10 Restaurants and Bars to Buy Your First Drink after Getting Moved In

Congratulations on your new move! That was no easy feat! First, you were lucky enough to snag one of the many beautiful apartments in Dallas. Then, you handled the move like a rock star. Perhaps you’ve even finished unpacking and are already getting settled into your new digs. Next on the agenda? Going out to celebrate, of course! Depending on which Dallas neighborhood you’ve relocated to, here are the top 10 places to grab that first celebratory drink.

West Village – Public School 214

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West Village – Public School 214

Centrally located on right off of McKinney Avenue, this trendy restaurant is the perfect place to unwind and start getting to know the locals. Pick from a menu of creative choices, with dishes ranging from traditional fish and chips to BBQ bison burgers. And, of course, wash it all down with something from their wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails.

Uptown – State & Allen Kitchen Bar

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Uptown – State & Allen Kitchen Bar

Perhaps no bar and eatery epitomizes Uptown Dallas better than State & Allen Kitchen Bar. Whether you’re just looking to grab a quick cocktail or would rather stay and savor the impeccably prepared food, this is the place to do so. Relax on the patio with some friends – old and new – and enjoy the beauty and personality that the Uptown area brings to the table.

Victory Park – Medina Oven & Bar

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Victory Park – Medina Oven & Bar

Located inside Victory Park, in the heart of Dallas, this establishment offers unique décor, spectacular views and an ambiance all its own. Enjoy a break from the norm and get in touch with your cultural side with their impressive selection of traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes. It’s the perfect place to eat, drink and socialize when you’re in the mood for a more laid back, intimate experience.

Downtown – The Woolworth

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Downtown – The Woolworth

The Woolworth’s low key atmosphere provides the ideal contrast to Downtown Dallas’ bustling vibe. Their creative menu incorporates a fusion of world cuisines and transforms them into delectable offerings. Pair them with handcrafted drinks and imaginative cocktails to complete your experience. The restaurant’s website says they cater to the dreamer, grinder, lover, dancer and doer. If you’re any of these, this is the place for you!

Oak Lawn – Winslow’s

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Oak Lawn – Winslow’s

Ideally located within walking distance of most Dallas apartments, Winslow’s was named after the owner’s beloved rescue dog. We can only assume that the restaurant’s namesake was friendly and unassuming, as that’s exactly how one could describe this eatery. The menu, like the space, is small and cozy, but the food is always fresh and delicious. There’s also a full bar and a pretty impressive wine menu from which to choose.

Knox-Henderson – Vickery Park

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Knox-Henderson – Vickery Park

If you’re looking for a place in the Knox-Henderson area of Dallas where the menu is tasty yet affordable, Vickery Park is it. In fact, this watering hole has become somewhat legendary for its amazing happy hour specials on both food and drinks. Nestled amongst the boutique shops and chef-driven eateries, this restaurant is refreshingly unpretentious, offering a warm, inviting atmosphere where guests can feel right at home.

Turtle Creek – The Mansion Restaurant

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Turtle Creek – The Mansion Restaurant

For a unique and memorable dining (or drinking) experience, The Mansion Restaurant has been the popular choice in the area for nearly 40 years. Don’t let the name fool you. With an inviting menu of approachable options, affectionately referred to as “haute cuisine, Texas style,” guests can enjoy contemporary dishes with distinct regional influences. And while it is considered “upscale,” you don’t have to don a jacket and tie or put on your best high heels to dine here. We’ll drink to that!

Design District – Meddlesome Moth

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Design District – Meddlesome Moth

With a spectacularly eclectic décor, it’s no surprise that the Meddlesome Moth is the place to be in the Dallas Design District. The food here is expertly crafted using ingredients sourced from a number of local providers, making it as fresh as it is tasty. Perhaps equally as impressive as their menu, however, is their plethora of drink options. Their full bar happens to include one of the city’s best beer menus, featuring 40 draught beers, two live ales and more than 85 bottles.

Highland Park – Toulouse Café & Bar

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Highland Park – Toulouse Café & Bar

True to its namesake, this hidden gem is reminiscent of a charming Parisian café, where you’re likely to bump into friends and find yourself chatting with other patrons at neighboring tables. Toulouse’ menu features imaginative, seasonal items and mouth-watering specialties a la Française, not to mention the decadent made-from-scratch desserts and extensive wine list. It’s sure to become one of the places you’ll want to frequent.

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Medical District – Asador

The word Asador refers to the technique of cooking meats over an open flame. This prehistoric method of cooking captures the simplicity of freshness and localism, as evidenced in the restaurant’s ever-changing menu of dishes that combine traditional flavors, fresh ingredients and all naturally raised meats, poultry and seafood. Even their cocktails are handcrafted using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. It’s truly an experience your taste buds won’t soon forget!

As one of the newest members to the Dallas apartment scene, getting out socially can be intimidating. Knowing what local haunts are the best places to grab a bite, sip a drink and meet some new friends can make the transition a little bit easier. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start celebrating! You deserve it. Cheers!

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