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The Margarita Verde at Water Grill Dallas
The Margarita Verde at Water Grill Dallas

Where to Sip Margaritas and Mezcal in Dallas

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The Margarita Verde at Water Grill Dallas
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While Texas is adored for its barbecue, chicken fried steak, and Tex-Mex cuisine, don’t overlook the state’s signature drinks while you’re in Dallas. Give happy hour some Texas flair: here are the best bars and restaurants to sip a margarita or a Mezcal cocktail when you're in town.

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1. Desperados Mexican Restaurant

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4818 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 363-1850
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Desperados is a casual family-owned and operated eatery that’s been serving Mexican dishes since the 1970s. For a taste of authentic Tex-Mex, pair the Awesome Nachos with La Margarita — made with fresh lime juice, Sauza Conmemorativo tequila, Cointreau, and “a little something special,” according to the restaurant. The names might be simple, but don’t let that fool you. Desperados won ‘‘Best of the Best Hall of Fame Margarita” from D Magazine last year.

2. Grayson Social

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Grayson Social looks like a posh living room decked out in gray velvet. You’ll feel right at home while you munch on Southern eats, like country fried steak, and sip on a margarita — the selection of margs offers something for everyone. Try the rose margarita, made with house-made rose syrup,or, for something that tastes a little more Texas, opt for the smoked margarita made with mesquite smoke.
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3. Meso Maya

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1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202
For a fresh take on your margarita order, order the avocado marg at Meso Maya. It’s made with Casa Noble Crystal, fresh muddled avocado, and freshly squeezed pineapple and lime juices.. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation while you sip your drink on the patio, set underneath romantic white string lights.

4. Public School 214

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3700 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-6234
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Public School 214 has a sports and gastropub kind of vibe to it, so if you want to grab a craft beer from the rotating draft list and a burger, this is your spot to belly up. Since it’s Texas, though, you might want to try something a little more exciting than your typical brew. Order a Morning in Oaxaca, which uses cold-brewed coffee as well as orange juice and tequila.
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5. Salum

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4152 Cole Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 252-9604
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For an upscale dinner and drinks complete with white tablecloths, head to chef Abraham Salum’s restaurant Salum for a Mezcalito. The smoky cocktail is made with mezcal and spicy Ancho Reyes liqueur, so it packs a bit of a punch. Fun fact: it’s garnished with Sal de Guisano sprinkled on an orange slice, which is a popular way to enjoy orange slices in Mexico.

6. Smoky Rose

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8602 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
Smoky Rose is a neighborhood spot place known for its no-nonsense barbecue, its big patio, and its small batch cocktails. To keep things (slightly) lighter, try the brisket nachos or the smokehouse potato chips to share andorder a Butterfly cocktail: Herradura Silver tequila, lemongrass simple syrup, Damiana (an herbal aphrodisiac dating back to the Mayans), fresh pineapple, and lime juice.

7. Streets Fine Chicken

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3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
Sometimes it’s good to just keep things simple. At Street’s Fine Chicken, you’ll find the ambiance has a clean, country kitchen feel to it. Needless to say, this place isn’t for the poultry-averse. Order your bird “French Fried,” brined in lemon, sea salt and French herbs; or “Roasted & Toasted” with crispy skin. To complement your chicken, sip on the Ancho Del Rey, a spicy mix of Tequila Cabeza, lime juice and smoked ancho syrup.
Street’s Fine Chicken

8. Ten 50 BBQ

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1050 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75080
(972) 234-1050
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This industrial looking, barbecue-focused eatery is the go-to place for Hill Country-style (cooked directly over coals) hickory-smoked brisket and ribs. You can choose from a variety of classic sides, like a five-cheese mac and cheese and corn on the cob, and, of course, beer and cocktails. Try the mango margarita, a blend of Patrón Silver tequila, Cointreau, mango, Ten50’s own sweet & sour mix, and garnished with basil and a lime.
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9. The Water Grill

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1920 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
If you’re craving seafood in Dallas, make your way to Water Grill Dallas. The menu boasts a bevy of raw bar options — think half a dozen oysters for yourself or a chilled shellfish platter to share — as well as margaritas. Try the Margarita Verde made with cucumber, basil and jalapeño, or the Lone Star, made with silver tequila and mezcal, agave syrup, lime, coriander, and sweet yellow and jalapeño peppers. The ancho chile salted rims add an extra dose of spice to your drink order.
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10. Victor Tangos

