The Best Bars in Dallas' Deep Ellum

Dots Hop House has a large courtyard with patio seating
Dot's Hop House has a large courtyard with patio seating | © Bret Redman / Courtesy of Dot's Hop House
Alex Temblador

Deep Ellum is a tight-knit community with a wide array of stylish, divey and rooftop bars. Take a Lyft to this happening neighborhood and proceed to bar-hop between these free-entry bars to see what Deep Ellum is all about.

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Double Wide

Bar, American, $
Double Wide is a relaxed dive bar in Deep Ellum designed like a double-wide trailer. Leaving pretentiousness at the door, Double Wide offers live music, cheap drinks and a great patio with toilets for seating. Expect retro and vintage decor of the ’70s and a quirky vibe to go along with what it calls “trailer trash” cocktails like the Yoohoo Yeehaw, a frozen Yoohoo and Twisted Tang, an Old-Fashioned with Tang.

The Green Room

Bar, American, $
Before the latest wave of rooftop bars opened in Deep Ellum, there was The Green Room. It offers views of the Dallas skyline from the rooftop bar area, filled with seating, billiards and a large Jenga set. Downstairs, the kitchen cooks up Texas favorites like fried pickles, nachos or jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and fried.

Off the Record Craft Beer & Vinyl

Bar, American, $$
This record store-bar hybrid brings something unlike anything else to the Elm Street neighborhood in Dallas. With over 2,000 records in stock ranging from oldie classics to today’s most popular albums and with over 20 beers on tap, you’re bound to get lost in the ambiance of musical discoveries and good times.

Stirr

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$

Stirr’s bars are chic and stylish with a lively atmosphere on the weekend.

There’s a fun vibe to Stirr. While the downstairs is its American restaurant, the upstairs is a lively bar with stunning downtown views. Top 40s and hip-hop jams played on the weekends, the modern-style photo booth and the awesome cocktails all combine to attract a young, hip crowd. Don’t write off the second floor bar during the day, either. It has a great menu of salads, burgers and American favorites to enjoy on comfortable chairs and benches.

Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$

Dot’s Hop House has a large courtyard with patio seating

Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard is one of the newest additions to the Deep Ellum bar scene. This industrial-style bar is most notable for its spacious beer garden overlooked by a beautiful glass chandelier. Craft beers and cocktails can be enjoyed inside or outside in a spot that often has live music, welcomes dogs and has a great menu with delicious meals and drinks like duck fat fries and frozen (alcoholic) cherry limeades.

Twilite Lounge

Bar, American, $
Deep Ellum’s Twilite Lounge has a vintage design that includes Old Hollywood red booths, printed wallpaper, an old jukebox and a wooden bar filled with a cool crowd. Twilite Lounge is known for its frozen Irish coffee and live music throughout the week. During the warmer months, its outdoor patio is filled with folks engaging over good conversation and drinks in an intimate space. Like many bars in Deep Ellum, the Twilite Lounge is always free.

High and Tight Barbershop

Cocktail Bar, American, $$
Though it may look like a barbershop in front, there’s a secret door at High and Tight Barbershop that reveals a hidden speakeasy bar. There’s a definite 1920s style to the bar that comes through in the types of cocktails served, like the Great Gatsby, a gin-based drink with fresh ingredients like edible orchids. This hipster hotspot hosts live bands of the folk, indie or jazz variety, which visitors enjoy on sofas and leather chairs.

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