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Where to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

With plenty of top-notch restaurants in Dallas, it’s not hard to find amazing restaurants to impress a client or date while you’re in town.  But now that Big Design 2018 is located in the heart of Dallas, it’s time for an updated answer to a Big question: “Where should I eat, drink, and be entertained when I’m not at Big Design 2018?”

Thankfully, there’s isn’t a shortage of great hot spots to enjoy within walking distance while you’re at Big D – take a look!

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The Cedars Social

With a perfect blend of cool and hot, The Cedars Social is one of the trendiest and inventive up-and-coming restaurants in Dallas with it’s retro 1970s vibe and elevated takes on comfort Mexican food classics. Not hungry? Head over anyways for one of their amazing cocktails at their impressive fully stocked bar!

Checkered Past Winery
Checkered Past

Nestled down a short flight of stairs in the South Side building, Checkered Past wine pub offers small plates, wine, beer and great live music Thursday – Saturday. Did we also forget to add that Checkered Past holds the title as one of the Best Wine Bars in Dallas?

Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse is a stylish theater for new & classic films that has its roots in Texas. Not interested in a movie though? Not a problem – the open-air balcony bar upstairs is a great place for cocktails & creative bites.

Full Circle Tavern

Full Circle Tavern has everything a good tavern should have: great burgers, a friendly atmosphere, a full bar. This place is fun, casual, and very popular, so be sure to get there early for a good seat. They also have a great Sunday Funday brunch menu for those of you staying through the weekend.

NYLO Terrace Bistro
Terrace Bistro @ NYLO Hotel

Located on the first floor at the trendy NYLO Hotel, Terrace Bistro serves up modern takes on breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal, fresh ingredients.

SODA Bar @ NYLO Hotel

The NYLO Hotel’s rooftop SODA Bar offers panoramic views of the Dallas skyline, made even more spectacular by their infinity pool. Something to pair with that view? Enjoy small plates, grilled fare and refreshing cocktails.

Opening Bell Coffee Shop
Opening Bell Coffee

Does Opening Bell Coffee serve amazing coffee? YES… and that would be reason enough to visit. But they also have a solid menu for breakfast tacos, sandwiches, teas, smoothies, and cold beer from local breweries. If that wasn’t good enough for you – amazing live music most nights!

Zalat Pizza

ZaLat Pizza

The pizza zealots at ZaLat Pizza are on a mission from the gods to make the best pizza in the Universe.  They make their own dough, oven-roast Roma tomatoes to make fresh pizza sauce, and use the most delicious cheese that they can get their hands on.

Off The Bone BBQ

Don’t let the small counter-service stop fool you – Off the Bone BBQ has BIG flavors and puts a gourmet spin on BBQ with pecan-smoked ribs & other specialties. In case you really need convincing: they were featured as one of the 20 best BBQs joints in DFW.

Mac’s Southside

Mac’s Southside is a neighborhood bar with a comfortable feel where you can shoot some pool, throw darts, hit the shuffle board table or just relax with beer or cocktail with your friends.  There’s no pretense here – just good service and good times with good people.


Few things are as comforting as biting into a well-made grilled cheese sandwich. Head over to Melted and enjoy a either classic or modern-reworked version of the grilled-cheese sandwich with a drink at their fully-stocked bar.


Check out the map below for locations of establishments listed above and other places of interest!

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