Sandbar Cantina and Grill in Deep Ellum is Almost Beach Ready

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The Sandbar Cantina and Grill at 317 Second Ave. in Deep Ellum will have a soft opening this weekend. They're hosting the College Beach Volley Regional Championships on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. and some league play on Sunday.

The guys behind Sandbar are a group of friends who have played beach volleyball at various levels. Currently they run the Champion Beach Volleyball Club, which was a program designed by former Olympic gold winner Phil Dalhausser and former pro Skyler Davis. The facility is a place to train and host tournaments, but they also decided to add a few amenities for lesser inclined athletes.

In addition to the courts, there's a bar, cantina, plenty of patio space, white Caribbean beach sand, some 20-foot palm trees and eventually a pool. Mike Morgan of Sandbar said, "We want to recreate a beach environment in Dallas. We've been calling it 'Beach Ellum.'"

The kitchen isn't cooking yet, but will be within two weeks. Sticking to the whole "finely tuned athlete" thing, they'll offer healthy fare in addition to some high-end cantina grub (the menu hasn't been released yet).

Sandbar will serve different purposes for different groups. At some point they hope to host, Crossfit 214 sand training classes. They'll also hold club volleyball practices and events, including local leagues.The bar and grill will serve food and drinks and the second story patio provides a great view of downtown.

Sandbar is jumping through hoops to work out all the amazing Mensa-esque details with city of Dallas' permit and code procedures. Once that's nice and tidy, they'll be beach ready. But, beginning Saturday, the bar is open and the games are on.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.