Patrons enjoy dinner and drinks at "High Fives" in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The "Bramble Fizz" is a popular drink at the restaurant.

Patrons enjoy dinner and drinks at "High Fives" in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The "Bramble Fizz" is a popular drink at the restaurant.

Lawrence E. Jenkins/Special Contributor

It's a slack start of summer for new night-life opportunities. Two recent openings, High Fives and Le Taco Cantina, are more humble than happening, but, like everywhere short of the DQ in Forney, they're holding forth with cocktail menus.

High Fives is the patio-centric replacement for Glass Boot Biergarten, sprawled at the Ross end of the Henderson Avenue strip, across from the hulk of the legendary Louie's. Le Taco, which presents a global take on tacos, has slipped into the blink-and- you-missed-it Scotch and Sausage on Oak Lawn.

The cramped interior of High Fives is very much the afterthought to the 2,000-square-foot patio fronting McMillan. They nearly dare you to sit inside. But that's where the drinks get mixed - and passably well. High Fives is the latest endeavor from the folks who run the Standard Pour and So and So's in Uptown. That crew's able Brian McCullough shaped the cocktail menu, seasonally adjusted to warm-weather sippers, such as the High Five Shandy (Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde beer, Stolichnaya vodka, lemon, soda) and the Shorty (Tito's vodka, strawberry purée, sparkling wine, ginger beer). Both are $10.

Le Taco applies its own quirky mission - tacos you never thought of - to the curious layout of Scotch and Sausage, which remains intact: a front room that's more foyer, opening to community seating in the main dining room. The cocktails are in transition, says managing partner Greger Nilzen, who's bounded around Dallas nightspots for a decade, with changes to come shortly. One worth sampling now is La Roma, a potent tequila Negroni variant, at $12.

Staff writer Tiney Ricciardi contributed to this report.

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