The drinks are simply incredible,
The drinks are simply incredible, but I guess someone is going to have to explain to me how a bar that can only produce 20 cocktails an hour is a profitable business proposition. Nevertheless, I hope it stays open for a long time, because it's a great experience.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very interesting concept. Our bartender/ waiter was very attentive and brought my boyfriend and I creative, delicious cocktails. I gave a low rating on food because there is no food on the menu-- wasn't sure how to get around that! Was a great experience for a few drinks. Would go back for a special night out.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service we experienced from Omar was immaculate. He was very helpful and friendly and the drinks he prepared for my fiancee and I were perfectly prepared to our description and liking. The amuse-bouche was even delectable!
I cannot wait to see how this gem advances and adapts.
3/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Drinks were creatively made
Drinks were creatively made to march each individuals unique style and taste preference. Such a fun place- I hope they keep the unique one on one experience that you can't get anywhere else. We had an awesome time!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The drinks are uniquely prepared
The drinks are uniquely prepared for each person according to their likes, which is a very neat approach. There is no drink menu. The drinks are superb, but it is like stepping back in time. The decor is very simple 70s, which is cool and different, but at the same time it lacks anything interesting to look at since the walls are bare. This is a great spot to grab a drink with a small group, but keep it to that only. It is not a spot where you can meet and mingle. It is very relaxed and you can expect about a drink an hour. There is no food at this time.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Establishment is not really
The Establishment is not really a restaurant. Not yet at least. Right now it is the OpenTable 'name' for Bar Smythe. Bar Smythe is a speakeasy that only serves cocktails. Hi-quality drinks. Skilled bartenders. Only complaint is that they still have to work to improve efficiency. Takes too long for them to get back around to your table to offer a second round. I would go back though.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Made a reservation via OpenTable
Made a reservation via OpenTable for 9:15 pm. We were not let in the door until about 9:45 pm. And then we were not seated until 10 pm. The scheduling of reservations needs to be changed, and they need to offer some seating outside or in the hallway. The bartenders and the drinks were fabulous. While I loved the drinks and atmosphere, the front of house service (i.e. seating, timing, etc) needs work. Food rating is for the drinks.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
So glad to see a bar like this in Dallas! Make a reservation, sit back and have some of the best cocktails around!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I thought it was prohibition
An extraordinary place. Cocktails only. The staff (I don't have a better word!) determine your mood and then craft something to fit. They did it beautifully!
Finding the place is difficult, entering is difficult. All deliberate and all edgy. Makes you feel that you are doing something a little bit naughty. And well you might!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic! Wonderful drinks in an atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation. I sincerely hope that this place keeps the hard door and doesn't cave to the "Dallas" scene. They could increase the price of the drinks if necessary. For the quality the drinks are a bargain. BTW, the "food" wasn't poor...there isn't any and the site makes you rate it.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
best drinks in town
Don't go in expecting your run of the mill bar drinks that you find for $3 at a dive bar happy hour. This place is classy without being stuffy. The bartenders are gracious hosts that make drinks to fit your palate. I have been 3 times and have never been disappointed.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reservations Required-Thank God!!!
I hate that Uptown looooooves to 'attempt' exclusivity, but this is the one time I must admit to being on board. It made the experience so much better. We were a group of friends, all guys, and just wanted to hang and be guys. Not wait in some ridiculous line with a ridiculous crowd. This was the perfect place. We had a reservation and they were ready for us when we arrived. We had a semi-private seating area, but even the other group didn't seem to be at odds with us as far as space or volume. The service was friendly, prompt, attentive and efficient. The knowledge and creativity of the mixologist was quite impressive. We were able to chill out for as long as we needed, and no rush to finish. BTW get the "Punch Bowl"
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Establishment is a very unique, one of kind spot in Dallas. The location is slightly hidden and makes you feel like you are entering into an prohibition era speakeasy. The staff was great, the bartenders were amazing and what is unique and interesting about the place is they come up and ask you about your taste preferences, likes and dislikes, etc. and create a drink for you based on your answers. The presentation is great and atmosphere is nice. Would highly recommend going to enjoy the experience.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stepping into another time...
