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11 Dallas-Area Spots Serving Great Outdoor Cocktails

Celebrate the return of summer with a drink in hand

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As temperatures warm up and we begin to gather safely again with friends, why not do so with an excellent cocktail in hand? We’ve rounded up 11 of the best spots in town for grabbing a drink outside, from a long-standing French bistro to a bright and airy seafood market that will have you transported to Santa Barbara in an instant.

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1. The Yard

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107 S Church St
McKinney, TX 75069
(469) 631-0035
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For a fun, low-key outing, sidle up to a picnic table under The Yard’s towering canopy of post oak trees — it’s like your own backyard, only better. The food menu has carne asada nachos, a buttermilk-brined chicken sandwich, a whole roster of tacos, and simple classics like burgers and hot dogs for the little ones. Don’t let the simple food fool you, though — for the grown-ups, there’s a whole roster of distinctive cocktails, like the Watermelonade, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, elderflower liqueur, lime, watermelon, and mint simple syrup for just a touch of sweetness.

The light pink Watermelonade at The Yard, in a stemless wine glass, garnished with jalapeno swirls and salt on the rim.
Watermelonade at The Yard.
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2. CraftWay Kitchen

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5809 Preston Rd Suite 578
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 403-0555
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The lively, bustling CraftWay Kitchen might not be as trendy as some other Dallas hotspots, but we like it like that. This friendly, locals-only joint has an open kitchen, a bubbly, helpful staff, and a relaxed atmosphere, with unique touches like local art showcased on the walls. The wide-ranging menu has something for everyone but is all based on the premise that high-quality ingredients translate to high-quality food. For simplicity at its best, try the CW charcuterie platter, a generous helping of seasonally-selected cheeses, cured meats, pickled vegetables, fig jam, and an umami-loaded parmesan lavash cracker. The cocktails are classic, but rely on top-shelf, premium liquors and mixers. For instance, try the Frozen Mule, which uses Grey Goose vodka, fresh lime, and a kicky ginger beer.

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3. Kenny's East Coast Pizza

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4701 W Park Blvd #101
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 519-9669
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If you hail from the northeast, you’ve probably missed great pizza — unless you’ve been to Kenny’s. It also has a full menu of red-sauce favorites like lasagna, chicken parm, and spaghetti and meatballs, just like your nonna used to make. End your filling meal in the authentic Italian fashion with an espresso, but not just any espresso. Try one of Kenny’s espresso martinis, made with Grey Goose (served at a frigid 28 degrees from the restaurant’s tap), coffee liqueur, and vanilla bean-infused cold brew.

A dark brown espresso martini in a martini glass on a table in Kenny’s East Coast Pizza.
Espresso Martini at Kenny’s East Coast Pizza.
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4. Lovers Seafood & Market

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5200 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 414-9880
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If you’re looking for some great seafood with beach-house vibes, you’ve found it. Fish is flown in several times a day, six days a week, and offerings run the gamut from local Texas-caught redfish to sea scallops from Georges Bank, off the coast of Cape Cod. Short of catching a flight to Maine, Lovers Seafood is best in class. Drinks aren’t overlooked either — after all, what would a good raw bar experience be without a cocktail or two? The Essence of Summer Spritz (your choice of Grey Goose Essences, lemon, Italian bitter aperitif, and sparkling wine) goes well with chilled king crab legs and the restaurant’s daily ceviche offering.

5. Lounge 31

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87 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 420-3900
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Tucked away above Bistro 31, its Italian sibling, Lounge 31 has a menu consisting primarily of sushi and Japanese-inspired fare, as well as a star-studded roster of simple but skillfully made cocktails. Start your evening with the Chanel 31 —both a play on the restaurant’s name and the address of the iconic fashion house — and instantly be transported to the Mediterranean thanks to the drink’s main ingredient, Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary. The refreshing drink pairs perfectly with the bar’s eponymous sushi roll, made with tempura bacon (this is Texas, after all), crab, avocado, tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, topped with lemon zest, masago, and scallion.

