• Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Where Michael Martensen, Dallas' Mixologist-in-Chief, Drinks When He Drinks in Dallas

    Even though he's spent the last seven years shaking up some of the city's best craft cocktails, Proof Pantry's Michael Martensen is a man of pretty simple tastes. As Martensen mentioned in our interview earlier this week, the most important part of going to a bar is more about the experience than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Best Frozen Cocktails in Dallas

    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. It may be less than a month until the official start of fall, but this is Texas, so it's best to accept that it may be sw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    AF B's Cocktails Are the Real Deal

    Since opening earlier this year, AF B has been cranking out food and cocktails that are impressive enough to justify a drive to Fort Worth even if you don't have other plans. What hasn't gotten as much fanfare, though, is the restaurant's impressive (if short) cocktail menu. In an effort to bring ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014
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    May 1, 2014

    Where to Drink in Dallas for the Kentucky Derby, Which Is Some Sort of Hat Contest

    The Kentucky Derby is a Southern ritual, especially if you're rich. In Kentucky proper, thousands of people will put on their Sunday finest and excessive headware to watch horses run around the track for exactly one and a quarter mile. Seems boring, but I'm pretty much down for any occasion to drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Dallas' Best Margaritas by Neighborhood

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    All Hail the Simple Drink Menu

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Could the Bottled Cocktail Trend Return to Dallas This Summer? I Hope So.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    How the Whiskey Sour Became a Maligned Cocktail, and How You Can Make a Great One

    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 >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 10, 2012
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    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

    April 10, 2012

    Texas Craft Cocktail Event Coming to Dallas

    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 >>

  • Dining

    April 5, 2012

    At the Chesterfield, Drinks So Good the Plates Barely Stand a Chance

    Reviewing downtown Dallas' much-needed cocktail den.

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    The Do's and Don'ts of a Good Frozen Margarita

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Dallas' Five Best Margaritas, in Honor of National Margarita Day

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Three Holiday Drink Recipes for the Festive Boozehound in You

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    The Thyme Bomb, and Other Drinks Worth Sitting for at the People's Last Stand

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    A Guy Won $500 Last Night for Drinking a Blue Goose Bartender's One Millionth Margarita

    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 >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    July 20, 2011

    Plate Hate: Why Is There a Forest In My Drink?

    Scott Reitz​Leslie 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Spicing up Happy Hour at Malai Thai-Vietnamese Kitchen

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Is Garnishing a Cocktail Gilding the Lily?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Dallas Drinkers Don't Like Dallas Drinks

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Tonight: Party with Former Reality TV Stars and Pro Mixologists

    ​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 >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Nothing to Fear at Fernando's Mexican Cuisine

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Brace Yourself: Is the Pickle and Booze Fad Headed Our Way?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Dallas Celebrates Cinco de Mayo while Rathbun Rolls Out BBQ Mondays and Coal Vine's has a New Brunch Menu

    Mattito's Tex-Mex​City 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    The Sangria-Rita Diaries of Gloria, Buca and Matt

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Short Orders: Cuba Libre

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Lazare's Bar Hosts A Grand Opening, But Will Anyone Remember?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    10 Questions: Abraham Bedell

    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 servi ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    10 Questions: Charlie Papaceno

    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 bartende ... 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

    August 23, 2007
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    May 3, 2007

    Deathless Tiki Tacky

    Kitsch is cool again at Trader Vic's

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    October 19, 2006


    Firehouse hosts an evening of pink

  • Dining

    September 14, 2006

    Lucky 13

    Almost everything is engaging at Trece

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    September 22, 2005

    Bottle Tops

    Who are the best bartenders in Dallas?

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Creme Brulee

    Cuban coffee creme brulee at Cuba Libre

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    October 7, 2004

    Singapore Sling

    Life Is Killing My Rock 'N' Roll (Stinky)

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    August 26, 2004

    Dram Good

    Who are the best bartenders in Dallas?

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    March 18, 2004

    Shaken and Stirred

    Mix things up with the El Tesoro Mixology Tour

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Martini

    The Quarter

  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Gender Specifics

    Why do women and men drink different things?

  • Dining

    August 8, 2002

    Bob Hoofs North

    The Plano version of Bob's Steak and Chophouse stays true to form--mysterious carrot and all

  • Dining

    April 4, 2002

    Lovely 'Rita

    The neat, clean Margarita Ranch needs to let loose a little

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Bar for Kicking Back

    The Meridian Room

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    September 20, 2001
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    July 17, 1997

    All shook up

    Doolittle's barely emerges from a martini-induced culinary fog

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