Even though we celebrated many of our birthdays/anniversaries in Napa, a small group of friends joined Josh and I for a fun night out for my 31st birthday.
We started the night at a new bar in Dallas called Smyth, which was such a cool place. It is a speakeasy-style bar with no sign, an inconspicuous door, and a doorbell for entry.
And it has a total Mad Men vibe...complete with a dimly-lit bar, shag carpet, patterned wallpaper, retro glassware, and booths fit for Don Draper.
Most nights, the bar is reservation-only. But not in the douchey, bottle service kind of way. Rather, there is no charge, you are guaranteed a table, and it keeps the crowds to a minimum.
Our server/mixologist for the night was also the owner, Michael Martensen. He was fantastic.
Before ordering our first round of cocktails, Michael brought out a gingery aperitif to get the party started.
There is no menu, so the bartenders mix up drinks based on your liquor and cocktail preferences...bubbly, refreshing, fruity, etc.
When I told Michael that my favorite cocktail is the French 75, he made me two different versions. A raspberry French 75...
And a lavender French 75...
Both were delicious, and the lavender version was my favorite.
Everyone else ordered fun drinks as well, including this cucumber concoction of Jill's...
Josh also finally got to taste the elusive bourbon he has been searching for...
However, I have been instructed not to name the "unicorn of bourbons" on this blog for fear that others will flock to Smyth and deplete their stash :).
After a few cocktails at my new favorite bar, we walked down the street to Taverna for a delicious meal.
If this night was any indication, I think 31 is going to be a good year.