You work your ass off all day. You deserve to kick back and enjoy a nice, refreshing cocktail once quitting time rolls around. Thankfully, there are tons of great bars and restaurants in and around the Uptown, Dallas area – many of them conveniently located within walking distance. Whether you’re planning on commiserating with your favorite co-workers, you’re meeting up with friends after a long, hard day, or you’re stopping in for a quick drink on your own, here are a few of our favorite local watering holes.
If you’re looking for a great place to hang with great happy hour drink specials, you’ll want to swing by Parliament. The somewhat inconspicuous locale provides for a laid back, comfortable atmosphere and the impressive list of drink options prepared by expert bartenders makes it well-worth the visit. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday 5-8pm or any day that it’s raining.
Have a more distinguished drink palette? Sit back and let the mixologists at Bowen House whip up some craft cocktails for you and your crew. The only thing cooler than the drinks here is the chill vibe. Hungry? They’ve got you covered. We recommend the steak tar tar for an appetizer and the vegetarian-friendly zucchini pasta. Happy hour is from 4-7 with a variety of drink and snack options.
When it comes to hidden gems, the Atwater Alley is where it’s at. Don’t try to find a fancy sign. Just head down the alley behind Henry’s Majestic and look for the door with double A’s on it (one right side up, one upside down). Despite the modern drink options and creative bar staff, you’ll feel like you just stumbled back in time into a 1920’s speakeasy. Trust us – this one’s an experience you have to try.
This place bills itself as a “neighborhood bar,” but in our opinion, the atmosphere is more like visiting friends than sitting at a bar – especially with their plush leather couches and antique upholstered high back chairs. It’s a truly unique place to throw a few back, shoot some pool and enjoy some delicious and surprisingly affordable drink and food specials.
We’d be remiss if we failed to include Upside West Village in our list of “best cocktail bars in Uptown.” While their menu and drink specials may be on the pricy side, it’s the magnificent views from their rooftop location that make this hot spot one worth visiting. Heaters and a fire pit will keep you warm on chilly nights and the covered canopy allows for great views of the Dallas skyline regardless of weather.
If you live or work in the Uptown area of Dallas, you owe it to yourself to give these five awesome places a try. Perfect for that after-work cocktail, meeting up with friends, a late-night date night or even hitting the town solo. Cheers!