Head to these new hotspots for a good drink and a good time.
Posted on Oct 12, 2018 By Devon Yarbrough
Established in 1873, Deep Ellum has always been home to a vibrant music scene, an abundance of visual artists and a thriving nightlife culture. As the popular neighborhood continues to flourish, our bucket list of bars to check out in the area grows with it.
Unwind at Izkina, a new Spanish-influenced eatery and bar tucked inside the recently opened Deep Ellum Hostel. Sip classic cocktails, local beers, Spanish wines, or taste some of its small bites - I recommend the meatballs or the charcuterie boards - while appreciating the design and relaxed environment. The bar is a perfect spot to enjoy an intimate happy hour with friends.
2. Mama Tried
This new bar brings a little Nashville to Dallas with a tavern setting complete with a southern-inspired menu, great drinks, live music including classic country, bluegrass, and other country subgenres. The bar has multiple stages, a wide outdoor patio and an eye-catching 80-foot shotgun bar fashioned out of a Cypress tree. Try the chicken fried steak or the pretzel and meat board, then afterwards dance the night away to your favorite country songs.
The latest restaurant in Deep Ellum has the perfect ambiance and design for a happy hour that turns into a late night. With a beautiful rooftop bar that oversees the busiest corridor in the neighborhood and Downtown Dallas, Vidorra offers a good time complete with tequila flights and oversized margaritas. For an added bonus, Vidorra is serving top-notch Tex-Mex cuisine with some of the best chips and salsa in the area.
Since its opening, Ruins has become a popular spot in Deep Ellum. From the team behind Armoury D.E., a longtime Deep Ellum go-to spot, Ruins offers a bohemian atmosphere with Latin folk art and décor. The bar specializes in mezcal-based cocktails and is only one of two places in Dallas to make a tlayuda – a traditional Oaxacan dish – while also serving other Central American-enthused dishes.
This bar has quickly established itself as a hotspot in Deep Ellum. Known for their flavorful and innovative cocktails (that have even more innovative names), Hide gives off a sleek yet lively impression to its patrons. Stop by during happy hour or on Tuesdays during their Spirited Socialism event for a $5 shot of an amazing high-end spirit.
This recently opened vodka-distillery offers an underground and laidback vibe. Enjoy the rustic decorations and furnishings, while sipping a perfectly crafted vodka-infused cocktail. With multiple flavors to taste, from coffee to pineapple to dill pickle, the distillery is a great place to spend an relaxed night out with friends.
7. Harlowe MXM
Harlowe MXM offers a homey yet industrious and spacious feel with its warm woods, brass accents, exposed brick walls and houseplants. With a dining room, a massive horseshoe-shaped bar and an additional rooftop patio, this bar is the best place for a cool, semi-upscale night out or to sip a classic cocktail, such as an old fashioned or paloma.
8. The Crowdus
A new bar is taking over the location of Drugstore Cowboy that will now have a retro '70s and '80s theme from the menu to the furnishings. The Crowdus is set to open in early fall 2018 and will strictly be a full-service bar that will serve savory daiquiris at reasonable prices.
The first cidery in Deep Ellum is coming this fall and will feature multiple flavors of cider, from sweet and sour to ghost pepper-infused. They'll be housed directly across from Pecan Lodge and will also serve gluten-free ciders.