Eddie "Lucky" Campbell to Open Parliament, a "Progressive" Cocktail Lounge in Uptown

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Sara Kerens
Just two weeks ago, a news release issued by a spokesperson who works for Kent Rathbun's Abacus restaurant announced that Eddie Campbell, one of the city's best known and best traveled bartenders, had been hired to tend mix drinks there.

See Also: Eddie Campbell, Dallas' Wandering Mixologist, Has Landed at Kent Rathbun's Abacus

It looked like Campbell had finally found a place to hang that fedora. But just a few days later, D's Side Dish broke the news that Campbell was opening a new bar with a new partner. Parliament was to open in the coming weeks. And Campbell hoped to somehow stay on at Abacus.

The new bar will occupy the old Four Lounge space on Allen Street, not far off McKinney Avenue. Campbell describes his vision for the bar as a "progressive cocktail lounge," echoing former owner Keith LaBonte's self-described style of mad-scientist drink-making. LaBonte passed away late last year, and was known for abstract cocktails featuring smoked ingredients and foams. Still, Campbell hopes to create what feels like a "neighborhood bar."

And don't picture a Chesterfield redux. "It's a little more European," Campbell said of the cocktails-only lounge. He listed details like fabric-draped walls, crystal chandeliers and an avant garde interior, and said the exterior should evoke a French sidewalk cafe.

Time to break out the Lillet? Campbell said he should be open in November.


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Michelle Mathews
Michelle Mathews

Like a progressive dinner...you get one drink there and then move on.

Gabe48
Gabe48

Eddie is good, but the best bartender in Dallas, is Charlie at the Windmill Lounge on Maple, opens at 4pm daily. The jukebox is "off the charts", and the karaoke is "da bomb."  Best of all the kitchen is open til 1am every night!

monicaleemoore
monicaleemoore

I miss the original Chesterfield SO much.  Delicious drinks and food...everything went to shit after Eddie left.  Hope his new venture is a hit.  Good luck!

Brianna Gonzales
Brianna Gonzales

Kristen Bankhead is this what our waitress was talking about last night?

Ashley Richardson
Ashley Richardson

It makes me think of the episode of Parks and Recreation where the guys have a bachelor party and take shorts of vodka steam at the gastropub.

Zaakir Shabazz
Zaakir Shabazz

I guess if the pictures were if Bush, Cheany, Rumsfeld and the gang. It'd be a great place to drink, right? WRONG!

Todd Deatherage
Todd Deatherage

With autographed photos of Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Krugman, Reich and other notables all over the walls. It'll look like a Hard Rock Café from Hell.

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