The Katy Trail is a beautiful burst of green in the middle of Dallas. Here's where you can stop off to grab a bite or a drink after a workout.

The Katy Trail is a beautiful burst of green in the middle of Dallas. Here's where you can stop off to grab a bite or a drink after a workout.

Tom Fox

Those dedicated enough to lace up their sneakers before exercising on Dallas' Katy Trail deserve to know where they can stop for a cool drink and a meal to refuel. Jog with me:

Pub Pegasus

The next time your trail run takes you to Fitzhugh, veer off the well-worn track and head to Pub Pegasus. You won't have to go far; there's a short dirt path leading directly from Katy Trail to the bar. The dimly lit bar is an ideal place to catch your breath, play billiards and grab a beer. If dive bars are your thing, Pub Pegasus might just become your new favorite spot for an after-run stop.

Here's your beaten path. Let's get off it and have a drink.

Here's your beaten path. Let's get off it and have a drink.

  • 3326 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas.
  • Open Monday - Sunday: 12 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Gloria's

We know you've heard of Gloria's. But did you know they do $6 margaritas during happy hour? Lucky for you, happy hour at the Latin restaurant runs all day, Monday through Thursday, and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. With hours like that, there's no reason not to make margaritas your motivation to get out and get fit. Patrons at Gloria's don't typically wear athletic clothes, but if you look presentable (read: not wearing your ripped college t-shirt with stains) you'll be just fine. Just exit the trail just south of Lemmon Avenue.

  • 3223 Lemmon Ave., Dallas.
  • OpenSunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Village Burger Bar

Refuel here with protein-heavy food and cold drinks. VBB is a few blocks from the trail's Blackburn exit, but it's worth the walk for their cheffed-up burgers and craft beer. The casual restaurant is also a perfect place to start your evening before going out on the town with friends. (But first: a shower.)

  • 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas.
  • Open Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Highland Park Soda Fountain

Skip the shakes at Highland Park Soda Fountain if you just took a run. Go with the shaved ice instead.

Skip the shakes at Highland Park Soda Fountain if you just took a run. Go with the shaved ice instead.

Katy Trail opens up to a bevy of restaurants on Knox Street. There couldn't be a more laid-back place to let loose after a draining workout than Highland Park Soda Fountain. Previously known as Highland Park Pharmacy, the historic Dallas shop is known for its milkshakes, but the idea of drinking thick ice cream and milk after a tough workout is enough to make most people's stomachs turn. Instead, opt for shaved ice. The soda shop offers 28 flavors, and they make for the most refreshing treat after sweating in the Dallas heat.

  • 3229 Knox St., Dallas.
  • Open Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Katy Trail Ice House

No list with "drinking" and "Katy Trail" can leave out Katy Trail Ice House. The hugely popular beer garden attracts jocks and joggers to its trail-facing patio, and it serves as the quintessential post-workout destination on the MKT. Where Village Burger Bar may be the first of many stops for a night out, Ice House is the place you'll stay all night. Find meat and beer galore (plus salads for more selective eaters) and an inviting backyard patio that stays cool under misting fans. Cool off, fill up, and make plans to go back the next day for another sip after a sweaty cardio session.

  • 3127 Routh St., Dallas.
  • Open Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
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