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.