Updated June 2021

When temps dip below say 65 degree, Texans bring out the coats and boots. When that time comes, there’s nothing better than a bar with a crackling fire to sit by or a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Explore these pubs, cantinas, cocktail lounges and more below!

 

 

Bowen House

BOWEN HOUSE

Bowen House’s vintage house feels, dreamy cocktails and glam bar area feel like stepping into a different era and features a warm, crackling fire as a retreat on cold days! Warm up with spirit cocktails like a classic old fashioned or get fired up for the fall and winter cocktails that have been long overdue this year, who’s ready?! And with the romantic style atmosphere make it a dinner date with a $27 steak special!

UPTOWN | DIRECTIONS

 

BOTANIST

BOTANIST

Paradiso’s courtyard-shared sister cocktail bar is more like a parlor from a Victorian home which already makes it one of the coziest spots in town! It’s dim chandeliers and antique furniture are a comfortable getaway for the evening in a stylish setting and the seasonal cocktails are out of this world. Last year they featured The 12 Days of Christmas but as cocktails! So one cocktail inspired by each of the days, we’re here for the themed creativity!

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SKELLIG

SKELLIG

Skellig is the sister bar of Old Monk and one of East Dallas’ best known bar hangs with its drink specials, great grub and buzzing nightlife (pre-COVID). And there are so many aspects that make it cozy! Primarily getting a hot boozy bev and snuggling up around a fire pit! Actually the entire patio is pretty cozy with its string lights and enclosed pup friendly vibes. But the inside is too because it has an old tyme pub feel!

KNOX HENDERSON | DIRECTIONS

photo courtesy of Skellig


 

YELLOW ROSA

YELLOW ROSA

Yellow Rosa’s cocktaileria newly opened October 2020 and we’re here for it because there’s truly no place like it! It’s hidden behind a private, speakeasy style door and stepping inside feels like walking through a portal. The dark, moody interior is somewhat relaxing and a mix between boho Tulum and historic San Miguel. Moss climbs up the walls, the decor is a chic boho grunge and the cocktail list is expansive!

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FOUNT BOARD & TABLE

FOUNT BOARD & TABLE

Fount is one of our faves for more reasons than just one, but we love the cozy seasonal vibes found inside year round and how the outside looks like an adorable historic home. The posh, moody aesthetic is idyllic for soaking in some much needed “you time” with a coffee drink and one of their delicious, curated grab n go snacking boards!

UPTOWN | DIRECTIONS

photo courtesy of Fount Board & Table


 

PARLIAMENT

PARLIAMENT

The dim lighting and plush digs at Parliament are stylish but is still a spot that is comfy. We love that it feels like a cushy, members only kind of place with a classic, upscale bar design, mood lighting and some pretty impressive premium cocktails! And make it an even cozier experience during their rain happy hour with $4 cocktail sips while the rain pours outside!

UPTOWN | DIRECTIONS

photo courtesy of Parliament


 

RISE NO. 1

RISE NO. 1

Warm soufflés, darling tableware, French press coffee and warm, French bread just to name a few but the real comfortability at Rise is in the atmosphere which is like walking into a comforting French cafe. At night especially when it’s romantically lit. One of our favorite spots is posting up on the patio when it's completely enclosed with a bowl of their marshmallow soup and a glass of French wine or inside at one of the booths overlooking their fun decor! The tables on the patio are separated by curtains that make it feel like a  more intimate dining experience.

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RUINS

RUINS

Ruins puts a trendy, Oaxacan-style spin on the cozy bar atmosphere and flips it into more of a Latin American cocktail den! They serve up after-dinner digestifs like brandy along with agave spirits and other specialties that will have you feeling snug and warm! In fact, their spirit list is extensive so their dark and inviting drinkery is the perfect spot to hole up and find your next favorite drink of choice. (with a side of tacos of course!)

