Vote for the best new cocktail bar in Dallas of 2014
Dallas got an influx of craft cocktail bars in 2014, as well as a few restaurants where the bar programs are as important as the food menus. Add to those the standard bearers — Windmill Lounge, Black Swan Saloon, Standard Pour, People's Last Stand and Victor Tangos, among others — and the city now has a cocktail scene worthy of national attention.
This is your chance to pick your favorite among the newcomers. The competition is stiff, but there can be only one winner. Vote once a day, every day, until 11:59 pm on January 6.
Technically Barter opened in December 2013, but that is close enough to consider this McKinney Avenue spot a newcomer. Beverage director Rocco Milano, a finalist for Best Bartender in our 2014 Tastemaker Awards, ruled this roost at predecessor Private Social too. He and his team make tasty drinks, including a lineup of memorable champagne cocktails.
Bowen House resides in an Uptown house built in 1874. The cocktails are throwbacks to pre-Prohibition recipes, and the space is full of luscious marble-top tables suitable for two. Its history-filled atmosphere makes for a relaxed respite perfect for post-dinner drinks.
Henry's Majestic hopes to lift the spell cast on this corner by previous tenants, and it could happen with beverage director Alex Fletcher — an alum of Victor Tangos and People's Last Stand — calling the shots behind the bar. He updates the menu based on what's in season and puts innovative spins on classic cocktails.
Lurking underneath The Joule hotel in downtown Dallas is this cocktail den with a menu devised by New Yorkers Chad Solomon and Christy Pope. The long bar provides plenty of perches from which to people watch, and Midnight Rambler's intimate environs and quality libations make it a great spot to take out-of-towners.
Eddie "Lucky" Campbell, another Tastemaker finalist, takes bartending seriously at his shrine to the cocktail. The menu spans generations and continents, the mixologists work with monk-like dedication, and the space is dark and sexy. Parliament knows what it wants to be and executes it.