Dallas Lounges

You can never go wrong with a lounge. Even the word conjures images of velvet couches, swanky décor, low lighting and sexy cocktails; the very idea inspires people to indulge in epicurean delights and strike languid poses. In Dallas, most lounges serve as an intimate, plush utopia, a place to see and be seen. Amid velvet drapes, candles and beautifully clad people, anyone and everyone can enjoy the chic ambiance and sultry notes brought by world-class DJs. There are several lounges in Dallas, like Clear Ultra Lounge and Candle Room, which are so exquisite they are for members only, serving various celebrities, young professionals, supermodels, and those who live a high-roller lifestyle. For anyone who doesn’t feel like dealing with the big guy on the other side of the velvet rope, places like Kismet Lounge, Bar Belmont and Zephyr’s Patio welcome everyone in to enjoy incredible cocktails, martini specials and class on tap.
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Bar Belmont

901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.393.2300
Situated on a stone precipice in the glamorous Belmont Hotel, the Bar Belmont has a fabulous view if the Dallas skyline as well as a set up that makes for optimal people watching of the upscale patrons in the Dallas bar. The modern décor of the lounge invites all types of folks to saunter in and order a martini and a few appetizers to nibble on. Bar Belmont is a popular place for neighborhood locals or young businesspeople to talk about the day's happenings in comfort. A beautiful terrace gives a great view of the sunset on any given night if staring at the bar back isn't on the agenda. Close enough to downtown to be chic, Bar Belmont is one of the underestimated but always-fabulous Dallas bars.

Candle Room

5039 Willis Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.370.4155
Only members are allows into the super elite Candle Room in Dallas, and for good reason. The ultra swanky décor—velvet, leather and fine furniture—are lit by candles and dimmed chandeliers. Young Dallas professionals hold membership to the Candle Room to socialize and network at the bar without having to worry about yelling over dance music or screening out the low-lifes. There are DJs however, who spin house, rock, hip-hop and dance for those that are interested in a little more of a dance club setting. The supermodel-type girls are worth the membership fee, even if it means standing at the bar and watching them.

Club Dada

2720 Elm St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.744.3232
As a well-known Dallas live music venue in Deep Ellum, Club Dada invites all types of performance artists onto the three stages at the bar. Huge bands like the Dixie Chicks and Ben Harper all the way down to local Dallas bands playing their first show have the opportunity to take the stage at Club Dada throughout the week. Depending on the performance, spontaneous dancing may break out and drinking is a given. On top of having a great crowd, staff and music, Club Dada has a 16-track digital and live recording setup that can record performances from the stage. Art in music and visuals are what make the bar a great in Dallas.

Cosmo Restaurant & Bar

1212 Skillman St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.826.4200
Right in the middle of a Dallas neighborhood, Cosmo Restaurant and Bar is a favorite with locals who can have a short walk to their neighborhood haunt. A fireplace and great mood lighting make the bar a nice place to relax over the signature cosmo in a large glass while listening to hits come one after the other from the jukebox. The trendy Lakewood crowd takes over the bar on nights and weekends with martinis in hand. Come early for prime seating and to munch on decidedly delicious gourmet pizzas that are made when you order.

Kismet Lounge

3707 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.823.8883
Every night at Kismet Lounge ladies get in free to dance and drink at the bar and club. The Turkish décor of the club—supple folds of red material lining the walls lit by gold—make the relaxing lounge a classy place to sip a martini or enjoy a hookah. The weekly food, drink and hookah specials at the bar make Kismet Lounge worth a visit during the week to get away from the humdrum of downtown Dallas life. The best night for dancing is on Friday when a live DJ pumps out the tunes for Dallas singles to mingle. Try a mojito or a Turkish martini to liven up the night.

Library Bar

3015 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.224.3144
There's no better place in Dallas than the Library Bar at The Melrose Hotel, Dallas to meet for business or to impress someone. Black leather couches, dark wood paneling and walls of library books create the sophisticated atmosphere of the lounge. The Landmark restaurant across the way in the hotel also provides appetizers, sandwiches and salads to the Library Bar making it an appropriate place to dine during a business or social lunch. Nightly entertainment takes over after the weekly 5pm to 7pm cocktail hour, perfect for the Dallas businesspeople.

Nine 7 Two

5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 410, Dallas, TX; Tel. 972.788.1928
Exuding sexiness, Nine 7 Two has red padded walls and black leather couches adorned with beautiful Dallas people. Becoming a karaoke bar on Monday nights, the beauties get up to sing their favorite songs and to kick the week off at the bar. Every other night brings in Dallas area DJs to spin everything from old school and urban to Latin and pop. The bar has nightly specials and offers complimentary valet for unescorted ladies—how gentlemanly of them. The bar gets packed with good looking Dallas singles ready to mingle, so the earlier the arrival, the better the choices around the bar.

Teddy's Room

2404 Cedar Springs Rd., Ste. 400, Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.855.0202
The sophisticated lounge pays homage to Teddy Roosevelt with American flags and deer mounts amidst red walls and black furniture. While still your typical lounge, it has a one-up on the others: a live burlesque show. The one-girl show takes the crowd to a stand-still, and for a moment you think you're in Vegas.

Zephyrs Patio Lounge

5628 Sears St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.826.8882
A moody dance area and sultry lounge area make Zephyrs Patio Lounge one Dallas bar that club lovers must see. The lounge provides more concealed conversation spots and the ability to watch the other people in the club. Different dance music is played throughout the week with drum and bass on Tuesdays, the best of the '80s on Thursday and the weekend brings with it the best of dance, top 40s and party favorites. Dallas dancers and club goers will love the drink specials at the bar with one-dollar well drinks from 9pm to 11pm. This is club to get your dance on any night out in Dallas.
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—Dallas bar and club reviews by Alanna Lee