1. WITS END
Not to brag (although I’m not sure it is a brag), but I was going here before Deep Ellum was as you know it today. Now the area hosts a slew of new trendy spots opening every week, but Wits End is basically as old as time. Their rooftop ranges from chill to the happening place to be — with one of the coolest spots to check out Dallas’s famous skyline.
The draw of this rooftop is the incredible view of Denton Square, where you can surround yourself with the historic buildings such as the courthouse, but also check out the traffic popping in and out of the shops below. People watching at its finest. Besides the view, they have live music and some of the coolest wall art around. If you’re needing a vibrant new Instammagramable spot, this is what you’re looking for.
3. BIRD CAFE
Located smack dab in the middle of Sundance Square, this offers a stunning downtown Fort Worth view. The building itself is so charming, with some thoughtful touches that really make it a unique space — I’m looking at you, gold-painted bird seed bar tops! I like to bring big groups here for brunch because it really has an impressive vibe, but isn’t so fancy that you can’t let your hair down.
This might not be exactly what you think of when you think downtown rooftop — it’s only a story tall — but it still manages to grant you one of the best views of the city. Located right in the heart of downtown Dallas, I like to come here before heading to concerts at the American Airlines Center. They also have some of the yummiest cocktails, and their frosé is perfect for summer!
With its rustic yet classic aesthetic and great Texan food, this is quite the place to bring out-of-town friends. The rooftop is just so darling! Daily happy hour specials and a side of twinkling string lights to catch a sunset is just the way I want to spend my time. It’s got southern charm for miles — which is just about half as far as you can see from this Fort Worth rooftop.
6. ROOFTOP 101
One of the newest rooftop patios on the scene is located just south in Ennis. If you want to get an birds eye view of a true Texas small town downtown, this one’s for you! Rooftop 101 just opened at the start of summer so get in before the crowds find out about it. If you’re looking for something unique, try the guacamole balls — you won’t be disappointed!
7. URBAN RIO
This is a swanky spot located on the top of a restaurant in the heart of downtown Plano. It’s right on the edge so you have a perfect view to people watch or sky watch (pick your poison). It has a more sophisticated vibe about it, especially with the cool blue lighting that kind of makes you feel like you’re in a scene from a Bond film.
8. CITY WORKS
I know I’m always talking about the growth in Frisco, but it really seems like there’s always new places to explore! This spot is your go-to place to immerse yourself in the home team experience. Being right across from the Star, the Cowboys’ World Headquarters and practice facility, you’ll have a fantastic view of the giant TV screen located in the square. This might just be the greatest watch party spot I’ve found yet!
A rooftop bar with a pool? There’s not many places around Dallas where you can have drink with a view of the skyline, then take a dip in when things get hot. Not only that, but the cocktails here certainly match its high-standard aesthetic. Bring a date here if you’re looking to impress.
It’s a simple fact that Topgolf is a universal crowd pleaser. It’s the ultimate rooftop game to play because it’s completely one-of-its-kind. Whether you go for the full bar or the golf, the view is just an added bonus. You’re outdoors while not really outdoors. You get the benefits of the sights, without the hassle of moving hole to hole or burning up in the Texas sun. How else would you want to show off your incredible swing to all your closest friends?