A Breakdown Of How Much Money Was Spent On Booze At The Top Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Venues And Hotels Within Dallas Proper In January 2018.

Welcome to Bar Raised, our recurring column that proves that 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 navigable database. And then we break down Dallas’ numbers for you here.

It’s already March? In the words of WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons, damn!

But, hey, all that means is that it’ll be warm again soon, and we’ll be able to head out onto to our favorite watering holes’ patios to get our buzzes going and keep things trill.

And we’re well to our way. According to the comptroller’s just-released figures, Dallas bars, restaurants, clubs, venues and hotels served up more than $65 million worth of booze in the first month of 2018 — or, put another way, about $3 million more than they did in January 2017.

Still, January’s total was a bit of a dip from December’s — but only by about $2.5 million, which ain’t too bad considering that the booze-soaked holiday season had ended. It’s a smaller dip than usual, actually, at least when compared to numbers from the last three years.

Maybe that’s because there were so many cool things happening around Dallas that month? Over at The Bomb Factory, you may recall, Bon Iver put on one hell of a show that proved that his music continues being as hauntingly beautiful as ever. Out at Three Links, there was King Camel’s Damn Fine Music Fest, a Twin Peaks-themed affair that had local artists performing all-original songs inspired by the cult classic’s characters. And over at the American Airlines Center, Katy Perry rolled through town and took notice of Dallas’ ongoing struggles with the rental bikes that are pretty much everywhere. Seriously, she roasted us good:

How embarrassing! It’d be cool if our local leaders were so observant, wouldn’t it?

In the meantime, let’s numb our frustration with some booze, yeah? And let’s do so while taking a look at the venues and establishments that poured the most drank in the month of January.

Dallas Establishments With Top Gross Alcohol Sales For January 2018.

  1. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $1,474,843
  2. SALC, INC. (Hilton Anatole): $1,288,887
  3. LEVY RESTAURANTS (American Airlines Center): $1,144,844
  4. BOTTLED BLONDE – THE BACKYARD: $1,042,173
  5. SHERATON HOTEL: $627,480
  6. DALLAS REGENCY CORPORATION: $622,613
  7. HAPPIEST HOUR, LLC (Happiest Hour Dallas): $496,602
  8. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $482,362
  9. NICK & SAM’S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $473,711
  10. MOXIE’S GRILL & BAR: $472,797
  11. HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL (The Ritz-Carlton): $414,764
  12. COWBOY’S RED RIVER: $407,200
  13. SERVICE AMERICA OF TEXAS, INC. (Dallas Convention Center): $407,073
  14. ESCAPADE 2001: $399,757
  15. PAPPAS BROS STEAKHOUSE: $342,957
  16. DFB CAPITAL, LLC: $341,587
  17. JOULE BEVERAGE LLC: $340,533
  18. BIERNAT’S RESTAURANT: $332,700
  19. THE LODGE: $328,649
  20. DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE: $327,941

Total alcohol sales in Dallas in January 2018: $65,238,588
Last Month’s Total: $67,714,987

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