A Look At How Much The Top Bars In Dallas Earned In June.
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 spending 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. Here, we look at those reported figures and see what lessons we can learn from them.
As of June 2015, a total of 1,121 establishments in Dallas proper held a Mixed Beverage 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 June 2015.
All kinds of factors are in play with these rankings, as we've already discussed –things such as weather and how much a place marks up its drinks.
Hotels, we not known, just kind of get up there because, at the end of the day, where else are you going to go? You're kind of a captive audience in that regard. Similarly, the fact that several big summer concert tours rolled through the Gexa Energy Pavilion last month helped that venue jump to No. 1 in this June ranking. After earning only $86,843.88 in May, events including Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and LL Cool J concerts, plus the Vans Warped Tour and a Jack-FM cover band festival, helped the Pavilion rake in close to a million bucks last month. And to think, the venue hosted even bigger shows in July.
On the other hand, another popular concert spot, one Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill was recently identified in a TABC sting operation as one of a handful of bars selling cheap booze at top shelf prices. Such practices helped the House That Richard Built reach No. 27 in the June booze sales rankings, though, as they sold $270,587.91 worth of the stuff last month. So maybe that slap on the wrist they received was worth it?
Finally, we've gotta say: We were a bit taken aback to see Kun Fu Saloon still faring so well in the booze sales department. But, then again, it wasn't until June 30 that the bar accepted federal sanctions for its racist dress codes. We'll have to wait to next month's totals though to see if news of that development has since hurt sales.
1. GEXA ENERGY PAVILLION: $972,740.00
2. SALC, INC. (Hilton Anatole): $891,304.93
3. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $649,016.87
4. THE RUSTIC: $551,431.94
5. MKTRR 1 BEVERAGE LLC (Katy Trail Ice House): $519,510.90
6. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $501,586.87
7. HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL INC (The Ritz-Carlton): $491,990.00
8. KUNG FU SALOON: $433,287.91
9. NICK & SAM'S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $410,656.87
10. HG SPLY CO: $377,816.87
11. DRAGONFLY: $365,943.88
12. TOPGOLF USA: $357,985.97
13. THE LODGE: $357,018.96
14. TRUCK YARD: $351,567.91
15. COWBOY'S RED RIVER: $349,804.93
16. FAR WEST: $329,275.97
17. HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS RESTAURANT: $326,511.94
18. CONCRETE COWBOY: $313,500.00
19. JAVIER'S RESTAURANT: $302,992.99
20. BIERNAT'S RESTAURANT: $300,604.93
Total alcohol sales in Dallas in June 2015: $56,718,489.20
Last month's total: $59,403,800.75