Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas corrals new Pegasus-themed lobby bar
The Omni Dallas Hotel in downtown Dallas has opened a new bar in its lobby. Called Pegasus Bar, it's the newest member of the hotel's portfolio of restaurants.
The bar serves cocktails, wine by the bottle and by the glass, bottled beers, plus a few specialty drinks. It's open Sunday-Thursday from 4-11 pm, and Friday-Saturday from 2 pm to midnight.
Cocktails include a Texas Sparkle with Texas whiskey, champagne, and lemon; a gin fizz, with Austin Reserve gin and juniper; and a cardamom Old Fashioned, with Balcones Baby Blue whiskey and cardamom bitters.
There's also a menu of shareable bites that include blue cheese mousse, roasted garlic hummus parfait with veggies, heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad, ranch dip with crostini, eggplant mascarpone baba ghanoush with crostini, mixed nuts with candied bacon, and a lemon parfait with whipped cream, all priced from $8-$10.
The offerings represent a combined effort between the hotel's F&B director Jason Weaver, assistant F&B director Paul Feakes, assistant director of banquets Megan Heald, and Texas Spice general manager Tyler Upshaw.
The wine by the glass list is excellent, with selections from many categories and countries including Moet & Chandon Imperial champagne, Marques de Riscal Rioja from Spain, Hall Sauvignon Blanc, David Bruce Pinot Noir, and Duckhorn merlot.
"We never had a permanent bar in our lobby area until last year," says spokeswoman Amber Bufkin. "The seating is open air, as it bleeds into the lobby area, which makes it inviting to guests and locals."
The bar is named for the city's iconic Pegasus Flying Red Horse mascot, the 11-foot, neon-edged statue that sat atop the Magnolia Hotel from 1934 until 1999, when it was taken down due to structural issues.
In 2015, Omni management had it restored and erected it on a 22-foot oil derrick in front of the hotel.
"We named the bar Pegasus Bar as a friendly nod to Miss Peggy out front," Bufkin says.
If you want to stop by but don't want to pay for parking, the bar will validate your parking ticket if you park below the Restaurants on Lamar in the restaurant garage or inside the hotel garage. Valet is discounted to $5.