Prohibition, the Downtown Dallas Bar Formerly Known as the Chesterfield, Is Closed

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Bitters line the bar at Prohibition.
Prohibition, the downtown bar formerly operated as a vintage speakeasy, closed a few weeks ago. D broke the news last week, saying the closure was a week or two old. This weekend a bartender at City Tavern next door told me it was closer to three. Whenever the closure happened, Prohibition is now a closed bar behind a nameless roll-up steel gate. It could be a shuttered shoe store.

Prohibition is likely better known by its former name, The Chesterfield. The bar was opened in 2011 by partners Eddie Campbell and Edward Bailey, and was instantly revered as one of Dallas' best cocktail spots. It didn't stay that way for long.

Campbell and Bailey's relationship quickly deteriorated, and Campbell was eventually removed from the property. The bar was subsequently rebranded as Prohibition, and craft cocktails were replaced with Moscow mules available in a rainbow of flavors like 7-Eleven Slurpees.

Campbell's removal lead him to file suit in August 2013, but the case was dismissed in November at his own direction. Campbell said he had no comment on the matter, and Bailey could not be reached for comment.

Either way, there's an attractive bar decked out in velvet and wood with a full kitchen sitting idle downtown. Maybe someone will roll up that steel gate and give the place a fair shake without resorting to cliché and dated drinks? I hear that the whole prohibition-era cocktail movement is on its way out in some cities. Maybe we could get a head start?



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15 comments
mremanne
mremanne

Two years ago that block of Main St. in downtown was on the upswing. That may no longer be the case. Let's see what else folds by summertime.

kduble
kduble

What a pity! Such a great idea! I wish we'd supported it even more than we did. Perhaps, a generation from now, someone will open a tavern in that spot called War On Drugs.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

So will the New proprietors will get a break on the rent if they just call it, SPACE FOR LEASE ?

Steve
Steve

Excellent job, Dallas!   Fucking douchebag fedora faggots.

TDubL
TDubL

Steve, go back to the suburbs where you belong

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@TDubL  


Boy, owww Steve hit a raw nerve? If someone told you to wear an ox on your head.......would you do that? 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@TDubL  


I just think you guys that wear fedora's are funny. I think, in general hipsters are funny........like when you all wear a blazer from the thrift store, or when you don't shave for 6 months; or when you wear the Tom's with the holes in them; it's, just, funny.  

TDubL
TDubL

haha nice try. Apparently my comment hit a nerve with you. If you think his comment is genius, then you two belong together.. in Mesquite. Toodles my friend.

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