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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 September 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.

Through nine months in 2019, a full $666,163,007 has been reported in year-to-date liquor sales at bars, clubs, restaurants, music venues and hotels within Dallas city limits.

That puts this year’s pace just slightly ahead of last year’s 12-month total of $881,115,616 — by about $7 million, or about half a year’s worth of bar sales at the bar sales juggernaut that is Deep Ellum’s Bottled Blonde and The Backyard.

Yes, the late 2017-opened Good Latimer Expressway hot spot once again topped the single-licensed booze sales rankings this month, with its $1.1 million in sales coming in about $80,000 ahead of the second-place American Airlines Center, which was filled with big events all month long.

The rest of this month’s top 20 rankings mostly cater to form, with three notable exceptions. The Gilley’s complex (home to South Side Ballroom, South Side Music Hall and copious additional private event spaces) had itself a standout September, catapulting into the top 10 in these rankings despite rarely making any top 20 appearances at all. New Henderson Avenue nightclub 77 Degrees, which faced some familiar dress code criticisms upon opening early in the month, also entered the chat this month, raking 12th in the below list after raking in $541,575 in its first month of operations. Same with the August-opened North Dallas “eatertainment” spot Sidecar Social, which pulled in $426,636 to place it 18th in these monthly rankings.

Other recent newcomers kept up their impressive opening numbers. Most notably, Uptown seafood restaurant and bar Te Deseo actually pulled in more funds in September than it did in its August debut, despite ranking higher then. Deep Ellum “eatertainment” spot Punch Bowl Social, meanwhile, actually fell out of the top 20 after comfortably ranking within it during its first two months of business over the summer; but it didn’t fall far, with its $391,478 in September sales (down from $551,063 in July and $611,717 in August) still good enough to find the spot coming in at No. 23 — well, were we to extend these rankings beyond the top 20, which we don’t.

So who else rounded out this month’s top booze-sellers in Dallas? The answers you seek are right below you.

Dallas Establishments With Top Gross Alcohol Sales For September 2019:

  1. BOTTLED BLONDE- THE BACK YARD: $1,102,597
  2. LEVY RESTAURANTS (American Airlines Center): $1,023,900
  3. SALC, INC. (Hilton Anatole): $905,333
  4. COOL RIVER CAFE CRC01 (Dallas Love Field): $847,028
  5. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $812,716
  6. GILLEY’S DALLAS: $771,680
  7. DFB CAPITAL LLC (Katy Trail Ice House): $721,554
  8. HAPPIEST HOUR, LLC: $641,668
  9. NICK & SAM’S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $570,993
  10. HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL INC (The Ritz-Carlton): $567,930
  11. TE DESEO: $561,308
  12. JACK AND GINGER’S/77 DEGREES: $541,575
  13. EPIC ABS LLC (The Statler): $537,045
  14. DALLAS REGENCY CORPORATION (Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel): $469,125
  15. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $460,920
  16. HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS RESTAURANT CORP: $457,325
  17. HERO: $435,567
  18. SIDECAR SOCIAL: $426,636
  19. SHERATON HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTER: $415,351
  20. VIDORRA: $414,292

Total alcohol sales in Dallas in September 2019: $76,303,264.
August 2019 total:  $73,186,946.

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