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4 Dallas bars deserve a toast for pouring the best cocktails in the South

4 Dallas bars deserve a toast for pouring the South's best cocktails

Smyth bar in Dallas
Smyth in Uptown is known for its unique creations that spring from the bartender's mind.  Smyth/Facebook
The Cedars Social
The Cedars Social on Southside Lamar keeps things casual without any loss in quality.  Photo by ercwttmn via Flickr
Windmill Lounge cockail
It might not be the martini that Southern Living loves so much, but all the cocktails at Windmill Lounge are excellent and cheap.  Windmill Lounge/Facebook
The Standard Pour
The Standard Pour adds a touch of class to any McKinney Ave. bar crawl.  The Standard Pour/Facebook
Smyth bar in Dallas
The Cedars Social
Windmill Lounge cockail
The Standard Pour

It seems that when Southern Living editors come to Dallas, they’re hankering for a cocktail or two. The estimable publication recently released a list of the 100 best bars in the South, and the four Dallas establishments mentioned are known for their drink-making abilities.

Windmill Lounge, Smyth, Cedars Social and Standard Pour are the four best bars in Dallas, according to Southern Living’s Stephanie Granada. The draw for each is that it makes some of the top cocktails in town.

Apparently, Southern Living isn’t too big on Dallas’ beer scene.

The magazine does not drone on; instead it cuts to the chase and simply declares what to order. For Windmill, the recommendation is a classic dry martini. At Standard Pour, there is the considerably more elaborate Brimstone with whiskey, citrus-spiced tea-infused vermouth, Bénédictine and root beer bitters.

At Smyth, you know the recommendation rests with your bartender, because the bar doesn’t have a menu. But its sibling, Cedars Social, has the Diki Diki with Calvados, Batavia arrack and grapefruit juice if you need a name for your drink.

Of course, if you happened to read our lineup of the (ahem) best cocktail bars in Dallas, you would know that we’re in agreement with Southern Living. Great minds and all that.