Cosmo's is honored to be apart of the Dallas Lakewood bar and restaurant community. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication from every team that took the time to give Cosmo's the recognition and praise in these reviews and mentions. Thank you!
Where to Find the Best Bar Food in Dallas - From Upscale Spots to Classic Dives
June 24, 2022
"This favorite Lakewood dive bar is a go-to spot for specialty cocktails, killer Vietnamese bites, and pizza. Opened in 2000 by brother and sister Gerald Stogsdill and Debra Peña, the bar has remained a staple in Dallas for a no-frills bar experience. Chef Jackson Tran added Vietnamese food to the menu some time ago and it’s definitely spiced up the usual martinis and pizza combo. Make sure to try the pho, egg rolls, and kimchi tater tots."
Best Bar of The Year 2021
August 19, 2021
"Cosmo's was founded in 2000 — a lifetime ago in bar years — by brother & sister Gerald Stogsdill & Debra Peña, who created a chill-funky-retro vibe, plus crafty martinis that were ahead of their time. Bar manager and now business partner Jackson Tran has given Cosmo's a second life, adding family Vietnamese recipes to the menu, such as pho and grilled pork chop with braised collard greens that have drawn a new appreciative audience of foodies."
Dallas Observer - 100 Best Bars in Dallas 2022
June 30, 2022
"Tucked away at the corner of Skillman and Live Oak since 2000 is Cosmo’s, a restaurant and bar boasting no nonsense, one of a kind hospitality. With a ‘60s lounge vibe, specialty cocktails and an eclectic menu with everything from gourmet pizzas to Vietnamese dishes, Cosmo’s has something for everyone. When you’re there, browse through their extensive VHS collection and make a request or step outside to their patio, which feels like a little oasis outside the noise of the city."
"I'm here several days a week for the friendly, neighborhood vibe, tasty drinks and, above all else, the best bar food in Dallas. I know of no other bar that serves world-class Vietnamese food. Get the beef or oxtail pho, Seoul tacos, or egg rolls. They have really good pizza too." - Ray R.
"Some of the best Asian food in town! I crave their pho and korean "tacos" often --their pizza is really good too. Definitely one of my favorite bars!" - Jacob R.
"This place has greatly evolved from a true dive bar to a good lounge bar. Has fine bar top counter, complete with the good bartenders. Like the sit down area and all the movies posters found above the windows and around the place. Good music and nice atmosphere for a night out." - Mike W.
"I haven't been there in over 10 years, but the atmosphere hasn't changed. Laid back, great music and great cocktails at good prices. What changed is the food, what they serve now is delicious! I had the chicken pho and the Vietnamese egg rolls. Absolutely amazing!" - Gina P.
"Friends introduced me to this bar and I'm thankful they did. The lychee martinis are delicious and their food is absolutely amazing. Pork belly tacos are my consistent go to, but everything on their menu is worth tasting." - Antoinette M.
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A unique sense of style characterizes our popular lounge in the Lakewood area of Dallas. Our vintage decor & our collection of funky items, including groovy lamps, a faux fireplace, & fire-pit outside on the patio really sets the ambiance. Cosmo's specialty Martinis, Gourmet Pizzas & Vietnamese dishes, have won more than a few of our loyal patrons. Enjoy one of our Specialty Cocktails while watching a classic movie at the bar, or cozy up to the fireplace while enjoying our delicious food. Come jam some tunes on our award-winning Jukebox. We would love for yall to join us! Cheers!
The Cosmo's Family
Who We Are
Debra Peña & Gerald Stogsdill
"My brother Gerald, and I always wanted to own a retro dive bar! We thought it was an interesting neat idea to keep things old school in the Lakewood area. Most bars were going for a futuristic & modern look, but we wanted something eccentric, classy with a hipster vibe. Our funky vintage 70's furniture & our groovy lights take us back to how we partied in 1969!"
- Debra Peña
How We Started
Cosmo's was founded in 2000 by brother & sister, Gerald Stogsdill & Debra Peña. They aimed for a retrograde style bar with a weird & different concept. Cosmo's is known for the dirty martini's & tasty pizza but, Jackson Tran has incorporated his family's authentic Vietnamese food to spice up the menu. Cosmo's classic cocktails & kitchen will surprise you! Who would have known, Pizza & Pho make the perfect combo?
About Jackson Tran's Family Menu
General Manager, Executive Chef, Partner
Tran has managed Cosmo's for almost 20 years. Cosmo's would not be what it is today without his help & hard-work. Jackson added his family's secret Vietnamese recipes to the menu, which is some of the best Pho in the Dallas/Lakewood area. He helped his parents cook & prepare food for their Vietnam Restaurant. Tran has grown with Cosmo's from starting as a bartender making signature cocktails, to now business partner & full-time manager of Cosmo's. Tran continues to share & inspire his family's special menu every week at Cosmo's!
Jackson Tran's Mother
Jackson Trans's entire family is from around the Mekong Delta. This is where his parents use to serve the whole community & neighbors alley street food. Thua Tran, Jackson's mother, helps influence delicious & creative fresh new Vietnamese dishes to the Tran's Family menu. She taught Jackson everything he knows, from how to make the perfect broth for Pho, to the pork dumplings & the fried seaweed rolls. Anything from the Tran's family menu will not disappoint. These recipes remain a secret for a reason! Read more about behind the scenes with the Tran family: