Smyth Introduces Tuesday Night Cocktail Experience

Popular barman Michael Martensen sends word:  he and Omar YeeFoon are introducing a “coursed-out” cocktail experience at Smyth on Tuesday nights.  Think of it like a vertical or horizontal wine tasting: they plan to mix and serve five different cocktails in a “true cocktail progression” ranging from fixes, fizzes, old fashions, brambles, and other fine […]

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Eddie “Really Lucky” Campbell to Open Parliament in Uptown

Popular Dallas mixologist Eddie “Lucky” Campbell has had a crazy year. He was pushed out of The Chesterfield, a sophisticated downtown cocktail den, by his partner Ed “Really Unlucky” Bailey, whose chain of opulent steakhouses Bailey’s Prime recently died a slow, painful death. His current empire of Patrizio restaurants is shrinking. The breakup of Campbell […]

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New Book Out on Prohibition in Dallas

Local freelance writer, Rita Cook, teamed up with Jeffrey Yarbrough, the CEO at bigInk and a former restaurateur and club owner, to write a book about the backroom booze business in Dallas. “Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin,” reveals the history of how folks in Dallas found a drink […]

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Brian McCullough of The Standard Pour Mixes a Delicious Cocktail on D: The Broadcast

The Standard Pour co-founder and barman Brian McCullough was on D: The Broadcast’s  mixology segment last Friday. He demonstrates The Standard Pour, a house specialty made with rye, Benedictine, and sweet vermouth. Stop by The Standard Pour and mention D: The Broadcast. You’ll get a deal. Wednesday is Ladies Night and I think I heard […]

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Drink This Now: Seasonal Smash Made With Hum at FT33

Last night I fell in love with HumBotanical, a sexy 70 proof herbaceous liqueur made with organic rum, fair trade hibiscus, organic ginger, green cardamom and kaffir lime.   The drink was featured as the Seasonal Smash at FT33. If it isn’t on the ever-changing cocktail list when you go, ask them to make you one. It’s a gorgeous concoction of  Ketel […]

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Jason Kosmas in the Running For Next Cocktail Ambassador of Libations at Cannes 2013

If Jason Kosmas, Dallas bartender extraordinaire, wins this weekend’s Cointreau Ambassador of Libations contest in New York, he’ll be on a flight to France in May 2013 where he will serve cocktails at Cannes 2013. Kosmas already passed Phase II of the competition back in late September, when D Magazine hosted a competition for seven […]

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Nick Badovinus to Open Tried and True Tomorrow

Just off the phone with Nick Badovinus who tells me he is unlocking the doors in about an hour and a half for a private showing of his newest creation, Tried and True. “It’s a cool little bar with a heavy American spirit menu,” Badovinus says. Huh? I’ll translate. Bourbon and whiskey are the stars […]

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Ghostbar Has Vanished? Where is Wade Randolph Hampton?

Today we learned Ghostbar, once the highest grossing club in Dallas, is closing. According to one employee, most of the club’s workers found out they were jobless by reading about it on blogs. Ouch, that’s cold. Our first concern was for Wade Randolph Hampton, the dude behind the vibe at Ghostbar. “What will happen to […]

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Distilling Spirits: Veteran Bartender Jason Kosmas Launches The 86 Company

Ever since mixologist Jason Kosmas hit town in 2010, he’s been a busy guy. In less than two years he’s shaken and stirred at Neighborhood Services Tavern, Bolsa, and Marquee Grill. Today he told me he is starting The 86 Company, which introduce new brands of  spirits. “I have been working on this for years […]

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Dallas-Made Dirty Martini Mix, 1888, Turns Two

Loren Means files the following report on 1888, a dirty martini mix made in Dallas. As a long-time lover of dirty martinis, Dallasite Kenneth Hamburger II found too many of them were unpredictable. While some hit the mark, others tasted more like ocean water. Sometimes they would vary drastically in the same evening even though […]

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TGI Friday’s World Bartender Championship Feat. Enrique Iglesias

We sent intern Karley Osborn out to brave a bartending championship in Grapevine on a Sunday night. What a trooper. Two nights ago, while the rest of you were crying in your living rooms over Meryl Streep’s Oscar speech, I was cheering alongside the corporate world of TGI Friday’s as flair bartenders from nine of […]

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Sneak Peek at New Pop-Up Bar in Deep Ellum: Hid In 2612

I dropped in to get a quick look at Hid In 2612, Michael Martensen’s newest pop-up bar in Deep Ellum. It’s gorgeous and fun and full of groovy people. The space is divided into four or five differently decorated spaces and some of Dallas’ finest bartenders are taking shifts at the bar. Food is available […]

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First-Take Bar Review: Sundown at Granada

The Concept: Sundown at Granada is the Granada Theater‘s neighboring restaurant and bar with a long list of draft beers and hand-crafted cocktails. Although I’m sure you can grab a bite pre-show, I would be filled with panic watching a line get longer next door while shoveling down the last forkfulls of food and chugging […]

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Chicken Scratch and The Foundry to Open in Oak Cliff

How long before Oak Cliff secedes from Dallas county to form their own little republic? Think how cool that would be for the business folk: the restaurateurs and funky food shops could make their own rules, they could charge a toll to enter and exit, and fine customers not wearing flannel. Obviously either Tim Byres, […]

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First-Take Bar Review: Tate’s Craft Cocktails

The Concept: Another place for bartenders to have love affairs with their carefully crafted cocktails. Classics inspire the menu. (A gimlet, the Aviation, and a “Beautiful Cigar Girl” grace the drink lineup.) Who’s There: What appeared to be young business professionals (early 30s) packed the place to let loose on the bar’s second night of […]

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Sneak Peek: The Chesterfield Opens Ever So Softly on Main Street in Dallas

The Chesterfield, the tony new bar backed by Ed Bailey and manned by Ed “Lucky ” Campbell,  opened somewhat softly on Friday night. It is in the old Doc Bell’s BBQ place on Main Street in downtown Dallas.  Sumptuous old couches have been moved in and the well-stocked bar ready to “celebrate the golden age […]

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16 Dallas Holiday Cocktails You Must Try Now

I spent the last week researching bars serving up holiday cocktails in Big D. Then photographer Matthew Shelley and I made our way around town to give them a look and a taste. Here’s our toast to our new favorite holiday-inspired cocktails. Cheers.

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Eddie “Lucky” Campbell to Open The Chesterfield in Late 2011

Ed Bailey can’t do anything simple. The restaurateur once owned 64 McDonalds. He spent bazillions of dollars on several locations  decorating the interiors with Ralph Lauren wall fabrics, gold-framed oil paintings, and Austrian crystal chandeliers. Today, he operates multiple locations of Bailey’s Prime Plus Steakhouses and Patrizio’s. And he’s backing local barman Eddie “Lucky” Campbell […]

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