Liquor and Spirits

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Kung Fu Saloon: Racist Or Simply Wary of Customers Who Like Air Jordans and Hennessy?

    The group of 100 or so people who demonstrated in person against Kung Fu Saloon this Wednesday had no hard proof that the bar excludes black people. The official reason why they couldn't get in, their stories went, had to do with fashion. "My jeans were too baggy," said Ryan Phipps, a 27-year-old b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Five Ways to Celebrate Repeal Day in Dallas, Because Prohibition Was a Bummer

    Tomorrow is "Repeal Day," the 80th anniversary of when our forefathers' palates and good sense ratified the 21st amendment and subsequently cut off the 18th amendment, allowing We The People to form a more perfect union by imbibing freely. If you're inclined to knock one back for constitutional am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Waco's Balcones Whiskey Won Seven Medals at New York Wine and Spirits Competition

    Chip Tate, the founder and distiller of Waco's Balcones Distillery, packed his suitcases full of booze and headed to New York City last week for the World Wine and Spirits Competition. The tiny distillery tucked under a bridge has been racking up the hardware of late, the first distillery to have be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    How Not to Drink Tequila, and Other Lessons from the Tequila Masters at Lazaranda

    It's the blue volcanic soil in the Mexican state of Jalisco that creates the perfect conditions for the blue agave plant to grow. After about five years of enduring a dearth of beatings from the sun, agaves sprout a quiote, a large stem that protrudes from the core, piña, which can grow more than 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Make Haste to the Holy Grail for Bourbon Week

    The Holy Grail Pub in Plano is hosting a bourbon event this week that craft beer fans (or just straight bourbon fans) should note. Last year the Holy Grail had a day dedicated to all things bourbon, including both whiskey tasting flights and special tappings of limited release bourbon-aged beers. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Deep Eddy Vodka Keeps Tapping New Flavors While Trying to Keep it Pure

    Deep Eddy pool in Austin is the oldest man-made swimming pool in Texas. According to the Friends of Deep Eddy site, in the early 1900s locals flocked to this natural pool where a large boulder in the Colorado River created a natural eddy. Springs from the banks of the river pushed in fresh cool wate ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do

    Shame on us for not seeing this sooner. A Waco distillery whooped up on the Scots in the whiskey distillin' business a month ago. They won Best in Glass, a recent whiskey competition, beating names I'm sure you'll recognize like Macallan and Glenmorangie, just to name two. See also: - Texas Distill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    What The Fuck Happened To Vodka?

    Remember when Sean Connery ordered a Smirnoff martini "shaken, not stirred," while appearing in Goldfinger? The vodka bottle's label was not-so-casually displayed facing the camera, kicking off a whorish product placement campaign that runs through all the Bond films. Back in the Connery days, thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Drink This: French Shandy at Private Social, Plus Other Springtime Elixirs

    It would seem that spring is (kind of) here; the patios are packed, my thermostat has officially made the switch from heat to cool and all the grass is a lovely shade of emerald, at least until a freak snowstorm hits a week from now and life as we know it comes to a grinding halt. (And obviously I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Drinking at Oddfellows. And We Don't Mean Coffee. We Mean Alcohol. Was That Not Clear?

    The smell of brewing coffee filled the air, rich and fragrant with undertones of cocoa and nuts. The dark brown, slightly viscous liquid dripped ever so slowly through a paper filter into an oversized glass flask -- a Chemex coffee maker, the likes of which I'd never seen before. It was an unseason ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Oh, nothing. Just Rum, Brandy and Bourbon Aged Maple Syrup.

    Tim Burton, co-owner of Burton's Maplewood Farms in Medora, Indiana, is a purveyor of Grade B maple syrup. Burton used to be in IT, but he moved out to the woods with his wife, where he's now grown a fuzzy beard and schleps through snow to look at trees all winter. He sells his tree nectar to good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Private, Social, Drunk: Rocco Milano, Mansion Expat, Has His New Bar Humming

    FacebookHum: Now being served at Private Social.​Private Social bar manager Rocco Milano is like a young redheaded Santa, ready to grant all your alcoholic Christmas wishes, or maybe the fourth Wise Man, bearing obscure aperitifs and rare scotches in place of frankincense and myrrh. Perched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    If You Can Find Texas Peaches, We Have a Recipe for You (Hint: Try Looking in Terrell)

    Lauren Drewes Daniels​It's a bad year to be a peach in the Lone Star State. A lot of North Texas orchards lost their crops this season to freezing weather and hail storms. Perusing the website for the area, many farmers have thrown in the peach towel for this summer, but promis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat: Game-Watching Parties

    ​The Mavericks will face the Miami Heat tonight at Miami's American Airlines Arena in game 1 of the NBA Finals. While some Mavs fans will be there sporting their Dallas pride, those who didn't make the trek down to the Sunshine State will be able to catch the game at bars around town. Special game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    If You Think It Sucks Dallas Can't Buy Liquor on Sundays (And Especially This Sunday) ...