Walking into this place was just like stepping straight into the 60's! It was a wonderful find. It's a little confusing the first time you go there, simply because it is very different from most other bars. They have no menus, and instead the bartender comes to talk about what kinds of things you like and makes your own unique drink based off of that. The drinks as a result are kind of pricey, but definitely worth it! They were fantastic. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to hang out and have a few drinks. Don't forget to make a reservation though, or you won't be allowed inside!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Am I in Dallas?
Step back in time and to another place far away from Dallas! This place is great for drinks, people watching and an amazing way to end the night. Drinks are a bit more than at other nice upscale bars but it is so worth it! The decor is 1960's minimalistic chic
mixed with modern accents. Love, love, love this place. You want to impress someone on a first date? COME HERE!!!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique and creative!
Went to the establishment for the first time and loved it! The service was very attentive, with both the host and the bartenders circling around frequently to ask if we needed anything. Great decor and not too dark, and the carpets definitely help to quiet down the noise level. The drinks were fantastic (that's what my "food" rating is for- no food yet) and always something different. Great place for a date or for a quiet get together with friends, will definitely be returning!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Note: This review is technically for Bay Smyth, the accompanying bar to The Establishment.
I enjoyed the personalized service shown by the bar tenders. They questioned both of us on our palates then took things from there. The drinks they came up with were great, but expensive at $15 each not that I expected anything different; one comes here for the experience, not merely the drinks, and that's what you are paying for.
The atmosphere and ambiance was also very pleasing. Low lighting with the bar slightly brighter made for delightful views.
My only complaint was that it took maybe 20-30 minutes for the bar tender to get to us initially, and the bar was only half full. An extra serving of the appetizer would have been appreciated.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here with a girlfriend
Came here with a girlfriend and we really enjoyed ourselves. We both had 2 drinks and our bartender/mixologist did an outstanding job of matching our tastes. It was also interesting to watch the mixologists work their magic at the bar. I liked that we had a table "reserved" just for us.... My name was on a placecard! The music wasn't too loud and though more patrons started to show the noise level didn't seem to increase too much. It does take some time for the drinks to be made but honestly I wasn't timing it and I didn't feel like we were waiting on unreasonable amount of time. I will definitely be returning!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a look
Friendly, attentive, knowledgable staff...check
Unique for Dallas...check
I did not have any food at Smyth. Don't believe there is a menu. Gave 5 stars, anyway, rather than none for that.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Smyth is a great club!
Had a great time at Smyth. Reservations a must and be prepared! The bartenders are true mixologist! Place has a great vibe!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Josh and Omar are outdoing themselves each and every night with every single cocktail. Go-go now-but not all the time or I can't go.
Who knew a mescal cocktail could be so good? It is good to learn something everyday. Can't wait to see what I love next!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent drinks. A tad pretentious
I took friends from out of town to Smyth. I had been twice before. We had a reservation for 9:30p and asked to come in at 9p. We were turned away and told to come back at 9:30p. This was somewhat annoying, but I guess they try to keep the standing crowd at a minimum. The whole "must use the buzzer and adhere strictly to the reservation" schtick comes off a bit pretentious at times. The drinks are excellent though, so that mostly makes up for the snootiness. Our first bartender was far too pushy and sniped at my friend. Our second bartender (Omar) was a delight. He was easy-going but efficiently guided us through the ordering process. I'd suggest they ask when ordering if you have any allergies.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time as always! Thanks everyone for a wonderful evening.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
First experience, major success!
