Because the higher the bar, the better the buzz.

By Diana and Diana Oates
January 03, 2017
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Dallas is famous for its agreeable climate (most of the year). And there's no better way to experience the sunny southern weather—or picture-worthy views—than on one of the best rooftop bars in the Big D. Whether you want to sip cocktails in between infinity pool dips, or you're looking for an all-weather option, these are the five best spots for drinking over Dallas.

HG Sply Co.

Greenville Avenue's HG Sply Co. is so popular, even people who don't frequent Dallas have heard about it. Locals love it for the Paleo-inspired menu, but the main attraction is undoubtedly the light bulb-lit rooftop bar. Come here to sip a green tea gimlet featuring Ford's gin, matcha green tea syrup, fresh lime, and basil while watching the sun set over the city's skyline.

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Nora Restaurant and Bar

Despite being down the street from HG Sply Co., the rooftop bar at Nora Restaurant and Bar remains something of a secret oasis in Dallas. After filling up on Afghan staples like mantoo, qabili palao, and sabzi chalao (spinach with rice and meat), head upstairs to relax by the fire pit or take in the skyline in the distant skyline. Happy hour specials include $5 select wines, $4 select beers, $2 off cocktails, and a rotating selection of small plates for $5.

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Uptown Terrace

Uptown Terrace at Omni Dallas Hotel is one of the best places to open a tab in downtown Dallas. Located on the fourth floor, this full-service pool deck boasts a heated infinity pool that's open year round. Come here to watch the game on high-definitions screens, or escape the summer sun under a cabana. After sunset, locals post up around the built-in fire pit.

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Soda Bar

South of downtown is the SODA Bar at NYLO Dallas South Side. SODA (for South Dallas) gets packed on weekends, so check it out prior to a show at Gilleys Dallas just down the street. Like Uptown Terrace, this popular hotel bar is fitted with a fire pit and a glowing infinity pool.

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Five Sixty

Rank Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck high on your must-drink in Dallas list. You'll find this rooftop bar tucked inside the landmark glowing ball that crowns Reunion Tower like a tree-topper. Fifty stories up and with 360-degree views from floor-to-ceiling windows, Five Sixty serves an excellent sake and wine menu (more than 400 labels) from two bars. Snag a seat at the rotating bar, which faces outward so guests can admire the city from all angles. The enclosed space may not be your traditional rooftop bar, but we promise the views are just as—if not more—spectacular.