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Black Swan Saloon

Black Swan Saloon

Dive Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Deep Ellum, Dallas
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  • Eater
    EaterMarch 28, 2013
    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.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KyleJune 1, 2015
    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."
    Upvoted Nov 3
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJune 17, 2015
    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 R.
    Erik RowleyJune 17, 2015
    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.
  • Marion C.
    Marion CipherOctober 21, 2012
    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.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MoralesNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Dallas Observer
    Dallas ObserverSeptember 17, 2013
    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.
  • Isaiah E.
    Isaiah EvansApril 11, 2013
    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.
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬June 19, 2015
    Looks like a dive bar but the bartenders are cocktail experts! Just tell them what you like and they'll make you something amazing.
  • Penelope E.
    Penelope EatsAugust 6, 2013
    These guys live to make customers happy. Ask for it and you will get it! Any drink you want!!! Love this place!
  • Dallas Observer
    Dallas ObserverJune 21, 2013
    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.
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalNovember 1, 2011
    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
  • Chris G.
    Chris GramsJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best bar in Deep Ellum. Hands down. Tell Gabe to give you a bartender's choice. You won't be disappointed.
  • Lauren J.
    Lauren JacobsenAugust 14, 2013
    Get here early if you want to sit. Try the house infusions! Delicious!
  • ILiveInDallas.com
    ILiveInDallas.comSeptember 4, 2012
    Talk to Gabe the bartender and ask for a recommendation. He's quirky, but cool.
  • Troy W.
    Troy WylderFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Everything here is awesome. If at first you don't succeed, try again just to make sure.
  • Dallas Observer
    Dallas ObserverJanuary 11, 2013
    Looking for a kick-you-in-the-face delicious concoction? This is your place!
  • Dallas Observer
    Dallas ObserverJanuary 14, 2013
    Dallas Observer dubbed Black Swan Saloon "Best Place to Get a Crash Course in Tincutures" in 2012 for Best Best of Dallas
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KlingJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I totally want to make out with their pecan vanilla bean bourbon old-fashioned.
  • Hector S.
    Hector SandovalDecember 21, 2014
    Highly knowledgeable staff, and great liquor/beer selection.
  • Alyssa A.
    Alyssa AlsheimerApril 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gabe is the man - infused vodkas and amazing cocktails. He can make anything!
  • Vince B.
    Vince BarnhillDecember 20, 2014
    Everything but ask for the drink "2Sip Vince" gets!
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KlempJanuary 3, 2015
    The infused whiskeys are delicious!
  • Julie L.
    Julie LanauxJanuary 22
    I almost hate to rate this because it's a hidden gem and I'd like to keep it to myself ;)
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 13
    If you're in the mood for creative cocktails 🍸
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KopenecAugust 20, 2014
    Modest selection of local beers. No sign outside. Just find the address.
  • Tony E.
    Tony EdwardsMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Gabe is the best! Make sure to try the flavored vodkas!!
  • Mack W.
    Mack WardJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order all of your drinks from Jake. Do it.
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DuFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gabe makes great hot toddies And gin with lots of cucumber
  • Mack W.
    Mack WardAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Jake, he's the best bartender in existence.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BonillaNovember 25, 2015
    Best cocktails in Dallas, hands down.
  • G F.
    G FApril 7, 2012
    Don't try and have fun, the bartender will hassle you! :)
  • Britni L.
    Britni LambMay 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask Jake for the Plan B! 😊
  • Zach A.
    Zach AndersonSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bourbon pecan vanilla was greatness
  • Scott T.
    Scott ThomasAugust 21, 2014
    Pecan flavored 4 Roses. Get it.
  • Chris A.
    Chris ApaliskiOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong here. Best bar in town.
  • Mallory G.
    Mallory GreenJanuary 28, 2012
    Get the spicy pineapple drink
  • Gretchen H.
    Gretchen HSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Order a Jameson shot with pickle juice back! SERIOUSLY!!!!
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GrimesNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Thank god that you're at the best bar in Dallas.
  • Troy W.
    Troy WylderSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Jameson with a pickle juice back will rock your face off!!
  • Gretchen H.
    Gretchen HJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Have Gabe make you something infused with cucumber. YUMMY!
  • Paula R.
    Paula RamirezOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Buy DUG a drink! Look for QR code on bar.
  • Isaiah E.
    Isaiah EvansNovember 19, 2012
    Jameson with a ginger beer back...straighten up and fly right.
  • Brotha K.
    Brotha K.November 26, 2011
    Got a free beer for being a newbie and checking in
  • smarlss
    smarlssAugust 27, 2011
    They put cucumber slices in their water!!
  • smarlss
    smarlssAugust 20, 2011
    Watermelon-infused vodka. So refreshing.
  • Kristie A.
    Kristie AOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try a shot of Jameson with a pickle juice back. Yum.
  • Paula R.
    Paula RamirezMay 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Must try strawberry infused drink...ask for gabe
  • Jacob W.
    Jacob WilsonJanuary 27, 2013
    Have a vanilla pecan bourbon to get going.
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