by Steven Doyle
When the investors of Standard Pour decided to turn over the keys to their bar, the name that topped the list to sell to was Dallas’ perennial barman, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell. His own bar is situated just feet down the road, the very successful, but tiny, Parliament. The actual transaction took place January 1st of this new year and Campbell has big ideas to take the extremely popular uptown restaurant/ bar to the next level.
The thrust of these ideas begin with happy hour, something Campbell is quite good at. Look for a new happy hour cocktail menu that will no doubt tantalize and includes 13 new drinks, plus beer, wine and champagnes. The happy hour food menu will also be half price, making Standard Pour an excellent destination for those who live and work near uptown to grab a few cocktails and dinner on the cheap. Friday’s happy hour will be even better with a program that will allow the first 100 guests to enjoy cocktail samplings. Those are golden words: cocktail samplings. Each Friday will feature one of Campbell’s favorite spirits which will rotate each week. This will be an excellent way to experience new drinks, new spirits.
Already in motion is the conversion of the Wednesday ladies night dinner which is now dubbed the Ladies Supper Club. If you have not been to Standard Pour on a Wednesday you have not seen the power of a free three-course meal has on young professional ladies. The place is always at capacity and requires a reservation. A great attraction for women, and for men who like to see a bar full of women. In our conversation last night Campbell emphasized the fact that the Supper Club has been stepped up considerably, and women will enjoy the new Wednesday night menu even more.
With the passing of Victor Tango on Henderson Campbell will be offering the famous all night industry happy hour on Mondays.
“The Victor Tango Monday industry night was very famous, but it was not something any other bar could replicate out of respect. But now that VT has closed we plan to take up that slack,” offered Campbell.
The Victor Tango industry night was stuff legends are made of. All your favorite bartenders were there, and always quick with a witty story, and notorious party people. It was their night to do what civilians do on Friday and Saturday.
For what is mostly known as a bar, Standard Pour has one very incredible and capable kitchen with marvelous dishes such as poke, edamame and shishitos, hearty soups and salads, a braised lamb bucatini, (bucatini is the “it” pasta right now), steaks and chops, and one very, very good burger.
Standard pour is also a place to brunch and weekends are extremely popular with those suffering a cure for the previous night’s revelry. Look for brunch to be escalated very soon as well. As if it is even necessary.
Campbell is also famous for his cocktail classes that took over his smallish Parliament. Now he has room for even more exciting programs and we are certainly eager to see what will happen in the very near future.