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12 Essential Dallas Cocktail Bars, Mapped

An updated guide to the most delicious drinks in Dallas

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The Edison at The Tipsy Alchemist
| Katy Norris/EDFW

Practically every restaurant in town has so-called "craft cocktails" these days, but not all $12 drinks are created equally. For a carefully crafted and well-executed libation, these twelve Dallas bars won't steer you wrong. Dallas' craft cocktail scene boasts deliciously faithful classic cocktails, but each of these spots also offers their own unique cocktail menu to tickle your mixology fancies.

If the phrase "cocktail bar" makes you think only of bougie lounges and rude people in suits, definitely think again. Yes, some of Dallas' best spots are a bit pretentious, but there's also plenty to offer for those of you who prefer something a bit more quirky or comfortable. From down to earth local haunts to a ritzy hotel bar — and everything in between — this list will serve as a handy reference next time someone utters that magical phrase, "Let's get a drink."

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Black Swan Saloon

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Owner and bartender Gabe Sanchez is a cocktail legend in this town. If you’re a cocktail control freak, this is not the place for you - Black Swan Saloon is best experienced when you throw caution to the wind and let Sanchez whip up something original just for you.

Midnight Rambler

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Midnight Rambler’s cocktails are creative enough to please any cocktail connoisseur, but if you’re not as familiar with mixology, the menu also has an accessible flavor guide to point you to something that suits your palate.

Parliament

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Eddie "Lucky" Campbell opened a place of his very own a couple of years ago, and Dallas's cocktail scene is all the better for it. Most bartenders will give you the evil eye if you ask for a labor-intensive Ramos Gin Fizz, but the hard-working fellows at Parliament pride themselves on making the best version in town. The rest of the menu reads like a work of literary art, with creations like the Jing, a $27 drink doctored up with deer antler extract (for virility, natch).

The Mansion Bar

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Don’t let The Mansion’s elegant interior trick you into thinking that the drinks are out of your league - these fairly priced cocktails are delicious, and you deserve one. Their cocktail menu rotates seasonally, but they have a full martini menu plus their signature G&T, Manhattan, and Texas Margarita available any time of year.

The Standard Pour

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Standard Pour is fabulous any time of day, but hitting up happy hour and enjoying one of the featured $5 cocktails is this bar at its best. You can also come with a group of four or more and treat yourselves to The Big Mule, a vodka based drink big enough to light up your whole squad.

Victor Tangos

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Henderson Ave stalwart Victor Tangos serves up a mix of classics and completely original concoctions, but the menu isn’t migraine-inducingly long. They manage to cover every flavor base with a mere ten cocktails - mezcal enthusiasts can go for the Poción Infernal, gin lovers the Pepper Smash.

The Woolworth

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This cozy yet sophisticated downtown spot provides a beautiful backdrop to sip on beautifully crafted cocktails. Let the Midnight in Paris transform The Woolworth’s library nook into a Parisian paradise or let the view of downtown Dallas morph into busy Manhattan with a sip of the New York Sour Flip.

Armoury D.E.

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Even seasoned bartenders might find themselves puzzling at the length and depth of the cocktail list at Armoury. Their classic cocktail list features 36 (seriously, 36) drinks and their house cocktail list is nothing to scoff at either. Some of the drink names make us think Armoury doesn’t want you to leave before you get knocked on your butt - see “Satan, Sex, & No Regrets” and “Lone Gunman” for evidence.

Bowen House

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Bartenders claim that the ghost of Mary Bowen still haunts this Uptown cocktail joint. Give the bartenders a shot at making an eccentric drink based on your tastes - they’re spooky good at crafting delicious drinks and the actual menu is short and changes often.

The Cedars Social

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The Cedars Social has an original cocktail list, but it’s the classic list that perks up our ears. The drinks are ordered by the era in which they were created, from the Aviation during Pre-Prohibition to Vesper Martini from the Repeal era (post prohibition).

The Tipsy Alchemist

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This cocktail lab is dizzyingly fun - sit at the bar to watch cocktail pros throw around beakers, fire, and liquid nitrogen to craft your drink. The Tipsy Alchemist won our best bar of the year award in 2016, so it’s a pretty good bet that this uptown watering hole will continue formulating wicked drinks for years to come.

