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The Best Cocktails to Sip in September in Dallas

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It’s nearly September in Dallas, and that means the weather’s still hot, with plenty of summer left in the air. That’s enough cause for a celebration, right? Any festivity done right calls for a toast with your friends, and with so many stellar bars and restaurants in Dallas, the only hard part is narrowing it down.

Consider the list ahead your no-guesswork guide to the city’s best bars, and the cocktails to order when you get there. From straightforward, refreshing classics like a GREY GOOSE-spiked Frosé, to more fanciful sips like a bergamot-flavored gin cooler, you’re sure to have a great time trying them all (just not all at once).

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Bistro 31

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Amongst the upscale shops of Highland Park Village, you’ll find Bistro 31, a small cocktail and sushi spot that’s like a little slice of St. Tropez in the heart of Texas. The Mediterranean-inspired menu features delectable bites like escargot bourguignon and spaghetti with pancetta and lobster bolognese. But first, start your meal off with a sweet and sour cocktail, like a Pama Apple Mule, a slightly spicy mix of GREY GOOSE vodka, pomegranate liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice, homemade ginger syrup and sparkling apple cider. Or if you’d rather sip a cocktail for dessert, try a Hangin’ in There, which features frozen BACARDÍ, lime, coconut water, banana and a dash of chocolate bitters.

Taverna

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Good news for all of you gluten-free diners out there: this popular Italian restaurant is serving up the Italian eats you’ve been dreaming about, sans gluten. Locals love Taverna’s gluten-free pizza and pasta. You can even get fried favorites like fritto misto and veal parm coated in crunchy chickpea flour. While you’re indulging in all of the foods you usually can’t eat, you’ll need a cocktail to toast to your good time. Try a refreshing Spritz Al Bergamotto with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, prosecco and bergoto, a sparkling bergamot-flavored soda. Blood oranges are also popular in Italy. Celebrate the exotic fruit with a Blood Orange Margarita with PATRÓN Silver, triple sec, blood orange juice, lime and agave syrup.

Katy Trail Ice House

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The Katy Trail Ice House is a beer garden and restaurant in the heart of uptown Dallas that’s always a great time. Beers and BBQ are definitely big draws here — that 50-foot long bar boasts over 50 beers on tap — but you can’t go wrong pairing a cool cocktail with your loaded queso and chips or bratwurst grilled to perfection. Try the Holy Paloma, a thirst-quenching mix of PATRÓN Silver, orange liqueur and grapefruit soda that’s best enjoyed on the patio voted the best in Dallas.

Katy Trail Ice House Outpost

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The Katy Trail Ice House Outpost brings its sister restaurant’s laid-back vibes and open-air patio dining to West Plano. On any given day when the sun is shining over Texas — which, okay, is most days — locals head over to enjoy the Outpost’s beloved barbecue or classic burgers, paired with a stiff, citrusy cocktail to keep the good times rolling. A Ranch Water will do the trick — this house favorite features CAZADORES Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and sparkling mineral water. You can also order a make-at-home frozen margarita kit and take the party to-go.

Primo's MX Kitchen & Lounge

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Known as a destination for diehard fans of Tex-Mex food, Primo’s offers a long list of traditional Tex-Mex favorites made with the tastiest and freshest ingredients around. Locals rave about their oh-so-cheesy enchiladas. Plus Primo’s authentic chilaquiles and tacos are can’t-miss dishes. Primo’s brunch is the new star of the show. Of course, you can’t do brunch right without great cocktails. Try a tangy cocktail with a kick, like the Martmita, a melange of PATRÓN Silver, mezcal, blood orange, pineapple, honey and fresno chile. For a drink that’s more like a grown-up horchata, grab a Camanchero, a silky sip of BACARDÍ SUPERIOR, coconut horchata, oloroso sherry, canela, vanilla and nutmeg.

CraftWay Kitchen

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If you’re looking for a new laid-back neighborhood staple where you can go again and again, look no further than CraftWay Kitchen. This casual restaurant is the kind of place you can roll into wearing what you have on, no jacket or tie required. Sit inside or outdoors and order whatever you’re craving, maybe their Five Spice Baby Back Ribs or a chicken club sandwich. Relax with an equally unpretentious drink. We recommend the Frosé with rosé wine, GREY GOOSE vodka, lemon juice, bergamotto and orange. Another playful treat of a cocktail is the Frozen Old Fashioned. Order yours with ANGEL’S ENVY bourbon.

