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A Breakdown Of How Much Money Was Spent On Booze At The Top Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Venues And Hotels Within Dallas Proper In July 2019.

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.

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While it technically opened its doors to the public in late June, the new game-infused Deep Ellum booze house Punch Bowl Social’s first full month of operations came in July — and, just like the late 2017 opening of the nearby Bottled Blonde before it, this massive new spot’s first month in business too saw it comfortably opening up within the city’s top ten booze-slinging establishments. In July alone, Punch Bowl Social served up more than $550,000 worth of alcohol.

Impressive stuff!

While it remains to be seen if Punch Bowl Social can keep this pace going as Bottled Blonde has, this much seems clear: “New Ellum” establishments like this one seem tailor-made for the neighborhood’s impending tech bro invasion. In fact, Punch Bowl Social is just one of four Deep Ellum establishments to make an appearance in the  July 2019 top 20 gross alcohol sales list, joined by the aforementioned Bottled Blonde, plus the ostensibly food-forward sister spots Stirr and Vidorra.

That’s the biggest representation we can ever remember Deep Ellum boasting in this monthly top 20 list in almost four years of keeping track of these numbers. Perhaps notably, none of these four locations was open prior to 2016.

So what other establishments appeared in the July 2019 top 20? Well: Four hotels, two strip clubs and an airport. Oh, you meant specific names? In that case, just keep on scrollin’, baby.

Dallas Establishments With Top Gross Alcohol Sales For July 2019.

  1. SALC, INC. (Hilton Anatole): $1,074,081
  2. BOTTLED BLONDE- THE BACK YARD: $995,503
  3. DFB CAPITAL LLC (Katy Trail Ice House): $662,919
  4. HAPPIEST HOUR, LLC: $656,547
  5. THE HENRY: $590,103
  6. EPIC ABS LLC (The Statler): $584,836
  7. PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL: $551,063
  8. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $512,728
  9. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $458,734
  10. COWBOY’S RED RIVER: $434,403
  11. VIDORRA: $425,345
  12. NICK & SAM’S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $411,425
  13. HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL INC (The Ritz-Carlton): $410,269
  14. MOXIE’S GRILL & BAR: $405,512
  15. III FORKS #420: $404,058
  16. THE LODGE: $384,649
  17. COOL RIVER CAFE CRC01 (Dallas Love Field): $380,374
  18. HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS RESTAURANT CORP: $378,341
  19. STIRR: $375,059
  20. ROUNDUP SALOON: $365,101

Total alcohol sales in Dallas in July 2019: $68,970,878.
June 2019 total: $65,045,342.

Cover photo by Jessika Hardy. 

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