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Gin is having a moment; a “ginaissance,” if you will. And while you’ll find this botanical spirit in many different cocktails, there’s just something about an ice-cold gin & tonic - especially when it’s made with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.
To celebrate the hopeful spring season and support local bars and restaurants as they rebuild for the future, The Botanist is donating $5 to the Independent Restaurant Coalition for every Botanist & Tonic sold during April and May, up to a total donation of $25,000. Kicking off on National Gin & Tonic Day on April 9, here are some participating locations to find a Botanist & Tonic in Dallas.
Los Vaqueros Stockyards
After a day at the Stockyards, nothing quite hits the spot like some Tex-Mex, a good cocktail, and live music. Los Vaqueros is a Fort Worth institution where they’ve been serving family recipes for almost 40 years. Whether you’re seated indoors or outside in the gardens, you’ll definitely feel like unwinding at this laid-back restaurant.
Gin and tonics and rooftop views (yes, including the sunset) pretty much go hand in hand, which is just one of the reasons why we love HG Sply Co. There are fans during the summer and fireplaces during the winter, making pretty much anytime a good time for cocktails and paleo-inspired bites.
Just across from American Airlines Center in Victory Park is Hero, a massive bar and restaurant with plenty of seating options, classic arcade games, and a 24-foot TV. Because everything really is bigger in Texas. Hero also has three full-service bars, so rest assured it won’t be too difficult to get your hands on a Botanist & Tonic.
Standard Service is from the same people as HG Sply Co., with a focus on high quality, local ingredients. Think Texas staples like chicken fried chicken and steak enchiladas, served on a patio or in their open air space that’s perfect when the weather is right, which luckily is most of the time in Dallas.
You’ve probably seen a tableside dessert cart once or twice in your life, but a tableside cocktail cart? Enter Royal 38 at The Union in Uptown. The list of signature drinks is extensive and the menu is broken down by mood. Tonics are made in house and hand-carbonated to order, so yeah, definitely order a Botanist & Tonic here.
Leela’s Wine Bar
Wine bars are great, but they’re even better when they have a cocktail list too. Come to Leela’s for a happy hour meat and cheese board or brunch on the weekend. After brunch you can head upstairs to ABV Establishment, a chic dimly lit craft cocktail lounge.
No, Botanist in Bishop Arts wasn’t named after the gin, but maybe it should be. It’s tucked away in a garden and feels more like Europe than Dallas thanks to the antique furniture and crystal chandeliers. The menu is small and ingredients are all locally sourced and seasonal, making it ideal to pair with a Botanist & Tonic.
Bishop Arts’ newest addition is The Trove, a cocktail lounge, tapas bar, and jewelry store. The space is light and bright with a white marble bar and jewel-toned velvet furniture. There’s a strong possibility that after a few cocktails you could be leaving with some one-of-a-kind jewelry sourced from artisans in Mexico.
If you find yourself in Fort Worth (it happens), it’s worth visiting The Usual, which claims to be the first craft cocktail bar in North Texas. The design is modern and minimalist (think light woods and stained concrete floors) but comfortable. And most importantly, the drinks have been consistently good since 2009.
Maplewood is perfect for meeting, eating, and drinking and feels as comfortable as being in your own home. That is if your home has custom-made furniture, multiple televisions, a state-of-the-art sound system and a patio. What’s the catch, you ask? Maplewood is a private social club and membership is by-invitation only.
Lovers Seafood And Market
Right in the middle of Dallas is Lovers Seafood & Market, a great spot to either eat or shop for fresh seafood. Regardless of why you’re there, you should stop and enjoy a drink on the patio, where there’s often live music.