For many, January is a time to step back from the excess of the holidays that preceded it. Join a gym, start a new diet, cut back on alcohol. All of those things are a good idea.
But CultureMap's monthly column Where to Drink resides in a different realm. Its reason for being is to offer recommendations for cocktails and things to sip. We shall not, cannot, flinch from that mission. While everyone else is making lists of mocktails, we're going with flights: Bars that are serving not one drink at a time but multiples so you can mix and match.
Here are 5 restaurants and bars with fun flights:
Japanese restaurant at the Grandscape in The Colony is part of a global chain from jetsetter chef Akira Back serving innovative modern Japanese food that's ultra-shareable, including a signature pizza topped with shaved-thin slices of rare tuna. They offer an amazing
selection of sake-themed flights in four categories: light & crisp, fruity & floral, feminine & fierce, and rich & bold. Sake can be intimidating, and these flights offer a wonderful point of entry.
Tex-Mex chain Cantina Laredo is celebrating its big 75th anniversary with a limited-edition nostalgic “Flight Down Margarita Lane” featuring trademark margaritas in a flight format including the Perfect Patrόn ‘Rita, the Grilled Peach ‘Rita, and the Sangria Swirl for $16. Don't worry, full-size versions of the cocktails are also available. It'll launch on Thursday, January 17, and run through Monday, April 10, at its locations in Addison, Frisco, and Tyler.
Irish pub in Richardson does all your pub basics: whiskeys, imported beers, and traditional pub food such as fish & chips and shepherd's pie. They have an enormous stock of bourbons, Scotch, and Irish whiskey — and hello, a major commitment to flights, with 10 themed offerings priced from $20 to $25, including Scotches, the Irish family, the boozes of Jameson, a Kentucky bourbon flight, a Texas-themed flight, and a Buffalo family with four bourbons by Buffalo Trace.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
This one's kind of cheating because it's not a booze flight, although one of the draws of this buzzy Denver-based breakfast chain is its full bar with cocktails, beer, and spiked coffee. So have a drink if you must, and enjoy their pancake flight featuring three of their signature flapjacks: pineapple upside down pancakes, Blueberry Danish pancakes, and Sweet Potato pancakes.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub
No flight roundup is complete without a beer flight, and this Arizona-based chain has it covered with craft beer flights where you can taste any six beers for $12. Their Texas flight is like a Lone Star Greatest Hits, featuring Karbach Kolsch, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Community Mosaic IPA, Texas Ale Project Fire Ant Funeral Amber Ale, Peticolas Velvet Hammer Red, and 512 Pecan Porter. At all four locations in Preston Hollow, The Colony, Irving, and Euless.