Updated: Jan 5
When your winters aren't severe (and in Dallas, of course, they largely aren't), have no fear, there's always a heated patio near. Like beacons in the night they call out to day-drinkers and nighthawks alike, oozing that extra little bit of warmth necessary to stay outside when it gets below 🥶 60.
1. TK's Place
All January long, the fine folks at TK's Place in Addison are offering Twinkly Lights & Fire Pits at Night on their spacious patio! Grab one of their delectable Smores Boards and enjoy a warm and fuzzy night while watching some of the best comedy acts in town!
2. poco fiasco
Nothing says romance like a $9 martini and twinkling lights all around you, right? Add in one of the finest heated patios in the Harwood District and you've just described our ideal night at Poco Fiasco, which also features $4 apps, $5 glasses of wine and select $3 beers during Happy Hour, Sunday-Thursday from 3-6 p.m.
3. The rustic
Experience free live music, Dallas Cowboys watch parties and half-off wines at Happy Hour every day from 3-6 p.m. at one of the best patios and best venues in Dallas, period. Brunch at The Rustic is always a high-energy affair as well, with shareable drinks and a Southern-inspired menu.
4. ebb and flow
With locations in both Deep Ellum and in Plano, there's really no excuse left if you haven't tried tried this sultry late-night spot that features some of the most creative cocktails in town. Try the Elderflow — it's one of our faves! The background music might be a few decibels louder than some of the other spots on this list, but that's just part of the fun vibe at Ebb and Flow.
5. HG SPLY co.
This is one of Dallas' very best roof decks, for sure! And they also have a Fort Worth location, whose patio overlooks the Trinity Trails — so you can't go wrong, whether you're in the D or the F-Dub portion of the Metroplex. The nachos at HG are consistently some of the best in the city, as well.
6. harwood arms
We cannot get enough of Harwood Arms, whether we're watching the game, bar-hopping on a night out or just relaxing with a bite to eat. It's one of the most authentic British pubs in Dallas, and the patio seating is nice and toasty this time of year, no matter what the weather looks like.
7. taco y vino
This snug, converted bungalow in North Oak Cliff brings together upscale tacos and great deals on wine. The taco selection at Taco Y Vino runs an artful gamut from excellent crispy avocado to carne asada and a pulled-jackfruit take on cochinita pibil. Don’t miss the comforting brunch chilaquiles, either.
For down-to-earth Italian fare that shares the spotlight with great martinis and live jazz on select nights, head to Terilli's on Lower Greenville. They've family-owned and a Dallas staple since 1985, and they invented the famous Italchos, which are made with pizza chips that are baked fresh daily.
9. beverley's bistro & bar
Beverley's might just be the picture perfect neighborhood bistro — with patio vibes to boot. They serve up an eclectic menu of seasonal seafood and steaks to go along with some truly great cocktails choices as well. Brunch at this unique hybrid Jewish-Texan-French spot is an absolute must.
10. knox bistro
Knox Bistro is the perfect place for your next lunch, brunch or date night in Dallas! The bartenders here are simply the best, ready to recommend you that drink you didn't know you needed in your life that becomes your next obsession at first sip! They won Best French Restaurant in D Magazine's yearly awards in 2021, and then followed it up with a Best Burger win from the Dallas Observer in 2022, so you know everything on the menu is worth trying.
Loro, now with two Dallas locations, is an Asian smokehouse and bar brought to you by award-winning chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, who merged their loves for Texas cuisine and Asian cuisine at this gift to Dallas foodies. Nuff said? Nuff said. Sharing is recommended at this casual, communal landmark, and there are no reservations.
12. honor bar
The massive patio under the sweeping oak tree at Highland Park's Honor Bar is such a treat any time of year. Expect premium sandwiches, salads and snacks on this upscale menu, and an extensive list of wines by the glass. This is one of the tonier establishments on this list, so know going in they do enforce their dress code here.
13. smoky rose
If Texas barbecue is your jam, then put White Rock's Smoky Rose on your list of year-round patios to his ASAP. It's right across the street from the Arboretum, too, so make a day of it outside in East Dallas by starting at Smoky Rose!
