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Black Swan Saloon

Black Swan Saloon

Dive Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Deep Ellum, Dallas
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  • Erik R.
    This is one of my favorite cocktail dives in America. Most of the drinks don't even have a name, true masters at work behind the bar creating blends based on your taste in spirits.
    Erik Rowley · June 17, 2015
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  • Eater
    Barman and owner Gabe Sanchez will always remember your drink, just tell him what you like and he'll mix you a tasty drink, from a jasmine tea-infused vodka cocktail to a pumpkin pie-esque rum drink.
    Eater · March 28, 2013
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  • Erik R.
    How often do you see watermelon, get the watermelon with mint...it doesn't officially have a name but the bartender will know and it's a stiff drink that hits the spot.
    Erik Rowley · June 17, 2015
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  • Jason K.
    One of a handful of places you can order an old fashioned and get an old fashioned done right. One of even fewer places I trust the bartender enough to say "I like whiskey, surprise me."
    Jason Kyle · June 1, 2015
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  • Dallas Foodie (.
    On my list of Best Mixology Cocktail Bars in Dallas! To get an amazing drink you must find Gabe, the owner/mixologist, then simply tell him what flavors you like. He will take it from there.
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  • Marion C.
    This place is amazing. The blueberry & strawberry infused vodkas along with the vanilla pecan bourbon were to die for. I will be going back, often.
    Marion Cipher · October 21, 2012
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  • Drew M.
    Try all the infused liquor on their own, then get creative and mix & match to make your own flavors. The possibilities are endless with the alchemists they have behind the bar.
    Drew Morales · November 4, 2012
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  • Isaiah E.
    One of the few places in Deep Ellum to drink like a grown up. My vote...Ford's gin rocks with Little Walter on the hi-fi. Plus, Gabe's the best bartender in Texas.
    Isaiah Evans · April 11, 2013
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  • Dallas Observer
    If you show up too late on a weekend night to this Deep Ellum haunt, you won't get in. The drinks are so good here guests don't leave.
    Dallas Observer · September 17, 2013
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  • Maya J.
    Looks like a dive bar but the bartenders are cocktail experts! Just tell them what you like and they'll make you something amazing.
    Maya Jimenez 😬 · June 19, 2015
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  • Penelope E.
    These guys live to make customers happy. Ask for it and you will get it! Any drink you want!!! Love this place!
    Penelope Eats · August 6, 2013
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  • CBS Local
    Your best bet is to pick from the infusions of the day and ask Gabe for a concoction based on that. - CBS DFW Read more
    CBS Local · November 1, 2011
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  • Dallas Observer
    Order a cocktail once and it's yours for life. All you have to do is walk through the door and he's already working on it.
    Dallas Observer · June 21, 2013
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  • Chris G.
    Best bar in Deep Ellum. Hands down. Tell Gabe to give you a bartender's choice. You won't be disappointed.
    Chris Grams · July 29, 2011
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  • Troy W.
    Everything here is awesome. If at first you don't succeed, try again just to make sure.
    Troy Wylder · February 10, 2011
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  • Lauren J.
    Get here early if you want to sit. Try the house infusions! Delicious!
    Lauren Jacobsen · August 14, 2013
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  • ILiveInDallas.com
    Talk to Gabe the bartender and ask for a recommendation. He's quirky, but cool.
    ILiveInDallas.com · September 4, 2012
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  • Dallas Observer
    Dallas Observer dubbed Black Swan Saloon "Best Place to Get a Crash Course in Tincutures" in 2012 for Best Best of Dallas
    Dallas Observer · January 14, 2013
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  • Jennifer K.
    I totally want to make out with their pecan vanilla bean bourbon old-fashioned.
    Jennifer Kling · January 4, 2014
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  • Alyssa A.
    Gabe is the man - infused vodkas and amazing cocktails. He can make anything!
    Alyssa Alsheimer · April 24, 2011
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  • Hector S.
    Highly knowledgeable staff, and great liquor/beer selection.
    Hector Sandoval · December 21, 2014
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  • Dallas Observer
    Looking for a kick-you-in-the-face delicious concoction? This is your place!
    Dallas Observer · January 11, 2013
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  • Vince B.
    Everything but ask for the drink "2Sip Vince" gets!
    Vince Barnhill · December 20, 2014
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  • Julie L.