Chelsea Corner

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Over in the Knox-Henderson area, this sophisticated neighborhood bar serves up high-end burgers, pizzas, cocktails and craft beer inside and on two spacious, sunny patios that are alive with ambiance, music and greenery. Order some small plates to share, such as the charcuterie board, buffalo bites or bacon-wrapped scallops. For a drink to fit the hip yet relaxed atmosphere, ask your server to pour a round of Rose Gold Sangria, a sour-sweet blend of ST~GERMAIN liqueur, Rose Gold Rosé wine, lemonade, rose vodka, lavender and seasonal berries.

Legacy Hall

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A visit to this roomy, European-style food hall is like taking a trip around the world without leaving Texas. Experience Legacy Food Hall’s beer garden, craft brewery and live music while sampling foods from the 20 eateries inside the hall. Current options from these eclectic stalls include fried chicken, sushi, lobster rolls, ramen, brisket and more. Pair your meal with a modern take on a classic cocktail, like a Perfect PATRÓN Margarita, with PATRÓN Silver, PATRÓN Citronge orange liqueur, lime and agave. For something a little sweeter, ask for a Strawberry Lemonade Smash, which has BACARDÍ Superior, lemonade and strawberries.

The Rustic

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Few restaurants are quite as Texan as The Rustic. This Uptown restaurant and bar features live country music performances from its two stages and a kitchen with its own smoker. Dig into one of their hearty specialties — and of course, a stick-to-your-ribs dinner calls for a proper cocktail. You can’t go wrong with a BACARDÍ Old Fashioned with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho rum, demerara, bitters and orange oil. End your meal with a whimsical Legendary Rustic Rita, a popsicle spiked with PATRÓN Silver tequila and PATRÓN Citronge mango liqueur.

Vidorra

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Vidorra may be the new kid in the Deep Ellum neighborhood, the chic Mexican restaurant has already garnered crowds of loyal fans. Visit its wide rooftop bar or patio large enough for a big party, and try its fresh takes on Mexican favorites, like flame-grilled quesadillas, watermelon salad, street tacos, and more. Of course, tequila cocktails are the must-have drinks. Please your sweet tooth with A Night in Tulum, a cocktail crafted from PATRÓN Silver tequila, ILEGAL JOVEN mezcal, passion fruit purée, agave, lime and pineapple. For a drink that will take you back to summer memories, sip a Watermelon Patio Punch, a mixture of PATRÓN Reposado tequila, GREY GOOSE La Vanille vanilla-flavored vodka, watermelon, lime and agave.

Earls Kitchen + Bar

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Earls Kitchen & Bar in Plano serves dishes that hail from the sea to the prairie and beyond. If you’re craving something healthy, try a crispy tofu zen bowl. If comfort food is more your style, dive into some saucy BBQ ribs or roast chicken with truffle mashed potatoes. For your drink, you can’t go wrong with Earl’s twist on a ‘50s cocktail classic, the Sunset Mai Tai with BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro, triple sec, toasted avocado nut, lime, pineapple and bitters. Another vintage standard cocktail option is the martini. Ask the bartender to make yours with GREY GOOSE vodka or BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, stirred (Sorry, Mr. Bond) with cold NOILLY PRAT vermouth and served with olives or with a twist.

Saltgrass Steak House

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At Saltgrass Steakhouse, you’ll feel like you’re gathered around the chuckwagon with the open skies of the plains over your head. Order house specialties like chargrilled steaks, seafood and chicken. Match your satisfying meal with the complex flavors of a Frosé Rita, which boasts a blend of MARTINI & ROSSI Sparkling Rosé and BACARDÍ Dragronberry rum.

Yard House

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At Yard House, upscale food meets casual, classic rock vibes. Here, you’ll find beer enthusiasts and foodies alike noshing on fried mac n’ cheese, street tacos, steaks, or a number of the restaurant’s world-spanning dishes. Whatever meal you choose, make sure it meets its match with a strong and flavorful cocktail, like a GREY GOOSE Strawberry Mule, a sweeter take on the standard mule with GREY GOOSE vodka, strawberries, ginger beer and lime.

