‘Tis the season…to book a reservation! Whether you’re hosting a small celebration or a corporate party, there are so many places to eat, drink, and be merry. From an intimate karaoke room and festive pop-ups, to unique speakeasies and an upscale underground steakhouse, we’ve got you covered!

Updated November 2023


 

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Jalisco Norte Event Space


Jalisco Norte

Space: This stunning restaurant in Turtle Creek can host intimate dinners in their dark & moody “Mask Room” as well as larger groups of up to 72 among romantic twinkling lights in “The Treehouse.”

Party Size: 20-40 in Mask Room, up to 72 in Treehouse

The 101: This spot has some of the freshest Tex-Mex in town in a seriously stunning space! The bright and airy decor will whisk you away to the tropical Jalisco coastline, which makes it perfect for a party in the cooler months. Who doesn't love a tropical getaway this time of year?! (Pictured)

Oak Lawn | Directions

 

Meso Maya

Space: Rentals and large group reservations for anything from casual cocktail parties to large formal celebrations

Party size: Varies, can accommodate a variety!

The 101: Our go-to spot for casual cocktail parties and formal celebrations alike, plus their scratch-made Mexican food and delicious margs are hard to beat! (Featured header image)

Multiple locations | See locations

 

El Fenix

Space: Multiple private rooms including an upstairs terrace

Party size: Up to 100 people

The 101: What better way to fiesta than the original home of Tex-Mex in Dallas? Their downtown location has 2 private spaces, one in their upstairs terrace and the other in the newly renovated “Martinez Room” which is great for seated dinners & cocktail receptions for up to 100.

Downtown | Directions

 

LARGE PARTIES (50+)
Leela's Trophy Club

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Chelsea Corner

Space: Garden patio, terrace, garden room or game room

Party size: 20 seated, 40+ standing

The 101: If you're looking for something low-key with a backyard feel, this is your corner! Here, your guests can have a relaxed time with delicious food, in a beautiful space. They even have heaters for the spacious patio!

Highland Park | Directions

 

Leela’s, Standard Service & HG Sply Co. Trophy Club

Space: Full & partial buyouts for indoor & outdoor events

Party Size: Leela’s Wine Bar: 75 seated or 100 cocktail-style, Standard Service Dining Room: 100 seated or 150 cocktail-style, HG Sply Co. Covered Patio: 200 seated or 300 cocktail-style, Basecamp Lounge: 40 seated or 55 cocktail-style

The 101: Their spot in the ‘burbs has multiple event spaces all under one roof, just a 30 minute drive from Dallas! Located right off Highway 114, there’s plenty of space for large groups, which can be hard to find in the city. Plus, they have buffet options and heaters available on the HG patio during colder months!

Trophy Club | Directions

 

Hero

Space: Multiple private full-service bars

Party size: Private MVP room 30 or less, Meantime space up to 250

The 101: Located next to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Hero is one of our go-tos year-round! The holidays are no different and can accommodate many parties, with 6 full-service bars allowing for multiple event spaces and layouts. Buffet food selections from their delicious menu are available, and they offer validated parking and valet service!

Victory Park | Directions

 

HG Sply Co. Dallas

Space: Full buyouts & partial buyouts, rooftop with heaters

Party size: 15-400

The 101: Located in Lower Greenville with skyline views of downtown Dallas, HG Sply is one of our favorite rooftops year round! With the help of some heaters, you and your guests can take in skyline views on the roof in the winter too. Delicious cocktails and buffet food selections are available!

Lower Greenville | Directions

 

HG Sply Co. Fort Worth

Space: Full buyouts & partial buyouts, rooftop with heaters

Party size: Up to 60

The 101: Located on the Trinity River, this HG is for our Fort Worth friends! For holiday parties, guests can enjoy cocktails, and buffet eats -- all on the covered and heated patio!

Fort Worth | Directions

 

Pizzeria Testa

Space: Private room

Party size: 40

The 101: We’ve hosted a holiday party in the gorgeous brick private room! You can bring in decorations and set up an easy pre-set menu to share family style, including meter-long Neapolitan pizza! The best part is the customer service; the staff will work with you so you’re completely happy with the experience.

Greenville Ave | Directions

 

Standard Service Heath

Space: Full buyouts & partial buyouts, patio events with heaters included

Party Size: 20-300 guests

The 101: This casual diner with a retro feel gives us all the small-town Hallmark movie vibes! Parties can enjoy classic comfort food buffet-style, happy-hour specials, and even brunch! Heaters are available on the patio during colder months.

