New season, new menus and Bolsa isn’t immune. Nor is the bar at Bolsa, which we happen to adore. Lead barman Kyle Hilla gave me a call yesterday to fill me in on the new menu aspects and wanted to invite out the craveDFW readers who enjoy a toddy or two. Continue reading
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Most people might be surprised to know that my first stint in town was actually at The Porch on Henderson. Coming from New York City, I couldn’t have found a better transition to Big D. Most people might also be surprised to know that The Porch’s cocktail program was set up by bartenders from Milk & Honey.
Now, many of the cocktails have changed as some of the bartenders but philosophy has always been consistent at the bar: well made-easy to understand cocktails, craft beers and an approachable yet adventuresome wine list. All this served by friendly engaging bartenders. Continue reading
Sundown at the Granada is a true revitalization of the once deteriorating Greenville Avenue. Boasting local and seasonal dishes, many vegetarian options and craft beers, it also can be proud of Josh Hendrix. There is something very innocent about Josh Hendrix yet at the same time you feel like you are talking to the reincarnation of Hunter S. Thompson. He has an unyielding child-like passionate for the craft of making great cocktails that makes you feel good about what you are drinking.
This adds up to pride without arrogance and Josh delivers straight-forward well thought out drinks on his menu at Sundown. He is eager to learn and to pass on what he has discovered to others. I shared some drinks with Josh at the Granada and we talked about how he got into the craft of cocktail making. Hopefully this interview will get me a chance to bartend for the band JJ Grey and Mofro who is playing at the Granada on October 26th (yes Josh, I was serious). Continue reading
The first time I had a conversation with Mate Hartai was a late night at the Windmill Lounge. Everything we talked about quickly went under a microscope-getting into the finer details of each subject. Music, bartending, food, it quickly occurred to me that Mate was the kind of guy that had to know the science and physics of everything he was passionate about. Some people exude passion in different ways. For him, he was beyond childhood curiosity with every subject he put his mind to and that level of dedication is out of pure appreciation and respect.
Mate has been the driving force behind The Libertine Bar on Greenville for over 3 years now. He was quick to point out that even though he put his full energy behind every aspect of this unassuming neighborhood joint, he is only continuing the work set up by the owners. Mate is great guy to “wax intellectual” with and has that timeless bartender sage persona from his facial hair to the dry wit of his social commentary. Continue reading
This weekend many of the top bartenders in town met for a summit to see who would represent the DFW area in Cointreau’s bartending throw down in New York City. Sunday evening LeAnn Berry (Komali), Brian McCullough (Standard Pour), Trevor Landry (DISH), Abe Bedell (Oak), Omar Yeefoon (Cedars Social), Jason Kosmas (Village Marquee) and Emily Perkins (The Porch) all met at the new NYLO Southside to entertain invited guests and to mix cocktails made from a table of unusual ingredients.
The ultimate winner of the Cointreau contest in New York will represent at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France as the American Ambassador. Continue reading
Barman Jason Kosmas has a long list of accomplishments that he is most proud of. He is one of the owners of what many have called the best bar in the world, Employees Only. He has written a successful book, produced a line of cocktail mixers, and now a line of spirits.
A lengthy list of accomplishments you would think. But what will please his grandfather the most is the fact he made it in the September issue of Playboy. Continue reading
I stopped in Tate’s Craft Cocktails located on McKinney Avenue last week when I was tooling around town with cocktail maven Jason Kosmas and we met the new manager and chief barman, JW Tate. JW is the son of the owner and comes to Dallas from Winston-Salem, North Carolina where the original bar is located.
You may recall Tate’s opened in Dallas back in December with Matt Ceneviva at the helm. I spoke with Matt about JW and he said, “I worked with JW when he first started bartending and the grasshopper has actually outreached the master.” Continue reading