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Pour Judgment: Parliament Serves Up Theatrics With Its Cocktails

It’s half past seven on Friday night. Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, who is adorned in his usual attire — a button down baby blue shirt, vest, tie and fedora — is hunched over a block of ice on the patio of his newly-opened bar, with a chainsaw in his hand. The well-known Dallas cocktail slinger, and now bar owner, has a knack for theatrics. Over the course of my time spent at Parliament, I watched bartenders chip away at ice with metal picks, ignite orange twists with blow torches (a common practice when making old fashioneds) and saw through enormous blocks of ice.

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Flashback Friday: A Step Back in Dallas Dining History

I came across this beaut while thumbing through the archives earlier in the week. It’s the December 1982 issue of D Magazine, and you’d better believe that the inside pages are as magnificent as the cover. There’s a story on winter fashion — featuring cashmere-lined leather driving gloves and a raccoon fur coat — one on the art of calligraphy and the cover story, “The Best Drinks in Dallas.” The Grape, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (then, just The Mansion) and Stoneleigh P are all featured, as well as a handful of watering holes that have inevitably dried up. Click on the images to enlarge, and take a step back in Dallas dining history.

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Mexican Sugar’s Cocktails are a Sweet, Thirst-Quenching Treat

Let’s start with the haute, traditional cocktails, 16 of which derive from a tap. For you stalwart margarita enthusiasts, they’ve got you covered. That’s not to say, however, that you will not suffer severe “order envy” when neighbors sample delicious, colorful concoctions crafted by beverage guru, Ivan Rimach. On the husky end of the spectrum is El Arrogante, which will satisfy any cigar-lounging scotch lover. El Arrogante’s base is Sombra Mescal—the agave-derived older brother of tequila—which exhibits a smoky profile from the agave having roasted in an earthen pit prior to fermentation. Rimach cuts the mescal’s intensity with pineapple juice, and adds layers of complexity by way of cilantro, lime juice, and serrano-infused tequila.

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What To Drink Now: Margaritas

Tomorrow is National Margarita Day…yes, a day to celebrate the classic combination of tequila, Cointreau (if you are a traditionalist) and lime, served on the rocks or frozen, with salt or without, simple with the classic combination or with a plethora of additions, from blood orange liqueur or juice, to muddling in jalapeno, cilantro, basil or mint.

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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew This Weekend, Dec. 13-15

Despite this cold and rainy weather, there are a ton of fun things happening this weekend. I know y’all want to snuggle indoors, but push that thought to the back of your head. Ignore those voices. Go out. Drive at a normal speed on North Central Expressway. (All you people clogging up the highways during traffic hour, I shake my fist at you.) YOLO, baby.

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Hendrick’s Gin Cocktail Academy Brightened Up a Rainy Day

The rain and traffic (due in part by the Mavericks game—the traffic, not the rain) on Tuesday evening made me want to yell obscenities and tear off articles of clothing until I became a naked, raving man. That is until I pulled open the door to the Standard Pour, a cozy oasis nestled in uptown […]

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The Woolworth Cocktail Bar Opens in Downtown Dallas on November 7

The mysterious Woolworth, which recently took over Stone Street Martini Lounge’s old space, is giving downtown Dallas a taste of old school, starting November 7. Owner Brandon Luke says the name is inspired by the name of the original building, F.W. Woolworth, built in 1913. In the space below his bar, right where Campisi’s is […]

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