14. saint ann
The Harwood District's Saint Ann features a garden-inspired atmosphere, patio dining, crisp cocktails, impressive wines, and modern New American fare made with fresh ingredients from local purveyors. Sip, dine and stay awhile at this beautiful spot.
15. katy traIL ICE HOUSE
Add space heaters to one of the best patio scenes in Dallas, and what do you get? You are correct, you get the coziest patio in Dallas. As warm as they keep it, cold weather is no longer any excuse to stay inside.
After all, if the patrons at the Katy Trail Ice House are able to stay this comfortable through those frigid North Texas temps, we're tempted to go for a nice cool-weather jog on the trail to pre-emptively burn a few of the calories we know we're about to inhale when we belly up to that famous 50-foot bar.
At Catbird, the mottos is "the view is always better at the top," and this terrace-level extravaganza atop the Thompson Hotel Dallas will show you why, while keeping you warm and cozy at the same time. The glamorous Art Deco stylings are a bougie wink-and-nod to the building's (and to the city's, TBH) architectural roots.
A massive fireplace encircled by lush sofa-style seating is just one of the ways visitors can keep warm during their visit to the top of the city. Share the creamed poblano dip that comes with downtown's freshest, warmest kettle chips and a lovely Catbird signature cocktail to stay warm on the inside as well. And don't forget the mini s'mores for dessert!
17. THE HENRY
Make it a neighborhood night while elevating your game at The Henry, with its covered and heated rooftop bar and the stunning cocktail creations that round out the experience. The skyline views will warm your soul, and the coffees available during breakfast and brunch won't hurt either. Any time of day, in any weather, this is one of the most Instagrammable spots in town.
Live your best patio life at Vidorra in Deep Ellum. That warming trend you may feel in the air is actually the queso coarsing through your veins. Or maybe it's the tequilla, because this place features one of the most meticulously curated tequilla programs in town. If you don't know, now you know, so go!
Lush plant life surrounds you as you meander through the maze of apps and cocktails and mains at Vidorra, and the hard cover tops above the patio mean whatever the weather, come right in (or out, as it were).
19. CHELSEA CORNER
This is a big 'ole patio to keep warm, but by gosh, they managed it. 2,500 square feet of "backyard" style patio, to be exact. Sure, space heaters help, but we like to think that the warm, neighborhood vibes do most of the work at Chelsea Corner on McKinney.
With its focus on Dallas' rich heritage and an eclectic menu that manages to nail such a diverse range of offerings, they've got something on the menu that will warm you right up, no matter what kind of mood you're in. We're getting the lava rock fajitas on our next visit, just FYI. Also, fun fact: did you know the original Chelsea Corner opened in the same location in 1974, and that the building dates to 1926? It was extensively remodeled in 2016, but it still brims with that Old Dallas warmth.
20. winter village at the adolphus hotel
You've only got until Jan. 28 to check this one off the Love List, so what are you waiting for? The Adolphus hotel has transformed its famous rooftop bar into a the best little Winter Wonderland in town. Despite the illumated igloos all around, this wintry pop-up bar will warm you right up, whether you find yourself inside one of the cozy cabins or you down a couple of the boozy winter-themed specialty cocktails on the menu.
21. 400 GRADI
400 Gradi's mere presence in Dallas (they got here in 2019 and have made hands-down the best Neopolitan zas in town ever since) says a lot about how far our fair burg has come in recent years from a culinary perspective, but thousands of words have already been written in praise of Johnny Di Francesco's most authentic of new Italian arrivals. This is supposed to be about the patio.
We love the individual fireplaces in the middle of the spacious the patio tables. They not only add a layer of comfort on a cool or windy night, they also add a layer of exquisite ambiance, which is sure to impress when you take your friends or someone special to 400 Gradi. The views are immaculate and rivaled only by the pies and pastas, which will leave you with your jaw on the floor at first bite. It's an absolute MUST.
22. TOLLER PATIO
It's "always patio weather" at Toller, according to their website. This outdoor-only Old East Dallas escape is somehow weather proof, whether aided by fire pits and some serious s'mores in the winter months, or by the odd kiddie pool in the summer (when does summer get here again?).
Come as you are to Toller Patio. It's the only way they'll take you. And while you're here, be sure to grab a spot under one of the retro resort's giant palm trees, kick back and get one of their famous cocktails on tap. The bramble is our current fave!