Heath | Directions
 

Sixty Vines

Space: Large tables in main dining area or private gazebo

Party size: Table up to 20, 30+ for gazebo

The 101: This is one of our go-to spots for group dinners and celebrations! Here, you and your guests can enjoy an extensive wine list and upscale Italian food at a restaurant that’s always buzzing. They have plenty of large tables for groups, or your group is large enough, you can reserve the Gazebo!

Uptown | Directions

 

18th & Vine

Space: Fully private event space, semi-private dining room, or semi-private bar

Party size: 40-85

The 101: BBQ isn't just reserved for summer cookouts here! They have a great menu, which you can choose to devour with friends in one of three private dining areas.

Turtle Creek | Directions


 

Festive & Cozy
Harwood Arms Holiday

 

Harwood Arms

Space: Semi-private section or full pub buyout

Party size: 12+ semi private, 56 patio, 155 pub,

The 101: This cozy pub space really shines in the winter months! Between their fireplace and Christmas decor, super tall and cozy booths, and comfort food focused menu, Harwood Arms is a great spot for parties to share some Guinness and holiday cheer. (Pictured)

Harwood District | Directions

 

Hudson House

Space: Private room

Party size: Up to 10

The 101: It’s getting chilly outside, and we’ll still be drinking their well known Worlds Coldest Martinis! Hudson House is also known for their annual holiday display featuring hundreds of ornaments. For holiday parties, you can rent out The Pineapple Room for the perfect mix of intimate, festive, and boujee!

Multiple Locations | Directions

 

St Henry's Winter Wonderland

Space: Rooftop bar with semi-private tables and private rooms

Party size: Up to 100

The 101: The Henry has been our go-to reply for where groups should go out to eat, and their festive pop-up is perfect for holiday groups and parties! They've transformed the rooftop bar into an immersive winter wonderland, complete with seasonal cocktails and photo ops that any group will love. Reservations are encouraged for parties of six or more and private dining rooms are available for larger parties.

Victory Park | Directions

 

Sippin Santa at Royal 38

Space: Private room & bar, semi-private patio or semi-private tables

Party size: 65-100+ private, 10-20 semi-private table

The 101: An elegant take on your classic neighborhood bar, Royal 38 is a great spot for groups year-round. During the holiday season, they host the tropical Sippin' Santa bar, complete with kitsch-y decor and a themed cocktail menu! Whether you're hosting a small get-together or larger celebration, spots here go fast, so reach out ASAP!

Victory Park | Directions
 

Tipsy Elf

Space: Private buyout

Party size: 45 seated, 100 cocktail

The 101: Every year, the creators of Paradiso and Bar Eden transform the Paradiso patio into an over-the-top Christmas bar, and this year they're taking it up a notch! The alley between Casablanca and Tejas, known as Bishop Lane will be turned into a massive pop-up! You and your party will be buzzing with holiday cheer while enjoying seasonal cocktails under hundreds of lights and ornaments. They're taking private party reservations now, so book soon!

Bishop Arts | Directions
 

Toller Patio

Space: Large patio

Party size: 20 & under for walk ins, 20+ with deposit

The 101: This patio is huge, and can accommodate just about any size group! In December, they deck out the retro patio with holiday decor, paired with specialty cocktails. Planning here is a breeze, and your guests will love sipping boozy hot cocoas under heaters and string lights!

Old East Dallas | Directions
 

Winter Wonderland Bubbles at Hotel Vin

Space: Private insulated igloos

Party size: 8 per bubble

The 101: If you’re looking to host a unique party for a small group, rent out an igloo in the Christmas Capital of Texas! Each bubble features ski-lodge décor including fur blankets, heaters, and decadent treats for the perfect cozy celebration.

Grapevine | Directions

 

Check out more festive spots here.


 

Upscale

Drake's

 

Bob’s Steak & Chop House

Space: Small private or large semi-private dining rooms

Party size: 36 (small room) or 64 (large room)

The 101: If your party is wanting class and comfort food, check out any of Bob's locations! This Texas-born chain serves up delicious meats, elevated homestyle sides, and a large wine list. The interior is also the perfect mix of cozy and fancy, with lots of dark wood and warm lighting!

Multiple locations | Find a location
 

Dakota’s Steakhouse

Space: Private Chef’s Table, semi-private Wine Room, private patio & bar or restaurant buyout

Party size: 12 (Chef’s Table), 48-75 (Wine Room), 84-150 (patio), 200+ (buyout)

The 101: This ultra-swanky steakhouse has an iconic past in Dallas – and it’s underground! From the elevator to the wine room to the steaks, this is a place that’ll wow your party guests. It’s considered one of the most romantic spots in Dallas, so a great spot for couples and plus ones!

