Esquire Names Windmill Lounge One of the Best Bars in the Country

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It's a banner week for the finest of all fine-dining and drinking spots in Dallas. As we reported earlier today, Keller's Drive-In was included on a list of the 10 best burgers in the country and now, the Windmill Lounge has made a list as one of the best bars in America.

The good people of Esquire just delivered their June/July issue to my mailbox. And, no, I didn't open it to read the cover story on Brad Pitt (sporting a throwback Legends of the Fall look) and how he feels about Angie, the kids and zombies. But, rather I noticed a headline on the cover tucked behind Brad's right thigh, which read "Where to drink now."

The article is titled "The Dives are Dying" and writer David Wondrich opines that "every time [God] opens a brand-new speakeasy, he closes a fine old dive bar." 18 of the 29 bars listed are, in fact, dives. The Windmill is joined by two other Lone Star State bars, the Esquire Tavern in San Antonio and The Cloak Room in Austin.

While the Windmill isn't old in years, it's got an old soul. Louise Owens and Charlie Papaceno opened the spot in 2005. Owens is a former food and drink writer for The Dallas Morning News and appreciates the art of "old man" or pre-Prohibition drinks. She and Papaceno have created a laid-back, sometimes-eclectic little dive that is good for hiding in a corner or crooning during weekly Scaraoke.

"And if a comfortable, friendly dive with a jukebox and serious cocktails doesn't appeal to you, then you have our profoundest sympathies," Wondrich writes.

Our thoughts exactly.

The Windmill is having an eighth anniversary party on June 8. There will be plenty to celebrate.


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Windmill Lounge

5320 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

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15 comments
MichaelMartensen
MichaelMartensen

Charlie and Louise have done a fine job.  It definately deserves to be in Esquire.  Well done!

Rachel Jerome
Rachel Jerome

That place kicked us out for being too rowdy because a few of their patrons complained. We had a lot of people and were spending lots on beer and food. They suck. Never going back there again.

Ryan Bauer
Ryan Bauer

Was that the only one they visited in Dallas? I mean, it's a fine bar in the "Hole in the Wall" category, but there are so many that offer just as much, if not more, in other categories.

David Morris
David Morris

Any bar you can not smoke in is not a bar.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

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David Gates
David Gates

I think Esquire needs to get out more.

Efriam A. Garza
Efriam A. Garza

You guys need to rank the greatest DFW Breastaraunts....

Joel Gajewski
Joel Gajewski

Damn straight. And just in time for the anniversary party on June 8th. :-)

Peacock214
Peacock214

So a few (as in more than one or two) other patrons complained about your group, yet you feel that you were in the right?

Peacock214
Peacock214

It's the only place I've been to in Dallas where people are willing to converse with those outside of their caste (yes, I meant caste), while providing amazing cocktails and a friendly environment. The lack of pretense is what makes it extraordinary in D.

Peacock214
Peacock214

So there are no bars in Dallas then?

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