It is like when Navin Johnson first discovers that he is somebody and gleefully announces that the new phone book arrived. I know that feeling all too well when a barman with the talents of Bolsa barman Kyle Hilla jets out the fact he has some new summer cocktails on his menu. It just seemed like weeks ago we were celebrating springtime menus, but we accept any reason to enjoy freshly squeezed juices, blended with the hottest liquors and molded into a frosty glass to take the edge off the smoldering heat in July. Continue reading
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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
Each week the maniacal people behind the bar at Oak Cliff’s Bolsa ask their Facebook buddies to suggest an ingredient for their cocktail challenge they hold on Wednesdays. This is a fun process where they first mention a liquor and the fans get to participate by suggesting fun but sometimes crazy ingredients. The chosen five cocktails are sold through out the evening for a mere $5.
Before I continue with this story, I should reveal that I was a guest bartender during the Lucky Campbell and Jason Kosmas era which was just over a year ago. This was before Kosmas was named beverage director at Marquee, and Lucky gained ownership of his own lounge, Chesterfield. Continue reading