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Texas Tailgate and Craft Roadshow

bbqby Steven Doyle

Join the North Texas Chapter of the United States Bartending Guild for an afternoon of barbecue and craft spirits this Sunday, July 7 in Trinity Groves from 1 to 5pm. A $10 donation will secure you four drink coupons and barbecue along with some amazing live music that benefits both the USBG and the North Texas Food Bank. Besides the cocktails you will also be able to sample plenty of craft spirits.

Call Babb Brothers at 214.745.2224 for more details. The event is located at 330 Bedford Avenue, Dallas.

 

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Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin

bookby Steven Doyle

The exciting prohibition days of Dallas and Fort Worth where bootleggers and speakeasy’s took over the social scene come back to life with a modern twist in Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough’s new book, “Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin,” released this month by History Press. Discover Dallas and Fort Worth’s notable mixologists and their take on classic cocktails that will send readers back to the 1920s and allow them to take a deeper look into Dallas and Fort Worth’s past.        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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Move Like Gatsby

the-great-gatsby-trailer-stillby Andrew Chalk

Not as affluent as The Great Gatsby? Not as effeminate as Leonardo DiCaprio? Not as dead as F. Scott Fitzgerald? No worries. Have a “Ricky”! It’s the cocktail featured in chapter 7 in a scene of brooding passion and just the slightest undercurrent of athlete’s foot.

The scene begins on a day that is “broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer.” Jay Gatsby and the narrator, Nick Carraway, have been invited to lunch at the home of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Jordan Baker, Daisy’s best friend and Nick’s love interest, is also there. By this point, Gatsby and Daisy have rekindled their old romance. Although Tom is initially unaware, he suspects Gatsby to be a bootlegger and dislikes him anyway. Thus, the temperature is hot and the mood is tense. At one point, Daisy tells Tom to “Make us a cold drink.” Just as Tom leaves the room, Daisy kisses Gatsby and professes her love to him. When Tom returns, he is “preceding four Gin Rickey’s that clicked full of ice. Gatsby took up his drink. ‘They certainly look cool,’ [Gatsby] said with visible tension. We drank in long, greedy swallows.””       Continue reading

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New Cocktail and Dinner Menu at Bolsa in Oak Cliff

DSC07485by Steven Doyle

Last week we broke the information that Bolsa would no longer serve lunch, but instead beef up their midday menu at Bolsa Mercado just a few steps away from the iconic Oak Cliff restaurant. This weekend we learned that Bolsa has quietly introduced a new seasonal menu with some fun changes to both the dinner and the cocktail menu.

We popped into Bolsa while making our Oak Cliff rounds this weekend and were cheerily greeted by lead barman Kyle Hilla who was eager to chat up the new cocktails. This would be Hilla’s first full menu to create for Bolsa, with many of the drinks having been around for nearly five years. In the past Hilla would add four or five new drinks to the menu. The new one is all his.     Continue reading

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Party Is At Dish Tonight

Patio Party Launch_Blast_finalby Steven Doyle

Patios are the rage in Dallas; covered patios even more so once temps bust the century mark. You can imagine how excited I became when I heard that Dish gussied up their patio. I was at Dish for brunch this past Sunday and it looked fab. Now there is a party to celebrate.         Continue reading

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Kosmas Demos His Employees Only Mixes At Sigels This Weekend

JACK ROSEby Steven Doyle

In Dallas we think of Jason Kosmas as super laid back barman with the killer mustache. In reality he is laid back and unassuming, but he is also building his brand of liquor, writing cocktail books, and co-owner of what has been labeled as the best bar in the world, Employees Only. He even has a television program he pitched a network in Los Angeles last week where he plays host in a quasi-version of Chopped. Today Kosmas called to let me know that he will be at Sigel’s Fine Wines & Great Spirits on Greenville Avenue tomorrow selling the Employees Only own line of mixers.   Continue reading

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