Best Of Dallas

The 14 Best Dallas Patios for Drinking

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

Patio Bonus: Chicken and biscuits available at Chicken Scratch next door.

*****

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.

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Brain Dead Brewing Meddlesome Moth, Flying Saucer, Lark on the Park: Have you ever noticed that these restaurants all have seriously impressive beer lists? That's likely because they're owned by Shannon Wynne, a certified cicerone and a lover of suds. With Braindead Brewing, by Shannon's son Sam, the Wynne family takes its affection to the next level by brewing their own beer and serving it on a sizable patio. Massive rolling doors effectively remove one wall of the building so no matter where you're sitting, you're outside.

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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.

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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.

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