First Look: HIDE Bar, Previously in Deep Ellum, Reopens on Greenville Avenue


HIDE is now open on Lower Greenville.

HIDE is now open on Lower Greenville. Lauren Drewes Daniels

HIDE Bar opened in Deep Ellum in 2017 and quickly became a staple, earning many accolades including best new bar from the Observer. It closed in June 2020 during the pandemic and has since resurfaced in another entertainment district: Lower Greenville.

HIDE has taken over the spot that was Eastside Social, a bar and retro arcade. Prior to that, it was the Afghan restaurant Nora, which has since relocated to the Bishop Arts District.

HIDE has a big bar and big comfortable booths at its new location. 

And like the old spot, HIDE 2.0 has a fantastic rooftop patio and the same double cheeseburgers. Admittedly, after seeing photos of that old burger and then learning that it’s only $7 on the Happy Hour menu, compared with $15 on the lunch and dinner menu, we wish we’d timed our visit better. (Happy Hour is 3 p.m.– 6 p.m. Monday through Friday). The burger is a blend of brisket and chuck with American cheese, beer onions and garlic aioli on a brioche bun — add fries for just a buck. The happy hour menu also includes big bowls of garlic rosemary popcorn for $5.

Alas, we showed up for lunch on a Thursday. With its large, plush booths and bright, open space, the downstairs dining room at this new spot is larger and a bit more refined than the previous location. A horseshoe bar sits in the middle of the dining room, and there are some tables outside on the sidewalk in front.

HIDE has a big bar and big comfortable booths at its new location. 

Fried pimento cheese balls have a touch of heat. 

Lauren Drewes DanielsFive golf-ball-sized fried pimento cheese balls were a tasty start ($11). They’re gooey with a pop of heat from bits of jalapeños inside, and they’re served with a side of ranch dressing. Other starters that looked tempting were the TX Egg Rolls ($13), made with chicken and Monterey Jack cheese.

Spicy Crispy Chicken sandwich has a house-made Rooster Sauce. 

Lauren Drewes DanielsWe opted for a fried chicken sandwich instead of a burger ($15). This tall, voluptuous sandwich comes with a mound of slaw that has a great balance of sweet and sour, adding a lot of flavor and texture. Pickles and a housemade Rooster Sauce add more punch, and the chicken was well-seasoned.

We got dirty tots for $3 more as a side that came with a sauce similar to poutine, with bits of bacon, shredded cheddar and jalapeños.

There’s also a pizza section on the menu, with some classics like pepperoni, and not-so-classics like a chicken and hot honey, chicken bacon ranch and a cheeseburger pizza (all $25).

We also had the California Greens ($14) salad loaded with avocado, dates, almonds, goat cheese, corn, and tomatoes and served with a citrus vinaigrette. It was a lovely, fresh salad.

Whisky bread pudding with a vanilla sauce. 

Lauren Drewes DanielsAnd since we ordered a salad, we deserved to finish off the meal with a well-sauced bread pudding made with bourbon, pears and tangy cranberries.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t check out the rooftop on this visit; it doesn’t open until 3 p.m. When the weather is nice we imagine it’s a great place to hang out, perched up high among the trees with no noisy highways nearby.

HIDE opens at 8 a.m. every day for breakfast, with pancakes, a breakfast plate ($13), granola and yogurt ($12), tacos and a ribeye scramble ($17) among other dishes.

HIDE, 1928 Greenville Ave. 8 a.m. – Midnight Monday – Sunday; Rooftop hours 5 p.m. to Midnight Monday – Thursday; 3 p.m. – Midnight Friday; 11 a.m. – Midnight Saturday and Sunday