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Downtown Dallas' Best Nightlife: It may not be in a secret location, but the Joule Hotel's posh subterranean hideout has all the makings of a sultry speakeasy--from its arched ceilings and wood paneled walls to vintage light fixtures and plush leather sofas. As for drinks, the cocktail menu is filled with an extensive selection of elaborately mastered concoctions, ranging from shots of wheat vodka, sherry and beef stock to aromatic potions made of spiced bourbon, stone fruit and Creole Bitters. There's a limited selection of gourmet goodies available from the bar or food can be ordered from CBD Provisions upstairs. And on Thursdays and Sundays, a DJ drops in to spin '60s and '70s hits from the lounge's expansive vinyl collection.

Best Nightlife: Prohibition chic meets twenty-first-century cool at this intimate subterranean hideout in the Joule Hotel. Equally dazzling are the neo-classical craft cocktails, which have been conceived by two of the country's top mixologists, Chad Solomon and Christy Pope, owners of New York's famed beverage consulting company, Cuffs & Buttons. The beverage menu runs the gamut from re-imagined classics to modernist inventions (think wheat vodka, sherry, lime juice and beef broth infused with roasted ginger, anise and cardamom), punches, housemade sodas and everything in-between. They also serve a tempting selection of bar food (courtesy of CBD Provisions upstairs) should you find yourself in need of something substantial to soak up the booze. And on Thursdays and Sundays, a DJ drops in to spin '60s and '70s hits from the lounge's expansive vinyl collection. Be warned that it can be hard to find a space here (especially on weekends), and they don't take reservations. But it's worth it.


The Joule Hotel
Dallas, TX 75201


Expert Tips by Ilene Jacobs

Dallas Local Expert

Downtown Dallas' Best Nightlife, Best Nightlife: "Drop by for Twine Time-- Monday through Friday-- from 5-8 p.m. to take advantage of specials on cocktails and assorted nibbles."

Best for Downtown Dallas' Best Nightlife, Best Nightlife Because: Midnight Rambler is an uber-cool subterranean drinking den boasting some of the most inventive cocktails in town.