Where to Drink with* Your Kids in Dallas

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Not pictured: Your third cocktail.
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*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
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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.
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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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foodbitch
The rita with a Thai accent
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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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The Best Smoked Cocktails in Dallas

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foodbitch
Fire. And ice.
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"Mixology" has officially gotten a little out of hand. Who hasn't witnessed a mustachioed barman pour 37 different ingredients into one coupe glass divinely sprinkled with unicorn tears, rimmed in saffron dust with a sprig of hibiscus plucked by trained monkeys in Pakistan?

The point is this: Remove all the pomp and circumstance, all the flair and drama, all the smoke and mirrors -- well maybe not all the smoke, actually -- and you might just discover a new favorite cocktail with a unique flavor all its own.

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A Graphic Designer Reviews Dallas Beer Labels

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Graphic designer Jeff Barfoot
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Maybe you don't care about graphic design. Maybe the only reason you look at a beer bottle label is to see how much you'll have to drink before saying weird things to your brother's wife isn't so weird anymore. But as consumers, we should recognize that product packaging plays an important role in our buying decisions.

The New York Times recently asked Milton Glaser, the design God behind I <3 NY, to lay down the law on craft brew beer labels. His assessment of Shiner Bock's label, saying "even though it's conventional, it's memorable," got us thinking about DFW's breweries and their labels. To help us think -- because we couldn't differentiate kerning from tracking to save our glyphs -- we got Dallas' own design expert, Jeff Barfoot, to weigh in on the letted and layered competition.

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How to Have Cool Ice Balls in Your Drink without Buying a $1,000 Ice Baller

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Alice Laussade
This silicone ice mold is much cheaper than the shmancy one, and does the same thing. Faster.
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If you drink boozes, you've probably had a giant ice cube or ice sphere thrown into your beverage at a local bar. The reasoning behind using giant cubes and spheres is that giant ice melts slower, which means it won't dilute your fancy bourbon as quickly. If you're sipping bourbon, this is a nice benefit. If you're chugging Jack Daniels: high fives, chest bumps, and skip the rest of this post.

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AF+B's Cocktails Are the Real Deal

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Amy McCarthy
Who knew applejack was so great? America!
Since opening earlier this year, AF+B has been cranking out food and cocktails that are impressive enough to justify a drive to Fort Worth even if you don't have other plans. What hasn't gotten as much fanfare, though, is the restaurant's impressive (if short) cocktail menu.

In an effort to bring something different to their particularly up-and-coming corner of Fort Worth, Consilient, the management group that conceived AF+B, brought in a bartender from New York cocktail hotspot Milk and Honey to build the cocktail menu here. After a few drinks, it's clear that this was a good decision.

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Watch a Bolsa Bartender Make a Cocktail

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Catherine Downes
Last week we showed you some of our favorite summer drinks, including this stunner from Bolsa. Now, see how it's made in this video from Kathy Tran:

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The Summer Drinks of Dallas

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Soon enough the Polar Vortex will be rightfully consumed by summer and the sweat will start pooling again. When it does, douse it with one of these summer cocktails, either using the recipes below or just showing up at the bar.

Violet Beauregarde, above (Bolsa):
1 1/2 oz Tito's vodka
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
6 to 7 blueberries
2 to 3 basil laves
1 lemon wheel (muddled)
Topped with red wine


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