If you need a burrito as big as your head, it’s time to go to Chuy’s. Chill out in this kitschy, Elvis-themed Tex-Mex joint with a beefy burrito with all the fixings or any other Tex-Mex favorite you want, always made from scratch. Since you’re indulging in such a substantial meal, think about ordering a CAZADORES Skinny Margarita with CAZADORES tequila. But you only live once, so get whatever you want. Maybe a gigantic frozen strawberry margarita?

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

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This affordable restaurant and lounge offers some of the area’s best sushi, and there are so many options on Blue Sushi’s long menu, you might have trouble deciding what to get. Play up the savory flavors of your meal with a simple cocktail, like a GREY GOOSE Dirty Blue Martini with GREY GOOSE vodka, NOILLY PRAT dry vermouth, blue cheese-stuffed olives and plenty of olive brine.

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Bistro 31

Amongst the upscale shops of Highland Park Village, you’ll find Bistro 31, a small cocktail and sushi spot that’s like a little slice of St. Tropez in the heart of Texas. The Mediterranean-inspired menu features delectable bites like escargot bourguignon and spaghetti with pancetta and lobster bolognese. But first, start your meal off with a sweet and sour cocktail, like a Pama Apple Mule, a slightly spicy mix of GREY GOOSE vodka, pomegranate liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice, homemade ginger syrup and sparkling apple cider. Or if you’d rather sip a cocktail for dessert, try a Hangin’ in There, which features frozen BACARDÍ, lime, coconut water, banana and a dash of chocolate bitters.

Taverna

Good news for all of you gluten-free diners out there: this popular Italian restaurant is serving up the Italian eats you’ve been dreaming about, sans gluten. Locals love Taverna’s gluten-free pizza and pasta. You can even get fried favorites like fritto misto and veal parm coated in crunchy chickpea flour. While you’re indulging in all of the foods you usually can’t eat, you’ll need a cocktail to toast to your good time. Try a refreshing Spritz Al Bergamotto with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, prosecco and bergoto, a sparkling bergamot-flavored soda. Blood oranges are also popular in Italy. Celebrate the exotic fruit with a Blood Orange Margarita with PATRÓN Silver, triple sec, blood orange juice, lime and agave syrup.

Katy Trail Ice House

The Katy Trail Ice House is a beer garden and restaurant in the heart of uptown Dallas that’s always a great time. Beers and BBQ are definitely big draws here — that 50-foot long bar boasts over 50 beers on tap — but you can’t go wrong pairing a cool cocktail with your loaded queso and chips or bratwurst grilled to perfection. Try the Holy Paloma, a thirst-quenching mix of PATRÓN Silver, orange liqueur and grapefruit soda that’s best enjoyed on the patio voted the best in Dallas.

Katy Trail Ice House Outpost

The Katy Trail Ice House Outpost brings its sister restaurant’s laid-back vibes and open-air patio dining to West Plano. On any given day when the sun is shining over Texas — which, okay, is most days — locals head over to enjoy the Outpost’s beloved barbecue or classic burgers, paired with a stiff, citrusy cocktail to keep the good times rolling. A Ranch Water will do the trick — this house favorite features CAZADORES Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and sparkling mineral water. You can also order a make-at-home frozen margarita kit and take the party to-go.

Primo's MX Kitchen & Lounge

Known as a destination for diehard fans of Tex-Mex food, Primo’s offers a long list of traditional Tex-Mex favorites made with the tastiest and freshest ingredients around. Locals rave about their oh-so-cheesy enchiladas. Plus Primo’s authentic chilaquiles and tacos are can’t-miss dishes. Primo’s brunch is the new star of the show. Of course, you can’t do brunch right without great cocktails. Try a tangy cocktail with a kick, like the Martmita, a melange of PATRÓN Silver, mezcal, blood orange, pineapple, honey and fresno chile. For a drink that’s more like a grown-up horchata, grab a Camanchero, a silky sip of BACARDÍ SUPERIOR, coconut horchata, oloroso sherry, canela, vanilla and nutmeg.

CraftWay Kitchen

If you’re looking for a new laid-back neighborhood staple where you can go again and again, look no further than CraftWay Kitchen. This casual restaurant is the kind of place you can roll into wearing what you have on, no jacket or tie required. Sit inside or outdoors and order whatever you’re craving, maybe their Five Spice Baby Back Ribs or a chicken club sandwich. Relax with an equally unpretentious drink. We recommend the Frosé with rosé wine, GREY GOOSE vodka, lemon juice, bergamotto and orange. Another playful treat of a cocktail is the Frozen Old Fashioned. Order yours with ANGEL’S ENVY bourbon.