6. Toulouse

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3314 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-8999
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A perennial favorite, Toulouse offers undeniable French flair, transporting diners to its namesake French city from the moment they sit in the red woven rattan chairs. You’ll find favorites like steak frites and escargot and mussels provençale with a certain je ne sais quoi that can’t be found elsewhere in Dallas. The craft and attention to detail carry over to the cocktail menu, where simple favorites like a refreshing martini are elevated thanks to Grey Goose La Poire (pear) vodka, gin, lemon, and simple syrup.

The Grey Goose Le Poir cocktail in a martini glass and topped with herbs on a marble counter at Toulouse. Also on the counter are strawberries, herbs, a pepper grinder and a Grey Goose bottle.
The Grey Goose Le Poir at Toulouse.
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7. Commons Club at The Virgin Hotel

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1445 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(469) 359-7700
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The ultra-chic Virgin Hotel is home to Commons Club, a swanky lounge-meets-supper club, with a marble-topped bar that quickly became one of Dallas’s best spots to see and be seen when it opened in 2019. Snag a red leather barstool for yourself and try the Watermelon Sugar, a blend of Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, melon liqueur, absinthe, watermelon, simple syrup, and lemon. If that doesn’t appeal, transport yourself with the Sakuratini, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, a bitter, dragonfruit, and jasmine essence — the result is a pleasant, floral cocktail that will almost certainly make you want to order another. Don’t skip on the bar snacks either — the boujee tots, in particular, are a cheeky take on the childhood favorite, topped with crème fraîche and smoked trout roe.

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8. Dahlia Bar & Bistro

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3300 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 466-8604
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Inspired by the exotic flower, bohemian-themed Dahlia feels like the perfect spot to celebrate summer. Settle beneath the jaw-dropping floral chandelier and try Dahlia’s innovative selection of cocktails, including La Plage Française (the French Beach), a mix of Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, fresh berries, lemongrass reduction, and oolong white tea, topped with prosecco. The food menu skews toward the Mediterranean — you’ll find robust pastas and flatbreads as well as creative takes on things like lamb kabobs, which are served with jalapeno mint jelly.

A pink drink sits in a wineglass, topped with strawberry slices and a black straw.
A cocktail at Dahlia Bar & Bistro
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9. Hotel ZaZa

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2332 Leonard St
Dallas, TX 75201
(888) 880-3244
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It’s almost pool season — and Hotel Zaza’s trendy Dragonfly is ready. Like a fine wine, the well-established Dragonfly gets better every year, now offering a creative poolside menu that’s not only loaded with fun, snackable fare (crispy jalapeno calamari, anyone?), but sippable cocktails that are perfect for a day spent in the sun. We’re partial to the Yuzu Cooler — paired with Fever Tree’s sparkling lime and yuzu soda, the drink contains Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass vodka, elderflower liqueur, and fresh strawberries. And if you’re feeling generous, bring your friends — you can order any of the drinks on Dragonfly’s poolside menu in a pitcher.

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10. Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar

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2501 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 782-9807
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Settle into Dallas’s most extensive garden patio at Saint Ann. Located in the trendy Harwood District downtown, the stunning tree-fringed deck is the perfect brunch destination to take a big, deep breath after a long week. The New American menu is the product of young executive chef Taylor Kearney, a rising star who’s worked with culinary luminaries like Charlie Palmer, Thomas Keller, and Anne-Sophie Pic. It focuses on ingredients from local purveyors within a 50-mile radius of the restaurant with some Pacific Northwest influences. Even the restaurant’s most simple dishes, like the spring chicken with carrots, sweet onions, spaetzle, fava beans, and turnips focus on high-quality ingredients. As evidenced in the Berry Smash and Spring Fling, drinks are equally thoughtful and made with premium spirits, like Grey Goose.

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A cocktail at Saint Ann
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11. Whiskey Garden

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2800 Bledsoe St #150
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(682) 312-7708

Whiskey Garden is more than just an homage to the brown stuff. The hopping pool-bar is perhaps best known as a rowdy party spot where you can enjoy your favorite drink with a dip in the bar’s centerpiece, a saltwater pool. Still, there’s some sophisticated stuff happening here, too, that doesn’t involve the namesake booze. Head to the pool bar for the energizing Watermelon Basil Freeze, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, tart margarita mix, and mojito syrup.

