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Eight Cocktail Bars we can Count on for a Great Drink

06.15.2017 by: Carly Danner
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Whether it's an after-work cocktail, a nightcap following a romantic meal or drinks with friends, Dallas is full of fun spots to socialize and imbibe. Below are our favorite spots in the city to relax and enjoy a classic cocktail or try a new adventurous drink from experienced mixologists. Let us know what your favorite cocktails are and where we can find them!


Not your average cocktail at HIDE {Photo HIDE Facebook page}

Hide is truly a hidden gem in the Deep Ellum scene. While it sits towards the end of the neighborhood's most lively street, it is still a must-stop any night of the week. Their cocktails range from classics to more experimental drink combinations that you would have never imagined. Their array of shaken, stirred, carbonated, and on the rocks drinks mix in unexpected flavors like habenero gin, elderflower, and rosehip tincture to offer the peak of creativity and experimentation in cocktails.

Black Swan Saloon

A beautifully crafted cocktail at Black Swan Saloon {Black Swan Saloon Facebook Photo}

What Black Swan Saloon lacks in trendy vibes and decor, they make up for in delightful cocktails and a welcoming atmosphere. This low-key bar (which has no name on the door) is stripped of any flash and glam, but instead focuses on delivering memorable drinks and even more memorable experiences. Their biggest claim-to-fame has to be their variety of delicious infused liquors. Ask your mixologist what mixture would work best for your taste preferences so you can sample the perfect drink.

Midnight Rambler

Lavender Bramble {Photo Midnight Rambler FB page}

Midnight Rambler in Downtown/Arts District may be the ultimate cocktail bar (or cocktail salon, as they call themselves). To say this spot is trendy or bougie would be an understatement and the same goes for their awesome concoctions. Cocktail ingredients vary from wheat vodka and chamomile to Texas mineral water with jasmine pisco. While the menu may seem intimidating to even the most knowledgable cocktail enthusiast, rest assured the mixologists will help you find the perfect drink for your taste buds.


The Champagne Punch

Parliament is an ideal spot for anyone looking for a fancy cocktail without the fancy price tag. Tucked away from the main bar scene in Uptown, this is the perfect spot for those looking for unique sips at happy hour or a trendy spot to drink the night away. This cocktail lounge stirs up over 100 craft cocktails that continually impress and delight. From a decadent glass of champagne punch to their flaming Mai Tai's, you can expect plenty of creativity with every glass.

Bowen House

The Grassy Knoll {Bowen House Instagram Photo}

The Bowen House, an adorable bungalow in Uptown, isn't your ordinary cocktail bar. Unlike most bars that give you an extensive list of pre-crafted cocktails to choose from, the bartenders are there to be your own personal mixologists. Name your spirit and they'll handcraft a cocktail based on your preferences. Request a drink that's refreshing with a hint of sweetness or go for a warmer and spicier mix. Whatever you choose, you surely won't be disappointed with their creativity.

High & Tight

The Hotsy Totsy

High & Tight is another hidden gem in Deep Ellum, but for different reasons. In order to get inside this trendy cocktail bar, you have to go through the High and Tight barber shop. Once you pass the secret doors, you enter into quite possibly one of the coolest bars in the city. The drink menu is filled to the brim with revamped traditional cocktails and inventive house-recipe elixirs. Grab a drink and stay for the live tunes that jam on late into the night.

The Tipsy Alchemist

The Edison {Photo courtesy of Tipsy Alchemist Instagram}

Gone are the days of simple cocktails inside simple glasses. At The Tipsy Alchemist in Uptown they are redifining what it means to grab a drink with friends. Don't call the guys making your drinks "bartenders" because the drinks they whip up make them "cocktail scientists". From egg whites and dry ice to cherry tomatoes and candied mangos, you'll be sipping on a delicious experiment. This is the perfect spot to bring friends for a late night, fancy round of drinks.

Cedars Social

A variety of cocktails perfect for sipping on the patio. {Cedars Social Instagram Photo}

If you're looking for a round of cocktails with a retro vibe, then The Cedars Social is the place to be. While their extensive cocktail menu may not be as experimental as other cocktail bars, they still serve up a nice twist on classics like an old fashioned, daiquiri, or Pimm's cup. They also carry a solid selection of barley & hops for those looking for something other than a craft cocktail.

TAGS : Downtown/Arts District , Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts , Uptown/Victory Park , Deep Ellum , The Cedars Social , Black Swan Saloon , Bowen House , Parliament , Midnight Rambler , High and Tight , The Tipsy Alchemist , Jettison