Downtown | Directions
 

Drake’s Hollywood

Space: Full restaurant & bar buyout

Party size: Up to 25

The 101: This spot made both our top 15 best martinis and most romantic restaurants in Dallas lists, so it’s definitely a favorite of ours. It’s a great option for a fancy holiday party! Guests have the space and round cocktail bar all to themselves, to sip cocktails in old school lounge style. They have an event contact too that can help you personalize the evening! (Pictured)

Lover’s Lane | Directions
 

Fearing’s

Space: Small private wine cellar, private patio, & private garden view glass room 

Party size: 16-300

The 101: Being located in the Ritz-Carlton, it's not a surprise this place says luxe! They have several options for private holiday parties and can accommodate many requests. For a holiday feel, we recommend booking for a Sunday brunch, which features breakfast so good it'll feel like Christmas morning!

Uptown | Directions

 

Town Hearth

Space: Private room

Party size: 20

The 101: This is a very fancy meal at a fabulous steakhouse! The Elvis Room is the not very known private dining room you can rent out. Not surprisingly the theme is set to pay homage to the legendary rock and roll king. Get in the holiday spirit and play his Christmas album while you’re there!

Design District | Directions


 

Intimate

bowen cozy shot

 

Avanti

Space: Private patio

Party size: 40

The 101: This quaint restaurant in Uptown is the perfect place for an Italian dinner party during the holidays! Their patio is enclosed in the summer, so you and your guests can stay warm while you enjoy pasta, wines, and great service.

Uptown | Directions
 

Bowen House

Space: Semi-private room or full buyout

Party size: 10-20

The 101: This vintage house is known for craft cocktails, a luxe interior, and all the Victorian vibes! Smaller holiday parties book a cocktail class, make a reservation to enjoy the entire space, or a section of the bar. Bonus points if you’re able to get space in the gorgeous back room! (Pictured)

Uptown | Directions

 

Paradiso

Space: Private room

Party size: 20

The 101: Paradiso's private room, Paradiso Priveé is a vibrant yet elegant space full of light pinks and lots of greenery! If you’re throwing a holiday party for your girlfriends, this trendy spot will definitely impress. Enjoy a Coastal Italian 3-course chef curated menu with wine pairings too!

Bishop Arts | Directions

 

Rise No. 1

Space: Private forest dining area & outdoor patio

Party size: 20+

The 101: From the space to the menu, everything about this cozy French bistro is welcoming and warm. Celebrate with souffles in every flavor you can imagine in the birch tree forest space for the perfect winter vibes!

Lovers Lane | Directions


 

Unique

Dallas Museum of Art DMA

 

Bourbon & Banter

Space: Speakeasy

Party size: 75

The 101: Looking to host a party that’ll be talked about long after the holidays? This speakeasy inside The Statler is the perfect place! Featuring a phone booth with a secret code to enter and hundreds of bourbons inside, Bourbon & Banter makes for a 1920s style celebration!

Downtown | Directions
 

Dallas Arboretum

Space: Indoor & outdoor event spaces

Party size: Up to 500

The 101: The famous Dallas Arboretum goes all out on holiday decor, and is a picturesque place to host a party! They specialize in corporate events, but welcome groups of all sizes. They’ll even hook you up with a list of caterers to use!

White Rock | Directions
 

Dallas Museum of Art

Space: Private rooms & garden

Party size: Up to 700

The 101: The DMA is one of the city’s cultural gems year round, and can host an elegant holiday party featuring world-class cuisine, wines on tap, and beautiful artwork. Being on the higher budget and capacity side, this is best for large groups and corporate events. (Pictured)

Arts District | Directions
 

M-Line Trolley

Space: Private street car

Party size: Up to 35

The 101: Hop on the iconic M-Line Trolley for a holiday charter and ride around the city! Vintage streetcars come with balloons, ice, and coolers, with the option to BYOB! You can also bring food, and get on and off at any of their 47 stops, making it a super customizable, cozy ride.

Uptown | Directions

 

Ten Times Ten Cellars

Space: Ranges from single room to entire winery

Party size: 45-175

The 101: There are several areas of this full production winery that can be rented for any type of group and it's hard to choose! There’s a Barrel Room, Winery Room (plus opt. Tank Room) and more with other variations of the rooms combined. However, you must bring your own food which makes it kind of fun to pair with their extensive list of California and Texas wines! 

East Dallas | Directions


 

More Holiday Party Spots

 

Al Biernat's

Bistro 31

Bowlounge

Cafe Pacific

Catbird

Community Beer Co

CRU Food & Wine Bar

Electric Shuffle

Elm & Good

Jalisco Norte

Knox Bistro

Las Almas Rotas

Mercat Bistro

Mike's Gemini

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Saint Rocco’s 

Smithy

State & Allen

Sidecar Social

Haywire

The Mansion

The Woolworth

XOXO Dining Room

Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse

3 Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails


 

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