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Dallas, TX 75205
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The Establishment Details
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday- Saturday 7pm- 2am
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
Valet is across the street at Travis Walk
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Late Night Find
Diners' Choice Winner
Vibrant Bar Scene
I was recommended by a friend to
go online through Facebook and book a table at the Smyths Bar. It was a true gem in the back of a restaurant. Very good cocktail and excellent service. More people you definitively go here."
Dined on 4/4/2014
In soft opening phase. 12 small
plates that each succeeded. Seafood, meats, cheeses, all for ten bucks a piece. Imported oysters for 2 bucks each. Good selection of wines by the glass, cocktails, drinks."
Dined on 3/29/2014
We loved the place! What a
wonderful change from your normal go to bar. The concept was executed very well. They were even able to accommodate a larger party of 6. Will definitely be going back."
Dined on 3/21/2014
I used to love this place when it
first opened. Since ~Nov 2013, all the award winning mixologists are gone, the service is gone and the new owners are trying to milk the place for everything, rushing people through, the bar is a mess and the drinks are terrible. The service is awful."
Dined on 3/8/2014
Bar Smyth exceed all of
expectations for a speakeasy bar experience. The location and atmosphere set the mood from the get go and you can't help but go back in time. The bar is very nice and has a great set up. We were seated in comfortable chairs in the lounge area with a great view of the bar and the other patrons. The service was impeccable and was exactly the kind of cocktail "adventure" I had hoped for. Loved that were no menus and the bartenders concocted one of a kind drinks to fit your tastes. This really got my out of my comfort zone and I tried some fantastic drinks. I will definitely come again! Highly Recommend."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Good atmosphere, hidden well.
Bartenders are knowledgable and make great drinks. Small room but I like that about the place. Don't serve food only a bar."
Dined on 3/7/2014
As they said in a Seinfeld
episode, the most important part of a reservation is for the establishment to honor it (or words to that effect). I had an out of town guest and wanted to take him to the speakeasy. Made the reservation on Open Table for a Tuesday night. Showed up and rang the buzzer. Nothing. Called - no answer. Rechecked the reservation - still showed as good. Finally called the sister bar (Social Cedars) and they told me that The Establishment / Bar Smyth was not open on Tuesday. Be good if someone told Open Table. Oh well, I will try again - but I might have a drink first just to keep calm if it all goes bad again."
Dined on 2/11/2014
Roger, our personal bartender, not
only treated us with kindness and respect but prepared the best cocktails we have ever had. He proves that creating drinks is an art. When we asked about his process he even took the time to give us a personal lesson on how to recreate some of his techniques at home. Great experience thanks to him."
Dined on 2/14/2014
When me and my date showed up, we
were told the credit card machines had been down all day and that they could only accept cash. What chaps me about this is that I had called only an hour before hand to confirm my reservation and there was no mention of this problem. Thanks for the heads up."
Dined on 2/13/2014
On October 25, 2013, this place
would have been awesome. However, as of January 31, this place is not awesome. Made an opentable reservation for 6:00 pm. According to this site and the bar's website, they open at 5:30. Reservation confirmed on website. However, we got there, thinking it would be the same experience as before and radio silence. Nobody would answer the door or phone. Finally after calling the main number from my phone the person just yelled that they were still opened. When I asked about the 6:00 reservation, they hung up on me. so much for this place."
Dined on 10/25/2013
This bar is so unique, from making
reservations under a secret bar name to the unique entrance. The bar and mixologists kept us guessing. We just told the mixologist what type of liquor and he came back with a magic concotion. He added in a few personal stories, but he was never overbearing or interrupted out convo. Definately coming back! =)"
Dined on 1/3/2014
Eight drinks cost us around $140,
including tip, but that's worth it for a special occasion. Incredible ambiance, great craft cocktails, and usually the best service in town. I've been here four times and usually the wait staff/bartenders are highly personable, informative, and fun, perfect fits for this type of venue. The decor feels like a blend of 20's speakeasy and 70's disco, which sounds awful but actually is quite classy."
Dined on 12/28/2013
Great music, great ambiance.
However, we miss the old mixologists!"
Dined on 12/26/2013
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."
Dined on 11/8/2013
We went there not know what to
expect and loved it. They customize your drinks for you....how fantastic!"
Dined on 11/16/2013
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."
Dined on 11/16/2013
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."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Good time for small groups. Nice
and chill. They make amazing drinks."
Dined on 11/15/2013
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!"
Dined on 11/12/2013
Just wish 1) it wasn't as uppity
and 2) the staff was more helpful/friendly, rather than cold/ungracious. Drink prices aren't explained, so be aware if you're on a budget. You'll feel uncomfortable asking about prices."
Dined on 11/9/2013
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."
Dined on 11/9/2013
Great drinks, outstanding concept.
Our reservation was completely mismanaged. The "rules" state a fixed time for each table. There was a big group that long overstayed their reservation and the management didn't do anything about it. We waited an hour to then be allowed to stand at the bar to order drinks which didn't arrive for 40 minutes. We never got our table. Very disappointing."
Dined on 11/8/2013
Great concept! We enjoyed our
drinks. Lots of waiting between drinks and the attention to detail in terms of the experience was gone after the first round. They ask for descriptions from each person what they like and they will create something special. At first they were telling us each what was in our drinks then the second round the bartender, Omar, told all of our group except one. Said he didn't make it so he doesn't know what's in it and walked away. We finally asked someone else to find out what it was which was the same drink as before... and with that the experience was lost. The fourth round no one was given a description. Started fun and friendly then quickly went to long waits and an uncaring staff."
Dined on 10/30/2013
Smyth is the epitome of all bad
things in Dallas. I paid $30 for a glass of wine and a bottled beer while i waited for a table. I would not be upset if i knew I was going to pay this but they simply offered me a glass of wine or beer while waiting for my table as if it was complimentary. Never did they tell me price OR offer me a menu. They just assume everyone wants to throw away money at drinks that require NO service or skill (which is the whole reason for going there). Moreover, when i asked the waiter if he knew anything about this wine and why it was expensive he had NO response. Needless to say I will not go back to this place nor recommend anyone to. Dallas is not a "Reservation Only Bar"...go back to New York."
Dined on 11/2/2013
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..."
Dined on 10/26/2013
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!"
Dined on 10/26/2013
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!"
Dined on 10/24/2013
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!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
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..."
Dined on 10/16/2013
We had to wait 30 min for our
first drink and 45 min for our second. While they were good they aren't with the wait. I have been here twice. Same experience both times. Waiters are pretentious which doesn't help."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Custom, hand-crafted cocktails
that are second to none."
Dined on 10/10/2013
This place is awesome. Best craft
cocktails in Dallas. Best bartenders in Dallas."
Dined on 10/9/2013
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!"
Dined on 9/21/2013
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."
Dined on 9/18/2013
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."
Dined on 8/17/2013
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