kids at The Lot. Don't feel badly -- everyone else is, too. There's a massive fenced in play area, so you don't have to worry about your kids running off, and there's enough beer and cocktails to make sure you have a good time. Uber doesn't have a problem with car seats, right?