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Black Swan Saloon

Black Swan Saloon

Dive Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Deep Ellum, Dallas
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  • Isaiah E.
    "Jameson with a ginger beer back...straighten up and fly right."(4 Tips)
    Andrea G.
    "Thank god that you're at the best bar in Dallas."(2 Tips)
    Marion C.
    "... vodkas along with the vanilla pecan bourbon were to die for. I will be going back,..."(2 Tips)
    Alyssa A.
    "Gabe is the man - infused vodkas and amazing cocktails."(2 Tips)
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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."
  • Christopher P.
    Eclectic bar with skilled oncologists ready to make anything to your heart's desire. I recommend choosing your cocktail based off the fruit infused alcohols in large clear containers. Delish!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dallas Observer
    Dallas ObserverJanuary 11, 2013
    Looking for a kick-you-in-the-face delicious concoction? This is your place!
  • 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 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.
  • 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!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaMarch 13, 2016
    If you're in the mood for creative cocktails 🍸
  • Julie L.
    Julie LanauxJanuary 22, 2016
    I almost hate to rate this because it's a hidden gem and I'd like to keep it to myself ;)
  • Alyssa A.
    Alyssa AlsheimerApril 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gabe is the man - infused vodkas and amazing cocktails. He can make anything!
  • 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.
  • Jim D.
    Jim Duong6 days ago
    Try an old fashioned w/ the pineapple rum
  • 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! 😊
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DuFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gabe makes great hot toddies And gin with lots of cucumber
  • Zach A.
    Zach AndersonSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bourbon pecan vanilla was greatness
  • Mack W.
    Mack WardAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Jake, he's the best bartender in existence.
  • Scott T.
    Scott ThomasAugust 21, 2014
    Pecan flavored 4 Roses. Get it.
  • Mallory G.
    Mallory GreenJanuary 28, 2012
    Get the spicy pineapple drink
  • Chris A.
    Chris ApaliskiOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong here. Best bar in town.
  • 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.
  • Isaiah E.
    Isaiah EvansNovember 19, 2012
    Jameson with a ginger beer back...straighten up and fly right.
  • Troy W.
    Troy WylderSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Jameson with a pickle juice back will rock your face off!!
  • Paula R.
    Paula RamirezOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Buy DUG a drink! Look for QR code on bar.
  • Gretchen H.
    Gretchen HJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Have Gabe make you something infused with cucumber. YUMMY!
  • Matt C.
    Matt CantuApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    OF is the bomb
  • Brotha K.
    Brotha K.November 26, 2011
    Got a free beer for being a newbie and checking in
  • smarlss
    smarlssAugust 20, 2011
    Watermelon-infused vodka. So refreshing.
  • smarlss
    smarlssAugust 27, 2011
    They put cucumber slices in their water!!
  • Kristie A.
    Kristie AOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try a shot of Jameson with a pickle juice back. Yum.
  • Jacob W.
    Jacob WilsonJanuary 27, 2013
    Have a vanilla pecan bourbon to get going.
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FilloonMay 26, 2014
    "Extra special" coffee bourbon
  • Paula R.
    Paula RamirezMay 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Must try strawberry infused drink...ask for gabe
  • Bo W.
    Bo WallSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not ask for your drink to be spicier
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LishinAugust 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the strawberry vodka. It's like an orgasm in your mouth, without the cleanup.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AdamsJuly 25, 2010
    Open your legs for a good swan dive!!!
  • Paula R.
    Paula RamirezFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    You are not seeing double, Gabe's brother is his double...
  • Michele T.
    Michele TenbushNovember 21, 2010
    Berry Bombs are orgasmic!!
  • Shaun
    ShaunAugust 3, 2011
    Awesome atmosphere.
  • SHAGGY
    SHAGGYJune 1, 2011
    Ask beard to show u his batman utility belt
  • C - Fav
    C - FavSeptember 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Uncle Gabe's Gatorade... Try it!
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