A pink slushee drink sits in a small, short glass topped with a large watermelon slice.
The Watermelon Basil Freeze at Whiskey Garden
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1. The Yard

107 S Church St, McKinney, TX 75069
The light pink Watermelonade at The Yard, in a stemless wine glass, garnished with jalapeno swirls and salt on the rim.
Watermelonade at The Yard.
Courtesy of The Yard.

For a fun, low-key outing, sidle up to a picnic table under The Yard’s towering canopy of post oak trees — it’s like your own backyard, only better. The food menu has carne asada nachos, a buttermilk-brined chicken sandwich, a whole roster of tacos, and simple classics like burgers and hot dogs for the little ones. Don’t let the simple food fool you, though — for the grown-ups, there’s a whole roster of distinctive cocktails, like the Watermelonade, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, elderflower liqueur, lime, watermelon, and mint simple syrup for just a touch of sweetness.

107 S Church St
McKinney, TX 75069

2. CraftWay Kitchen

5809 Preston Rd Suite 578, Plano, TX 75093
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The lively, bustling CraftWay Kitchen might not be as trendy as some other Dallas hotspots, but we like it like that. This friendly, locals-only joint has an open kitchen, a bubbly, helpful staff, and a relaxed atmosphere, with unique touches like local art showcased on the walls. The wide-ranging menu has something for everyone but is all based on the premise that high-quality ingredients translate to high-quality food. For simplicity at its best, try the CW charcuterie platter, a generous helping of seasonally-selected cheeses, cured meats, pickled vegetables, fig jam, and an umami-loaded parmesan lavash cracker. The cocktails are classic, but rely on top-shelf, premium liquors and mixers. For instance, try the Frozen Mule, which uses Grey Goose vodka, fresh lime, and a kicky ginger beer.

5809 Preston Rd Suite 578
Plano, TX 75093

3. Kenny's East Coast Pizza

4701 W Park Blvd #101, Plano, TX 75093
A dark brown espresso martini in a martini glass on a table in Kenny’s East Coast Pizza.
Espresso Martini at Kenny’s East Coast Pizza.
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If you hail from the northeast, you’ve probably missed great pizza — unless you’ve been to Kenny’s. It also has a full menu of red-sauce favorites like lasagna, chicken parm, and spaghetti and meatballs, just like your nonna used to make. End your filling meal in the authentic Italian fashion with an espresso, but not just any espresso. Try one of Kenny’s espresso martinis, made with Grey Goose (served at a frigid 28 degrees from the restaurant’s tap), coffee liqueur, and vanilla bean-infused cold brew.

4701 W Park Blvd #101
Plano, TX 75093

4. Lovers Seafood & Market

5200 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209

If you’re looking for some great seafood with beach-house vibes, you’ve found it. Fish is flown in several times a day, six days a week, and offerings run the gamut from local Texas-caught redfish to sea scallops from Georges Bank, off the coast of Cape Cod. Short of catching a flight to Maine, Lovers Seafood is best in class. Drinks aren’t overlooked either — after all, what would a good raw bar experience be without a cocktail or two? The Essence of Summer Spritz (your choice of Grey Goose Essences, lemon, Italian bitter aperitif, and sparkling wine) goes well with chilled king crab legs and the restaurant’s daily ceviche offering.

5200 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

5. Lounge 31

87 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205

Tucked away above Bistro 31, its Italian sibling, Lounge 31 has a menu consisting primarily of sushi and Japanese-inspired fare, as well as a star-studded roster of simple but skillfully made cocktails. Start your evening with the Chanel 31 —both a play on the restaurant’s name and the address of the iconic fashion house — and instantly be transported to the Mediterranean thanks to the drink’s main ingredient, Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary. The refreshing drink pairs perfectly with the bar’s eponymous sushi roll, made with tempura bacon (this is Texas, after all), crab, avocado, tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, topped with lemon zest, masago, and scallion.

87 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205

6. Toulouse

3314 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
The Grey Goose Le Poir cocktail in a martini glass and topped with herbs on a marble counter at Toulouse. Also on the counter are strawberries, herbs, a pepper grinder and a Grey Goose bottle.
The Grey Goose Le Poir at Toulouse.
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A perennial favorite, Toulouse offers undeniable French flair, transporting diners to its namesake French city from the moment they sit in the red woven rattan chairs. You’ll find favorites like steak frites and escargot and mussels provençale with a certain je ne sais quoi that can’t be found elsewhere in Dallas. The craft and attention to detail carry over to the cocktail menu, where simple favorites like a refreshing martini are elevated thanks to Grey Goose La Poire (pear) vodka, gin, lemon, and simple syrup.

