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Black Swan Saloon

photography by Matthew Shelley

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Black Swan Saloon


  • Best Bars (2017)
  • Readers' Choice: Best Cocktails (2013, 2012)
  • Readers' Choice: Best Bartender (2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Dallas Bar Hall of Fame (2019)


This Deep Ellum spot is the kind of place you stop in for a quick drink and never wind up leaving because of its dark, homey vibe. Owner Gabe Sanchez is a master of artisanal cocktails, and if you’re nice he’ll let you sample some if his infused-vodka concoctions, which are on display in glass containers behind the bar. (Watch out for the hot, hand-made Bloody Mary mix, though. It’ll set your mouth on fire.) If you’re looking for a quirky treat, order a Pickle Back: a shot of Jameson followed by a shot of pickle juice.

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