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She doesn't even go here!

A post on where to take your out-of-towners

Show off the Dallas Skyline from Stirr Rooftop

There is NOTHING I take more pride in, than showing off this city. Hopefully my boss isn't reading this (haha). If you are, calm down. I'm semi-exaggerating (but not really *wink*). Back to what I was saying. When I moved here 4 years ago, I absolutely fell in l-o-v-e; and when I have visitors from out of town, I feel it is my sole responsibility to ensure they leave feeling the same way. Cue the sweats. That's a lot of pressure.The good news is that Dallas makes it easy. There are SO many places to explore, drinks to be drank, foods to be eaten. The tricky part is fitting it all in. With that being said, I feel as though I have semi-mastered a slew of options for providing a figurative and literal taste of all that Dallas has to offer. Obviously, you know your visitor better than I do, so I've tried to provide options based off the individual and what you're looking for. Now... go get 'em!

Friday Night

If you're looking for a swanky cocktail bar to catch up over drinks: The Tipsy Alchemist (Uptown) or Bourbon and Banter (Downtown)

If you're looking for a wine bar (looking at you, ladies) to divulge 5 months of relationship issues and work drama over cheese & chardonnay: Cru (Uptown/West Village) or Leela's Wine Bar (Lower Greenville)

If you're looking for a trendy dinner/drinks spot: Sassetta (Design District) or Felix Culpa (Knox Henderson)

If you're looking for the chill, Dallas staples: Katy Trail Ice House (Uptown) or The Rustic (Uptown)

If you're looking the view: Upside at The Canopy (Uptown) or Happiest Hour (Harwood District)

If you're looking to go "out out" (cue the strobe lights and tequila shots): Just go to Deep Ellum! Everything you could ever possibly want/need is there


Eat. Drink. Repeat.

If your visitor likes the "Instagram worthy" spots:

Brunch: Bar Stellar (Knox Henderson), The Henry (Victory Park), or anywhere in Harwood District-- Saint Ann, Mercat Bistro, Dolce Riviera

Drinking (day or night): The Rustic (Uptown), Stirr Dallas (Deep Ellum), Truck Yard (Lower Greenville), Waterproof at The Statler (Downtown), Happiest Hour (Hardwood District), Circo (Uptown)

Dinner: Vidorra (Deep Ellum), Dolce Riviera (Harwood District), Tulum (Highland Park), Savor Gastropub (at Klyde Warren Park)

If your visitor is a major foodie/cocktail enthusiast:

Brunch: City Hall Bistro (Downtown), Henry's Majestic (Knox Henderson), Sixty Vines (Uptown)-- for our wino's (#wineontap)

Drinking (day or night): Tiny Victories (Oak Cliff), Atwater Alley (Knox Henderson), Midnight Rambler (Downtown), Bowen House (Uptown)

Dinner: Pecan Lodge (Deep Ellum), The Charles (Design District), Bullion (Downtown)

If your visitor is boujee AF:

Brunch: Bistro 31 (Highland Park) or Le Bilboquet (Knox Henderson),

Drinking (day or night): The French Room at The Adolphus (Downtown), Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza (Uptown), Town Hearth (Design District), Javier's Gourmet Mexicano (Highland Park)

Dinner: Nick and Sam's (Uptown), Al Bernait's (Oak Lawn), Uchi (Uptown)

If your visitor is ~chill~:

Brunch: Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar (Knox Henderson), Public School 214 (Uptown), The Common Table (Uptown), The Porch (Knox Henderson)

Drinking (day or night): Katy Trail Ice House (Uptown), Truck Yard (Lower Greenville), Dot's Hop House (Deep Ellum), Deep Ellum Brewing Co. (Deep Ellum), Henderson Tap House (Knox Henderson)

Dinner: Cane Rosso (Deep Ellum), Velvet Taco (Uptown or Knox Henderson), Feed Company (Lower Greenville)


If you like "cute" places and enjoy shopping: Grab brunch in the Bishop Arts District (recommendations: Boulevardier, Oddfellows, Pink Magnolia). Then walk around & check out all the cute shops (absolutely MUST go into Society, the candle shop, and smell as many as humanly possible). Lastly, save room for a slice of pie (or 2...) at Emporium Pies. I'm sorry, I know it's a lot of food. Suck it up and work a little harder at your soul cycle class on Monday. If you have extra time, go walk around SMU-- it is a BEAUTIFUL campus!

If Saturday Night got the best of you: Grab brunch at Anvil Pub in Deep Ellum or State & Allen in the State Thomas Neighborhood. The food is hearty and the Bloody Mary's are a plenty! Anvil Pub offers "F**k Brunch" drinks, which are oversized and FULLY loaded with (practically) an entire meal in itself, while State & Allen offers a $6 DIY Bloody Mary Bar.

If you can't possibly drink anymore and love anything "local": Grab brunch at Mudhen Meat & Greens and then pop around the Dallas Farmers Market!

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