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Spend a Summer Evening on a Dallas Dive Bar Patio

 

There are plenty of Dallas patios to soak up the sunshine, but when you get to retreat back inside to the dimly lit bar to order another cheap (and probably pretty strong) drink, along with some fried food, you’re in the right place. So if you’re down to skip the wait for outdoor seating (and paying $15 for a cocktail), plug these divey locations into your GPS to mix it up and still score some sun.

Real talk: LL’s corn dogs are pretty much a Dallas staple. But if these State Fair-worthy delicacies aren’t enough to pique your interest, there’s also a patio out front to people-watch, bum a smoke, and enjoy your reasonably-priced cocktail. (5818 Live Oak Street)

A hazy night at The Grapevine should be on a Dallas Bar Fly bucket list. But if you’d rather venture out to their huge back patio for cocktails, meeting a large group of friends at one of the giant picnic tables, or shooting hoops, that’s okay too. (3902 Maple Avenue)

This trailer park-inspired bar serves up some *strong* cocktails (raise your hand if you’ve reached your YooHoo YeeHaw limit), but the real gem of this place is being able to retreat to the patio in between the bar and venue when things start to get crowded. And don’t worry, Dallas IGers, there’s plenty of murals and toilets for your photo-op. (3510 Commerce Street)

Satisfy your burger craving and clock in some patio time at one of their many picnic tables. There’s usually plenty of (free) live music, so make sure to invite your inner circle for a solid weekend that doesn’t involve reservations. (1807 Gould Street)

If the decor at this Lakewood spot isn’t enough to draw you in, then head outside and grab a seat with a slice of pizza while you wait for your jukebox picks to play. (1212 Skillman Street)

Of course one of the oldest dive bars in Dallas has a summer-worthy outdoor patio. Besides the rich history and *solid* food menu, it’s pretty much a fact that cocktails taste better on a cute patio with glowing string lights. (7717 Inwood Road)

Keep it casual and your food options open at this Greenville spot that edges that fine line between properly laid back and dive. There’s a ton of outdoor seating, plenty of food truck options, and free live music almost every day. Don’t forget your sunscreen! (5624 Sears Street)