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Recently opened Bowlounge is doing cocktails far better than you'd expect from a bowling alley.
Recently opened Bowlounge is doing cocktails far better than you'd expect from a bowling alley.
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Where to Drink Cocktails Right Now: August 2013

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Recently opened Bowlounge is doing cocktails far better than you'd expect from a bowling alley.
| Photo credit: Margo Sivin/EDFW

It's time for a fresh edition of the Eater Dallas Cocktail Heatmap. Below, we've plotted out where to sip the city's finest libations for your imbibing pleasure. About half of the selections are holdovers from the previous edition of the map that continue to raise the bar (pun fully intended), while the rest are new additions; all are shaking up fantastic and refreshing drinks to help you forget it's 100 degrees outside, and they're also all perfect answers to the question, "Where should I drink tonight?"

Where to Drink Cocktails Right Now: March 2013 Edition


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Belly & Trumpet

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3407 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 855-5551
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The cocktail menu at Belly & Trumpet is outstanding from start to finish with a little something for everyone whether you favor gin, whiskey, or tequila. Try the Guinevere.

2. Black Swan Saloon

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2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-4949
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Black Swan Saloon is the kind of place that makes you feel like a regular, even if you only stop in occasionally. Barman and owner Gabe Sanchez will always remember your drink, and forget that whole menu thing. Just tell him what you like and he'll mix you up something tasty, from a jasmine tea-infused vodka cocktail to a pumpkin pie-esque rum drink and anything in between.

3. Bolsa

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614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 367-9367
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A fresh new cocktail menu from cocktail genius Kyle Hilla includes clever booze-infused melon balls and the Late Bloomer, a summery combo of blueberries, pink peppercorns and tequila.

4. Bowlounge

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167 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
Before he flew the coop for Austin, cocktail wizard Jason Kosmas lent his talents to the bar menu at this hip new bowling lounge; try one of his creations like Trashcan Punch or the Texas Pride Paloma, or go for the aptly named Gutterball or the Dude's favorite Caucasian.

5. The Dram

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2918 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-3726
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Even if you're not into the club scene, it's worth hitting up The Dram earlier in the night for some fantastic and unique cocktail creations. Try the L'Orange Fragola, a drink with strawberry-infused vodka that's kept grounded with the addition of Cocchi Americano and rhubarb bitters.

6. The Gin Mill

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1921 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-3343
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The sexy Moulin Rouge-esque back room is arguably the best setting for sipping cocktails on Henderson. Try the strangely delicious gin and tonic with a splash of pickle juice.

7. Hibiscus

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2927 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-2927
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DMN critic Leslie Brenner recently gushed over the cocktails at this Henderson Avenue staple, where barman Grant Parker is crafting unusual combinations like a Mole Manhattan or the Hummingbird Down with gin, green Chartreuse, lemon and thyme.

8. The Libertine

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2101 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-7900
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Many people overlook the cocktail list at this Lower Greenville mainstay in favor of the craft beer selection, but they shouldn't--barman Mate Hartai is whipping up some mean original concoctions, like a hibiscus Pisco Sour and liquors infused with everything from pulled pork to morel mushrooms.

9. The People's Last Stand

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5319 E Mockingbird Ln, Suite 210
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-8755
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People's is tucked away on the second level at Mockingbird Station near the Angelika, and it's worth seeking out even if you're not catching a flick. Relaxed but classy, they make a mean Old-Fashioned, as well as barrel-aged cocktails and massive tiki drinks.

10. Smyth

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4513 Travis St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 520-0500
Michael Martensen's dimly lit bar is reservations only, but it's worth the hassle to enjoy the sexy atmosphere and have the talented bartenders shake you up a reasonably-priced custom cocktail.

11. The Standard Pour

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2900 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 935-1370
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Brian McCullough's Uptown spot is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all those frozen red bull & vodka machines that dot McKinney Avenue bars. Surround yourself with dark wood and old books and sip a Life & Death, champagne spiked with Aperol and absinthe, or try a shot of Dude, Sweet Chocolate-infused Rumpleminze.

12. Sunset Lounge

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3030 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 566-4834
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Recently relaunched Sunset Lounge is shaking up updated versions of classic tiki drinks like the Zombie and Rum Runner, plus new creations like chili-spiked horchata.