Chelsea Corner

Over in the Knox-Henderson area, this sophisticated neighborhood bar serves up high-end burgers, pizzas, cocktails and craft beer inside and on two spacious, sunny patios that are alive with ambiance, music and greenery. Order some small plates to share, such as the charcuterie board, buffalo bites or bacon-wrapped scallops. For a drink to fit the hip yet relaxed atmosphere, ask your server to pour a round of Rose Gold Sangria, a sour-sweet blend of ST~GERMAIN liqueur, Rose Gold Rosé wine, lemonade, rose vodka, lavender and seasonal berries.

Legacy Hall

A visit to this roomy, European-style food hall is like taking a trip around the world without leaving Texas. Experience Legacy Food Hall’s beer garden, craft brewery and live music while sampling foods from the 20 eateries inside the hall. Current options from these eclectic stalls include fried chicken, sushi, lobster rolls, ramen, brisket and more. Pair your meal with a modern take on a classic cocktail, like a Perfect PATRÓN Margarita, with PATRÓN Silver, PATRÓN Citronge orange liqueur, lime and agave. For something a little sweeter, ask for a Strawberry Lemonade Smash, which has BACARDÍ Superior, lemonade and strawberries.

The Rustic

Few restaurants are quite as Texan as The Rustic. This Uptown restaurant and bar features live country music performances from its two stages and a kitchen with its own smoker. Dig into one of their hearty specialties — and of course, a stick-to-your-ribs dinner calls for a proper cocktail. You can’t go wrong with a BACARDÍ Old Fashioned with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho rum, demerara, bitters and orange oil. End your meal with a whimsical Legendary Rustic Rita, a popsicle spiked with PATRÓN Silver tequila and PATRÓN Citronge mango liqueur.

Vidorra

Vidorra may be the new kid in the Deep Ellum neighborhood, the chic Mexican restaurant has already garnered crowds of loyal fans. Visit its wide rooftop bar or patio large enough for a big party, and try its fresh takes on Mexican favorites, like flame-grilled quesadillas, watermelon salad, street tacos, and more. Of course, tequila cocktails are the must-have drinks. Please your sweet tooth with A Night in Tulum, a cocktail crafted from PATRÓN Silver tequila, ILEGAL JOVEN mezcal, passion fruit purée, agave, lime and pineapple. For a drink that will take you back to summer memories, sip a Watermelon Patio Punch, a mixture of PATRÓN Reposado tequila, GREY GOOSE La Vanille vanilla-flavored vodka, watermelon, lime and agave.

Earls Kitchen + Bar

Earls Kitchen & Bar in Plano serves dishes that hail from the sea to the prairie and beyond. If you’re craving something healthy, try a crispy tofu zen bowl. If comfort food is more your style, dive into some saucy BBQ ribs or roast chicken with truffle mashed potatoes. For your drink, you can’t go wrong with Earl’s twist on a ‘50s cocktail classic, the Sunset Mai Tai with BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro, triple sec, toasted avocado nut, lime, pineapple and bitters. Another vintage standard cocktail option is the martini. Ask the bartender to make yours with GREY GOOSE vodka or BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, stirred (Sorry, Mr. Bond) with cold NOILLY PRAT vermouth and served with olives or with a twist.

Saltgrass Steak House

At Saltgrass Steakhouse, you’ll feel like you’re gathered around the chuckwagon with the open skies of the plains over your head. Order house specialties like chargrilled steaks, seafood and chicken. Match your satisfying meal with the complex flavors of a Frosé Rita, which boasts a blend of MARTINI & ROSSI Sparkling Rosé and BACARDÍ Dragronberry rum.

Yard House

At Yard House, upscale food meets casual, classic rock vibes. Here, you’ll find beer enthusiasts and foodies alike noshing on fried mac n’ cheese, street tacos, steaks, or a number of the restaurant’s world-spanning dishes. Whatever meal you choose, make sure it meets its match with a strong and flavorful cocktail, like a GREY GOOSE Strawberry Mule, a sweeter take on the standard mule with GREY GOOSE vodka, strawberries, ginger beer and lime.