The Best Heated Patios and Fire Pits in Dallas // Winter 2022

Updated: Mar 29


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. katy traIL ICE HOUSE

📍 Dallas, TX

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.


2. CATBIRD

📍 Dallas, TX


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!


3. THE HENRY

📍 Dallas, TX


We called The Henry's patio a "classy rooftop Winter Wonderland" during our Holiday rounds, and that is our story, so we're sticking to it. 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.


4. VIDORRA

📍 Deep Ellum, TX



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).


5. CHELSEA CORNER

📍 Dallas, TX



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.



6. MIRACLE ON COMMERCE

📍 Dallas, TX



You've only got until Jan. 30 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.


Go on a Saturday for a "Not So Silent Night" dance party! Here are the deets, according to the Adoluphs' website: Igloos and cabins are available by reservation only for early seatings from 4-7:30 pm or late seatings from 8 to late. Additional seating areas are open on a first-come, first-served basis.


7. 400 GRADI

📍 Dallas, TX


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.


8. TOLLER PATIO

📍 Dallas, TX



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!


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