Master list of Dallas bars reopening on May 22 post-COVID-19

May 22nd is the big day for bars across Dallas to reopen on recent orders from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The new guidelines state that bars can be reopened at 25 percent of their normal occupancy, but must adhere to safety protocols that include:

  • No bar seats

  • No ordering from or hanging around the bar

  • Customers have to sit at tables

  • But not in groups of more than 6

  • The parties must be at least 6 feet apart

  • Chairs and tables must be at least 6 feet apart

  • Everything is number 6

  • No dancing

It’s not the old type of bar activity, but it’s enough for many bars to open their doors.

Not all: some postpone their reopening dates. Some have stated that they deliberately wait until after Memorial Day weekend for fear of an overwhelming crowd that will storm the place after they are locked up.

Note: some bars that serve a sufficient amount of food (51 percent) are already open.

Here are the bars that open on May 22nd:

Alice DallasThe small restaurant-bar on Ross Avenue opened its dining room on May 6th with one-way menus and seats that were spaced between the tables in waves of 1.5 hours from 5:30 p.m.

Anvil Pub at Deep Ellum reopened with staff wearing masks and gloves, disposable menus, and disposable containers for drinks and food. They observe passing hours when they are closed Tuesday through Wednesday.

Barcadia is reopening and encouraging reservations for those wanting to be part of the 25 percent boarding.

Bowen House I will be reopening and saying they are still strongly encouraging reservations and calling 214-484-1385 to reserve your spot.

Dibs on Victory The Victory Plaza is reopening due to its huge terrace with food, TVs, new drinks and lots of social distance.

Felix Culpa on Henderson Avenue is happy to take reservations and has changed its policy to accommodate the 25 percent occupancy.

Big wheels backyard & BBQ was still open and making takeout but now you can enjoy the spacious terrace.

Rooftop gallery lounge The Canvas Hotel in the Cedars District greets guests with breathtaking views of Dallas, drinks and small plates.

Happiest hour Opens on Memorial Day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with extended hours and serves lunch, dinner and drinks.

Harris’ House of Heroes has definitely reopened. In fact, before May 22nd, the uptown bar popped up again, declaring it was a restaurant bar, and not just a bar. The crowd it attracted didn’t look very socially distant and the crowd was directed to disperse.

high five Reopening on May 22nd at midnight and meeting capacity requirements.

Ill Minster Pub will take reservations and follow state guidelines for quantity and other requirements.

Katy Trail Ice House reopened at 11 a.m. The Uptown Bar is known for its teeming terrace, but it does promise that social distancing will be observed.

Kung Fu limousine took the opportunity to open on May 22nd and did so at midnight. They are open from Saturday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and on Memorial Day at 12 p.m.

Lakewood Brewing Co.. will open their taproom on Tuesday May 26th.

Lakewood Landing serves enough food that it could reopen before May 22nd.

Lee Harveys He also took the opportunity on May 22nd by opening on Thursday evening / Friday morning at midnight. They’ll resume their opening at 11 a.m. and clear out their outdoor picnic tables for social distancing.

Liquid Zoo Bar and Grill opens with limited seating, including groups of 6 or less. They don’t have bar seating or bar service so customers sit at the table and get served. You won’t have karaoke until you feel it is safe to do so.

Marty’s Live on Maple Avenue it says, in a nutshell, “See you all on Friday!”

houses of Parliament will reopen on May 25 with limited opening times: 4 p.m. to midnight.

Punk Society – Deep Ellum will reopen on May 22nd at 6am. You start with drinks and tacos and then step into the night at 10pm. They can accommodate groups of up to 6 people and recommend DM for reservations and minutes.

Sidecar Social in Addison reopened at the beginning of May as food is also offered there.

Small victories Oak Cliff is reopening with a heavy reliance on their patio as they are so small. “If we keep waiting, please be patient with us,” they say.

Tipsy alchemist will reopen according to the usual guidelines. They encourage reservations to adhere to social distancing.

Truth & Alibi jubilantly opened at midnight with the password “25%”, so smart. (Remember, it’s a password location.) For reservations, contact [email protected]

Urban cowboy limousine will have a soft opening on May 22nd with an invite-only event. May 23rd is only possible after prior reservation with limited opening times.

The whippersnapper is another bar that jumped right in with a midnight opening on May 22nd. Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected] They recommend arriving early before capacity is reached.

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