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13 Places to Find Dallas' Nightlife

From swanky lounges to craft brew halls and thumping clubs, check this list out before you head out in Dallas and Fort Worth

Here, the party never stops. It just looks very different depending on where you go and what you are seeking. Sip on premium cocktails from some of the most creative bartenders in the nation or hang out on a patio with a locally crafted brew. So much to cheer, so little time.

Get Crafty

The Cedars Social
Swank, groovy, hip. Many adjectives come to mind when describing this cocktail den with an excellent view of the downtown Dallas skyline. Featuring handcrafted seasonal cocktails and classics from pre-Prohibition to current day, the drinks are so good even the James Beard Foundation took notice. 1326 S. Lamar St., 214.928.7700

Windmill Lounge
Revered by many as the birthplace of craft cocktails in Dallas, this no-frills bar mixes up some expertly conceived concoctions with prices worth celebrating with another round. 5320 Maple Ave., 214.443.7818

The Chesterfield
Home of the $1 lunch cocktail and menu with chapters, dine on a delightful meal and enjoy a little mid-day pick-me-up. At night, the small space comes alive as downtowners unwind after a long workday. 1404 Main St., 214-741-2811, www.thechesterfielddallas.com

Black Swan Saloon
Forget the ballerina-revenge flick, this Black Swan is Deep Ellum’s craft-cocktail headquarters. Savor drinks created from house infusions on the shady patio. 2708 Elm St., 214.749.4848

The People’s Last Stand
Tucked away in an upstairs space at Mockingbird Station, this spot with a killer patio boasts housemade juices, syrups and bitters to conjure high-proof delights. 5319 E. Mockingbird Lane, 214.370.8755


Lounge Around

The Dram
Self-described as upscale yet approachable, The Dram occupies a cool, historic building on Henderson Avenue where modern twists on classics reign supreme. An extensive whisky and champagne list make this an excellent choice for a laid-back celebration any day. 2918 N. Henderson Ave., 214.826.3726

The Library Bar at Warwick Melrose Hotel
An old-school, old-money vibe draws a modern crowd for superb cocktails and great wines, all enjoyed while listening to the often sultry sounds of singers thanks to nightly entertainment. This is one hotel bar that locals love. 3015 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.224.3152


Hop to It

Meddlesome Moth
Beer lovers flock like fluttering creatures to a flame for one of the best beer menus in the city, including 40 draught beers, two live ales and more than 85 bottle selections from breweries down the street and around the world. 1621 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.628.7900

The Common Table
Home to frequent beer dinners and the Brewsday Tuesday “better beer” discounts, this Uptown haunt also showcases great live music and a spacious patio. 2917 Fairmount St., 214.880.7414

Union Bear
Lights, darks, locals, ciders and everything in between, every beer at Union Bear is a wallet-friendly $6 and a palate-friendly treat. It even brews its own unique varieties on-site. 3699 McKinney Ave. in West Village, 214.245.5330


We Be Clubbin’

The Lizard Lounge
World-renowned DJs, of-the-moment music acts and a vibrant after-hours scene have made Lizard Lounge a legend. Cheap drinks all night, free parking and a lively dance floor add to the allure. 2424 Swiss Ave., 214.826.4768

The Round-Up Saloon
Quite possibly the friendliest club in Dallas, this famed locale is a feast for the senses. Voted the best gay bar in town by multiple publications, everyone is welcome to do a little two-steppin’ on the wooden dance floor. 3912 Cedar Springs Rd., 214.522.9611

Station 4
This 24,000-square-foot dance palace offers 15 service bars, a dynamic light show and heart-pumping sound. The Granite Bar provides a retreat while the Rose Room Theatre provides outrageous drag shows. 3911 Cedar Springs Rd., 214.526.7171