Food & Drink

10 Female Bartenders You Need to Know in Dallas

Courtesy of Keenan Cobb

The bartender-patron relationship is one forged over years of bar-top conversations. You can’t have the Norms and Cliffs of this world without a rock-solid Sam the bartender which, in these modern times, could very well be short for Samantha. These 10 female barkeeps around Dallas know what’s good for what ails you and go the extra mile to make you feel welcome in their home away from home.

Ryan Maddon

Where to find her: Cosmos Bar (address and info)
Specialty: Old Fashioned (large single ice cube, bourbon, crushed sugar cube, aromatic bitters)
What she’s doing when she’s not working: This jack of all trades spends her time taking acting classes and auditioning for roles, all while being active in a local volleyball league.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: She loves learning from the locals and regulars about what neighborhoods to visit while appreciating the diversity of each neighborhood.

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Susie Angeles

Where to find her: Ten Bells Tavern (address and info) & Texas Theatre (address and info)
Specialty: Susie’s specialty and what she loves giving customers is just a straight shot of Jameson. If you’re coming to see Susie, she’ll cut the bullshit and get you straight to the alcohol.
What she’s doing when she’s not working: She loves rescuing dogs and has a grand collection filled with equally creative names: Atticus Colonel Mustard Finch, Brillo Pad, Zoe Pee-Wee Pickles, and Paisley Pancakes.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: While Dallas isn’t her “home” or even remotely close culturally to the Pacific Northwest, locals in Oak Cliff have been able to make her feel accepted here.

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Where to find her: City Tavern (address and info)
Specialty: Peach Cosmo (her own special recipe that she won’t relinquish)
What she’s doing when she’s not working: My loves to hang out at local business in the Bishop Arts District or spend time thrifting or hanging out with her friends, family, and cat, Chuy.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: She loves watching the city grow and change while being among longtime friends.

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Beck Saunders

Where to find her: Sue Ellen’s (address and info)
Specialty: Dessert drinks
What she’s doing when she’s not working: Beck spends her limited time outside of work painting beautiful pieces using acrylic or mixed media. Check out Head Trip Designs to see her great work.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: “I love the culture. There’s always so much to do and somewhere to go.”

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Korin Medina

Where to find her: Inwood Tavern (address and info), The Bomb Factory (address and info), Three Links (address and info) & Club Dada (address and info)
Specialty: “I know a lot of bartenders that like to make rum punch, but I like to make a Rum Punch You Out.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: If you look at “where to find her,” you can tell that she’s stretched all over Dallas and is constantly working. The only caveat is that she enjoys being on the other side of the bar watching the shows when she has time off. She also enjoys watching Dr. Who with her pit bull Mistress “Meow” Medina.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: She loves that there is such a large spread of talent in all forms of art all around Dallas.

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Brie Underhill

Where to find her: Wit’s End (address and info)
Specialty: Making Sonic drinks, but alcoholic versions
What she’s doing when she’s not working: Brie creates illustrations with the company of her one-eyed Pekingese, Junji.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: The sense of family that there is in Deep Ellum, where everyone knows, loves, and protects each other.

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Allison “Butters” Butterworth

Where to find her: Barcadia (address and info)
Specialty: Strawberry Stoli vodka and cranberry
What she’s doing when she’s not working: When Butters isn’t working, she’s training to become a yoga instructor and traveling, or spending time with her two French bulldogs, Piggy and Phu.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: It’s those people that she’s met while bartending who have become her favorite thing about Dallas.

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Carrie Darnell

Where to find her: The Libertine (address and info)
Specialty: The Last Word
What she’s doing when she’s not working: She spends her free time traveling and going to music festivals.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: The people of Dallas.

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Stephanie Roethlisberger

Where to find her: The Blind Butcher (address and info)
Specialty: The Notary (Herman Marshall rye OR Waterloo Antique gin, green chartreuse, Cointreau, bitters)
What she’s doing when she’s not working: She loves rescuing dogs.
Her favorite thing about Dallas: The food all around Dallas.

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Brandy Butler

Where to find her: Lakewood Landing (address and info)
Specialty: “The Salty Butler. It’s really a Chocolate-Covered Pretzel. Roger, one of my partners in crime, changed the name because I’m apparently a little salty and a little sweet.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “When I’m not bartending, I am painting, digging in the dirt, traveling, binging on Netflix, or hanging out with my friends. I love supporting local music and local theatre.”
Her favorite thing about Dallas: “My favorite thing about Dallas, as self-serving as this may sound, is the Lakewood Landing. I’ve fallen in love there. I’ve fallen out of love there. I have made lifelong friends there. I have been exposed to new music, theatre, and art. It is my home away from home. There is a history there that you feel when you walk in the door. There is an ease that is not easy to find.”

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