Patio weather might be a little spotty as fall stumbles into Dallas. Rather than sweat through your pumpkin lager on those sunny days, we've compiled a list of the best places to get margaritas in this town. Because until those crisp breezes show up for long enough to pull out the hot toddys and Bai ... More >>
Check out this screen grab from the cocktail menu at Kitchen LTO. It's filled with cocktails that to some might seem plain and boring. But in the age of the neatly waxed mustache and fedora, cocktails that are easily recognizable are increasingly rare. Lists like this one are refreshing. Of course ... More >>
With the emergence of Dallas' craft cocktail scene, bartenders -- OK, fine, mixologists -- have come to expect the city's notoriously conservative orderers utter those two magic words: "surprise me." It's an approach I've been taking more and more over the last year, and a result I've been on some g ... More >>
Last week, Lauren wrote a blog post covering Jason Kosmas' decision to keg cocktails for Twisted Root, a move that seemed counter to the popular bartender's mission of craft cocktail making. This week Details Magazine points to the same trend on a smaller scale: cocktail bars around the country are ... More >>
If you go into a random bar and order a whiskey sour, chances are the drink you receive will be terrible. The sour mix is usually the culprit. A similar pre-made concoction of sugar and artificial flavoring has ruined margaritas and other cocktail classics, mostly because bartenders are under the im ... More >>
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 >>
Attention all bourbon enthusiasts, gin guzzlers, Manhattan drinkers and budding mixologists: a massive four-day craft cocktails event is coming to Dallas June 14 through June 17; The brainchild of local booze magicians Brian McCullough (Smoke, The Standard Pour) and Nico Ponce (The Chesterfield), th ... More >>
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I have a confession. When I first got to Dallas, I wrote a post for National Tequila Day. I said Dallasites could celebrate this holiday with particular fervor because the frozen margarita was invented here. I said we could celebrate the day the margarita died in the city that killed it. I was only ... More >>
The margarita may be the greatest drink of all time, if only because it almost always comes alongside a free, bottomless basket of chips and salsa. Born out of desperation, the margarita originally provided a way to choke down bad tequila. At some restaurants this still holds true. At others the dri ... More >>
FlickrGive your eggnogg a cocoa makeover.Whitney Filloon, our resident pastry chef/booze correspondent, took the week off from drinking to bring you these winter cocktail ideas. We have her assurances that she was sober when she wrote them. I enjoy a $12 cocktail as much as the next Dallas g ... More >>
Bartender Omar, as pictured on the People's Last Stand Facebook page.Editor's note: Whitney Filloon, a trained pastry chef, is also a trained drinker. She'll occasionally write for City of Ate about cocktails and general booziness. "Tastes like pickles." My shaven-head drinking companion wr ... More >>
The Blue Goose CantinaJuan Valdez serves up number 1 million.Last night a bartender at the Blue Goose Cantina on Greenville Avenue reached a milestone that not too many can claim. Juan Valdez, who has worked the there for 25 years, served his one millionth margarita. About 10 minutes after t ... More >>
SMU joint doesn't give cheap eaters the shaft.
Scott ReitzLeslie Brenner's new Best of Guide touts Dallas' top cocktails, complete with a swanky photo spread. One of the shots mirrors an experience I've had enough of. A high ball glass filled with glistening ice and dotted with kumquat slices is topped with not just a sprig of lavender, ... More >>
Where: Malai Thai-Vietnamese Kitchen, 3699 McKinney Ave. #319 When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday , all day Sunday What: $5 specialty cocktails, $5 selected wines, $3 beers Why: Because the post-work happy hour can go boring quickly, going to the same old pub week after week. Since it's been ... More >>
If your drink looks like this, have a chat with your bartender.The wedge of dragon fruit tilted the cocktail placed on the table. And it was annoying. The drink, one of the beverages offered at a tequila cocktail competition this weekend, was lip-smacking good without it. It was gratuitous w ... More >>
It's been 25 years since the doors of El Salvadorian restaurant Gloria's opened to the public. Tucked away on West Davis Street in Oak Cliff, the tiny eatery served up some mighty tasty, traditional El Salvadorian meals. Twenty five years later, the itty-bitty, family-run business has erupted ... More >>
Quittin' Time is back, bringing you tips on where to get your happy hour drink on -- or not. Where: Beauty Bar, 1924 N. Henderson Ave. When: 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday What: $10 martini and mini-manicure, $1 off most drinks Why: Because sometimes you just want to feel pretty. Why not tre ... 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 >>
For those of you waiting for the final rose ceremony with the giddy anticipation of a preteen who just got her first copy of Tiger Beat, your dreams are about to come true. Tonight, Brad Womack will choose his dream woman -- or at least a woman who will join him for the morning talk shows ro ... More >>
Keep 'em coming, Fernando.Like Abba sang, "I was so afraid, Fernando," I feared that the unlimited refills on the complimentary mimosas Fernando's Mexican Cuisine's advertised with its brunch would actually have an unstated limit. But unlike other brunch spots in Dallas that promote bottomles ... More >>
Chow.comThe poor martini. People just won't leave perfection alone.I took my martinis with olives until I read The Hour, Bernard DeVoto's classic homage to his favorite drink. According to DeVoto, misguided drinkers put olives in their martinis because "in some desolate childhood hour, someon ... More >>
Mattito's Tex-MexCity of Aters, do you know what this Wednesday is? It's Cinco de Mayo! The only day that you can actually get away with wearing a sombrero while singing "La Bamba" at a karaoke bar. A few Dallas restaurants will be celebrating the Mexican holiday by having a Bob Armstrong queso-e ... More >>
The weather has been pretty great lately, calling for a little patio here, a little frozen slurp there. But it's never a guarantee, so this girl drinker has been grabbing the goods when and where she can get them. I'm not going to say one word about the forecast this weekend for fear of a jinx, but ... More >>
Cuba Libre2822 N. Henderson Ave.214-827-2820If you recall the restaurant's party days, it seems like we'd never get around to calling Cuba Libre and old stalwart.Yet there it is, the grand old kitchen of booming Henderson Avenue. Tristan Simon still owns the place, though he now spends much of hi ... More >>
The Victor Tangos bartender has been at it for just about a decade. In that time he's seen a lot: the rise of hard door clubs and bottle service, the resurgence of old school cocktails, good times and bad. But it's almost as if Bedell was born into the business. The Dallas native started his s ... More >>
Yeah, so he worked for the A & E network in New York and made commercials in Dallas for years. Big deal--Papaceno's father and uncle owned taverns in New York (the state, not the big city), and he helped out when old enough...meaning at the age of 13, maybe 14. That's when the owner and bar ... More >>
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 >>
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