A Look At How Much The Top Bars In Dallas Earned In March, 2016.

Texans like to spend copious amounts of their income participating in the Great American Pastime. We know this, because as Reddit user BadLemur once pointed out, the Texas Comptroller keeps tabs on that sort of thing and makes all that info public record. Any establishment in the state that holds a Mixed Beverage license must report all sales revenue generated from the sale of liquor, beer and wine at their establishments on a monthly basis. The comptroller, in turn, puts all that info into a conveniently downloadable spreadsheet each month. As of March, there were 1,158 establishments in Dallas proper that held such a license. Below we’ve gone ahead and done you the solid of listing out the top 20 Dallas establishments in terms of alcohol sales for the month of March 2016.

We’ve been doing this little column since last summer and, in that time, we’ve taken various looks as to why various spots sell more booze than their competition in various months. We’ve even gone back and done a year-long retrospective looking at Dallas’ drinking trends for 2015 as a whole.

Something we’ve never done in the life of this column, however, is taken a look at alcohol sales outside of the Dallas city limits. We won’t go too far into it, but we did think it would be interesting to compile the Top 10 spots throughout the entire state of Texas for the month of March 2016.

At the top of that list by a distant margin was Houston’s NRG Park, though we should put its domination in perspective by pointing out that that NRG Park is a massive complex that boasts four huge venues (NRG Center, NRG Arena, NRG Stadium and NRG Astrodome) where several professional sports teams play and various concerts and conferences are held. Otherwise, the Gaylord Texan represents North Texas’ biggest seller, earning the No. 3 spot in the state, while the American Airlines Center at No. 5 was tops in Dallas proper. The rest of that list is as follows:

1.: NRG Park (Houston): $3,481,594.94
2.: AT&T Center (San Antonio): $1,994,497.92
3. Gaylord Texan (Grapevine): $1,597,196.87
4. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa (San Antonio): $1,188,915.98
5. American Airlines Center (Dallas): $1,093,212.99
6. JW Marriott Austin Downtown Luxury Hotel (Austin): $922,668.96
7. Hilton Anatole (Dallas): $920,020.90
8. Happiest Hour (Dallas): $880,031.94
9. Louie’s Backyard (South Padre Island): $854,850.00
10. Toyota Center (Houston): $807,264.93

Be it Houston, San Antonio or here in Dallas, it seems that sports is one of the biggest things we Texans drink about. Aside from ye olde AAC, Happiest Hour has enjoyed continued success thanks, in part, to its designation as the official Mavs post-game party spot.

Elsewhere, nice weather has also done a solid for spots with nice patios, like Katy Trail Ice House, The Rustic, HG Sply Co. and the Truck Yard. Here’s how Dallas proper drank last month.

Dallas Establishments With Top Gross Alcohol Sales For March 2016.
1. LEVY RESTAURANTS (American Airlines Center): $1,093,212.99
2. SALC, INC. (Hilton Anatole): $920,020.90
3. HAPPIEST HOUR, LLC: $880,031.94
4. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $754,405.97
5. DALLAS REGENCY CORPORATION (Hyatt Regency): $588,550.00
6. MKTRR 1 BEVERAGE LLC (Katy Trail Ice House): $554,165.97
7. HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS RESTAURANT: $544,352.99
8. CLUTCH BAR AND RESTAURANT: 532,962.99
9. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $532,741.94
10. THE RUSTIC: $496,161.94
11. KUNG FU SALOON: $444,254.93
12. COWBOY’S RED RIVER: $442,936.87
13. NICK & SAM’S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $435,410.00
14. JOULE BEVERAGE LLC: $431,368.96
15. HG SPLY CO: $416,296.87
16. ESCAPADE 2001 DALLAS: $413,285.97
17. LEVY RESTAURANTS AT BBVA COMPASS (Dallas Market Center): $401,640.90
18. THE LODGE: $392,813.88
19. TRUCK YARD: $390,506.87
20. TOPGOLF USA: $365,441.94

Total alcohol sales in Dallas in March 2016: $66,004,963.13
Last month’s total: $61,092,599.97

Cover photo by Karlo X. Ramos.
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