People are putting a lot of focus on mixology these days, with artisanal bitters and obscure spirits dominating the local drinking scene. But for the utilitarian drinker who prefers imbibing in a dim dive, it's hard not to look at these needlessly complicated drink slingers as pretentious cocktoligists. Fuck your handmade maraschino cherries; we just want to get drunk. And for the devoted drinkers, only a proper bartender will do — one like Roger Nelson at Lakewood Landing. Nelson won't outfit your cocktail with a sprig of thyme and then make a coy reference to the clock on the wall, but he'll pour you a black and tan with a sniper's precision — a demarcation of Guinness and Bass that's as clearly defined as the DMZ. Better yet, order a Bud, which only requires the twist of a cap. Nelson has been slinging beers at this East Dallas dive for five years now and he's never served a mixed drink that has more ingredients than a wedding cake. What's that you'll have? Jack and Coke? You'll fit right in here.