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10 Must-Order Old Fashioneds in Dallas

From iconic cocktail bars to cozy French bistros

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Whiskey, a couple of dashes of bitters, a swath of orange peel, and a whisper of sweetness: these four simple components combine to make one of the world’s best cocktails, the Old Fashioned. But when crafted with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon known for its charred oak smokiness, warm spiciness, and a long toasty finish, the cocktail becomes something even greater than the sum of its parts.

Old Fashioneds are Elijah Craig’s signature cocktail for a reason. In fact, they even created their own Old Fashioned Week (from October 14 to October 23), to celebrate the classic cocktail and benefit the Southern Smoke Foundation: a crisis relief organization that provides a safety net for food and beverage industry workers nationwide. This fall, celebrate Old Fashioned Week at some of our favorite Dallas bars and restaurants below (and find more participating bars at oldfashionedweek.com).

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Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection

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After a day of wine tasting in historic Grapevine, head to Hotel Vin’s Bacchus Kitchen & Bar and ask for an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned and a 20-ounce Cowboy Ribeye with herb butter and potato purée. While the chef prepares your main course, your bartender will stir together Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Angostura and orange bitters, and a little simple syrup before pouring it all over an ice cube. Taste it on its own, then see how the flavors develop and work their magic with that hearty slab of Texas beef.

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If your plans for the night include a big game or concert, Hero in Victory Park makes for the perfect drink destination. Choose from one of six bars in the 24,000-square-foot wonderland of arcade games and giant TVs, and place your order. Ask your bartender or server to make an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned and you’ll get an uncomplicated rendition with bitters and an autumn spice-infused simple syrup. Marry it with an appetizer of smoky carrot hummus with grilled pita bread for a light snack any time of day.  

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

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Whiskey Cake got its start in Plano in 2010 and has been a haven for whiskey lovers ever since. Order an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned. They’ll stir the bourbon with house-made simple syrup and two dashes of Angostura bitters before straining it over Hoshizaki triple-filtered ice and serving it up with an expressed orange peel. Try the cocktail with a brined pork chop and see how the fat content buffers the high proof of the spirit. 

Bar Eden Lounge at Paradiso

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To celebrate Old Fashioned Week, Bar Eden will make a special version of “It Never Ends,” a popcorn-infused Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon. The whiskey is fat-washed with brown butter, maize, salted popcorn, and nutritional yeast that’s frozen and then strained the next day for a complex blend of flavors. That mixture then becomes the foundation for the cocktail, mixed with Demerara sugar and a blend of Angostura and barrel-aged bitters. The drink is served over a large ice cube with a side of popcorn for a little snack. And when it’s not Old Fashioned Week, you can always order a classic Elijah Craig Old Fashioned with a healthy dose of Angostura bitters alongside Bar Eden’s beef tartare.

Lovers Seafood & Market

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With some of the freshest fish in Texas, Lovers Seafood has become a favorite for anyone seeking out a superb meal without any pretense. Ask your server for an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned, and you’ll be rewarded with an effortless creation made with orange and Angostura bitters, fresh orange peel, and Howard and Son’s ice. But the real joy comes when you pair it with the halibut and quinoa risotto. Seafood and Old Fashioneds may seem like a surprising combination, but the whiskey cuts through the richness of the risotto and creates a whole new appreciation for both the fish and the bourbon.

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The Built By Billy signature Old Fashioned features a 2-ounce pour of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, a little simple syrup, a few dashes of Angostura bitters, and an orange peel garnish over a large, clear Howard and Son’s block of ice. No matter when you head into Billy Can Can, sip on the cocktail with either the Texas venison tartare or a long-bone, whisky-brined pork chop.

Parliament

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This iconic Uptown craft cocktail bar doesn’t serve food, so head here for a drink or two before dinner or a nightcap afterward. The namesake Parliament Old Fashioned features two ounces of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, one sugar cube, four dashes of Angostura bitters, and an orange peel served in a double rocks glass. You can also order the Pecan Buttered Old Fashioned with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon that’s infused for five days with toasted pecans, cinnamon, allspice, anise, and clove candy — all fat washed with butter, strained, diluted, and served on a 2x2 cube with walnut bitters.

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Knox Bistro

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Be transported to Paris the moment you walk through the doors at Knox Bistro, where chefs Bruno Davaillon and Michael Ehlert create classically-inspired French masterpieces. Ask for an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned and you’ll experience a nuanced blend of bourbon, Demerara sugar, and orange and Angostura bitters, served over a clear ice block. The classic cocktail also comes with a twist, as it's finished with a spritz of housemade orange perfume and a spiked orange peel. Pair the drink with the canard à l’orange: a roasted aged duck breast served with caramelized endive and a delicate orange sauce that brings out every element of the Old Fashioned.

Asian influences leap from the food list to the cocktail menu at this cozy cafe in Old East Dallas. Their signature Old Fashioned begins with the finest Kold Draft ice and Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon stirred in a Yari, or Japanese mixing glass, with house made clementine ginger syrup and four dashes of Angostura bitters. Finally, it’s strained over a logo-stamped ice cube and topped with an orange peel. It goes well with any of the restaurant’s heavier dishes, but the bartenders recommend trying it with Alice’s thick and juicy porterhouse table steak.

