Charlie Papaceno

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Female Bartenders Who Rule Dallas' Cocktail Scene

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Mustachioed, bowtie-and-fedora-wearing Newsies extras shaking out cocktails is so last year: This is the year of the "lad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    A Night at the Windmill, with a Mad Scientist, a Confused German and Many, Many Cocktails

    By Amy Franklin It's one of those rare but perfect summer nights when, for at least a few hours, it actually does feel like the livin' is easy. It's hot but not oppressive. And I need something to wet my whistle. It isn't a speakeasy, but from the first time I followed my friend Chuck through the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    The Summer Drinks of Dallas (Photos)

    Summertime in Dallas is a scorcher, and sometimes there's no better way to escape the heat than by sipping on an ice cold cocktail. We set out to find some of the best summertime drinks in Dallas and asked bartenders from around town to create some of their favorite seasonal libations. Here is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    The Windmill Lounge Hosting Amaro School Tonight -- Best Class You'll Ever Take

    Tonight, local barkeep Chris Furtado, former president of the North Texas chapter of Bartender's Guild, is holding a little clinic at the coolest dive in town (this is a verified fact), The Windmill Lounge. Furtado will explain the meaning and importance of the Italian liquor amaro, and specifically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Esquire Names Windmill Lounge One of the Best Bars in the Country

    It's a banner week for the finest of all fine-dining and drinking spots in Dallas. As we reported earlier today, Keller's Drive-In was included on a list of the 10 best burgers in the country and now, the Windmill Lounge has made a list as one of the best bars in America. The good people of Esquir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    The 10 Best Jukeboxes in Dallas

    Jukeboxes serve a simple yet critical role in bars everywhere. They can help you cope after a breakup, relax you after a long day of work, remind you of what you love most or fire you up and give you something to dance to. A jukebox used to be the imprint of a bar's spirit, hosting a select set of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Late-Night Eats: The Four Meat Pizza At Nova

    On a Thursday evening, just past 10 p.m., Oak Cliff was sleepy. Yelp said Boulevardier was open till 11 but the staff said otherwise. Same went for Bolsa, which offered cocktails and beer but no food. That's what I get for trusting a third-party source instead of getting operating hours direct from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Good Service, Bad Service: WTF is Up With the Bar Troll at S4?

    Normally, I sing Station 4's praises to the high heavens. It's not a place I frequent all that often, but now and again everyone could benefit from the catharsis of a night spent jumping awkwardly in place to Ke$ha with a sloshing plastic cup of nondescript vodka substance. But on Saturday night we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Charlie Papaceno: The Cocktail Kingmaker

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. If you packed up Charlie Papaceno and his many bottles of booze, carefully encased them in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Where And How To Drink Like a Mad Man

    Everyone's favorite booze-soaked, chain-smoking, adultery-laden television series is about to disappear until 2013; yes, Mad Men's season five finale airs this Sunday on AMC. (If you need to catch up, the first few seasons are on Netflix. You're welcome.) But there's no reason that your thirst for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    At the Windmill Last Night, Dallas Bartenders Got Amped for New Orleans' Tales of the Cocktail

    Tales of the Cocktail will kick of its tenth year this July in New Orleans, and in addition to drawing professionals from around it's catering specifically to Texas bartenders. Ann Teunnerman, the founder of the growing cocktail gathering, hosted the event. Next she's headed to subsequent events i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Wisdom from the Windmill's Charlie Papaceno

    Charlie Papaceno, originally from Warwick, New York, opened the Windmill Lounge with his partner Louise six years ago. In that time, they've both garnered reputations for making honest, strong drinks. At their little dive bar on Maple, DART trains speed over the bridge just outside, the deer above ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Charlie Papaceno, Progenitor of the Windmill, Runs a Damn Fine Bar. That is All.

    Charlie.​Tuesday night, sometime after 10. Charlie Papaceno, sporting vintage specs, was working the bar of the Windmill Lounge, a little dive on Maple. A couple huddled in the corner, and two more pairs sat at the bar. It was my first time. I saw Brooklyn lager on tap and I thought it was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Your Seemingly Quixotic Cocktail Quest Ends At The Windmill Lounge

    ​Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details and why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials. Where: The Windmill Lounge, 5320 Maple Ave., 214-265-9105When: 4 to 7 p.m. dailyWhat: $1 off all d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Windmill Lounge vs Avila's: Luna de Miel Madness

    Alex Flores​We all find our places to sip a brew, tell a few lies, and hopefully forget the recent events that often plagues a working stiff. As a young child, my father would tell me that if you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour. The old man was ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Sidecar

    ​In my school of thought--and keep in mind, it's not a very well attended school--cocktails born in the heyday of gentlemanly drinking are to be revered. Drinks such as martinis, old fashioned and the great sazerac came from an era when even the prettiest glass carried a big, stiff belt of alcohol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Burning Question: How Much Do People Know About Their Drink?

    So there we were, embedded amongst noisy inebriates from the monied set hanging out at Hully & Mo--and we mean noisy.Foreigners will tell you few groups announce their presence as loudly as American tourists...although those who've endured a few moments within shouting distance of Brits on a sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Burning Question: Are Classic Cocktails Back?

    The other day we were sitting around contemplating happy hour options when our editor stomped in to remind us of the morning editorial meeting--for which we were apparently quite late.Now, one of this job's few perks is that "reading" magazines counts as research. So we hastily reached for the disca ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 30, 2006

    Give 'Em the Boot

    Why don't more people like Italian liqueurs?

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    September 5, 1996