Modern-day speakeasies mean sophistication and an emphasis on cocktails as an art. That’s right at home here with an exclusive cocktail-of-the-night program and swank, comfy decor. Baseline seats outside the speakeasy and plenty of TV screens throughout the space make the game as much (or as little) a part of the experience as you choose.
You don’t need a password to access this speakeasy; premium Ranger game seat tickets are the magic word. You can buy single-game tickets on the same site as regular Rangers tickets and you’ll get entrance privileges for the night. Prices range from $184 for many weeknight games to $470 for certain in-demand Saturday night games including the July 31 Mariners game or the Aug. 28 Astros game.
Food and drinks are all-inclusive, and we’re not just talking ballpark food here. You can definitely have all you want of peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and other traditional game night treats, served at your seat whether you’re watching from the baseline or ensconced in a luxe booth inside the speakeasy.
Small plates including upscale appetizers and sweet treats are also on the menu. Beer, craft beer and wine are also included. Of course, what shines at Balcones Speakeasy is the cocktail program.
Christina Henley, known to many Dallasites as Betty Cocktail, leads the operation, and a new drink made with Balcones spirits is offered at every game. Henley is downright giddy when talking with people about the speakeasy experience, which to our knowledge can’t be found in any other ballpark in America.
Balcones distillery in Waco.
"As you enter, you can smell fresh herbs, citrus zest, smoked applewood and a slew of other things aimed to get our guests excited about this experience. And finally, they are able to see the drink made and taste that first sip. The anticipation is real.”
Henley taps into her creativity and crafty humor when creating the cocktail recipes. Once when the Astros came to town, the drink of the night was an Orange Crush consisting of cream, orange soda and Balcones bourbon. To play off the cheating scandal in Houston involving trash cans, the drinks were topped with Tiki trash.
“We smoked red, big apples when we played New York for a series of riffs on the classic New York Sour which we called the Fault Line Sour.” Henley says.
During a media preview in June, my overwhelming impression of the Balcones Speakeasy was that this experience is as much of a knock-your-socks-off date night as a seat at the hottest steakhouse in town. If there is a baseball fan you want to impress, this would undoubtedly knock it out of the park.
Betty Cocktail website offers beautiful images and recipes for several previous game night drinks if you’d like to make them for yourself.
Also available to all is the Balcones Bar at Texas Live where the patio overlooks Arlington Backyard in the plaza in front of the stadium. Signature drinks there include a Texas Old Fashioned and the Blue Buck made with lemonade, ginger ale and Balcones Baby Blue, the official whisky of the Texas Rangers 2021 season.