Where to Drink
Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 bars with new drinks and deals
The June edition of Where to Drink, CultureMap's monthly roundup of suggestions of the alcoholic variety, is a refreshing mixture that includes two great Happy Hours, plus three places who've introduced some fresh new cocktails. There are spritzes, margaritas, and drinks that turn blue — everything you need for summer sipping.
Here's where to drink for June:
Blue Goose Cantina
Tex-Mex chain has margarita specials for June at its seven locations (Frisco, Plano, Highland Village, McKinney, Grapevine, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie) - Blood Orange Margarita with Casa del Sol Blanco Tequila (co-founded by Eva Longoria), agave, lime juice, and blood orange puree; and Coco Piña Margarita with Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila, pineapple juice, coconut puree, agave, lime juice, and toasted coconut - in addition to its original Classic Margarita and Hibiscus Margarita.
Blue Goose is also doing a very limited-edition Red, White & Boozy margarita - their traditional frozen lime margarita swirled with strawberry puree and rimmed with blue sugar - available for four days, from July 1-July 4. On July 1-2, it's $9. On July 3, it's $5. On July 4, it's $2.
Sports bar chain has new drink specials: $3 domestic drafts Monday-Thursday, and $3 "Crown & Down" Monday-Tuesday. These deals will run indefinitely. They also have three new limited-edition cocktails, available through June 25: the Ocean Water: Shark Edition with Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum, peach schnapps, blue curacao, sour, and lemonade, topped with a shark filled with grenadine that unleashes itself, creating a realistic shark attack in your glass; Twisted Honey Tea with Silver Star Texas Honey, Twisted Tea, and lemonade; and Jack's Mango Mezgarita, with Jack's Rita, mango purée, and Bosscal Mezcal Joven. They have 17 locations in the DFW area so it shouldn't be hard to find.
Bishop Arts cafe has a new aperitivo cocktail menu with six Spritzer cocktails, $11 each. (A spritz is a sparkling wine-based cocktail that originated in Italy and is made with prosecco or a dry white wine, a bitter amaro liqueur, soda water, and citrus.) Aperol Spritz has aperol, soda, & sparkling wine. Limoncello Spritz has limoncello, dry vermouth, ginger beer, & sparkling wine. Pamplemousse Spritz has grapefruit-aromatized aperitif, tonic, & rose prosecco. Kir Bourgeois Spritz has cassis liqueur, bitters, lambrusco, & OJ. Passionfruit Spritz has passionfruit cordial, manzanilla, & sparkling wine. Hugo Spritz has elderflower liqueur, tonic, sparkling wine, & bitters.
Dallas celebration destination known for sweets and treats is now offering happy hour on weekdays from 3-7 pm, available at the bar and on the patio. The menu includes $8 chicken wings, $9 spinach dip with tortilla chips, $6 tacos, $7 cheese quesadillas, and $10 carne asada quesadillas. Drink specials include $9 spirits; $9 margaritas such as the Traditional, Strawberry, Mango, Watermelon, and Smoked Cucumber; $7 bottled beer; and their signature "smoking candy goblet" of the day.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub
Gastropub chain has brought back its massively popular Late Night Happy Hour, which takes place not at the standard happy hour time of 3-6 pm, but instead at prime time on Friday and Saturday nights from 9-11 pm. They're offering their standard happy hour menu (click on "Happy Hour") with cocktails including Moscow Mule, Mojito, and Margaritas, from $9 to $10, and snacks such as sliders, tacos, spinach dip, from $8-$10. At four locations: Glade Parks/Euless, Grandscape/The Colony, Music Factory/Irving, and Preston Hollow/Dallas.