10 of the best outdoor bars in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

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The Dallas-Fort Worth area is sprawling and has lots of cool places to hang out, like outdoor patio bars. We found DFW’s best terraces, including bougie spots, popular pubs, the area’s best brewery, and playful backyard bars. So grab your friends and start planning your next evening.

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Truck Yard The Colony

Truck Yard The Colony is a laid-back place to hang out a bit from everything, including your own unique version of the Cadillac Ranch. Upon entering, the sidewalk is lined with old trucks sticking out of the ground. You will then be greeted by the ultimate bar.

They have a huge garden with lawn games, chairs and a handful of bars. There is a cheesesteak restaurant downstairs and there is always a selection of rotating food trucks. Upstairs there is a toilet seat museum, another bar and some shaded seating areas. They always have live music and it’s ok to bring your kids.

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Desert racer

Desert Racer in Lower Greenville has a cool, southwestern 80s vibe inside and out. On its large, 8,000 square meter, mostly covered terrace, there is a selection of seating, as well as games such as table football and cornhole.

You can’t go wrong with a Hibiscus El Tesoro Hi-Ball and an order of loaded tater tots. They also serve many Tex-Mex dishes, margaritas, cold beers, and other alcoholic refreshments.

You have free parking in front of the entrance.

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Maggie’s R&R

Maggie’s R&R has a solid beachy yet rustic feel to her patio. They serve up farm-fresh Southern cuisine, like fried chicken steak, along with a selection of patio punch to wash it down.

Maggie’s R&R also has one of the best happy hours in Fort Worth, Monday through Friday from 11am to 6pm. They usually have live music on Friday nights.

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Happiest hour

The Happiest Hour is located in the heart of downtown Dallas with a large outdoor garden and rooftop bar. From the roof you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city. Outside on the deck you can play cornhole and on a lively evening enjoy the fire pits.

The food is wonderful and they have a nice selection of drinks. They also offer happy hour Monday-Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, unless there is a major event at the nearby American Airlines Center.

There is a parking lot with free parking spaces across the street.

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HG Sply Co.

The HG Sply Co Trophy Club has an excellent Indoor / outdoor area with cornhole, shuffleboard, table football and more. They have Happy hour Monday-Friday from 3pm to 6pm and a great bougie brunch on the weekend.

They have two other locations that are just as fun, one in Dallas in Lower Greenville and one in Fort Worth in the West Bend shopping complex. The Fort Worth location has a lovely deck overlooking the river.

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Marty Bs

Marty B’s up in Bartonville is your quintessential Texan bar and restaurant – which means it has a ranch-like atmosphere BBQ, Tex-Mex, craft beer, live music, fire pits and a rooftop bar. The outside terrace is large and always has live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

For groups, you can rent cabanas that can accommodate up to 8 people. It’s family friendly and your kids will have fun doing s’mores by a fire pit or playing a lawn game like cornhole.

The food and drinks here are superb, especially the strawberry wine cocktail and pulled pork tacos.

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The tipsy oak

Down in Arlington is The Tipsy Oak, a scratch kitchen and bar with a superb deck. The food is certainly not a typical bar meal; instead there are options like lobster rolls or offmissing salmon BLT. The drinks menu offers a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails.

You can enjoy live music, electric fire pits, and picnic tables in a casual, welcoming environment Wednesday through Saturday.

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3 nations brew

This casual, family-friendly Carrollton brewery has a large, pleasant outdoor patio. 3 Nations has 11 beers on tap and on Fridays they release a unique small batch that is available until sold out.

Until recently only beer was served, but with the addition of 3 Nations Biergarten Grill on the shaded terrace there are now food options like street tacos and burgers. You can also bring your own food, such as a gourmet Neapolitan-style pizza from Cane Rosso next door.

The entertainment program on Saturdays includes live music, bingo and knowledge evenings, cornhole and board games.

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Press Café

The Press Cafe’s beautiful terrace, overlooking the Trinity River, has ample seating and a fire pit. The cafe has a good selection of wines and draft beer. Also, the food is fantastic with bites like sausage boards and avocado toast.

Whether for brunch with the family or in the evening with friends, this terrace is the perfect place. Happy hour is Monday-Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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The crossroad

The Junction in Grapevine, just steps from historic downtown, offers live music in a welcoming atmosphere every Friday and Saturday. You can enjoy small dishes and cocktails in the walk-in bar.

Those looking for a bigger meal can grab a bite to eat at one of the seven restaurants in Harvest Hall, an upscale dining room with food from local chefs. You can take your canapés outside to enjoy on the terrace.

They often host fun wine events in the green space, and some require advance notice. For the most part, it is open and accessible to everyone – whether a hotel guest or not.