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Dallas’ Best Patio Hangouts

Let’s be honest: the people of Dallas love their libations, and they especially like to drink them outdoors.  Luckily for us, Dallas restaurateurs keep opening places that offer both. Here are the best places to do some patio drinking in Dallas this summer:

Bar Belmont, Oak Cliff

Located right outside the lobby of the historical Belmont Hotel, this patio gives its patrons a rare unobstructed view of the Dallas skyline. Try a Belmontini (citron vodka, Grand Marnier, pomegranate juice and champagne) as you hang out with the cool kids of Oak Cliff.

Ozona Bar & Grill, SMU 

Although located on the outskirts of SMU’s reach, this mega-Tex-Mex bar has a patio that’s just as big as the interior. The $2 house margaritas on Mondays, $1.50 domestic beers on Wednesdays and legendary Bloody Mary bar on weekends draws a surprisingly eclectic crowd.

Belly & Trumpet, Uptown

Patrons can enjoy Chef Brian Zenner’s creative small dishes and a glass of wine while relaxing on a wraparound patio encircling what used to be an old house on McKinney Avenue. Belly & Trumpet is a cozy tucked-away place secluded from the rest of the rowdiness that generally characterizes Uptown.

Boxwood Tap + Grill, Uptown

When Boxwood replaced TABC, they completely revamped the interior (for the better), but the outside patio, shaded by a large tree sprouting from the middle remained the same. That’s good news, because the patio is great for people watching after hours.

Saint Ann, Downtown

Saint Ann’s patio almost feels like an oversized garden in the middle of downtown. The overhanging lights, live music and great happy hour specials make this one of the most intriguing patios in the Big D.

Mutts Cantina, Uptown

Like an actual mutt, Mutts Cantina is a mixed breed of dog park and outdoor bar. Dog owners can enjoy a beer and a hot dog on the 200-seat patio while their pups enjoy the fenced-in dog park beside it (for a small fee or via membership).

The Lot, Lakewood

Not only is this airy patio conveniently located near the Arboretum and White Rock Lake, but there’s a sandbox in the back for the kiddos to frolic in while Mom and Dad have some cold beverages. (Just like Mutts, but for kids.)

Sundown at Granada, M Streets

This patio, located right next to the Granada Theater, spans the outside of the first floor and leads up to a spacious yet cozy rooftop patio. They have one of the best vegan menus in town and offer a great mimosa special on weekends. There’s also a huge screen upstairs, which displays popular Sunday night shows like Mad Men and The Walking Dead.

Nora Restaurant and Bar, Lower Greenville

Their street-level patio isn’t bad, but upstairs is where Nora’s true magic lies. Guests can enjoy a drink by the large fire pit and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lower Greenville.

Truck Yard, Lower Greenville

It’s got picnic tables, food trucks, a bar set up in an old bus, a music stage on an old flatbed truck and Philly Cheesesteaks, plus kids and dogs are allowed. What more could you want?

The Rustic, Uptown

One of Dallas’ newest hotspots, The Rustic’s patio is like a miniature version of Gexa Energy Pavilion—awesome bands are always playing on their indoor/outdoor stage. Better get there early, though. Wait times have been clocked in the three to four hour range.

Katy Trail Ice House, Uptown

One of Dallas’ most well-known patios sees a constant flurry of activity, since The Katy Trail runs alongside it. The Katy Trail Ice House this a prime post-workout oasis for those running or biking along the trail.

The Foundry, Oak Cliff

This mainly-outdoor bar is like the Katy Trail Ice House for misfits: the décor is rather unusual and there are picnic tables galore. Enjoy some fork-and-knife fried chicken from Chicken Scratch next door while listening to live music.

HG SPLY Co., Lower Greenville

What is with Lower Greenville and these rooftop patios? After taking over the rooftop of the two neighboring buildings (one of which used to be Public House) and remodeling up a storm, HG SPLY is quickly becoming one of the best patios in Dallas. At 9,000 square feet, this rooftop hosts a 40-foot bar, sunrise yoga sessions and a venue for private events.

Trinity Groves

Located on the west side of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Trinity Groves is full of some of Dallas’ most exciting and popular restaurants. Here you’ll find something for everyone: BBQ, Asian-South American fusion, seafood, beer and more! Plus, one of the biggest and best patios in Dallas. It’s practically the length of an entire city street, spacious, buzzing and pet friendly!