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11 of the Best Espresso Martinis in Dallas

The ratio of liquor to caffeine is key for this buzzy beverage

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It should be evident that the country has entered a big espresso martini phase. The coffee-lovers favorite cocktail is popping up on drink menus all over, though not all interpretations of it are created equal. After searching high and low, asking for advice when needed, these are the best in town.

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Halcyon

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Leave it to a coffee shop to make a great espresso martini. It’s classic includes options to make it lavender, orange, or chocolate, or opt for the Voodoo Lady, which combines rum and coffee liquor with a hot or cold chai for something a little different. And the Long Island Iced Coffee is dangerous.

Beverley's Bistro & Bar

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Perhaps the favorite of owner Greg Katz’s mom Beverley, Bev’s Espresso Martini includes Mr. Black coffee liqueur, Licor 43, vodka, LDU espresso, nutmeg, and orange zest. A delicate foam develops at the top of the coupe glass it’s served inside after getting a firm shake.

Apothecary

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This dark and mysterious cocktail bar on Greenville Avenue has some of the most curious drinks we’ve seen. Naturally, their version of an espresso martini should be unique as well: its Espresso Martinique features Rhum J.M. Agricole, Brulot VSOP coffee-blended cognac, salted honey, and malted molasses cream.

Leela's Wine Bar - Dallas

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Leela’s menu changes seasonally, but there’s almost always a version of the espresso martini on the list. For Valentine’s Day and the heart-shaped, pastel holidays before spring hits, its featuring Our Entire Personality with espresso infused Townes vodka, Mr. Black, Frangelico, sweet cream, and strawberry crumbles.

Bar Colette

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Step away from the traditional espresso martini and try the Avellaneda at this cozy, intimate bar in the West Village. Instead of tequila, it’s got Bolivian brandy with tamarind, spiced orange, expresso, and tonic.

The Tipsy Alchemist

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The traditional espresso martini is just the jumping off point for coffee-based cocktails at this notable bar. Enjoy a take on the espresso martini you know, made with Elyx vodka, Licor 43, vanilla reduction, espresso, and coffee beans, but don’t skip out on the pumpkin spiced espresso martini and the Death Wish Negroni.

Tina's Continental

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Like all the martinis at our 2023 Eater Award winner in Dallas for best bar, the espresso martini is top notch. It’s a delectable glass of espresso infused vodka, Mr. Black cold brew coffee liquor, Frangelico hazelnut liquor, cream, and the secret ingredient — cinnamon.

The Saint

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The macchiato martini at this spot takes the espresso martini and makes it milky. The base is Tito’s or Mi Campo blanco tequila, then they add Mr. Black, espresso, and macchiato amaretto foam.

Espresso Bar

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On the first floor of Neiman Marcus’s downtown flagship is a little coffee and sandwich bar. It’s a nice place to grab a lunch by yourself or a glass of wine or cup of coffee while you shop. It’s also an excellent spot to grab an espresso martini. They make them in a straightforward style, using Belvedere Vodka, coffee and Irish cream liqueurs, and an Illy espresso shot.

Atlas Bishop Arts

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A simple version, credited to the UK and executed by Atlas, features Townes vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and sugar.

Xaman Cafe

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Leave it to a coffee shop to create an exceptional twist on the classic. The Espresso Martinez at Xaman in Oak Cliff features mezcal, Licor 431, horchata, and espresso.

Halcyon

Leave it to a coffee shop to make a great espresso martini. It’s classic includes options to make it lavender, orange, or chocolate, or opt for the Voodoo Lady, which combines rum and coffee liquor with a hot or cold chai for something a little different. And the Long Island Iced Coffee is dangerous.

Beverley's Bistro & Bar

Perhaps the favorite of owner Greg Katz’s mom Beverley, Bev’s Espresso Martini includes Mr. Black coffee liqueur, Licor 43, vodka, LDU espresso, nutmeg, and orange zest. A delicate foam develops at the top of the coupe glass it’s served inside after getting a firm shake.

Apothecary

This dark and mysterious cocktail bar on Greenville Avenue has some of the most curious drinks we’ve seen. Naturally, their version of an espresso martini should be unique as well: its Espresso Martinique features Rhum J.M. Agricole, Brulot VSOP coffee-blended cognac, salted honey, and malted molasses cream.

Leela's Wine Bar - Dallas

Leela’s menu changes seasonally, but there’s almost always a version of the espresso martini on the list. For Valentine’s Day and the heart-shaped, pastel holidays before spring hits, its featuring Our Entire Personality with espresso infused Townes vodka, Mr. Black, Frangelico, sweet cream, and strawberry crumbles.

Bar Colette

Step away from the traditional espresso martini and try the Avellaneda at this cozy, intimate bar in the West Village. Instead of tequila, it’s got Bolivian brandy with tamarind, spiced orange, expresso, and tonic.

The Tipsy Alchemist

The traditional espresso martini is just the jumping off point for coffee-based cocktails at this notable bar. Enjoy a take on the espresso martini you know, made with Elyx vodka, Licor 43, vanilla reduction, espresso, and coffee beans, but don’t skip out on the pumpkin spiced espresso martini and the Death Wish Negroni.

Tina's Continental

Like all the martinis at our 2023 Eater Award winner in Dallas for best bar, the espresso martini is top notch. It’s a delectable glass of espresso infused vodka, Mr. Black cold brew coffee liquor, Frangelico hazelnut liquor, cream, and the secret ingredient — cinnamon.

The Saint

The macchiato martini at this spot takes the espresso martini and makes it milky. The base is Tito’s or Mi Campo blanco tequila, then they add Mr. Black, espresso, and macchiato amaretto foam.

Espresso Bar

On the first floor of Neiman Marcus’s downtown flagship is a little coffee and sandwich bar. It’s a nice place to grab a lunch by yourself or a glass of wine or cup of coffee while you shop. It’s also an excellent spot to grab an espresso martini. They make them in a straightforward style, using Belvedere Vodka, coffee and Irish cream liqueurs, and an Illy espresso shot.

Atlas Bishop Arts

A simple version, credited to the UK and executed by Atlas, features Townes vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and sugar.

Xaman Cafe

Leave it to a coffee shop to create an exceptional twist on the classic. The Espresso Martinez at Xaman in Oak Cliff features mezcal, Licor 431, horchata, and espresso.

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