By Steven Doyle
Taking a cue from nature we seek out a room with a view this week and discover some of the best patios in Dallas to enjoy our favorite brew or to dine al fresco. Food just seems to take on an elevated flavor when dining outdoors. This is why those Ballpark hot dogs you burn on a camping venture never go to waste.
There are many options for great patios in Dallas and we have the list.
Lee Harvey’s: The patio at Lee Harvey’s is expansive with a slight sense of prison camp, but once you settle in to hear the latest band playing you can sip one of the requisite dive bar selections of beers. There are plenty of picnic tables scattered outside, and when the evening takes on a slight chill they provide fire pits. Don’t forget that Lee Harvey’s has a fantastic burger and street-style tacos.
What to drink: Canned PBR
Katy Trail Ice House: There is a reason why this ice house sells more booze than any other bar in the state. The location is killer for people watching, staggering bouts with an amazing beer selection on tap, and the burgers. The patio scene here is off the chain good.
What to eat: The best kept foodie secret in Dallas Is Katy Trail’s BBQ they serve up only on the weekend
NYLO Dallas Southside: This is the latest entry in to the patio world as the NYLO just recently had their grand opening. Located next to the Southside on Lamar, the rooftop bar is where you will enjoy dining and libations poolside as you oversee the lights of the city. Experience the best view of downtown Dallas and the Vegas-style neon of the Omni.
What to wear: Anything goes, including your favorite bikini
BarBelmont: Located above the front desk at the Belmont Hotel in West Dallas, the BarBelmont has another amazing view of Dallas from the highest point in the county. The patio is now screened in for year round enjoyment. This is a fantastic spot to enjoy après dining at one of the top restaurants in Dallas, Smoke.
Who to bring: First date for top romance factor
Del Frisco Grille: This baby Del’s is located on McKinney Avenue and is ripe with action. The drinks are pretty awesome, and the food is more relaxed than the steakhouse. The balcony bar opens up to an airy patio that oversees McKinney Avenue’s frenetic energy, and sports a fire pit that spans across the walls to keep things warm in the winter.
How to drink: Kilt Lifter which is Hendrick’s Gin, St-Germain, splash of Tabasco, and a squeeze of lemon
Sundown at the Granada: We love this newish patio because it is large and comfortable. The upstairs bar serves crazy good drinks that are not pretentious in price. Starting October 25 the bands that played at the Granada will be playing at Sundown… for free. Check out their website for more information.
What to listen to: Austin Indie band Rocketboys play at 11pm for free on the patio October 26
Sisu Uptown Resort: This is the latest pool-enhanced patio to arrive in Dallas. This is the latest hot spot to hang on a Sunday afternoon and sip margaritas while working on your Fall tan, or hiding away in one of the many private cabanas. The food is light, the drinks are heavy handed. This place is ripe for mixing it up with the opposite sex. Located across from the Crescent on Maple.
What to eat: Pork belly sliders