I hadn't heard of this place until recently, but after hearing the concept, I checked OpenTable for the next available reservation. To my surprise, we had to wait like 3 weeks to go at a time that fit our schedule. The day finally arrived and I'd say the consensus was unanimous, we loved it! The thrill of pressing the intercom to get "buzzed" in started us off on a high! Everything from the decor, to the friendly greeter, to the presentation of our made to order cocktails was on point! The mixologist, if you may, took our typical drink of choice and carefully concocted one of the best beverages I'd ever had. I give this place 5 stars and will definitely be visiting again very soon!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
For the Cocktail Adventuous
If your a Bud Light, rum and Coke, vodka and 7 type, don't bother.
But if you was to explore the vast universe that is the "cocktail",
this is a good place to be.
In a hurry? Stay away. Even on a slow Thursday night, service was
slow. Craft cocktails take time and the bartenders will lovingly
work their magic for you but that takes time. You will not be rushed
but neither will they.
Feel secure, you probably will not be raided in this throwback Speakeasy.
Note: No food is served.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best cocktails. No pressure.
Best cocktails. No pressure. Must have reservation. No food (but open table requires a food review. 0 stars because no food but 5 star for the piece of fruit in the drink?)
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were still talking about this place days afterwards. Maté our mixologist served us 3 rounds at by request very different styles of cocktails and we were not disappointed. If you enjoy your cocktails and are prepared to have something that is not menu based then this is your place for sure. The atmosphere is great and they certainly make you feel special.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cool Kids Club
Getting into the bar makes you feel like you've been initiated in a secret society. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and patient with helping you decide on a drink. Super cool vibe. Good music, but not too loud. Very relaxing. Oh, and the drinks were perfect.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best cocktails in Dallas!
I love the ambiance here and Josh is a great bartender! He made our anniversary a memorable experience by selecting cocktails that my partner and I both loved. We will definitely be back!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this place
I heard about this place from a friend and decided to go ahead and make a reservation. My boyfriend was visiting from out of town, and I thought it would be a fun place to take him. I had no idea what to expect. We showed up and buzzed in and were immediately greeted by an extremely friendly man who showed us our seats. We at in a u-shaped booth facing the bar, which was incredible. The bartenders were so nice and everything we drank was absolutely delicious and inventive. It was an overall fabulous experience.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Omar et al are fantastic bartenders. Their dedication to the craft of mixology is unparalleled in Dallas, in my experience. This is by far my favorite bar in Dallas.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place. lives up to the hype
This is a really unique place. My wife and I went, and wish we had brought friends, but enjoyed the quiet romantic space to talk. Be sure to have a reservation, and remember you won't really see any signage.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Smyth's Bar does not offer
Smyth's Bar does not offer food ..... can't wait to go back!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place isn't your typical bar scene, it is much more relaxed and quaint. Go in with an open mind about the type of drink you want to order, don't order a beer or wine! I asked Omar our mixologists to make me something like my favorite dessert, Tiramisu, and I had the best drink I've ever tasted in my life! Great place for a girls night out, or even a date! Awesome location for pre-drinks before a night out! Can't wait to go back!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
A friend of mine recommended this place and I am so glad she did. My husband and I went after our anniversary dinner and we had so much fun! The experience was wonderful and exciting. It's a fun, energetic atmosphere, but you also have a sense of privacy and lounge seating. We will definitely be back just the two of us and also with a group of friends. We loved the exclusivity of this bar!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was perfect as usual. Great ambiance, great service. They go out of their way to make sure you are completely happy with your drink. We have been there several times and the whole experience just keeps getting better.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bar Only - No Food
This place is awesome. Best craft cocktails in Dallas. Best bartenders in Dallas.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Cocktail Bar
Custom, hand-crafted cocktails that are second to none.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting & Fun
Enjoyed the custom cocktails. Service was good even tho concept is a bit gimmicky. Drinks were great. Atmosphere is good. There's no food but Open Table requires a food rating...
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cant Wait to go Back!
