Food & Drink

Real boozers don't drink automatic

Published On 03/29/2012 Published On 03/29/2012

Tomorrow night, the folks behind Sfuzzi soft-open The Standard Pour, a brick-walled testament to anti-Prohibitionist sentiment centered around an imposing, Edison-lit wooden bar backed by industrial-metal liquor shelves and chalkboard specials, Chalke-bored specials being "actually sexing Zach Braff". They've tapped Bar Belmont's Brian McCullough to fill out cocktails including:

Founding Fathers: It's a cinematic crime that at no point in HBO's John Adams did Paul Giamatti plow through Manhattans, Mint Juleps, Sazeracs, Trolley Cars, and a drink called "The Standard Pour", with rye, house vermouth, Benedictine, and root beer & orange bitters.

Sours & Fizzes: Get fizzy with the Ruby's Kiss (rosemary-infused gin, strawberries, rhubarb bitters, egg white, sugar cube, rose sparkling), or sour (in a good way) on the Blood Orange Bourbon, with Maker's, blood orange bitters & puree, lemon, simple syrup, and egg white (good old Betty: still funny, still ovulating).

Swizzles & "Big & Bold": Reel in an Old Man and the Sea (rum, grapefruit, house & orange bitters...), go vigilante on an Oswald (Bulleit rye, Disaronno, flamed & bitter-treated orange wedge), or lie down with the mezcal, Stone Pine, Cointreau, Angostura, absinthe mist & burnt rosemary Gringo in a Pine Box.

They're also running a wildly ambitious food program, trotting out strange stomach-fellows like poblano-jellied lobster nachos, Budin Azteca (queso fresco, chicken, mango), the Cab Burger (served on challah w/ a quail egg), and pho -- a noodley reminder that any government that prohibits you from drinking is not your friend.

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1. The Standard Pour 2900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

This place is anything but standard, serving an outstanding variety of liquors, cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as delightful food options like their thyme and garlic chicken, lamb ravioli, and lobster nachos.