It's certainly not a weekend for lightweights. Leave your fanny pack at the house and imbibe in many of the options around town as we collectively celebrate General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín's defeat of the French in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Despite the fiesta, many ... More >>
I can't imagine the headache that the Sundown at Granada must be on weekends, because with patios like that, its Thursday through Sunday crowd must be hanging over the rooftop's railings. But for a lazy and breezy Wednesday evening, the atmosphere can't be beat. Fact: scientific research has proven ... More >>
If you wanna talk cocktails in Fort Worth, you're likely speaking of one person and one person only: Brad Hensarling. The thirtysomething behind dive bar The Chat Room and creative cocktail den The Usual has almost single-handedly shaped the Cowtown craft drink scene, and today he expands his empir ... More >>
Chef Vijay Sadhu's cocktail-centric restaurant and bar Pepper Smash (7200 Bishop Road) soft-opened Monday in the same Shops at Legacy spot where his upscale-Indian venture Sutra closed in March after being open for less than a year. The bar program is the brainchild of Keith LaBonte, the mad scient ... More >>
There are a lot of things that irritate me about clubs (long lines in the girls' bathroom, aggressively flirty dudes in Tapout tees), but the thing I hate the most is shitty, expensive drinks. Fourteen dollars for a poorly mixed gin and tonic made with well liquor that's guaranteed to produce a han ... More >>
It's a relatively quiet Wednesday night at Deep Ellum's newest watering hole, Swallow Lounge (double entendre or just a hastily chosen name? You be the judge). I take a seat at the empty bar lined with bright red vinyl stools. Above the bar, back-lit swallows -- those little birds that adorn collarb ... More >>
Tales of the Cocktail might be four months away, but Dallas-area mixologists are already well into planning for the event. Each year New Orleans hosts the event, which draws from an international base of cocktail enthusiasts who gather to talk booze, cross-pollinate creative ideas and get bombed. I ... More >>
Catherine DownesA few nights ago I ducked my head into the Dram (2918 N. Henderson Ave.), Dallas' newest drinking hot spot, tricked out in a sort of dark Victorian feel that is pretty stunning. It's an impressive space, and that night it was filled with all the cool kids who love to be the fi ... More >>
The barman procures a large glass jar from underneath the bar and pours in a few ounces of Sobieski vodka, followed by fresh-squeezed lime juice. Hickory chips are scooped from a glass jar and loaded into a hand-held smoking gun, then ignited with a small torch. Smoke fills the jar and infuses the ... More >>
Kevin MarplePrickly pear margaritaBloody Marys and mimosas are, clearly, classic brunch drinks. But if you're a frequent bruncher, the usual suspects may be becoming a bit of a snooze. I'm a brunch fan myself, which is why my ears pricked up when I heard the Second Floor is offering a prickly ... More >>
Sunday is National Tequila Day, a "holiday" Dallasites can celebrate with extra exuberance as residents of the city that fucked up margaritas forever. Mariano Martinez birthed the margarita machine here, 40 years ago, after a frightening opening night nearly handed him his ass. Turns out his ... More >>
In Three-Course Meal, we usually interview local chefs over the course of three days. This week, we branch out a little. Check in tomorrow for more from our local cocktail ninja. Sly Cosmopoulos, 39, is the corporate mixologist for Republic National Distributing Company, a large liquor distr ... More >>
With a drinks menu divided by historical era, The Cedars Social has provided local cocktailians with possibly the city's most sophisticated beverage selection. But the most inspired page of the well-crafted menu features cocktails created by mixologists elsewhere. "I like to call it a liquid ... More >>
Our advice: Don't order a margarita larger than a Big Gulp without a little help from your friends.If you didn't get a chance to celebrate National Drink Wine Day last Friday, then you have another chance to have an extra happy happy hour today. Yes, folks, it's time to for another national ... More >>
At many fine 19th-century restaurants, it wasn't unusual for diners to deviate significantly from the printed menu. Since it was assumed the chef stocked his larder with the same eggs, cheeses and vegetables that appeared in nearly every hoity-toity restaurant kitchen, eaters could reasonably ... More >>
Pity those drinkers who were in search of an expertly made cocktail last night: All of the state's best mixologists were gathered on the pool deck at the Joule, drinking daiquiris and cheering on participants in the North Texas Bartenders Guild's Legacy Cocktail Competition. Sponsor Bacardi ... More >>
Perry's Steakhouse, which I praised in last week's Dish column, isn't typically associated with dainty portions. On Fridays, when mammoth pork chops are sold for just $10.95, the exiting crowds, armed with giant rope-handled leftover bags, look like successful shoe shoppers. But Perry's has ... More >>
Nothing soothes like a cup of coffee...except maybe a slug of booze.Starbucks has joined the growing list of chains intent on bowdlerizing adult beverage traditions, suggesting today that flavored coffee's a good substitute for alcohol. Earlier this week, City of Ate chronicled the new low-c ... More >>
You know, if you're worried about calories when drinking tequila, then you're not drinking enough tequila.Margaritas are supposed to signify the pinnacle of lazy summer good-timing, but bartenders say drinkers are increasingly worrying about the cocktail's caloric content. Weighing in at mor ... More >>
singlesistersWeekend brunch exists, in my estimation, to assuage the appetites of those who have slept in past the breakfast hour and now must hunt down food as quickly as possible to alleviate the hangover. To have brunch on a weekday might be a meal worthy only of derelicts and food writers. ... More >>
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 >>
Nothing against Victor Tangos. Their bartenders make very good cocktails and they steadfastly--last I checked--refuse to use the word "mixologist." Their drink recipes, however, require precise measurements. Even though they wield this precision to create updated versions of the fizz, the Champag ... More >>
Alex FloresDallas has always seemed a little confused about margaritas--even though the cocktail was reputedly invented by a local (albeit during a Mexico vacation).Perhaps it's just a misunderstanding of semantics. You see, 'cocktail' is generally a drink consisting of three or more ingredients, ... More >>
Jeff McInnisYou've mastered the mojito, drubbed the daiquiri and conquered the Cuba libre. You're ready to take your rum "mixology" to the next level. How about tossing in a dash of liquid nitrogen? Former Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis will be slinging liquid nitrogen-infused Don Q rum cocktai ... More >>
Patrick MichelsLazare's mojoto lineupThis current generation of American drinkers couldn't really care less about tradition. They shirk the classic cocktails in favor of trendy new flavors: pomegranate martinis, green tea margaritas, acai vodka and tonics or whatever the anti-oxidant of the month ha ... More >>
Anastasia JakseThe new mojitos: blueberry on the left, raspberry at right. "Blame it on the a-a-alcohol...," DJ Christopher Tracy puts his spin on Jamie Foxx and T-Pain's rap song amidst a forest of black and red balloons. Blame it on the alcohol, indeed. Or the 'any excuse to party' ethic that dri ... More >>
pdphoto.orgThis is the sort of thing Dallas does to a margarita.Bartenders should be allowed to tweak cocktail recipes. Creativity, after all, is what sets one place apart from another.Thus when mixologizing a particular cocktail, some may prefer to make the drink stronger, some sweeter. One might a ... More >>
The raspberry martini, one of Salum bartender Leann Berry's specialty drinks.Some may consider the term silly, but Leann Berry is a proud mixologist. Whatever you call the bartender--right down to "hey, you"--say it to Berry during Salum's happy hour 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.She' ... More >>
Few bartenders know how to make a decent mint julep and few people order the bourbon cocktail. There must be a connection.But which came first? It's a perfect cooler for blazing summer days (which seem unlikely to arrive anytime soon)--icy fresh, with a wicked punch--and one closely tied to the Amer ... More >>
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