Touted as Dallas’ largest bar and patio, Happiest Hour sits in the Victory Park neighborhood and is known for its stunning rooftop views of downtown Dallas. Happiest Hour has a large selection of cocktails, wine, and beer, and a small menu for brunch, happy hour, and desserts. The rooftop bar is the most popular of the sections, with cozy couches and fire pits in the winter, though the downstairs patio and main bar gets crowded, too, with visitors watching a game on the large flat-screen TVs.
Wits End is a graffiti-laden bar that’s often filled with live performances of rock bands or DJs. One section of the downstairs area features video games, pool, and foosball. Their cheap drinks are made better by their low-key rooftop bar with great views of Deep Ellum and downtown Dallas. They will sometimes have a band or DJ on the rooftop to add to the ambient night air. Be aware that there’s sometimes an entrance fee when there’s a live performance.
SODA Bar is the rooftop bar at the hotel, NYLO Dallas South Side. This rooftop bar has particularly stunning, uninterrupted views of downtown Dallas, attracting guests and locals alike for Insta-worthy shots. Beyond the bar area, which serves fantastic cocktails and a small menu of snacks, there’s also a variety of couches and tables for seating and an infinity pool to dip your feet in while you take in the views.
Sundown At Granada is a farm-to-table restaurant with a lovely rooftop bar with views of the vibrant Lower Greenville neighborhood. It has a rustic design with a wood-heavy decor and charming twinkling lights placed on the rooftop patio. Their menu is filled with delicious American favorites and their bar serves up anything from craft beer to cocktails. The rooftop patio often hosts live bands and has free film screenings during the summer.
The Quarter Bar in Uptown Dallas is styled to look like a bar in New Orleans. The wooden bar area feels historic, while the rooftop bar area is filled with iron tables and surrounded by greenery and flowers. Bar goers can look over the iron railing at those walking between bars, a similar experience to that of Bourbon Street. While there’s not a ton of space on the rooftop patio or in the bar, the French Quarter-esque style is unique, the drink selection is diverse, and the menu of great bar food is sure to make for a great visit.
There’s a fun vibe to Stirr. While the downstairs is their 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 2nd floor bar during the day either. They have a great menu of salads, burgers, and American favorites to enjoy on comfortable chairs and benches.
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.