• Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Dallas' 10 Best Cocktail Bars

    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. We're square in the middle of a major shift in the way we think about booze. Syrupy appletinis and cosmopolitans have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Proof Pantry's Michael Martensen Is Battling the "Pretentious Asshole Bartender" (Interview)

    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. Even though it's been a relatively enduring trend in bars across the country for nearly a decade, Dallas has only recentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Louie Canelakes, Founder and Barkeep of Louie's on Henderson, Is Dead at 58

    Yesterday Side Dish reported that Louie Canelakes passed away. If you've had a pizza at his restaurant on Henderson Avenue and sat at the bar, you likely know him. Louie has been working behind the bar since he opened the place with his brother Chris in the 1980s, and if you've met him you haven't f ... 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

    May 3, 2013

    The 14 Best Spots to Get Cheap Food and Drinks on Cinco De Mayo in Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Sundown at Granada's Prickly Pear Margs are Mediocre, but the Beer'll Do

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Brad Hensarling's New Bar The Gold Standard Opens Today in Fort Worth

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Pepper Smash Opens at Plano's Shops of Legacy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    The Dram Brings a Bit of Class to Henderson Avenue's Late-Night Scene

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Fedoras and $12 Drinks Don't Make the Bar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Before a Caravan to New Orleans' Tales Of The Cocktail, Some Thoughts on Dallas Bartending

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    The End May Be Near for "Mixology," So Maybe We Could Cool It with the Vests?

    Catherine Downes​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Smoke Guns and Cap'n Crunch at Four Lounge, the Cocktail Lounge for the Wizard in You

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Second Floor Freshens Up Brunch Cocktails

    Kevin MarplePrickly pear margarita​Bloody 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Celebrating the Day the Margarita Died (In the City That Killed It)

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    And Now an Interview With a Lady Who Flies Around America Testing Cocktails

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Another National Day of Drinking (with Stronger Alcohol!)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Cocktails: So, You Think You Can Mix One Better Than Your Bartender?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Is Texas the Sleeping Giant
    Of the Cocktail World?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Perry's Steakhouse Offer Mini-Cocktails.
    Now We Can Drink Four Times More, Right?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Starbucks Coffee a Cocktail Alternative?
    What Have They Been Drinking?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Low-Cal Cocktails: Didn't We Used to Just Call Those Shots?

    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 >>

  • News

    June 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Westfork: Bottomless Brunch

    singlesisters​Weekend 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 >>

  • 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

    September 11, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Why I Hate The 'Mixology' Trend

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Gloria's vs Mattito's: Margarita Massacre

    Alex Flores​Dallas 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Hash Over: Rum Causes Gas (And Fire), Chuy's Honors Fire, Free Pancakes For Kids And More

    Jeff McInnis​You'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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Breaking The Mojito Rules

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Losing Our Way In Margaritaville

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Salum's Offers Free Bites, Drink Specials

    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'll serve margaritas and other tequila cocktails. A rotating selection of mixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Mint Juleps

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    April 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Just In Time For Boxing Day: Zakk United's Top Holiday Cocktails

    So good he also posted these on his 97.1 KEGL blog--actually he told us "blahg," but it pretty much means the same thing. Listed in no particular order. "The white dream is my fav," he says.     CHRISTMAS COSMOPOLITAN ½ oz. Cointreau ½ oz. Cranberry juice 1 tsp. Fresh lime juice 1 ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2005

    Sweet and Lowdown

    What is a good margarita?

  • Dining

    June 2, 2005

    Going South

    What is a mint julep?

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Martini

    The Library at the Melrose Hotel

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Salad

    Tempura chili-citrus chicken salad at Cuba Libre

  • Dining

    September 11, 2003

    Comparing Apples

    What are the trendiest drinks in Dallas?

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Mystic Chords of Memory

    The Burning Question crew looks back at 2002

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Margarita (tie)

    Blue Goose, Frankie's Margarita at Monica's Aca y Alla

  • Dining

    May 9, 2002

    That Frozen Concoction

    What's up with all the different margaritas?

  • Dining

    February 21, 2002

    Margarita Mix

    What is top shelf?

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Too Old-Fashioned

    Does anybody drink classic cocktails anymore?

  • Dining

    January 4, 2001

    All Shaken Up

    Do we prefer vodka or gin martinis?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000
  • Dining

    April 6, 1995
  • Dining

    February 9, 1995

    State of the bar address

    It's scary, folks, but St. Pete's Dancing Marlin isn't a bad place to eat

  • Dining

    February 2, 1995

    Two for the road

    Martini Ranch mixes dozens of variations of the world's most famous cocktail

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