We went for the first time after dinner on a Saturday night. I didnt know what to expect, and I already knew they didn't serve food. This place is awesome. Probably some of the best cocktails I have ever had in my life. It was hard to find the place as there is no sign, and you have to be buzzed in. Once we entered, there was a table with our name on it. We felt pretty important. Love the ambience and the place just seems like a spot for the trendy. The only thing that I didnt like was how slow service is. We were there for 1 and 1/2 hour and only had 2 drinks. I guess you cant rush perfection. The drinks were so good, you just want more! We will be back with more friends sooner than later!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding drink experience!
This really is a drink experience. The bartenders are artists creating a masterpiece for your tastebuds. The drinks are pricey so expect to spend at least $14 a drink but the quality is top notch and the service is excellent. I put a note in our reservation that we were celebrating my fiancé's promotion and the first thing the host, Will, said when we came in was congratulations. It was a personal and memorable touch to the overall evening. I definitely recommend The Establishment for a special occasion or to take your out of town guests to prove that Dallas does have neat hidden gems - untouched by the snooty Dallas feel that so many other places are cursed with in this town. Enjoy!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service... Great Drinks...
Love this place!!! I took a group of friends for after dinner to celebrate my husbands birthday. They were very accommodating from the moment we walked in. Even though we had more people show up then the reservation was for... When it came available, they moved us to a bigger space. I love the fact they custom make drinks based on your personality. And you can watch the guys behind the bar mixing and twisting and putting a lot of care into each individual drink. The only downside was the music... It was so low or not on at all, so the energy was a little bland... A little house or hip hop in the background, just something to nod your head to, would have set this place off...
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Dallas By Far
Chances are you've worn out the Uptown scene and you're not the biggest fan of Deep Ellum. Take a break. Enjoy the best drinks around, customized exactly to your taste. The combination of being reservation only the speak easy vibe adds to the exclusive ambience in a dimly-lit, retro lounge with the most beautiful bar I've ever seen. Enjoy!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The bartenders put as much time in to each cocktail as a chef into a great dish.
Hands down the best cocktails in Dallas.
They do not have food. But a 5 for the herbs and fruit for cocktail garnish.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
BEST BAR IN DFW without question
Try the "Romeo & Juliette" which is a cucumber drink that is basically as good as cocktails get. The place has subdued lighting and comfortable chairs, extremely intimate setting that I could see relaxing in for hours. They tend to leave you in peace so get a drink whenever they come around because you will be ready for it. They use fresh juices is many of their cocktails and it shows. Also We came with baby (very classy) but they were very cool about it and it's actually a great comfortable setting for a baby as long as the babies are quiet, if they are loud then it may be a problem. The next day I made a reservation for this next Saturday and I believe this will be a ritual for me from now on.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Drink Experience in Dallas
Every time I come to Smyth, I am astounded at how amazing the drinks turn out. Definitely come here with an open mind and be ready to explore some drinks you've never heard of before. They don't serve food, but that didn't bother me at all because it just shows how much the bartenders know what they're doing. I'll be going back soon!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chill and fun
Good time for small groups. Nice and chill. They make amazing drinks.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went there not know what to expect and loved it. They customize your drinks for you....how fantastic!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible as always...
This is the best bar in Dallas. I have already reviewed it once and 5 stars still stands. Takes a while to get your drink but oh so worth it. Very friendly staff. Always a great time and I have already made reservations for next weekend. They don't serve food though FYI.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great drinks, great service
This was our first experience at Smyth. The overall experience was highly enjoyable. We really had no idea what to expect from a reservations-only cocktail lounge, although we had high expectations based on our experience at The Cedar's Social, which is also owned and operated by Michael Martensen. We were not disappointed. Our bartenders for the evening were polite, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about their craft, taking the time to explain each drink that we enjoyed. Between us, we had 6 drinks that met our expectations for the evening. To finish the evening, we were pleasantly surprised that the drinks were very moderately priced and lower than what we expected based on other reviews.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM