North Texas is currently a hotbed for new bars and breweries. With so many concepts in the works, how could you possibly keep up? Fear not, thirsty reader! We've collected snippets of booze news here to keep you up to speed.
New speakeasy coming to Deep Ellum
Next time you're in Deep Ellum, keep an eye out for a new barber shop called High and Tight being built on Main Street. The 3,000-square-foot space, which will be have a 1920s theme, isn't just about haircuts -- it will also have a hidden speakeasy, according to owner Braxton Martin. Read more about it here.
Addison microbrewery opening late-March
Bitter Sisters Brewery, which laid roots in Addison early last year, is finally ready to open its doors. Saturday, March 28, the brewery will open its tasting room to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours starting at 1 p.m. According to Beer in Big D, Bitter Sisters is a family operation led by owner and brew master Matt Ehinger, who began home brewing in 1993. The brewery has a 30-barrel brewing system.
Small Brewpub adding to music calendar
Long before Small Brewpub opened in Oak's Cliff's renovated Jefferson Tower, the owners were hosting pop-up concerts throughout the neighborhood. Now they're working to beef up music offerings that include a weekly jazz night on Tuesdays and a monthly show that attracts national acts. This Sunday, March 15, the bar and restaurant hosts folk bands Water Lairs and Ruby The RabbitFoot. Small also booked a block party on April 18, featuring bands Langhorne Slim and The Law, Quiet Company, and Fox and the Bird. (Note: Come hungry; dining critic Leslie Brenner recently called the food "daring and original.")
Fort Worth brewpub revamping its image
Zio Carlo Magnolia Brewpub is getting a brand makeover. The Fort Worth bar and restaurant, which was named one of the area's best haunts for craft beer last October, will soon go by the name Chimera Brewing Co., reports DFW.com. Owner Adam Gonzales confirmed the news Wednesday. The change will hopefully emphasize the fact the business is a brewery, Gonzales told DFW.com. Chimera Brewing is hosting a re-launch party on Saturday, March 21.
Exposition Park making a comeback
As we reported earlier this week, Bishop Arts staple Ten Bells Tavern will soon have a sibling across town, Eight Bells Alehouse, in Exposition Park. Its neighbor will be a new spot called Expo Bar and Grill, described in a press release as a neighborhood saloon featuring local craft beer.