3314 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

7. Commons Club at The Virgin Hotel

1445 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
Courtesy of Commons Club at The Virgin Hotel

The ultra-chic Virgin Hotel is home to Commons Club, a swanky lounge-meets-supper club, with a marble-topped bar that quickly became one of Dallas’s best spots to see and be seen when it opened in 2019. Snag a red leather barstool for yourself and try the Watermelon Sugar, a blend of Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, melon liqueur, absinthe, watermelon, simple syrup, and lemon. If that doesn’t appeal, transport yourself with the Sakuratini, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, a bitter, dragonfruit, and jasmine essence — the result is a pleasant, floral cocktail that will almost certainly make you want to order another. Don’t skip on the bar snacks either — the boujee tots, in particular, are a cheeky take on the childhood favorite, topped with crème fraîche and smoked trout roe.

1445 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

8. Dahlia Bar & Bistro

3300 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
A pink drink sits in a wineglass, topped with strawberry slices and a black straw.
A cocktail at Dahlia Bar & Bistro
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Inspired by the exotic flower, bohemian-themed Dahlia feels like the perfect spot to celebrate summer. Settle beneath the jaw-dropping floral chandelier and try Dahlia’s innovative selection of cocktails, including La Plage Française (the French Beach), a mix of Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, fresh berries, lemongrass reduction, and oolong white tea, topped with prosecco. The food menu skews toward the Mediterranean — you’ll find robust pastas and flatbreads as well as creative takes on things like lamb kabobs, which are served with jalapeno mint jelly.

3300 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

9. Hotel ZaZa

2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201
Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa

It’s almost pool season — and Hotel Zaza’s trendy Dragonfly is ready. Like a fine wine, the well-established Dragonfly gets better every year, now offering a creative poolside menu that’s not only loaded with fun, snackable fare (crispy jalapeno calamari, anyone?), but sippable cocktails that are perfect for a day spent in the sun. We’re partial to the Yuzu Cooler — paired with Fever Tree’s sparkling lime and yuzu soda, the drink contains Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass vodka, elderflower liqueur, and fresh strawberries. And if you’re feeling generous, bring your friends — you can order any of the drinks on Dragonfly’s poolside menu in a pitcher.

2332 Leonard St
Dallas, TX 75201

10. Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar

2501 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
A hand holding a clear colored cocktail with a lemon slice
A cocktail at Saint Ann
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Settle into Dallas’s most extensive garden patio at Saint Ann. Located in the trendy Harwood District downtown, the stunning tree-fringed deck is the perfect brunch destination to take a big, deep breath after a long week. The New American menu is the product of young executive chef Taylor Kearney, a rising star who’s worked with culinary luminaries like Charlie Palmer, Thomas Keller, and Anne-Sophie Pic. It focuses on ingredients from local purveyors within a 50-mile radius of the restaurant with some Pacific Northwest influences. Even the restaurant’s most simple dishes, like the spring chicken with carrots, sweet onions, spaetzle, fava beans, and turnips focus on high-quality ingredients. As evidenced in the Berry Smash and Spring Fling, drinks are equally thoughtful and made with premium spirits, like Grey Goose.

2501 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201

11. Whiskey Garden

2800 Bledsoe St #150, Fort Worth, TX 76107
A pink slushee drink sits in a small, short glass topped with a large watermelon slice.
The Watermelon Basil Freeze at Whiskey Garden
Courtesy of Whiskey Garden

Whiskey Garden is more than just an homage to the brown stuff. The hopping pool-bar is perhaps best known as a rowdy party spot where you can enjoy your favorite drink with a dip in the bar’s centerpiece, a saltwater pool. Still, there’s some sophisticated stuff happening here, too, that doesn’t involve the namesake booze. Head to the pool bar for the energizing Watermelon Basil Freeze, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, tart margarita mix, and mojito syrup.

2800 Bledsoe St #150
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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