Last evening a small group of us were on the hunt for a crazy good cocktail. Seems like a fairly simple task since there are so many good cocktail programs sprouting up across the city, but we were wanting something a little different last night and we would know what it was when we tasted it. We made our way from saloon to pub until we settled onto one of the comfy stools at Nova.
Nova is my late-night spot in Oak Cliff. They stay open later than most and when the regular kitchen closes you can still grab a really good pizza until midnight (later if the oven is hot and you perform circus tricks for whoever is working the bar).
Set in what Nova has claimed to be the Kessler X+ area of Oak Cliff, you will find the converted Dairy Queen space sleek and ambitiously subtle. The patio is large and covered; the bar space is long with a dog-leg North.
Last evening, we were happy to find one of Nova’s owners Darren Scott at the helm of the gastropub and he was happy to fill our need something different, a term I am sure most bartenders will cringe at hearing.
While we all sat mulling over our pizza selections, Scott regaled us with stories of Nova’s design. Having an extensive background in the industry (think Wine Press, Star Canyon, Cedar Street, Bolla and the Green Room) he is also fluent with art and design.
He then went into some of the design thought with Nova and how it took months to find the right pattern of Formica that would make up the bar and match the walls appropriately. After all the angst he settled on a pattern by Sigvard Bernadotte, the Design Prince of Sweden. The interesting part of his story was that soon after Nova’s design was complete, Scott happened into the newly opened Rusty Taco on Greenville where he saw an almost identical bar design in the exact pattern he had chosen.
We chuckled, then encouraged Scott to create something delicious to claim our parched state. He offered up the Nova Berry Gimlet, a slurpy good seasonal cocktail that fit our needs perfectly.
Scott started with a handful of fresh berries to muddle, adding a generous pour of Tito’s Vodka that is produced in Austin.
The juicy gimlet had a nice bite to it but that was cut slightly by the not-too-sweetness of the berries. This was a perfect cooling cocktail for a warm summer evening and our Drink of the Week.Nova Berry Gimlet 2 oz Titos Vodka 1 each Strawberry and Blackberry 3 Blueberries 1 Sprig Thyme 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice Splash Pineapple Juice 1 oz Simple Syrup Muddle berries and thyme into a mixing glass, add all other ingredients. Fill with ice and shake. Strain with fine mesh into rocks glass filled with ice. Say howdy to Darren or JD for me. Nova 1417 West Davis Street, Oak Cliff | 214).484.7123