Spencer Shelton of Bolsa
His pick: Industry Alley
The boozy baby of Dallas bartending icon Charlie Papaceno, this low-lit bar, a stone’s throw from South Side on Lamar, is true to its name: a service industry favorite. On any given night, you can find mixology luminaries all over the joint. For the rest of us, there are great drinks, an intimate patio, and pool, pinball, and arcade games to fuel an evening.
Spencer says: “I know it’s popular within the industry (obviously), but to the normal consumer, I don’t think it gets enough cred! You have everything you love about a dive and everything you love about a cocktail bar in one place! From the smoky patio filled with familiar faces, laughing over a smoke and a Miller, to the expert bar staff, stirring up world-class cocktails, Industry Alley just feels like home.”