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3001 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 252-8595
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Order a Green with Agave cocktail from bartender Andrew Stofko at Victor Tangos. It’s a combination of mezcal, Crème de Poire, agave, lime, and an arugula garnish, an ingredient likely seen more often in a salad than in a cocktail. In this case, the final product is slightly creamy and meant to refresh.
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1. Desperados Mexican Restaurant

4818 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Desperados is a casual family-owned and operated eatery that’s been serving Mexican dishes since the 1970s. For a taste of authentic Tex-Mex, pair the Awesome Nachos with La Margarita — made with fresh lime juice, Sauza Conmemorativo tequila, Cointreau, and “a little something special,” according to the restaurant. The names might be simple, but don’t let that fool you. Desperados won ‘‘Best of the Best Hall of Fame Margarita” from D Magazine last year.
4818 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

2. Grayson Social

Dallas, TX 75201
Grayson Social
Grayson Social looks like a posh living room decked out in gray velvet. You’ll feel right at home while you munch on Southern eats, like country fried steak, and sip on a margarita — the selection of margs offers something for everyone. Try the rose margarita, made with house-made rose syrup,or, for something that tastes a little more Texas, opt for the smoked margarita made with mesquite smoke.

3. Meso Maya

1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
For a fresh take on your margarita order, order the avocado marg at Meso Maya. It’s made with Casa Noble Crystal, fresh muddled avocado, and freshly squeezed pineapple and lime juices.. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation while you sip your drink on the patio, set underneath romantic white string lights.
1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202

4. Public School 214

3700 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Public School 214
Public School 214 has a sports and gastropub kind of vibe to it, so if you want to grab a craft beer from the rotating draft list and a burger, this is your spot to belly up. Since it’s Texas, though, you might want to try something a little more exciting than your typical brew. Order a Morning in Oaxaca, which uses cold-brewed coffee as well as orange juice and tequila.
3700 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

5. Salum

4152 Cole Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
For an upscale dinner and drinks complete with white tablecloths, head to chef Abraham Salum’s restaurant Salum for a Mezcalito. The smoky cocktail is made with mezcal and spicy Ancho Reyes liqueur, so it packs a bit of a punch. Fun fact: it’s garnished with Sal de Guisano sprinkled on an orange slice, which is a popular way to enjoy orange slices in Mexico.
4152 Cole Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

6. Smoky Rose

8602 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Smoky Rose is a neighborhood spot place known for its no-nonsense barbecue, its big patio, and its small batch cocktails. To keep things (slightly) lighter, try the brisket nachos or the smokehouse potato chips to share andorder a Butterfly cocktail: Herradura Silver tequila, lemongrass simple syrup, Damiana (an herbal aphrodisiac dating back to the Mayans), fresh pineapple, and lime juice.
8602 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

7. Streets Fine Chicken

3857 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219
Street’s Fine Chicken
Sometimes it’s good to just keep things simple. At Street’s Fine Chicken, you’ll find the ambiance has a clean, country kitchen feel to it. Needless to say, this place isn’t for the poultry-averse. Order your bird “French Fried,” brined in lemon, sea salt and French herbs; or “Roasted & Toasted” with crispy skin. To complement your chicken, sip on the Ancho Del Rey, a spicy mix of Tequila Cabeza, lime juice and smoked ancho syrup.
3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

8. Ten 50 BBQ

1050 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75080
Ten50 BBQ
This industrial looking, barbecue-focused eatery is the go-to place for Hill Country-style (cooked directly over coals) hickory-smoked brisket and ribs. You can choose from a variety of classic sides, like a five-cheese mac and cheese and corn on the cob, and, of course, beer and cocktails. Try the mango margarita, a blend of Patrón Silver tequila, Cointreau, mango, Ten50’s own sweet & sour mix, and garnished with basil and a lime.
1050 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75080

9. The Water Grill

1920 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Water Grill
If you’re craving seafood in Dallas, make your way to Water Grill Dallas. The menu boasts a bevy of raw bar options — think half a dozen oysters for yourself or a chilled shellfish platter to share — as well as margaritas. Try the Margarita Verde made with cucumber, basil and jalapeño, or the Lone Star, made with silver tequila and mezcal, agave syrup, lime, coriander, and sweet yellow and jalapeño peppers. The ancho chile salted rims add an extra dose of spice to your drink order.
1920 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

10. Victor Tangos

3001 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Victor Tango's
Order a Green with Agave cocktail from bartender Andrew Stofko at Victor Tangos. It’s a combination of mezcal, Crème de Poire, agave, lime, and an arugula garnish, an ingredient likely seen more often in a salad than in a cocktail. In this case, the final product is slightly creamy and meant to refresh.
3001 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

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