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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. Meso Maya

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1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX

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. 

2. Smoky Rose

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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.  

3. Public School 214

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3700 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX
(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. 

4. Salum

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4152 Cole Ave
Dallas, TX
(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. 

5. El Bolero

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1201 Oak Lawn Ave #160
Dallas, TX
(214) 741-1986
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El Bolero’s patio is simply stunning, and there’s plenty of umbrellas to provide shade, making it an ideal brunching spot; or kick back after work with one of the excellent margaritas and some tacos al pastor.

6. Streets Fine Chicken

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3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX

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. 

7. Ten 50 BBQ

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1050 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX
(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.

8. Uchi

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2817 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 855-5454
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The arrival of Tyson Cole’s sushi empire came not a moment too soon when it (finally) opened its doors in Summer 2015. Dallas’ newest 5-star restaurant is one of the hottest tables in town, and for good reason - dishes like foie gras nigiri are enough to keep anyone coming back.

9. The Water Grill

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1920 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX

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.  victor

10. Victor Tangos

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3001 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX
(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. Meso Maya

1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX

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

2. Smoky Rose

Dallas, TX

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.  

3. Public School 214

3700 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX

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

4. Salum

4152 Cole Ave, Dallas, TX

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

5. El Bolero

1201 Oak Lawn Ave #160, Dallas, TX

El Bolero’s patio is simply stunning, and there’s plenty of umbrellas to provide shade, making it an ideal brunching spot; or kick back after work with one of the excellent margaritas and some tacos al pastor.

1201 Oak Lawn Ave #160
Dallas, TX

6. Streets Fine Chicken

3857 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX

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

7. Ten 50 BBQ

1050 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX

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

8. Uchi

2817 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX

The arrival of Tyson Cole’s sushi empire came not a moment too soon when it (finally) opened its doors in Summer 2015. Dallas’ newest 5-star restaurant is one of the hottest tables in town, and for good reason - dishes like foie gras nigiri are enough to keep anyone coming back.

2817 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX

9. The Water Grill

1920 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX

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.  victor

1920 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX

10. Victor Tangos

3001 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX

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

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