    I almost hate to rate this because it's a hidden gem and I'd like to keep it to myself ;)
    Julie Lanaux · January 22
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  • Christopher K.
    Modest selection of local beers. No sign outside. Just find the address.
    Christopher Kopenec · August 20, 2014
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  • Lauren K.
    The infused whiskeys are delicious!
    Lauren Klemp · January 3, 2015
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  • Gretchen H.
    Order a Jameson shot with pickle juice back! SERIOUSLY!!!!
    Gretchen H · September 4, 2010
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  • Mack W.
    Ask for Jake, he's the best bartender in existence.
    Mack Ward · August 14, 2011
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  • Paula R.
    Must try strawberry infused drink...ask for gabe
    Paula Ramirez · May 21, 2010
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  • Chris A.
    You can't go wrong here. Best bar in town.
    Chris Apaliski · October 9, 2010
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  • Tony E.
    Gabe is the best! Make sure to try the flavored vodkas!!
    Tony Edwards · March 24, 2012
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  • G F.
    Don't try and have fun, the bartender will hassle you! :)
    G F · April 7, 2012
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  • Christine H.
    If you're in the mood for creative cocktails 🍸
    Christine Ha · March 13
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  • Jenn D.
    Gabe makes great hot toddies And gin with lots of cucumber
    Jenn Du · February 25, 2011
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  • Gretchen H.
    Have Gabe make you something infused with cucumber. YUMMY!
    Gretchen H · July 15, 2010
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  • Sarah L.
    Try the strawberry vodka. It's like an orgasm in your mouth, without the cleanup.
    Sarah Lishin · August 8, 2010
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  • Mack W.
    Order all of your drinks from Jake. Do it.
    Mack Ward · July 14, 2012
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  • Kristie A.
    Try a shot of Jameson with a pickle juice back. Yum.
    Kristie A · October 3, 2010
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  • Troy W.
    Jameson with a pickle juice back will rock your face off!!
    Troy Wylder · September 4, 2010
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  • Scott T.
    Pecan flavored 4 Roses. Get it.
    Scott Thomas · August 21, 2014
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  • Zach A.
    Bourbon pecan vanilla was greatness
    Zach Anderson · September 5, 2012
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  • Kimberly B.
    Best cocktails in Dallas, hands down.
    Kimberly Bonilla · November 25, 2015
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  • smarlss
    They put cucumber slices in their water!!
    smarlss · August 27, 2011
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  • Bo W.
    Do not ask for your drink to be spicier
    Bo Wall · September 17, 2011
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  • Mallory G.
    Get the spicy pineapple drink
    Mallory Green · January 28, 2012
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  • Jennifer A.
    Open your legs for a good swan dive!!!
    Jennifer Adams · July 25, 2010
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  • Britni L.
    Ask Jake for the Plan B! 😊
    Britni Lamb · May 25, 2015
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  • Paula R.
    Buy DUG a drink! Look for QR code on bar.
    Paula Ramirez · October 21, 2011
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  • Brotha K.
    Got a free beer for being a newbie and checking in
    Brotha K. · November 26, 2011
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  • smarlss
    Watermelon-infused vodka. So refreshing.
    smarlss · August 20, 2011
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  • Isaiah E.
    Jameson with a ginger beer back...straighten up and fly right.
    Isaiah Evans · November 19, 2012
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  • Michele T.
    Berry Bombs are orgasmic!!
    Michele Tenbush · November 21, 2010
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  • Paula R.
    You are not seeing double, Gabe's brother is his double...
    Paula Ramirez · February 26, 2012
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  • SHAGGY
    Ask beard to show u his batman utility belt
    SHAGGY · June 1, 2011
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  • Jacob W.
    Have a vanilla pecan bourbon to get going.
    Jacob Wilson · January 27, 2013
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  • Whitney F.
    "Extra special" coffee bourbon
    Whitney Filloon · May 26, 2014
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  • Shaun
    Awesome atmosphere.
    Shaun · August 3, 2011
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  • Andrea G.
    Thank god that you're at the best bar in Dallas.
    Andrea Grimes · November 24, 2012
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  • C - Fav
    Uncle Gabe's Gatorade... Try it!
    C - Fav · September 10, 2010
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  • Matt C.
    OF is the bomb
    Matt Cantu · April 6, 2013
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