Jason Kosmas

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Every Dallas Bartender You've Heard of Is About to Get You Drunk at Once

    Your poor liver. If the slew of holiday parties you've been guilted into attending have you desperately needing a night off, you should avert your eyes, close this window or otherwise prevent yourself from reading one more line in this post. This Sunday, bartenders from Dallas and Fort Worth bars ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013

    Kitchen LTO's Device

    Pop-up dining may be a fine enough pull, but only great food will keep the diners returning

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    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

    June 3, 2013

    Nora Expanding into Neighboring Retail Space

    Big changes are under way at Nora, the Afghan restaurant that opened last year on Greenville Avenue. This weekend, opaque plastic obscured the windows as workers on scaffolding tended to the exterior of the building. Chef and owner Matt Pikar took control of the adjacent space and knocked down the ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Seriously Amazing Culinary and Beer Events for the Week, April 3 - 9

    Thursday, April 4 Garden Café will host Freedom Through Food, a small gathering of local sustainable food and gardening activists, including Suzie Marshall of GROW North Texas. Chef Chad Houser and Graham Dodds will be cooking at the event, which starts at 5:45 p.m. Scott Reitz got more details ea ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    The Time to Drink At Smyth Is Now

    Bloggers be bloggin' about Smyth, the new cocktail den in Uptown. Whitney Filloon over at Eater says a lack of signage and an unmarked door can make the new bar difficult to find, but hunting down Smyth a challenge worth taking on. Smyth is intended to be reservations-only, but for now according to ... 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 18, 2013

    A Twisted Mule Brings Craft Cocktails on Tap to Twisted Root

    Chef and founder of Twisted Root Burger Co., Jason Boso, has concocted a new craft cocktail for his restaurants that taps into a slowly emerging trend around the country. Boso worked with bar man Jason Kosmas to develop a drink called the Twisted Mule, which is a combo-play on an Arnold Palmer and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Drama for Dinner: A Q/A with Kitchen LTO Creator Casie Caldwell

    Even in reality TV-obsessed Texas, where there are more shows filmed about drunks, housewives, pint-sized beauty queens, gays, bling, dance moms and cowboys than you can count, odds are you won't score a cameo in one. Still, the more I hear about new Trinity Groves concept Kitchen LTO, the more it s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Bolsa Announces Winter Cocktail Menu

    Just this morning Catherine Downes dropped by my desk to bitch about Bolsa. She said their weekly Wednesday special, featuring $5 drinks, had gotten a little stale and was wondering if they'd do anything soon to reinvigorate the program. Swear it. Just happened while I was drinking my morning coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    If You Embrace Your Issues With Rum, You Should Hang at Sigel's This Wednesday

    Sigel's is hosting a Summer Rum Festival and Tasting this Wednesday, August 1, at their Inwood Road location. There are going to be more than 50 rums to sample with distillery representatives ready to answer all your hard-hitting questions. If you've spent more time than you'd like to admit in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Pictures from Tales of the Cocktail in NOLA

    Greetings from currently rainy New Orleans! I'm here till Sunday checking out the 10th annual Tales of the Cocktail, a gathering of bartenders, liquor reps and booze enthusiasts that draws attendees from all over the nation for a week of seminars, tasting rooms, dinners, parties and general alcohol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Pide Bread, Haute Dogs And Bastardized Flatulence: This Week In Dallas Dining

    As we prepare for Taste of Dallas' opportunities for extreme gluttony, lets first look back on the week in Dallas' Dining scene. Then it's time to grab some kebab at Fair Park. This week I reviewed Pera Turkish Kitchen, a small suburban restaurant devoted to Middle Eastern cuisine with a really goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    The Restaurant We All Used To Call Marquee Grill Is Now Village Marquee-Texas Grill & Bar

    The Marquee Grill became the latest Dallas area restaurant to change its name because of pressure from a similarly branded concept in another state. A spokesperson for the restaurant wouldn't discuss pending legal action but did confirm a Marquee Grill restaurant was located in Las Vegas and Kansas ... 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 26, 2012

    Area Bartenders Named For Tales Of The Cocktail Event Featuring Texas Mixology

    Back in March, we told you the North Texas chapter of the Bartenders' Guild was preparing to send a group of bartenders to Tales of the Cocktail, an annual convention hosted in New Orleans that draws industry professionals with interests in spirits and mixology. The group is sponsoring an event to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Cocktail Wizard Jason Kosmas Dishes On the Dallas Scene, Fedoras and His New Spirits Company

    If you've ever sipped a $12 cocktail in Dallas, you've likely sampled the handiwork of Jason Kosmas. When we last caught up with him, he was boozing it up as the beverage director at Marquee Grill, but he's also done time at Neighborhood Services and Bolsa and lent his expertise to the drink menus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Jason Kosmas, Bartender Turned Author, May Soon Turn into a TV Star

    Eater reported the other day that Jason Kosmas, Marquee Grill beverage director, co-owner of Employees Only in NYC and author of two books, is now dabbling in showbiz. Kosmas confirms there's a possible show in the making. "It's basically a travel show," Kosmas says, "where we go to a city and lear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Industry Rallies for Andrew Lostetter, Dallas Bartender Injured in Snowboarding Accident

    Andrew Lostetter has been a bartender in Dallas for almost 15 years, serving at Fireside Pies, Neighborhood Services Tavern and Marquee Grill. Recently he was snowboarding in Breckenridge, Colorado, when he was hit by a wayward skier and propelled into a tree. The impact caused four fractures to hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Five Things You Missed from Last Night's Mix-Off at the Chesterfield

    Last night The Chesterfield hosted an event called the Mix-off Battle. It featured five local bartenders whose cocktails were pitted against one another in the name of awareness for Chefs For Farmers. Here's what you missed if you weren't there.

