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A Top NYC Cocktail Bar Is Coming to Dallas for One Night

Katana Kitten brings its Japanese-style cocktails to Midnight Rambler at the Joule

The interior of a long bar, with orange and off-white checkers floors, gold finishes, yellow-white lights, a wooden bar top on the left, and marble topped tables with black chairs on the right.
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Mei-Chun Jau
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

If you’re familiar with the cocktail world, you know that Japanese cocktail bars are known for their small size, the showmanship of service, and complex drinks. Katana Kitten, which our sister site Punch calls a “new kind of Japanese-style bar,” made waves in New York City for its combination of unlikely ingredients and friendly service — and stands out from some of the more formal establishments of this ilk.

Now, Katana Kitten, which has been open in NYC’s West Village since 2018, is bringing its whimsical cocktail service to Dallas for one night.

The menu for the night includes some cheekily named drinks. Imbibe on the Elm Street Revival, a boilermaker made with Cazadores Blanco tequila, matcha, coconut syrup, Calpico aloe foam, and Hitachino White Ale. Or try the Naked on the Knoll (named for that infamous grassy knoll, clearly), made with Cazadores Blanco tequila, pamplemousse (that’s French for grapefruit), a cucumber/nopales cordial, and lemon. Six additional cocktails are on the menu, many of which involve Cazadores tequila as this pop-up is also a celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary, plus a selection of tacos from El Come Tacos on Fitzhugh.

A hand sprinkles salt into a cocktail in a highball glass filled with a green liquid and topped with foam.
The Elm Street Revival.
Katana Kitten
A brandy glass is filled with green liquid, with a cucumber slice rolled inside and held together with a toothpick.
Naked on the Knoll.
Katana Kitten

The event takes place on Monday, November 7, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Joule Hotel’s Midnight Rambler. While invitations have gone out to a select few, the bar has 20 seats that the cocktail-loving public can reserve. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11 a.m. Friday. And no, you can’t just show up and see what happens. Good luck and Godspeed.

Midnight Rambler

1530 Main Street, , TX 75201 (214) 261-4601 Visit Website

The Joule

1530 Main Street, , TX 75201 (214) 748-1300 Visit Website