Dallas is a city full of talented mixologists and creative, ever-changing cocktail menus. It is also a place where the cost of said drinks can cost as much as a meal. While there is a time and a place for luxurious drinks, the same can be said about a reliable watering hole where you can post up and start a tab.
Adair’s Saloon, Deep Ellum
If you are looking for a dive that is unique to Texas, head to Commerce Street to grab a bucket of Shiner from this local haunt and listen to some live country music. Other perks include shuffleboard and an outstanding cheeseburger.
Double Wide, Deep Ellum
What’s more divey than a bar themed after a trailer park? When the most popular cocktails feature Yoohoo, Tang, and Pixy Stix, you know it’s bound to be a good time.
Lee Harvey’s, The Cedars
A dive that welcomes dogs? Now we’re talkin’. It’s as if the owners knew they’d have to suck up a little after naming the place what they did. Don’t let the chain-link fence fool you, the highlight here is the expansive patio with picnic tables and fire pits.
Lakewood Landing, Lakewood
It’s funny watching Lakewood newcomers, who actually believe the bar’s claim of being upscale, walk in with their Polos and Dockers. It is even funnier watching said newbies turn around and run for their cars.
The Goat, Lakewood
While its name doesn’t stand for the greatest of all time (GOAT), it’s up there. This feel good blues bar gives its patrons some form of live entertainment every night.
Velvet Elvis, North Dallas
Serving only bottled and canned brew and strong, cheap well drinks, this beautifully named creation has all the makings of a dive bar—questionable cover bands and karaoke included.