Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 bars for a not-so-dry February

In January, some people who usually enjoy a drink or two take the month to abstain from alcohol. It’s a way to do a post-holiday reset, to start the year “clean” – and taking a day or two off surely isn’t such a bad thing. (Or so we heard.)

No such tradition exists for February, whose various romantic celebrations and other holidays often call for cocktails, champagne, or both.

Here are 5 places for those who are back from the wagon:

The loot
A New Orleans-inspired bar attached to the Deep Ellum Hostel, with a unique/hidden entrance in the lobby, serves cocktails and world street food, but it was the entertainment and various events that saw Booty break out of his mind. shell. There’s a weekly “burlesque bingo” every Thursday and extravagant brunches every Sunday. The hostel setting, with guests from all over, gives it all a worldly feel – it’s laid back, fun. and not quite like anything else in Deep Ellum, or Dallas, for that matter.

Chet’s Dallas
Jay Khan’s (RJ’s Mexican Cuisine) new concept is located in Awalt’s renovated historic building at 208 Market St. #100, and is named after Jay’s stepfather who loved his whisky. The downtown location is cool, and there’s also a menu of Irish-American fare like shepherd’s pie, not to mention a great selection of Irish-inspired whiskeys and cocktails. These are all things in Chet’s favor, but probably nothing beats their exceptionally long happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Moxie’s
The Canadian-rooted sports bar/pub has three DFW locations in Dallas, Plano, and Southlake, and all of them host a weekday happy hour from 3-6 p.m. that offers some pretty interesting specials, both on food and drink. This includes $10 margaritas and Moscow mules, as well as $10 meals like potstickers and poutine. If money is no object, order their new Cold Brew Martini, which features Licor 43, Amaretto, Frangelico, Lavazza cold brew, and a sweet mousse topping.

Royal 38
The bar in The Union Dallas building from the same people who own the Hide bar focuses on cocktails, with a menu neatly divided into alcohol categories, including vodka, gin, and tequila/mezcal. Very effective. Their selection of over 20 drinks includes creative cocktails such as the Green Tara with vodka, jasmine green tea, lemon, lime and vanilla bean. Other reasons to visit: shared plates and a bloated patio with plenty of outdoor space.

Suburban yacht club
Plano’s restaurant with tacos and tiki drinks is part of the 33 Restaurant Group (Union Bear Brewing Co., Cadillac Pizza Pub, Taverna Rossa, The Yard in McKinney), with a menu inspired by the southern food truck scene. California. They recently introduced a few new items that might be worth driving to Plano, including bean and cheese tacos with avocado in a toasted flour tortilla, and two new drinks: the Rum Tiki Tai , orgeat with orange and curaçao, passion fruit and lime. and tiki bitters; and the Bonfire Cider with Ilegal Joven, Ancho Reyes, Dry Curacao, spiced apple cider and lemon, which you can order hot or cold.

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