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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 August 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.

Just as July 2019’s TABC-reported booze sales figures from around Dallas were marked by an impressive debut by Deep Ellum “eatertainment” establishment Punch Bowl Social, August 2019’s numbers too feature a nice opening from a new player.

Te Deseo, a new seafood-focused Latin American restaurant in the Harwood District that straddles Uptown and Victory Park, was able to earn the eight-highest bar ring in Dallas during its opening month, selling $524,702 worth of booze in August despite not formally opening its doors for dinner service until August 7.

Once released at the end of October, will Te Deseo’s September numbers be even higher than its August figures due to an extra week of operations in that report? Or will it dip some as its new-spot sheen rubs off?

To again use Punch Bowl Social as a comparison, the former seems likely: After checking in with $551,063 in sales in July to put it as the No. 7 highest booze-slinging establishment in town, Punch Bowl Social actually saw an uptick in numbers in August, with its $611,717 in alcohol sales placing it sixth in the city.

On the whole, Dallas bar sales were up in August by about $4 million — an uptick consistent with last year’s figures, but historically inconsistent with previous August lulls. With almost $1 million in sales, the shared-license behind Bottled Blonde and The Backyard tops this months list. The Hilton Anatole, with which Bottled Blonde has jockeyed back and forth for the top spot since the latter popped onto the scene in the fall of 2017, came in second place with $762,276 in sales.

How’d other spots do this month? Let’s see:

Dallas Establishments With Top Gross Alcohol Sales For August 2019.

  1. BOTTLED BLONDE- THE BACK YARD: $991,335
  2. SALC, INC. (Hilton Anatole): $762,276
  3. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $680,212
  4. HAPPIEST HOUR, LLC: $674,204
  5. DFB CAPITAL LLC (Katy Trail Ice House): $664,320
  6. PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL: $611,717
  7. EPIC ABS LLC (The Statler): $553,413
  8. TE DESEO: $524,702
  9. NICK & SAM’S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $523,743
  10. COWBOY’S RED RIVER: $499,818
  11. HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS RESTAURANT CORP: $498,253
  12. HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL INC (The Ritz-Carlton): $487,632
  13. DALLAS REGENCY CORPORATION (The Hyatt Regency): $480,570
  14. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $469,549
  15. VIDORRA: $456,730
  16. ROUNDUP SALOON: $434,194
  17. MOXIE’S GRILL & BAR: $425,022
  18. ESCAPADE 2001 DALLAS: $423,124
  19. THE HENRY: $392,699
  20. MEDUSA: $387,681

Total alcohol sales in Dallas in August 2019: $73,186,946.
July 2019 total: $68,970,878.

Cover photo by Porttia Portis.

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