Thursday, April 4, 2013
Skyline lifeline: Dallas’ 5 best patios with a downtown view
Add some steel and structure to your drinking experience.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS Last week, we let you in on some of the city's most canine cordial patios. But, what about those who take their libations with a little glimmer?
Filled with buildings designed by some of the nation’s most prominent architects, Dallas’ distinctive, if occasionally controversial, skyline creates a romantic and glamorous backdrop for almost any drinking date. Spring is in the air, and that means the triumphant return of higher hemlines, cool cocktails, and patios with a view.
BarBelmont -- Located in the iconic Belmont Hotel, this bar patio showcases the south side of downtown in all its glimmering greatness. From the bright lights of the Omni Hotel to the illumination of Chase Tower, the Dallas skyline has never looked so expansive. The Oak Cliff mainstay plays to its location with live music every
Thursday Friday throughout the summer against the natural backdrop of the city. The bar itself is a quaint spot to watch the sunset or share an intimate cocktail after dinner at renowned BBQ joint Smoke. The wood-carved furniture and rustic décor add to Bar Belmont’s relaxed lodge feel, though patrons in a tie or heels will not feel out of place. If you’re going for a classy night out, try one of the bar’s signature cocktails featuring several Google-worthy ingredients and fancy garnishes. If you’re coming in a T-shirt and jeans, we recommend the Smoky & the Bandit — a shot of one of the Belmont’s homemade infusions chased with a can of Lone Star.
NYLO Dallas South Side -- One great perk of staying at the NYLO Dallas South Side is the rooftop deck, which features an infinity pool, fire pit, foosball table, and an incredible view of the Dallas skyline. One little-known fact about the spot is that it’s not just for hotel guests to enjoy. The NYLO welcomes all Dallasites to the roof for cocktails from the Soda Bar as well as live music Thursday through Saturday. The patio is built like a wooden deck and furnished with modern-looking lounge chairs perfect for sprawling out and absorbing some rays with a frozen Bloody Mary in hand. It’s also a great spot to do lunch with a co-worker. The Terrace Bistro, located in the lobby, serves American and French fusion cuisine and will bring it to the patio so you don’t miss out on the great weather. Keep an eye out for NYLO’s summer events calendar. This is sure to be a trendy party patio during the hot months.
Tei-An -- While none of the five restaurants in One Arts Plaza lack in the location department, only one boasts an open-air rooftop lounge where patrons can tip back their heads and take in Downtown's immense grandeur. Frequent visitors may purchase a membership for access anytime, and anyone dining in is welcome after eating -- but who wouldn't come to eat? With multiple Beard Award nominee Chef Teiichi "Teach" Sakurai behind it all, this five-star stunner is where you'll likely find the very best cuisine on our list. Sure, you can go in knowing what you want from this Japanese Soba house, but with a superstar making the cuts, we recommend opting for Omakase, letting Teach do his thang with the fish he slangs. Afterward, retire upstairs for cocktails, light bites, and the occasional live band.
Five Sixty -- There are few better ways to appreciate the Dallas skyline than from within one of its signature structures. At the apex of Reunion Tower, and so named because the landmark is 560 feet tall, Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty offers a panoramic view of the skyline through its floor-to-ceiling windows as it slowly rotates 360 degrees. A full rotation takes about 55 minutes, as patrons sip selections in one of its two bars or dine on the celebuchef's world-famous fare. For his Dallas outpost, Puck created a pan-Asian concept with modern and international interpretations of traditional Asian cuisine, such as the Texan-friendly Grilled Double Cut Bone-In Prime Beef Rib Chop with Wasabi-Armagnac Peppercorn Sauce and a full sushi bar with a wide selection of rolls, appetizers, sashimi, and sake. If Five Sixty's ultra-modern "Zen-like" interior doesn't set your head spinning, the breathtaking visuals of Downtown Dallas -- and beyond -- certainly will.
Three Sheets -- Three Sheets doesn't quite hang with the rest of this list when it comes to food, drinks, or heck, even service, but the self-professed "neighborhood sports bar" on Ross Avenue does offer one way to experience the Dallas skyline like no other establishment. The Three Sheets "Double D" (as in "decker") takes the party on the road throughout the Downtown and Uptown areas, and there's no doubt that you'll get an eyeful of Dallas' literal nightlife through its windows. Like a limousine, drinks are allowed on board, though please don't tip the driver with liquid love.Follow @tineywristwatch
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