DEEP ELLUM | DIRECTIONS

 

LOUNGE HERE

LOUNGE HERE

If a place can be cozy and vibrant at the same time, Lounge Here has it down to a science with a retro Cali aesthetic! Intimate boots, a plush high top, tables with bucket seats and a private patio all contribute to its charm and the southern small plates to share will definitely have you feeling down home!

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THE LIBERTINE BAR

THE LIBERTINE BAR

Located on a cozy corner of Lower Greenville, The Libertine Bar boasts all the dimly lit, intimate bar vibes that people love. And when fall and winter weather come out to play, Libertine rolls out a seasonal menu of cocktails that will have you getting into the season! They recently underwent a renovation that’s design has been very hush hush so we can’t wait to see that on the inside but they also have a spaced out patio where you can bundle up to enjoy one of the seasonal cocktails, a selection from the draught list and full food menu!

LOWER GREENVILLE | DIRECTIONS

photo courtesy of The Libertine Bar


 

VERITAS WINE ROOM

VERITAS WINE ROOM

This cozy Henderson Avenue wine bar is an ideal place to wind down. Grab one of their 400+ bottles or 30+ glasses of wines and choose from some of the 45+ meats and cheeses to make a charcuterie board to share with friends. The stone fireplace is just icing on the cake on an already relaxed happy hour. Fun fact: this wine bar was named one of the top wine bars in the country by Travel & Leisure in 2012, and 7 years later, and they’re still killing it!

P.S. the owners must really love creating warm atmospheres, because they’re also the brains behind Boulevardier and Rapscallion, two cozy, upscale restaurants perfect for date night!

HENDERSON AVE | DIRECTIONS

photo courtesy of Veritas Wine Bar


 

THE MANSION BAR

THE MANSION BAR

It’s hard to beat an evening in this regal resting place just a few blocks from the heart of Uptown nightlife. It’s quiet (unless you’re there for live jazz Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights), dark and intimate. Grab a Mansion G&T, their signature drink, and an order of truffle fries ($5 on Mondays!) and relax as Hunter Sullivan or some other classic crooner serenades the upscale crowd posted up fireside. This is NYC’s classic Bemelmans Bar’s Texas twin, and we are continuous smitten by its sophistication.

TURTLE CREEK | DIRECTIONS

 

HONOR BAR

HONOR BAR

Another one of our patio favorites and apparently, yours too based on responses from our Story survey asking about favorite cozy corners. Located in Highland Park Village, The Honor Bar has that same dark, sultry interior you would find at The Mansion Bar, but more of a California wine country atmosphere out on the patio. It’s shaded by a big tall oak tree and lit by a gorgeous fire place and patio lights. Next time you are in the area, grab a glass of wine or a martini, and do not forget their Emerald Kale & Rotisserie Chicken Salad! It might be the best salad in town.

HIGHLAND PARK | DIRECTIONS

photo courtesy of Honor Bar


 

OLD MONK

OLD MONK

This great Irish pub definitely feels like stepping into old Ireland and comes from a Dallas family of hotspots, which also used to include Idle Rich too (RIP). Old Monk’s Henderson Ave bar though is the perfect place for the winter with the wood interiors, Guinness always on tap, and solid comfort food like a delicious and comforting French Onion soup that’s perfect for chilly weather! The fall/winter drink menu is always fun and festive, too!

HENDERSON AVE | DIRECTIONS

 

HENRY’S MAJESTIC

HENRY’S MAJESTIC

The only place on the list to have an indoor fireplace, Henry’s Majestic on McKinney is great place for a dinner, especially with a group of friends. You’ll even find live music on the covered and heated patio on Friday nights. Or sit inside and grab a spot by the fireplace that separates the dining room from the more casual bar hang out. And if you want even more cozy vibes, head to their back alley bar, Atwater Alley for a dark and tiny speak easy experience!

KNOX | DIRECTIONS

photo courtesy of Henry's Majestic


 

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