A Quick Guide to Dallas' Best Cocktail Lounges

A few sips of these exotic creations and you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked away to paradise. Happy hour just got even happier.

Happiest Hour: In case you haven’t heard, frozen rosé is summer’s unofficial beverage. While you’ll find iterations everywhere, the only one with an epic view of Dallas from a rooftop is Happiest Hour. Order it during weekend brunch or, well, happy hour. 2616 Olive St., Dallas, 972.528.0067

Bowen House: Located in an actual historic house, this Uptown cocktail lounge serves up expertly crafted drinks in a cozy yet social environment. This summer, try its variety of Sno-Cone cocktails. 2614 Boll St., Dallas, 214.484.1385

Pilikia: A name that translates to “Trouble” in Hawaiian, Pilikia promises a good time. The newly opened cocktail lounge went all in on the Polynesian tiki bar theme. 3113 Ross Ave., Dallas, 214.242.9904

Nikkei: Uptown’s Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant and lounge maintains a trendy setting and creative concoctions almost too pretty to drink ... almost. 2404 Cedar Springs Road, Ste. 400, Dallas, 214.983.1525 

Victor Tangos: One of the oldest cocktail dens on Henderson, Victor Tangos is a classic staple of the Dallas drinking scene. The food is tasty, too. 3001 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214.252.8595

The Lounge Here: Look for the “here” sign in an East Dallas strip center and you’ll discover a social, easygoing crowd and fresh, fun cocktails served in a cozy retro space. 9028 Garland Road, Dallas, 214.238.3374

Map: The Best Cocktail Bars in Dallas