Drinks with a View: The 13 Essential Rooftop Bars
BY LILY KRAMLICH-TAYLOR
One of the best things about Dallas’s weather is that it allows us to enjoy the outdoors mostly year round, and there’s no better way to soak up some vitamin D than on a rooftop. If that rooftop comes with delicious food, refreshing drinks and good vibes, even better. Get outside and enjoy some of our favorite rooftop bars in Dallas!
HG SPLY CO
From the atmosphere, unbelievably good nachos and the spot-on Moscow Mules (try them frozen) this is our vote for the best rooftop in Dallas, hands down. Visit HG Sply’s Greenville Ave. location for an unparalleled view of our entire city.
Lowest Greenville | 2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Quarter Bar has some of the most character of any Uptown bar. Multiple rooms, great decor and cool vibe make you feel like you’re in New Orleans. And their happy hour is one of the best to enjoy when the sun’s out and you can sit up on their roof.
uptown | 3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Happiest Hour is the biggest patio bar in Dallas by square footage, with its massive outdoor patio, indoor bar and upstairs bar overlooking Victory Park and the American Airlines Center. Just a short walk away from the action, you can easily drop by for a drink before or after the show or game you’re attending.
harwood | 2616 Olive St, Dallas, TX 75201
The Green room
For that Deep Ellum grungy, hipster vibe, check out Green Room. The drinks aren’t fancy, but the view of Elm Street is superb for watching that Deep Ellum scene—both during the day and at night.
Deep Ellum | 2715 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Gallery Rooftop Lounge
While there are a myriad of rooftop bars in Dallas with beautiful skyline views, this one comes with a pool, too! At the Canvas Hotel (formerly the NYLO) on Southside’s rooftop bar, the Gallery, guests can enjoy the infinity pool and non-guests can stare at it and gaze at the skyline behind it while sipping cocktails (and of course, take the perfect Instagram picture).
the cedars | 1325 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215
Combine cajun fate plus a roof top bar and you get Dodie’s! It’s a great rooftop spot for happy hour because it runs every weekday from 11 am til 7 pm! It’s also a prime location to be sitting during the St. Patrick’s Day Greenville parade!
Lower Greenville | 2821 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Set in Deep Ellum, this super posh three-concept establishment includes a rooftop bar that overlooks the city, and you can enjoy it until 2 am every day of the week, except on Mondays. The rooftop has heaters too when the weather’s cold, or you can head down to the speakeasy esque bar or midcentury modern dining space.
Deep Ellum | 2823 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Sundown at the Granada
One of our favorite spots for happy hour or for meeting up before a concert, the Sundown at the Granada has a great rooftop overlooking Greenville. You can also enjoy a plethora of events there from movie nights to live music, there’s always something going on!
Lower Greenville | 3520 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Upside at West Village
Upside West Village is one of the hottest new hangouts in Dallas, located on the top floor of the Canopy by Hilton hotel. It offers unparalleled views of the Dallas skyline and great craft cocktails and snacks all day and night-long! Also, bonus: in the winter, there’s a fireplace and blankets.
Uptown | 2950 Cityplace W Blvd, Dallas, TX 75204
If you’re looking for a top notch dinner that includes a rooftop experience, Japanese restaurant Tei-An is your place! It’s rooftop in the Arts District has a direct view of the skyline making you feel like you’re in New York or Chicago. And if you like Jazz music, sometimes they has Jazz nights!
arts District | 1722 Routh St Suite110, Dallas, TX 75201
Located in the Cedars atop the Alamo Drafthouse, The Vetted Well is a great choice for a date night that includes a movie. Head up to the Vetted Well and catch a cocktail before or after the show! Or show up on Wednesday’s at 8 pm for trivia night!
the cedars | 1005 Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215
When the Statler underwent renovations and reopened in 2017 to the public, it brought with it a rooftop bar and pool aka Waterproof. It’s a fancy and young see to be seen crowd and if you don’t get there early enough in the night, you can be waiting for a long time to get up to the rooftop, but it’s also great for a lunch break too! It’s rooftop view in the middle of the Downtown skyscrapers though is second to none.
Downtown | 1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201
While it might have just opened its doors in September 2018, it’s beautifully curated upstairs bar and rooftop patio. While it might be small, it’s comfortable and perfect for a romantic or lounge-y evening out.