Socialites, scenesters, and celebrities are the heart and soul of the Rattlesnake Bar at the Ritz-Carlton on McKinney Avenue in Uptown.  Just like the name of the hotel, everything thing you see here is ritzy and sparkling, but with some Texas cocktail flair.

To put out the vibe that you are a regular VIP, order the Dean’s MargarPicture 23ita with organic agave nectar while nibbling on spring rolls with achiote pulled pork. If that isn’t enough to get you going, sip the Caribbean Caipirinha- a spicy little number that will stir your senses with ginger beer and cachaca, a liquor made from fermented sugarcane.  When weather permits, head outside on the patio where the young and the restless are perched on comfortable couches and swarming the small bar to see and be seen.

Though the cocktails can be a little pricey, you won’t find more upscale southern charm or opportunity to rub elbows with the city’s movers and shakers-or perhaps become one yourself. Of all the stylish nightlife spots in Dallas, the crowd here is noticeably high fashion and ready to mingle.