Where to Drink
Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 new cocktail specials to beat the heat
The July edition of Where to Drink has arrived in time to distract us from this relentless heat wave. If a cocktail helps take your mind off this endless string of 100-degree-plus days, then that can't be a bad thing.
These five places all have new drinks or new specials or new happy hours.
Here's where to drink in Dallas right now:
Billy Can Can
After five years, Victory Park bar has a new happy hour menu from executive chef Matt Ford, served Monday-Friday 5-7 pm. On the drink front, there are cocktails for $8, wine by the glass for $7, local draft beer for $6, and four small plates for $4 to $11, including baked oysters, BBQ short rib sliders, smoked fish dip, and "Pulpo Puppies," hushpuppies with octopus mixed in. Boo. Octopuses are intelligent and curious sentient beings, able to solve complex puzzles. Do they even possess flavor? They're just chewy. Why not a hush puppy with chunks of artichoke. Or chopped red pepper.
Bread Winners Café & Bakery
Brunch-famous chain has revamped its cocktail menu into something craftier. New offerings run from $11 to $16 and include Spiked Frozen Strawberry Lemonade; Rosé & Raspberry Sorbet Mimosa; Frozen Pineapple Upside Down Mimosa; Watermelon Basil Frozen Margarita (with Patron Reposado Tequila and watermelon purée); and Spicy Margarita with Jalapeño infused Patron silver & mango puree. Hops on the Vine has Hornitos tequila with Giffard grapefruit liqueur, and the No Sé Smash has Ilegal mezcal with lime juice, orgeat syrup, & raspberries. It's at all four locations: Uptown, Park Cities, NorthPark Center, and Plano.
Italian chain has rolled out four limited-edition cocktails created by bartenders from the east, central, and west coast regions, which will be served through Labor Day on September 4. One - the Bramble Punch - is available at the Dallas and Plano locations only. It has Bombay Sapphire, Select Aperitivo, smashed blackberries, & ginger, and was created by Dallas bartender Lacey Byers. The other three are available nationally: Dolce Fiore with Rose-Infused Aviation Gin, Fiorente, Starlino Rosé, & Lemon; Amarena Sour with Yellowstone Bourbon & Grand Marnier; and the Il Cielo with Vulcanica Sicilian Vodka, Fiorente, & Blue Curacao.
Old 75 Beer Garden
Richardson hangout has debuted Featured Frozen Wednesdays, where they'll feature frozen drinks for 75 cents through the end of August, kicking off with the Old 75 Margarita. That'll be followed by "Thirsty Thursdays," with beers for 75 cents. New upgrades and options include fans and misters in seating and bar areas; shade from new canopies; and self-serve cold water stations.
Breakfast chain with its iconic Boozy Brunch is opening a new location at 4580 Belt Line Rd., just off Dallas North Tollway and down the street from Addison Town Center on July 17. Toasted Yolk serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch classics, accompanied by — and here's why it's in Where to Drink — full-bar service from 7 am-3 pm. Favorites include Churro Donuts, Cowboy Scramble, West Coast Arnold, and Club Sandwich, while the bar serves mimosas, frozen Bellinis, Bloody Marys, Rise ‘N’ Shine Punch, and Jackie’s Morning Rita.