13. Tate's

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2723 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 954-4141
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Barman J.W. Tate recently returned home to North Carolina, but his absence isn't noticeable in the drinks: They're still shaking up damn fine beverages in this old house-turned-bar. Gin fans shouldn't miss the housemade tonic.

14. Twilite Lounge

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2640 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
This new Deep Ellum spot is classy but low-key, and an ideal spot to catch some live music or standup while sipping on a French 75 or a delicious frozen Irish coffee.

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1. Belly & Trumpet

3407 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
The cocktail menu at Belly & Trumpet is outstanding from start to finish with a little something for everyone whether you favor gin, whiskey, or tequila. Try the Guinevere.
3407 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

2. Black Swan Saloon

2708 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Black Swan Saloon is the kind of place that makes you feel like a regular, even if you only stop in occasionally. Barman and owner Gabe Sanchez will always remember your drink, and forget that whole menu thing. Just tell him what you like and he'll mix you up something tasty, from a jasmine tea-infused vodka cocktail to a pumpkin pie-esque rum drink and anything in between.
2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Bolsa

614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
A fresh new cocktail menu from cocktail genius Kyle Hilla includes clever booze-infused melon balls and the Late Bloomer, a summery combo of blueberries, pink peppercorns and tequila.
614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

4. Bowlounge

167 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
Before he flew the coop for Austin, cocktail wizard Jason Kosmas lent his talents to the bar menu at this hip new bowling lounge; try one of his creations like Trashcan Punch or the Texas Pride Paloma, or go for the aptly named Gutterball or the Dude's favorite Caucasian.
167 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

5. The Dram

2918 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Even if you're not into the club scene, it's worth hitting up The Dram earlier in the night for some fantastic and unique cocktail creations. Try the L'Orange Fragola, a drink with strawberry-infused vodka that's kept grounded with the addition of Cocchi Americano and rhubarb bitters.
2918 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

6. The Gin Mill

1921 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
The sexy Moulin Rouge-esque back room is arguably the best setting for sipping cocktails on Henderson. Try the strangely delicious gin and tonic with a splash of pickle juice.
1921 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Hibiscus

2927 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
DMN critic Leslie Brenner recently gushed over the cocktails at this Henderson Avenue staple, where barman Grant Parker is crafting unusual combinations like a Mole Manhattan or the Hummingbird Down with gin, green Chartreuse, lemon and thyme.
2927 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. The Libertine

2101 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Many people overlook the cocktail list at this Lower Greenville mainstay in favor of the craft beer selection, but they shouldn't--barman Mate Hartai is whipping up some mean original concoctions, like a hibiscus Pisco Sour and liquors infused with everything from pulled pork to morel mushrooms.
2101 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

9. The People's Last Stand

5319 E Mockingbird Ln, Suite 210, Dallas, TX 75206
People's is tucked away on the second level at Mockingbird Station near the Angelika, and it's worth seeking out even if you're not catching a flick. Relaxed but classy, they make a mean Old-Fashioned, as well as barrel-aged cocktails and massive tiki drinks.
5319 E Mockingbird Ln, Suite 210
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Smyth

4513 Travis St., Dallas, TX
Michael Martensen's dimly lit bar is reservations only, but it's worth the hassle to enjoy the sexy atmosphere and have the talented bartenders shake you up a reasonably-priced custom cocktail.
4513 Travis St.
Dallas, TX

11. The Standard Pour

2900 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Brian McCullough's Uptown spot is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all those frozen red bull & vodka machines that dot McKinney Avenue bars. Surround yourself with dark wood and old books and sip a Life & Death, champagne spiked with Aperol and absinthe, or try a shot of Dude, Sweet Chocolate-infused Rumpleminze.
2900 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

12. Sunset Lounge

3030 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Recently relaunched Sunset Lounge is shaking up updated versions of classic tiki drinks like the Zombie and Rum Runner, plus new creations like chili-spiked horchata.
3030 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

13. Tate's

2723 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Barman J.W. Tate recently returned home to North Carolina, but his absence isn't noticeable in the drinks: They're still shaking up damn fine beverages in this old house-turned-bar. Gin fans shouldn't miss the housemade tonic.
2723 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

14. Twilite Lounge

2640 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226
This new Deep Ellum spot is classy but low-key, and an ideal spot to catch some live music or standup while sipping on a French 75 or a delicious frozen Irish coffee.
2640 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226

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