A Breakdown Of How Much Money Was Spent On Booze At The Top Bars, Clubs, Restaurants And Hotels In Dallas In September 2017.

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.

A couple of weekends ago, we went out to Festicle, BrainDead Brewing’s barrel-aged craft beer festival, and we had a hell of a time.

There were tacos from awesome taquerias like Revolver Taco Lounge and Tacos La Banqueta, as well as IPAs and stouts that were aged in bourbon and wine barrels. Each one packed a serious kick.

Some of the brews topped out above 14-percent ABV. And, take it from us, a two-ounces-at-a-time day of drinking may not seem like much, but when you’re tossing samples with such high ABVs back like Tic Tacs, those samples will get a good buzz going for you quick.

From where we’re standing, Festicle is one of those beer festival’s that can really help put the Dallas craft beer scene on the national map. It’s giving the local experienced craft beer drinker something a bit more sophisticated than just providing a wide array of beers that they probably already drank being served up in a field somewhere.

(No offense intended to the beer fests in town that follow that model. Well, not much offense, anyway.)

Still, if there’s one thing this recurring Bar Raised feature has taught us over it’s run, it’s that the rest of Dallas’ boozing crowd doesn’t feel inclined to wait for Festicle or any other happenings like it to get their drink on.

Instead, they head over to the hottest spots in town and guzzle down drink more than just craft beer. Tons of it, too. And in September, they interestingly did so to the tune of $75 million — a full $15 million above August’s sales total.

Without further ado, here is the list of the spots around town that had the highest booze sales during the month of September, and how much they made.

Dallas Establishments With Top Gross Alcohol Sales For September 2017.

  1. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $983,038
  2. HAPPIEST HOUR, LLC (Happiest Hour Dallas): $830,658
  3. DFB CAPITAL LLC (Katy Trail Ice House): $801,019
  4. CLUTCH BAR AND RESTAURANT: $701,915
  5. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $657,717
  6. SHERATON HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTER: $620,562
  7. GILLEY’S DALLAS: $608,570
  8. COWBOY’S RED RIVER: $585,136
  9. ESCAPADE 2001 DALLAS: $562,229
  10. NICK & SAM’S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $558,381
  11. THE RUSTIC: $521,801
  12. STIRR: $506,230
  13. ROUNDUP SALOON: $494,715
  14. HOUSE OF BLUES RESTAURANT CORP.: $493,157
  15. JOULE BEVERAGE LLC: $468,752
  16. THE LODGE: $453,682
  17. HG SUPPLY CO.: $448,107
  18. DOT’S HOP HOUSE & COCKTAIL COURTYARD: $445,884
  19. W DALLAS: $436,448
  20. JAVIER’S RESTAURANT: $426,544

Total alcohol sales in Dallas in September 2017: $74,784,694
Last Month’s Total: $60,633,143

Cover image by Lauren Keuning.

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