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    March 6, 2012

    Marquee Grill Barkeep Jason Kosmas on Giving Advice, Books and Hangovers

    Jason Kosmas found his calling in booze while tending bar in New York City at Pravada, Employees Only and Macao Trading Co, the last two of which he co-owns. He's also penned two books, You Didn't Hear it From Us, and Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined. Jason's wif ... 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

    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

    January 19, 2012

    Shut Up And Make My Drink Already

    If you've consumed drinks at Marquee Grill, Black Swan, the Chesterfield, or any of the other high-end cocktail den around Dallas, you're going to get a kick out of this video. The short depicts a mustachioed bartender-douchebag pontificating on the finer elements of mixology, through short, punch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Happy Hour at Malai Kitchen, Where Five Dollars Will Make You Hollar for Another One

    The West Village isn't typically a favorite destination 'hood of mine unless I'm seeking fro-yo or a sale on cardigans, but a Yelp search pointed me in the direction of Thai-Vietnamese spot Malai when I found myself in dire need of a drink on a Sunday evening. I have zero desire to wait 30 minutes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Food & Wine Doesn't Like Dallas' Bars

    Make it a strong one... Dallas got no love​Food & Wine anointed the country's 50 best bars in its latest issue. The list, featuring swanky cocktail dens that pour upscale drinks, leans heavily on New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C.. Texas received mention for only one bar ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2011

    Marquee Grill & Bar: Tre Wilcox's Starring Role

    Former Top Chef contender aims to please both Bubbas and foodies.

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    April 29, 2011

    Local Boys Tell Their Tales of the Cocktail With Non-Local Alcohol

    At a private awards ceremony held at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting and sponsored by the neuroscience journal I edited several years ago, a doctor lifted his glass of malbec. "Better living through chemicals!" he toasted. ​That's exactly what Ann Tuennerman has in mind ... 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

    Brand New Dallas Cocktail Lounge Named Best Place to Drink in the South

    A Dallas cocktail bar that opened last month has already earned a spot on Imbibe magazine's list of 100 best places to drink in the South. ​The Cedars Social, a swanky South Dallas lounge featuring cocktails by Michael Martensen and an elaborate punch service program, was named to the "Best C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Bolsa's "Cocktail Challenge" Shies Away From Chicken Liver

    ​Bolsa's introduced an interactive twist to its popular Wednesday night cocktail event. The Oak Cliff restaurant's still offering five cocktails for $5, but each drink now incorporates a customer-nominated ingredient along with the evening's featured spirit. On Thursdays, Bolsa announces the liqu ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 30, 2010
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    December 14, 2010

    Could Tequila and Mezcal Become
    Dallas' Leading Spirits?

    Mezcal: The scorpions on the bottle indicate freshness.​While mezcal's been hailed as the "next big thing," it hasn't yet caught on in Dallas. But Jason Kosmas yesterday advised the city's leading bartenders not to shy away from creating drinks made with the agave spirit and its more dapper co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Bolsa Says Have a Drink; Happy Days Are Here Again

    ​A party at Bolsa next week is timed to commemorate the end of Prohibition, but the event will also celebrate the start of the Oak Cliff restaurant's new cocktail program. "As people know, Jason Kosmas has come over," Eddie "Lucky" Campbell says of his partner behind the bar, who recently def ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Jason Kosmas Makes It an Unhappy Hour
    For Dallas Drinkers

    ​As Nancy Nichols reported over at Sidedish yesterday, superstar bartender Jason Kosmas has mixed his last drink at Neighborhood Services Tavern. Kosmas hasn't yet returned my call, but he didn't hint at the reason for his departure when I spoke to him last week. Asked whether he was plannin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Jason Kosmas Thinks Dallas' Cocktail Scene is Evolving Nicely

    Neighborhood Services Tavern's Jason Kosmas, who's today celebrating the release of his book Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined, says Dallas' cocktail scene isn't as stunted as some naysayers fear. ​"I keep hearing about more people opening places," Kosmas says. " ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 13, 2010
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    May 7, 2010

    Lavender Cocktails Rock the 'Hood

    The Domino Fizz, from above.​Lots of people equate lavender with soaps, sachets and lotions. And that's fair. So much of the reason lavender is even popular is due to its fragrance -- which is soft, fresh and somehow, purple.But me, well, this Girl Drink Drunk likes my lavender like I like spiked ... More >>