Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood is a haven for creative types, evident in its wealth of music venues, art galleries and trendy eateries. The small district, just a few blocks long, is the perfect respite from the busyness of downtown, which is only a 30-minute walk away.
One oasis of cool that lies within Deep Ellum is Hide, a cocktail bar opened in January that serves a plethora of classic and contemporary libations paired with elevated versions of down-home Texas grub. Take a seat at the counter, which encircles the gorgeously minimalist bar (don’t worry: the selection of booze is anything but minimal) and its small hydroponic herb garden. Drinks run the gamut, from sidecars, gimlets, corpse revivers and — my one true love — sazeracs to in-house inventions such as “The Grass is Greener,” with cilantro-and-dill vodka, aged lemongrass-mint white balsamic vinegar and clarified lime; “The Champion,” which fuses cognac, shitakes and apricot; and “Wild Hare,” a concoction of milk-washed carrot gin, ruby port, cinnamon, ginger and cumin tincture.
Food options range from light — think ahi poke tacos; a veggie sandwich and roasted carrots with harissa, mint and crispy chickpeas — to indulgent (albeit not overtly so), including a spicy buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich with fresno peppers and rooster sauce that set my taste buds afire. I felt like I had stumbled into a hip Los Angeles eatery; I felt known.
But, this is still Texas, after all, where more is more, and Hide knows its clientele: A happy hour runs Sunday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., offering signature drinks for $6 to $8 and bites from $2 to $6. The “Dallas Observer” even recently named Hide’s happy hour burger — which, by the way, is no measly aperitif with two beef patties, American cheese, bacon, beer onions, garlic Dijon aioli and seasoned hand-cut fries — as “one of the best burger deals in Dallas.”