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Meet Architect-Bartender Jonathan Bailey

Jonathanby Steven Doyle

Jonathan Bailey is an award winning architect who builds multi-billion dollar children’s hospitals around the globe. He just acquired another firm overseas and took on 100’s more employees in the buyout. But the man comes from humble beginnings. As a teen Jonathan was one of the foreman at Six Flags and ran the famous flume ride. That was back when there was an evil giant wielding an ax who would nearly slice your log in two as you made the long pass up a ramp before the giant dip into that neon green water waiting below.

Now the world renowned architect is foreman of his own multi-national firm who often takes conference calls with the French government, or a team of designers in Cairo as it was earlier this week. But further into these conversations Jonathan will often cut the conferences short and bow out of the conversation as he did on Wednesday.          Continue reading

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Inwood Tavern Celebrates 49 Years Tonight And You Are Invited

inwoodby Steven Doyle

Inwood Tavern celebrates 49 years in business tonight. If the walls of this epic neighborhood bar could talk we would have to seek a gag order. Known for great beer, smooth cocktails and spirited conversation, Inwood has seen its share of fantastic evenings.    Continue reading

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Windmill Celebrates Best Bar Nomination by Esquire

08-windmill-mdnby Steven Doyle

Last night there was an impromptu congratulatory party held in the honor of Charlie Pap and Louise Owens, both owners of The Windmill Lounge which was decorated as one of Esquire Magazine’s best bars in America. Tall prize for a small bar hidden away on Maple Avenue near Inwood in Dallas. Especially when placed in the arena of such fine establishments as Aviary in Chicago.     Continue reading

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Bonnie Wilson From Whiskey Cake Needs Your Vote

DSC06562by Steven Doyle

With a shaker in one hand and a stirring spoon in the other, the Texas region’s top female bartenders went head-to-head as they competed for industry glory and breast cancer research in the Texas Regional Speed Rack all-female bartending competition, held on Sunday, January 20, 2012, part of the national Speed Rack series.

Karah Carmack of the Esquire Tavern in San Antonio took home the title of Miss Speed Rack Texas, but all is not lost for the runners-up. Today, Speed Rack launches its online Wild Card voting, inviting everyone to cast a ballot for their favorite regional runner-up; the winner will go to the National Finals on Thursday, May 16, in New York City.  Continue reading

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JW Tate Leaving Dallas

jwby Steven Doyle

When Tate’s Craft Cocktails owner John Tate opened his second bar on McKinney Avenue we were thrilled. The smallish cocktail den served small bites and glorious cocktails. The opening manager was Matt Ceneviva who had previously managed the first location in Winston-Salem. After working the bar and getting the program up to speed Ceneviva moved back home to Winston-Salem. Enter JW Tate, a young but bad ass barman who had been honing his skills in New York.    Continue reading

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Pisco Porton Tour Of Dallas Cocktail Bars

DSC06676by Steven Doyle

Pisco is a colorless or amber toned grape brandy made in Peru since the 16th century by Spanish settlers. Since that time pisco has been distilled using traditional methods, and Pisco Porton is one of the finer examples of the product. In the coming weeks we will explore how pisco is being used through out the city with some of our best bartenders Dallas has to offer. We have been invited as a small contingent that will seek out these unusual cocktails, and in turn I will turn you on to the spots region by region.

This past week we visited primarily the Uptown area of Dallas, with Daniel Guillen, the corporate barman for La Duni, as our spirit guide. Daniel has a wanderlust for a great cocktail and does some pretty terrific concoctions at la Duni. If you have ever been to one of his locations in Dallas you will understand.       Continue reading

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