Spring has sprung and I am loving it! In addition to the joy that comes along with breaking out my spring wardrobe, I’m finally able to indulge in one of my all time favorite activities: patio happy hours.
It’s important to note that in Dallas, there are really only a few months out of the year (typically in spring and fall) that patio weather is upon us. Once the summer heat rolls around, patios are no longer fun and I’ll take my drink and cheese board at a sheltered indoor table, thank you very much.
Without further ado, here are the top five patio situations that I’m really feeling right now. Make sure you take your Claritin.
In no particular order…
1. The Grove
When I saw The Grove pop up on the side of McKinnon Street, I knew a cold bottle of rosé and a good game of cornhole were in my near future. We live in Harwood, so it’s understandable that two of the places on this list are within walking distance of our home. I mean, convenience is key. The Grove serves low maintenance food with a surprisingly great bev menu. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with a place that offers a variety of outdoor activities (buzzed volleyball, anyone?). Side note: they have an adorable wall of potted flowers that makes a great Instagram.
2. HG Sply Co.
HG Sply Co. is one of my favorite happy hour spots on Greenville Avenue regardless of whether or not I’m sitting on the patio. But you really should. The menu is super fresh, with plenty of healthy options so you can feel zero guilt about indulging in a Frozen Moscow Mule. The hummus is not to be missed, and the rooftop provides a great angle for that quintessential Dallas skyline pic. Bonus: large group friendly.
Located in the heart of Klyde Warren Park, Savor is the perfect spot for a happy hour within walking distance of both Uptown and Downtown. The restaurant is pretty much made up of windows, so dining in feels like sitting in the park. The patio provides a comfortable vantage point for fantastic people watching, and the menu is made up of top tier happy hour fare like Lobster Puffs and and Oysters Rockefeller. Oh, and did I mention they have wine on tap? No wonder it’s on my list.
4. The Rustic
Pat Green himself helped concept The Rustic, so of course it has a Texas-sized backyard that will impress even the most discerning happy hour devotees. Complete with giant picnic tables and a stage for live music, The Rustic is right up there with Katy Trail Ice House when it comes to top outdoor day drinking spots in Dallas. The menu features apps like Salt and Pepper Deviled Eggs and Texas Goat Cheese, and don’t forget about the “Jam and Toast” brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with live music!
5. Happiest Hour
Happiest Hour is another relatively new addition to Harwood, and I’m so glad it is. Hunter and I truly crept on their Instagram in anticipation of the grand opening . No really, we left comments and all. It was worth the wait, because we now have a go-to rooftop bar literally right across the street (which is both good and bad). The rooftop is on par with the likes of HG Sply Co., and the beer selection is on point. As far as the food is concerned, the Kung Pao Cauliflower and Fried Green Tomato Caprese are where it’s at.