Cocktails/Wine Bars in Dallas, TX
The Libertine Bar is the perfect place for a night out with your best gal pals, even if you don’t all have the same tastes. In addition to a wide selection of beers ranging from Lambics and sours to stouts and porters, the Libertine’s expert bartenders will happily mix some of the girliest-girl drinks in the business. Sip Spring in a glass with the Lavender Pisco Sour, featuring Pisco, lavender syrup, fresh lime, and both lavender and Peruvian bitters. Or try The Elsa (cucumber, Dolin Rouge, Pama, bitters and house-infused cucumber vodka). These and their other house mixes are only $4 to $5 each during happy hour (Monday - Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.).
The Idle Rich Pub offers everything you’d expect from a traditional Irish watering hole. The pub isn’t just Irish-owned and operated, it features furnishings, cabinetry and tile work imported from the Emerald Isle. But lets talk brew. Ireland’s most famous export, Guinness, is on draft at only $5.50 per Texas pint (20 ounces). They also have a selection of other Irish beers and Belgian, German, and French imports and American crafts for about the same price (sizes vary). But what good is a pub without a fine selection of whiskey? Idle Rich carries over 50 distinct whiskeys, including a 25-year aged Glenfarclas at $21 for those who want to splurge.
Happy hour at Idle Rich is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m ($1 off all drafts, house drinks, well and call liquors) and $2.50 domestic longnecks.
Into the Glass in Historic Downtown Grapevine isn’t your typical hoity-toity wine bar. Owner-operator Wayne Turner has worked in many of the finest bars and eateries in many of the nation’s culinary capitals, including locations in the California wine country. When he created Into the Glass, his goal was to create a comfortable, inviting atmosphere free from the pretense of your typical wine-tasting venue, and simply serve a selection of boutique and vintage wines to go with delicious food. If wine isn’t your thing, they also have a selection of beers and lagers and several delicious cocktails. Tasters start at $3 a glass. They also have live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
If you’d like to hit a swank cocktail bar before your movie on date night, look no further than The Cedars Social. They mix only the highest-end ingredients to create artisanal cocktails you can’t find anywhere else. These aren’t your typical bar drinks. The barkeeps at Cedars aren’t afraid to work with nontraditional ingredients. Depending on the “poison” you choose, you could taste a hint of dried herbs or grated parmesan cheese in your cocktail. The Cedars Social is on the cutting edge of the industry and they’re not afraid to show off their skills. But don’t hit up Cedars to party ‘til dawn. The price per drink is a little higher than most on the list, but you’ll likely need to stop a two drinks, making this establishment’s price per person $20 or less before tip.
The award-winning Delaney Vineyards is the perfect place for an unforgettable date, talked-about party or just a fun day with friends. For $10 per person, you can take a half-hour tour of their winery lead by a knowledgeable staff member who will explain how they grow and harvest their grapes and explain the winemaking and bottling processes. The tour includes a tasting of five Delaney Wines. You can even book a private event that includes a tour and tasting.
Several times a month from March through May, the vineyard also hosts Rhythm & Wine, an evening of beautiful music and wine with a wine-tastic atmosphere. Admission is only $10.