I went to Dallas in the beginning of March for a long weekend and the weather was absolutely stunning. It was the perfect time of year to escape the Chicago chill for sunshine and jean jacket weather down south. We were able to check out many of the different neighborhoods in Dallas and I highly recommend bouncing around to discover the different areas.
Best Places To Stay In Dallas
South Side Dallas
Our first night we stayed at the Nylo Dallas South Side. A friend mentioned they had one of the best rooftop views of the city, and we thought, why not take advantage? Oh they did indeed. The rooftop SODA bar was a great way to introduce ourselves to the city views. The bar includes an indoor/outdoor patio and a pool that closes at sunset. The other great part of this boutique hotel was the lofty and industrial feel along with bright artsy inspiration. The staff was more than accommodating and seemed to really enjoy their jobs.
The rest of the weekend we stayed in The Adolphus Hotel downtown. Rated among one of the top hotels in Dallas, this is quite the opposite of where we stayed our first night. The Adolphus was dreamed up by Anheuser Busch founder Adolphus Busch as a luxury hotel back in the early 1900s and while the lobby maintains the historic feel, the rooms were up-to-date and well designed. I had some major envy for the hotel room mirrors! The hotel also has a great rooftop pool to relax in during the day and apparently a bar, but we didn’t’ get a chance to see it while we were there. Good news is there is a bar right in the lobby area that is hopping during happy hour and late evening.
Things to Do in Downtown Dallas
There are some great things to do in Downtown Dallas within walking distance of the Adolphus Hotel.
Food & Drink
- Frankies Bar: This fun underground sports bar was right around the corner from the hotel and is great late night hang. The bar plays 90s music videos you can watch late at night when your eating their pizza or chicken wings!
- Crafty Irishman: We stopped here for a quick snack and drinks. They had good appetizer options – we chose the corn beef and cabbage egg rolls. The drinks were also really good. The restaurant is known for its Crafty Coffee which is an Irish Coffee with Baileys. My favorite was their Gun Powder which is crafted with Hendrick’s Gin, Elderflower, Lime, and Cucumber. I think this is going to be my new summer drink – refreshing!
- Flying Horse Cafe: This is located in the Magnolia Hotel, directly next door. They make great lattes, power smoothies and breakfast tacos!
- Klyde Park: Every time I passed this beautiful park it was loaded with food trucks, and people dancing, playing games, picnicking or just relaxing!
- Eye: It’s always watching you!
- JFK Assassination Tour: While I didn’t get the chance to do this, I heard great things about this historical experience.
- Reunion Tower: Also on my list – another great way to see the skyline!
Things to Do in Dallas South Side
The South Side is a growing area and has some newer top-rated Dallas restaurants. Here are some of the hot spots we visited while we stayed at the Nylo hotel.
- Melted: This was our first stop, and home to some great cocktails and an abundance of cheesy sammies! I ordered The Beach, a chicken, bacon, avocado, cheddar and cream cheese sandwich. *Melted* in my mouth! The bar also opens up to an outdoor picnic area, so everyone’s happy.
- Mac’s Southside: A late night win on my part. This neighborhood bar had a friendly bar staff and even better pizza menu. I took a risk and ordered a margarita pizza with pepperoni and can’t believe I waited 33 years to try this invention! Delish!
- Opening Bell Coffee Shop: This cute coffee shop and live music venue has been well received by both locals and Dallas visitors. We went here for breakfast and got the avocado toast, breakfast tacos and a mocha latte. All food was well presented and yummy!
Places I want to check out next time I’m in South Side: Industry Alley Bar, Checkered Past Winery, Full Circle Tavern, and Midnight Rambler.
Things to Do in Uptown Dallas
When you have a chance, check out a Dallas Stars or Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center. Otherwise, here are some great outdoor bars and Dallas restaurants to hang out:
- Happiest Hour: A bit closer to Downtown, this bar is top rated for its large rooftop and patio area. It’s within walking distance to the American Airlines Center, so a perfect pre or post game hotspot!
- Nickel & Rye: An outdoor Whiskey bar with other creative cocktails
- Blackfriar Pub: A casual doubledecker pub perfect for people watching
- Parliament Dallas: A small cocktail bar with a speakeasy feel
Place I want to check out next time I’m in Uptown: Quarter Bar, The GingerMan.
Things to Do In Dallas – Deep Ellum
One of our favorite places in the city was Deep Ellum and artsy area chock-full of fun bars, restaurants, murals and sculptures!
- The Backyard: An extremely large bar full of games and dog art!
- Pecan Lodge: This Dallas restaurant is known for its lines that wrap around the corner. We got in around 4:30 with no wait on a weekend for this Texas BBQ joint. The brisket was fantastic!
- Stirr: Another great rooftop bar with amazing sunset views of the city. Their drink specials were on point – $5 for your choice of a handful of their craft cocktails.
- Anvil Pub: We hit this place up for a few drinks and had the best time talking to the bartender. Apparently it’s a must for bloody’s and brunch on the weekend! Next time!
- IdleRye: A hip restaurant with Polish and Louisiana roots.
We heard great things about Idle Rye, Brick & Bones, Frank, Hide Cocktails, and Truck Yard, which we will be sure to visit during our summer trip.
If you are going to try to drive around the outskirts of Dallas, my number one recommendation is to go into Highland Park. The most beautiful mansions are built here and fun to cruise through! Who knows, you may run across a celebrity!
Would I go back to Dallas?
Of course I would. The weather was perfect, people were friendly, and bars and restaurants were all a great experience. I’m just getting started!
Looking for more things to do in Texas? Check out my post on Austin!