Making Booze-y Memories at the Chesterfield

Categories: Drinking

Chesterfield Bartender Credit_Kerens.jpg
Sara Kerens
A well-balanced cocktail is a work of magic. A handful of quality ingredients, combined with a sometimes subtle and sometimes vigorous agitation, transform into something significantly larger than the sum of their parts.

While slurping oysters at the Chesterfield, the subject of this week's review, I asked my tablemates whether they had a defining cocktail moment -- an instant where at first sip, flavors, mood and tone all came together to form the perfect drink, and an experience profound enough to leave a lasting memory.

I think I've had a few. There was a martini at the Columbia Room, a secret bar inside a bar with some of the finest drink-mixing I've ever encountered. The drink was almost half vermouth and left a floral trace in its wake. It was the best martini I've ever tasted.

I had another defining cocktail in New York at a place called Angel's Share. A most serious cocktail den, the rules of conduct here were strict. I drank a fizzy number, and ate the sisho leaf used as a garnish, whole.

Another at the table recalled his favorite drink -- he was fuzzy on the name but knew every ingredient: bourbon, passion fruit, habanero -- his eyes danced a little when he told us about the drink. He'd ordered it a year or so ago at Bolsa, which is an interesting coincidence, because that's where the bartender who was making our drinks at the Chesterfield that might made his name.

Lucky Campbell, this downtown cocktail den's owner and chief booze agitator, is an exemplary cocktail maker. I only wish he were easier to talk to. When things get busy at the Chesterfield it's hard to get face time with the guy. His drinks do some storytelling of their own, though, and his old-fashioned, paired with dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped with bacon, left an impression that will be with me for a while.

Location Info

The Chesterfield - CLOSED

1404 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

My Voice Nation Help
32 comments
TheLuckyOne
TheLuckyOne

Thanks Scott, what a nice compliment...The Habanero-Passionfruit drink is called the Passion Whiskey Fizz and was put on the Bolsa menu by another barman Jaime M. I apaologize that I havent been easier to talk to - I have a lot of inner conflict with the battle for more time...I remember the night you asked for a cocktail pairing for the Dates, Pairing can be a fun challenge and so happy you agreed with the Old Fashioned, we sneak a little Vanilla into our Old Fashioned which smooths out the bite of the whiskey, allowing you to taste more of the characteristics, some flavors have a texture to them(imagine the difference in how your mouth feels tasting lime vs. amaretto, one sharp the other round) We sold a lot of Old Fashioned's today, suppose i owe you a thank you ; )

And for some of the others, I have seen some of your previous disagreements with wearing fedoras, dont really know why i like wearing one so much, somedays I feel like I can hide under my hat, suppose it might be a little like hiding behind a computer...I feel like we've never met before-if we have, you certainly didnt express your real feelings towards my hat, I'd love to meet you in person, I'd even take my hat off for ya...well, you know where to find me ; )

Mervis
Mervis

I saw a chick in fedora Monday night. Now she was hot!

todd
todd

One glass + 3 fingers of Maker's = balance. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Oh boy, just look at that picture........I have no comment. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Jesus, I hate when people are reasonable, and real; then I can't bring out the vitriol.  Criminy.  I wish you the best sir.  Fedora hating is now over.  I'm going to focus on post yuppie waste, and the +ssholes I saw on the Londoner patio yesterday (Watters Creek).  

ps-Dang it, and I wanted so bad to tell you all my drink about dipping one's b+lls in rum, and sprinkling cinnamon on top. Dang it.

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

Say what you will about the fedora (I know I've talked plenty of shit on that subject myself), the man is a cocktail wizard and practically a professor of spirits history.

mark
mark

 I totally agree with you are not saying. There, right in front of our eyes, is a well dressed man making a cocktail. Yes sir. Also, he's a partner in a very successful restaurant. Thanks for pointing that out Kergo, you're the best!

cp
cp

 I don't mind. Fedoras are dumb. Bartending in one- and in a white shirt with a tie and vest- at a busy bar is even dumber. You might think it looks cool but it sure as shit isn't practical and at the end of the night when your white shirt is all stained up with booze, I don't want a drink made by you, I don't care how good you are. The, End.

Queer Frank
Queer Frank

My garbage man wears a fedora, and knows the history of garbage-AND?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Well dressed is a subjective term.

I think he's one pocket watch away from an 1890's steampunk alternate universe myself.

Or a monocle.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

What.  No.  That is not what I was thinking.....but thanks!  

ps-That's very nice for his barback to stick for him.  Again, when banality becomes fame, the world will end soon. 

mark
mark

 It was cool until you put that Chili's sticker on it.

mark
mark

Screw you, and your spaceship.

mark
mark

Ah, my bad, who's tom cruise?

ts
ts

If you had seen the documentary Cocktail that Tom Cruise made, it would make complete sense to you.

mark
mark

 If your shirt is stained with booze at the end of the night maybe you're doing it wrong.

mark
mark

 I like the quote but I can't see how I came across fearful, or what I revealed. Pride I'll allow, with my shameless self-gratifying diction.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Pride is a revealer, when mixed with fear.  Take that, sir. 

ps-Speaking of veal......a nice Veal Marsala with Penne sounds just bully!  I would do a nice butter creme' sauce to compliment it. 

Goes well with:Mozzarella and Roma Salad w/Fresh Basil, o/v and salt. A book about the Great Teddy Roosevelt, or westward expansion. Walking in the Southeastern Forest.

mark
mark

 You sir, are a syllogistic fallacy. Take that.

Guest
Guest

AND THEEEEN?! NO AND THEN! AND THEEEN?! NO AND THEN! AND THEEEN?!?!

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

And when's your birthday, Kerg? I have my eye on a very nice hat for you, with a feather stuck in the brim... Quite dapper

mark
mark

 Not a bar back. Just another Fedora wearing early 20th century jazz man wannabe, and I like it too.

cp
cp

 I took one look at that picture, then skipped the story and scrolled down to the comments just to see what you'd say.....

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...