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This Lower Greenville dive is unlike any other bar you’ve been to. It’s funky retro interior meets late-night Vietnamese food and pizza, and it’s where local chefs like to hang out after their shift (just ask Khao Noodle Shop’s Donny Sirisavath). Cosmo’s is the perfect last stop after a night out in Lower Greenville or Old East Dallas. 

Located in the still up-and-coming Cedar’s neighborhood, south of all the fuss up in Deep Ellum, Mike’s might compel you to lament, “They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.” Only they did, just last year. This dive is old school through and through, but it’s also the new hip local hangout. With vinyl booths, strong drinks, and quirky bar food (pickled sausages?!), you’ll forget what year it is (or how late into the night it’s gotten). Make friends at the dart board or pool table—and ask them for their other Dallas recs—and then marvel at the Dallas skyline as you stumble into your Uber ride home. 

This Deep Ellum dive has been around since 1963 and is locally famous for their burgers and live country music. The digs are the definition of low-budget dive decor—stickers and writing on the walls, string lights, and neon beer signs. It might look like a seedy wateringhole from the outside, but the inside is full of heart and friendly locals. 

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