    Via.​... imagine how the people who sell it feel. Actually, no need to imagine it: The D.C.-based Distilled Spirits Council of the United States issued a press release today demanding the state of Texas drop its "outdated law banning Sunday liquor sales," especially considering the many millions i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Going the Distance for Caipiroska

    ​When I went to Rio, I became obsessed with drinking Caipirinhas. You can find them in Dallas almost anywhere they have cachaca on hand. But I found a new obsession in St. Kitts, which should be much easier to get, called the Caipiroska. The only difference between the two is that the Caipiro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Classic Violet Liqueur Bound for Texas Bars

    ​The spirits company responsible for St-Germain, an elderflower cordial beloved by cocktail geeks, is adding another ingredient to Texas bartenders' arsenals. Crème Yvette, now available in six states nationwide, is slated to be released in Texas next month. The liqueur -- made from violets, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Wherein Goody Goody Liquor Explains Why It's Against the Citywide Sale of Beer and Wine

    ​Shortly before the vote on Proposition 1, which allowed for the citywide off-premise sale of beer and wine, we noted: Goody Goody Liquor and Vantex Enterprises, the parent company of Centennial and Big Daddy's, contributed $30,000 to the anti- campaign under the moniker No Alcohol PAC/Neighborhoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Five Underrated Spirits

    If you're interested in this list, you may want to do this.​It's not all vodka out there. As mixologists keep reminding their customers, there are all sorts of interesting spirits to fuel happy hours. Here, City of Ate presents five still-underrated alcoholic drinks: ​Canadian whiskey Whiskey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Picture Show: NX35 Friday Night

    Spike JohnsonWhiskey Folk Ramblers at Sweetwater.​Pretty sure we got no sleep this weekend. Here's how our weekend began: Sleep Whale, Whiskey Folk Ramblers and Ola Podrida on Friday night. Check out Spike Johnson's slideshow right here.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2010

    Yesterday at NX35: Whiskey Folk Ramblers at Sweetwater

    Spike JohnsonWhiskey Folk Ramblers​Band: Whiskey Folk RamblersVenue: Sweetwater Bar & GrillTime: 12:15 a.m.It seemed like, no matter where I went in Denton on Friday night, everyone appeared to be much cooler than I was. At Hailey's, people's jeans were a little tighter than mine. At Dan's Sil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Risking Fire and Certain Death, We Learn to Leap From the Flambé That is Bananas Foster

    Sarah Johnson​Bananas Foster Recipe Demonstrated by Chef Chris Hughes of Tre Amici Prime Steakhouse & Seafood Do you own a bowl? Do you have ice cream in your fridge? Do you have a banana and orange lying around your kitchen? Do you have liquor store that you can drive or walk to? Do you own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Girl Drink Drunk: Cowboy Chow

    ​In testing out the theories and recipes and perfect stomach liners for this column, I've realized (I actually always knew, but epiphanies are so much more on trend these days) that due to the "event" quality of a girl drink, we can drink fewer of them than just any ol' regular mixed drink or beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Riedel Spirits Glasses

    Riedel tequila glasses.​Years ago I took a glass tasting course from Riedel--which I'm sure you understand means I sampled wine from Riedel stemware.It's an extraordinary thing: wine poured into a normal red or white wine glass tastes very different when served in one designed for the specific gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Pairing Off: Cigars

    Patrick Michels/Vanessa Pike-Russell via Flickr​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food...or in this case, smoke.The gentleman at Pogo's was adamant when I asked the usual "which wine would go best with" question."I wouldn't pair it with wine, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Two Of The Best 'Hard To Find' Spirits

    ​I personally think zubrowka and aged genever are the finest spirits one can drink. But neither are easy to find, unless you travel.Zubrowka is a flavored vodka generally associated with Poland, where they've been distilling and drinking it for a good six or seven centuries. Pale gold in color, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Negroni

    In the fifteen years of tending bar Chancy Jones put in before taking a job at Windmill Lounge, he remembers shaking up two--maybe three--Negronis. Three months at the cocktail dive on Maple and he's an expert."I've probably made 40 or 50 of them," he says.But the complex, bittersweet and herbal fix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Girl Drink Drunk: At Home With an Irish Maiden

    You may have noticed a little bit of a chill in the air this Monday (specifically a wind chill of 18 degrees). You might have even car-skated over a thin little layer of ice on your way home from the city's cubicles and retail counters. These elements and some additional factors had me and BFF Jen d ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Taste The Comedy

    Theatre Arlington gives audiences Fruitcakes

  • News

    May 15, 2008

    Becoming a Renaissance Faire Lady

    Being Scarborough Renaissance Festival's newest monster hunter is a tough gig, but worth it

  • Dining

    December 13, 2007

    The Quarter in Addison

    Call it what you want, an Addison sports bar isn't New Orleans

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    Wherein I Become A Shill For A Liquor Company

    Right click to view image -- it just might save your life, Andrea Grimes. Last night was special for me. A milestone moment in my slow descent into functional alcoholism. It was the first time I have ever had Goldschlager. Yeah, I know. I know. But, look, I hadn't even heard of Goldschlager until I ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 22, 2007

    May Oui?

    Le Rendezvous dares to take its sweet time

  • Calendar

    January 25, 2007

    Doggy Style

    Party for canine charity

  • Dining

    October 20, 2005

    Sweet and Lowdown

    What is a good margarita?

  • Dining

    June 9, 2005

    International Boundaries

    We're going to Europe. What should we drink?

  • Dining

    March 31, 2005

    Cheap Shots

    How do you find good, inexpensive liquors?

  • Music

    November 14, 2002


    November 14

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Democracy Inaction

    Rotgut responses to questions from the discard pile

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Radio DJ

    Cindy Scull, KEGL-FM (97.1)

  • Dining

    August 1, 2002


    Does atmosphere affect our appreciation of a drink?

  • Dining

    February 21, 2002

    Margarita Mix

    What is top shelf?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001
  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Shooters

    Uni Shooters, Steel Restaurant Lounge

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Beef Carpaccio

    Vietnamese beef carpaccio at Steel Restaurant & Lounge

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best lesbian drink

    The Redheaded Slut at Sue Ellen's

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best Manhattan

    The Bar at The Mansion on Turtle Creek

  • Dining

    May 27, 1999

    Tin tongue

    Tin Star's "salsa, smoke, and sizzle" fizzle

  • Dining

    November 27, 1997

    Skyscraper chow

    Yorkshire Club thrusts fine fare into thin air

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