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Ask the front desk for that evening's password, then head downstairs to what used to be the hotel's beauty salon. Pick up the phone in the booth, dial in the secret code, then feel very top-secret as the door swings open and you're granted entry into the stylish speakeasy. For a slightly funkier atmosphere, head to Scout and sample the wide selection of craft beers while challenging passersby to a game of ping pong or bowling.
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Tucked into the Statler Hotel, Bourbon & Banter is a cozy, happening place to enjoy a well-mixed drink. Try the Pompadour, a mix of Texas bourbon, Diplomatico Exclusiva, and vanilla tincture topped with a crunchy caramelized sugar garnish that’s ridiculously fun to break into your drink. It’s even served with a tiny hammer!
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Housed in what was once the historic Dallas hotel’s beauty salon, Bourbon & Banter is now an underground lounge and bourbon library at The Statler Dallas. Beverage Director Kyle Hilla has crafted cocktails named after popular old-fashioned hairstyles, like the Bouffant, French Twist, and Pompadour. The Buzz Cut, for example, is a bourbon cocktail that’s served in a coupe with a small dropper bottle of absinthe on the side. Drop the absinthe on your tongue before each sip.
Pick Up This Tiny Hammer to Bust Into Bourbon & Banter's Most-Instagrammed Cocktail
The most famous of the cocktails at Bourbon & Banter is the Pompadour. The hands-on cocktail begs to be destroyed with the small watch hammer that is offered up with the cocktail. Since humans are naturally destructive, we're all over this. So, suffice it to say, if any of your Snapchat friends have been to the speakeasy in the basement of The Statler, you've seen a snap of this baby being smashed.
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In charge of the entire cocktail program inside Dallas’ famous Statler Hotel, Hilla oversees the bar programs for the four food and drink destinations within the hotel. From breakfast sips at Overeasy (like a green bloody Mary, a refreshing twist on a classic) to intensely flavored, experiential cocktails at Bourbon & Banter, his imagination can do it all—and the inventive drinks look as good as they taste. The Statler's basement speakeasy requires a password, and
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Outside: A wood-paneled wall opposite a phone booth in the subterranean level of the Statler hotel.
Inside: A den of mirrored swank, open nightly, where Kyle Hilla's playful cocktails keep a mix of hotel guests and locals entertained. On weekends, it's more of a club, but the time to go is on a weeknight, when you can punch a code on the adjacent phone and swing that wood-paneled wall open yourself for hairstyle-themed creations like the Pompadour, a variation on an Old-Fashioned whose brûlée cap requires the tap of a small hammer (provided) to enjoy.
the cocktails at the statler's New speakeasy, bourbon & banter, are totally over the top
It's only been open a couple of weeks, but B&B is already a bit famous for its Pompadour, a bourbon cocktail with a brûléed garnish that needs to be broken in order to take a sip. But the rest of the cocktail menu is equally over the top.
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Downtown Dallas' iconic Statler Hotel, which is under renovation, will open this fall with a flexible venue space and five new restaurants and bars, headed up by local chef Graham Dodds. The development has partnered with Dallas-based Epic F&B, LLC to concept and operate all hotel food service, including managing the restaurants, bars, catering, ballroom/event space, and room service.
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The iconic hotel that opened as the Statler Hilton in 1956 is making a dramatic comeback. And so is Chef Graham Dodds.