Alamo Club

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Lowest Greenville is one of Dallas’ most-loved drinking districts with many bars serving everything from cold beer to quick mixed drinks. But if you’re in the mood for a carefully executed cocktail, the rustic Alamo Club is the place to go for a satisfying Crockett Old Fashioned. Made with a trifecta of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, sugar, and Angostura bitters, it’s a straightforward classic interpretation that goes great with the short rib pappardelle or the steak frites featuring a 28-day, wet-aged strip with peppercorn sauce.

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Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection

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After a day of wine tasting in historic Grapevine, head to Hotel Vin’s Bacchus Kitchen & Bar and ask for an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned and a 20-ounce Cowboy Ribeye with herb butter and potato purée. While the chef prepares your main course, your bartender will stir together Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Angostura and orange bitters, and a little simple syrup before pouring it all over an ice cube. Taste it on its own, then see how the flavors develop and work their magic with that hearty slab of Texas beef.

Courtesy of Hotel Vin

Hero

If your plans for the night include a big game or concert, Hero in Victory Park makes for the perfect drink destination. Choose from one of six bars in the 24,000-square-foot wonderland of arcade games and giant TVs, and place your order. Ask your bartender or server to make an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned and you’ll get an uncomplicated rendition with bitters and an autumn spice-infused simple syrup. Marry it with an appetizer of smoky carrot hummus with grilled pita bread for a light snack any time of day.  

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

Whiskey Cake got its start in Plano in 2010 and has been a haven for whiskey lovers ever since. Order an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned. They’ll stir the bourbon with house-made simple syrup and two dashes of Angostura bitters before straining it over Hoshizaki triple-filtered ice and serving it up with an expressed orange peel. Try the cocktail with a brined pork chop and see how the fat content buffers the high proof of the spirit. 

Bar Eden Lounge at Paradiso

To celebrate Old Fashioned Week, Bar Eden will make a special version of “It Never Ends,” a popcorn-infused Old Fashioned made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon. The whiskey is fat-washed with brown butter, maize, salted popcorn, and nutritional yeast that’s frozen and then strained the next day for a complex blend of flavors. That mixture then becomes the foundation for the cocktail, mixed with Demerara sugar and a blend of Angostura and barrel-aged bitters. The drink is served over a large ice cube with a side of popcorn for a little snack. And when it’s not Old Fashioned Week, you can always order a classic Elijah Craig Old Fashioned with a healthy dose of Angostura bitters alongside Bar Eden’s beef tartare.

Lovers Seafood & Market

With some of the freshest fish in Texas, Lovers Seafood has become a favorite for anyone seeking out a superb meal without any pretense. Ask your server for an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned, and you’ll be rewarded with an effortless creation made with orange and Angostura bitters, fresh orange peel, and Howard and Son’s ice. But the real joy comes when you pair it with the halibut and quinoa risotto. Seafood and Old Fashioneds may seem like a surprising combination, but the whiskey cuts through the richness of the risotto and creates a whole new appreciation for both the fish and the bourbon.

Billy Can Can

The Built By Billy signature Old Fashioned features a 2-ounce pour of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, a little simple syrup, a few dashes of Angostura bitters, and an orange peel garnish over a large, clear Howard and Son’s block of ice. No matter when you head into Billy Can Can, sip on the cocktail with either the Texas venison tartare or a long-bone, whisky-brined pork chop.

Parliament

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This iconic Uptown craft cocktail bar doesn’t serve food, so head here for a drink or two before dinner or a nightcap afterward. The namesake Parliament Old Fashioned features two ounces of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, one sugar cube, four dashes of Angostura bitters, and an orange peel served in a double rocks glass. You can also order the Pecan Buttered Old Fashioned with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon that’s infused for five days with toasted pecans, cinnamon, allspice, anise, and clove candy — all fat washed with butter, strained, diluted, and served on a 2x2 cube with walnut bitters.

Courtesy of Parliament

Knox Bistro

Be transported to Paris the moment you walk through the doors at Knox Bistro, where chefs Bruno Davaillon and Michael Ehlert create classically-inspired French masterpieces. Ask for an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned and you’ll experience a nuanced blend of bourbon, Demerara sugar, and orange and Angostura bitters, served over a clear ice block. The classic cocktail also comes with a twist, as it's finished with a spritz of housemade orange perfume and a spiked orange peel. Pair the drink with the canard à l’orange: a roasted aged duck breast served with caramelized endive and a delicate orange sauce that brings out every element of the Old Fashioned.

Alice

Asian influences leap from the food list to the cocktail menu at this cozy cafe in Old East Dallas. Their signature Old Fashioned begins with the finest Kold Draft ice and Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon stirred in a Yari, or Japanese mixing glass, with house made clementine ginger syrup and four dashes of Angostura bitters. Finally, it’s strained over a logo-stamped ice cube and topped with an orange peel. It goes well with any of the restaurant’s heavier dishes, but the bartenders recommend trying it with Alice’s thick and juicy porterhouse table steak.

Alamo Club

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Lowest Greenville is one of Dallas’ most-loved drinking districts with many bars serving everything from cold beer to quick mixed drinks. But if you’re in the mood for a carefully executed cocktail, the rustic Alamo Club is the place to go for a satisfying Crockett Old Fashioned. Made with a trifecta of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, sugar, and Angostura bitters, it’s a straightforward classic interpretation that goes great with the short rib pappardelle or the steak frites featuring a 28-day, wet-aged strip with peppercorn sauce.

Courtesy of Alamo Club

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