The People's Last Stand

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The aptly named The People’s Last Stand sticks out a bit in hyper-commercial Mockingbird Station, but this easygoing cocktail joint doesn’t seem to care. Their cocktail menu is adventurous but accessible, featuring drinks like the Copper Cup, baked apple chai-infused Sailor Jerry, lemon, vanilla, and ginger beer, and The Orange Julius, Cinco Vodka, orange, pineapple, agave, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Black Swan Saloon

Owner and bartender Gabe Sanchez is a cocktail legend in this town. If you’re a cocktail control freak, this is not the place for you - Black Swan Saloon is best experienced when you throw caution to the wind and let Sanchez whip up something original just for you.

Midnight Rambler

Midnight Rambler’s cocktails are creative enough to please any cocktail connoisseur, but if you’re not as familiar with mixology, the menu also has an accessible flavor guide to point you to something that suits your palate.

Parliament

Eddie "Lucky" Campbell opened a place of his very own a couple of years ago, and Dallas's cocktail scene is all the better for it. Most bartenders will give you the evil eye if you ask for a labor-intensive Ramos Gin Fizz, but the hard-working fellows at Parliament pride themselves on making the best version in town. The rest of the menu reads like a work of literary art, with creations like the Jing, a $27 drink doctored up with deer antler extract (for virility, natch).

The Mansion Bar

Don’t let The Mansion’s elegant interior trick you into thinking that the drinks are out of your league - these fairly priced cocktails are delicious, and you deserve one. Their cocktail menu rotates seasonally, but they have a full martini menu plus their signature G&T, Manhattan, and Texas Margarita available any time of year.

The Standard Pour

Standard Pour is fabulous any time of day, but hitting up happy hour and enjoying one of the featured $5 cocktails is this bar at its best. You can also come with a group of four or more and treat yourselves to The Big Mule, a vodka based drink big enough to light up your whole squad.

Victor Tangos

Henderson Ave stalwart Victor Tangos serves up a mix of classics and completely original concoctions, but the menu isn’t migraine-inducingly long. They manage to cover every flavor base with a mere ten cocktails - mezcal enthusiasts can go for the Poción Infernal, gin lovers the Pepper Smash.

The Woolworth

This cozy yet sophisticated downtown spot provides a beautiful backdrop to sip on beautifully crafted cocktails. Let the Midnight in Paris transform The Woolworth’s library nook into a Parisian paradise or let the view of downtown Dallas morph into busy Manhattan with a sip of the New York Sour Flip.

Armoury D.E.

Even seasoned bartenders might find themselves puzzling at the length and depth of the cocktail list at Armoury. Their classic cocktail list features 36 (seriously, 36) drinks and their house cocktail list is nothing to scoff at either. Some of the drink names make us think Armoury doesn’t want you to leave before you get knocked on your butt - see “Satan, Sex, & No Regrets” and “Lone Gunman” for evidence.

Bowen House

Bartenders claim that the ghost of Mary Bowen still haunts this Uptown cocktail joint. Give the bartenders a shot at making an eccentric drink based on your tastes - they’re spooky good at crafting delicious drinks and the actual menu is short and changes often.

The Cedars Social

The Cedars Social has an original cocktail list, but it’s the classic list that perks up our ears. The drinks are ordered by the era in which they were created, from the Aviation during Pre-Prohibition to Vesper Martini from the Repeal era (post prohibition).

The Tipsy Alchemist

This cocktail lab is dizzyingly fun - sit at the bar to watch cocktail pros throw around beakers, fire, and liquid nitrogen to craft your drink. The Tipsy Alchemist won our best bar of the year award in 2016, so it’s a pretty good bet that this uptown watering hole will continue formulating wicked drinks for years to come.

The People's Last Stand

The aptly named The People’s Last Stand sticks out a bit in hyper-commercial Mockingbird Station, but this easygoing cocktail joint doesn’t seem to care. Their cocktail menu is adventurous but accessible, featuring drinks like the Copper Cup, baked apple chai-infused Sailor Jerry, lemon, vanilla, and ginger beer, and The Orange Julius, Cinco Vodka, orange, pineapple, agave, cinnamon, and vanilla.

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