A Bar Named On Premise Is Coming to Deep Ellum, Like Your Liver Needs That

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Fifty bucks says they ditch the table cloths.
Lemongrass, the Deep Ellum Vietnamese restaurant that survived for years at 2711 Elm despite no one you know ever eating there, is closing. It will be replaced by a bar with the last remaining clever bar name, On Premise. All future bars will simply be numbered ("Bar 1," "Bar 2," etc.), like New York public schools and firehouses. Wait, no: Firehouse 37 is actually a cool name for a firehouse-themed bar with flaming cocktails and fire hoses for bar taps and a pole behind the bar for the bar backs. Someone do that, then we'll start numbering them.

Anyway, On Premise. It's brought to you by the guys behind The Mitchell, which is a cleverly named bar taking over the former home of The Chesterfield, which was a cleverly named bar downtown. One of the On Premisers, Chris Beardon, also owns Truth & Alibi, a cleverly named nightclub that looks like a cleverly named candy shop.

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Spec's and Total Wine Are Battling for Wine Supremacy, and You're Drinking the Benefits

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Spec's opened its Walnut Hill behemoth in late 2011.
Want to buy a variety of brand-name wine, beer, and liquor practically at cost? Or shop an almost unprecedented number of Texas-made whiskeys, craft beers, and wines? Or choose from thousands and thousands of alcoholic beverages, a selection that dwarfs almost every other retailer in the area?

Then thank the battle between Spec's and Total Wine for control of the Dallas-Fort Worth liquor market. Over the past couple of years, the two chains -- Houston-based Spec's and Maryland's Total Wine -- have turned what used to be a gentlemanly and often price-controlled environment into the booze business' version of a pro wrestling cage match. This includes two lawsuits against Total (though none filed by Spec's).

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A Passionate Plea for More Tiki Bars in Dallas

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Nick Rallo
The Mai Tai at the Sunset Lounge
There are exotic plants at the Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue, but they're in the wallpaper -- giant, two-dimensional green leaves layered geometrically over beige paint as you look left from the bar. I'm looking at them as my attentive bartender, Rodney, who's wearing a stylish Duck Dynasty shirt, tells me what's in my Mai Tai. It's a mix of Sailor Jerry, lime juice, an almond liqueor, orange curacao, loaded in a pile of crunchy ice balls. Because alcohol somehow tastes better in a tiki tumbler, I make sure it comes in one. No frills or umbrellas in this one.

The drink is tart and eyebrow-removing strong, which is how a Mai Tai should be. The bar is throbbing with Rhianna songs and a group of 15 or so people, all wearing scrubs and clutching generic cocktails. On the menu, Sunset Lounge has 12 tiki-style cocktails, including a Rum Runner, a Zombie, and a Punch Bowl (recommended for two). But I am the only one with a tiki-themed anything at the place. Blazing through it, I find myself wishing for what Dallas scarcely ever had: a tiki dive bar.

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How to Cure a Hangover in Dallas

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The Anvil has the cure for ails you, and also what ails you.
This post marks the end of Drinking Week here at City of Ate, where we spent the week drooling over Dallas' best cocktails, learning the secrets of the cocktail-making trade, professing our love for simple, classic drinks and our disdain for the opposite.

Now, everything hurts. So we asked some of our writers to share their go-to Dallas hangover cures, free to use whenever you wake up with a dry mouth, a blinding headache and one fewer credit card in your wallet.

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One Nostalgia Place Is the Shitty Bar of My Dreams

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Cocktails Dancing is the best.
It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more.

I had always wanted to go to Cocktails Dancing (6521 Abrams Road). On Abrams Road, right next door to a Title Max and a tire shop, it appeared to be the perfect dive bar. I waited to go there for about two years out of the simple fear that it would not live up to my dirty, seedy hopes and dreams.

I wanted to keep it pure in my mind, with its shuffleboard and its snarky bartender who'll punch you in the tits if you ask for something mixology-ed. Say to this guy, "Can you just make me something, ya know, off the top of your head? I like sweet drinks," and he gets out a rocks glass, fills it with whiskey and tells you, "This one is not on the house." Two perfect old ladies with Patsy Cline wigs play shitty darts. The Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story sits above the bar, in some kind of Chili's crapstorm of Americana that was there before Chili's existed. This was my dream of Cocktails Dancing.

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Kombucha + Beer Is a Thing in Dallas

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Is it beer? Is it a fermented tea with live cultures? It's, it's...

After the beer ice cream and pouring beer on cereal, I told myself I was going to stay away from tricked up beer combinations for awhile. Dallas breweries are making loads of interesting, delicious beers, so why not celebrate a well-made brew on its own terms? 

Then, I received a cryptic text from an old friend: "buchabeer. 2.8. come get some tomorrow."

Buchabeer could only mean one thing: Kombucha + Beer.  For the uninitiated, kombucha is a fermented sweet tea that claims a variety of health benefits due to the presence of live bacteria cultures. If you've seen a yoga-pantsed woman wandering the aisles of Whole Foods drinking a bottle of something that appears to be carbonated Hi-C, there's a good chance it was kombucha. 

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Where to Drink with* Your Kids in Dallas

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Not pictured: Your third cocktail.
It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more.

*Not with with. You know what we mean.

It's hard to recall, now that your brain is sleep-starved and littered with stray Cheerios, but once upon a time, weekends meant meeting friends at bars for drinks and laughs. And now look at you: zealously guarding a small person's nap schedule, driving a minivan and never, ever leaving the house without extra diapers and a wooby.

How did this happen? You used to be cool, man.

Fear not, thirsty parents. With a few modifications and some advance planning, you can still be cool. Ish. Behold, our favorite places to drink with our kids in Dallas:

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The Female Bartenders Who Rule Dallas' Cocktail Scene

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Kathy Tran
Ivory Pope and Haydee Hernandez at CBD Provisions
It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more.

Mustachioed, bowtie-and-fedora-wearing Newsies extras shaking out cocktails is so last year: This is the year of the "ladytender."

Much more than just a pretty face, these badass chicks who don't need to wear a costume to craft a cocktail you'll come back for. They know their shit, they're good at what they do, and, bonus: They do it all with a smile. We scouted out some of the city's best and asked them a few questions.

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The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Drinking Four Loko and Bud Light Lime-a-Rita

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Alice Laussade
All the best worst malt beverages one could ever wish for.
It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more.

Sometimes you're at a tailgate and they've run out of Dallas Blonde, Local Buzz and Lakewood Lager, and you're faced with the choice between a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita and a Peach Four Loko. WHAT IS THE RIGHT ANSWER QUESTION MARK QUESTION MARK. I had to know.

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The Best Frozen Cocktails in Dallas

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The rita with a Thai accent
It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more.

It may be less than a month until the official start of fall, but this is Texas, so it's best to accept that it may be sweltering well into October. What do we do when we're slick with sweat and panting like old dogs? We drink frozen cocktails. And we've scouted out the most interesting, fun and tasty frozen 'tails in town so you don't have to.

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