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Dallas is a city located in North Eastern Texas that is known for its large selection of great restaurants and shopping centers. A relatively modern and densely populated city, there is always something to do in Dallas after 5:00 pm.
So much of Dallas culture revolves around good food and good drinks. People in this city love to have a good time outside. You’ll find tons of restaurants with beautiful outdoor patios and/or rooftop bars. The best way to enjoy this city after 5:00 pm is to relax with a fun cocktail and a great meal.
How to Get to Dallas
You can travel to the Dallas-Ft Worth area many ways. Most travelers come in any out of DFW through one of two local airports. Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport (DFW) is a large airport in Grapevine comprised of 5 different terminals. It is about 30 mins from downtown Dallas and 30 mins from Ft. Worth, making it a great halfway point for people traveling to either city.
The other airport, Dallas Love Field (DAL) is located much closer to the downtown area. It is a smaller airport that hosts a majority of the Southwest flights that come in and out of Dallas. You can also get in to Dallas by driving or using the mega bus, but Texas is a huge state, so from any direction you are probably looking at a long drive.
Most people travel through the city by car. There are tons of places to park throughout downtown, but it can get expensive. There are plenty of other options to get around within the city, including Ride-sharing apps and e-scooters. If you stay in the immediate downtown or Uptown area, you may want to opt for those instead of renting a car since your trips will probably be short and fairly cheap.
Dallas is also a very walk-able city, and you can get to most places in downtown fairly quickly. Just beware of the summer heat. You won’t want to be walking for longer than 5-10 minutes during that time of year. There are also options for public transportation throughout the city. They include a bus system, a light rail called the DART, and a free old-fashioned trolley that runs through downtown & Uptown. All of the schedules for public transportation can be easily accessed online.
Where to Eat in Dallas for Dinner
Mi Cocina // A great Tex-Mex option in Uptown. Great food and drinks with a nice outdoor seating area. I would recommend the Tacos de Brisket and the Mambo Taxi Margarita.
Meso Maya // Another fantastic Tex-Mex option in the immediate downtown area. I recommend the queso and the margaritas.
Five-Sixty // A little on the pricier side, this Asian fusion restaurant by Wolfgang Puck is located at the top of Reunion Tower. Be sure to check out their happy hour during the week from 5-7pm where they have great prices for appetizers and drinks.
Hopdoddy // A burger joint located in Uptown right off McKinney Ave. The free trolley will let you off right outside of the restaurant. They have a fabulous selection of burgers and beers, and you simply must try the truffle fries and aioli sauce.
Sixty Vines // This restaurant not only offers some amazing food, but its name alludes to their specialty: wine. With their large collection of wine on tap, they have something for everyone. It’s not just a restaurant but a true experience. Perfect for dining with a group.
Knife // A little on the pricey side, this steakhouse offers some of the best dry-aged steaks in Dallas. It was created by Bravos Top Chef contestant Chef John Tesar and recently named “Best Stakehouse” in Dallas by D Magazine. I recommend the bacon tasting appetizer.
Pie Tap // For great pizza and beers, look no further than Pie Tap. With two locations in the Dallas area (the Design District and Henderson Ave) this restaurant is perfect for pizza lovers. All of their pizzas are great, but for the appetizers I would recommend the goat cheese fondue or the garlic knots.
Delucca // This unique pizzeria serves its pies just like a Brazilian steakhouse. For $20/ person, they serve you a charcuterie board, lobster bisque, and all the savory and sweet pizza that you can eat. The pizza is not only delicious, but it’s also unique, offering everything from pepperoni to buffalo chicken to tikki Marsala.
Things to Do in Dallas at Night
Reunion Tower // This iconic part of Dallas’ skyline is the perfect way to see the city at night. You have a few different options for experiencing the 360 degree view of downtown. For $17 you can purchase a general admission ticket to to GeO-Deck. Be sure to check the hours before you go because they can change throughout the year. You can also make a reservation at Five-Sixty (mentioned above) for dinner or go to their happy hour for a revolving view of Dallas.
Klyde Warren Park // This beautiful park located in the middle of downtown offers a great option for a relaxing evening. Stroll through the park, enjoy a cheap meal from one of the local food trucks, and/or attend one of their evening events throughout the week. The evening events usually include things like workout classes, happy hours, movie/music nights and/or dance lessons. Check their site for free events throughout the week.
Katy Trail // This 3 mile walking/biking trail runs through downtown Dallas. It is the perfect option for travelers who like to exercise before or after work.
White Rock Lake // This 9 mile walking/ biking loop in the Lakewood area is another good option for active travelers. It would be a great option to get some fresh air and clear your mind after a long day!
Tipsy Alchemist // This eclectic bar located in Uptown offers the most unique selection of cocktails. With their feature cocktail offered in a glass light bulb, you’re sure to have a fun experience there.
Dallas Museum of Art // This interesting art museum offers free admission to the public. It’s open until 9pm every Thursday, and the third Friday night of every month it is open until 11pm. Late Night Friday’s do require the purchase of a ticket.
Dallas Arboretum // Although this beautiful garden closes at 5 pm daily, they do offer a Thursday night concert series on their lawn in the Spring and Fall. Check their website for tickets and hours.
The Statler // This hotel offers a great selection of activities to do in the evenings. Their bar, Scout, is located on the bottom floor of the building and offers a full bar, food, bowling, ping pong and live music. Besides the bar, the Pool at The Statler, called Waterproof, offers free admission to the public. If you are looking for a way to cool off from the Texas heat, venture over to this pool for good cocktails and a great view of downtown Commerce Street.
Also check out:
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm
- Charlotte, NC After 5:00 pm
- Kansas City, MO After 5:00 pm