Cocktail lounges are one thing, bottle-service clubs another, and seldom do the two converge. Craft cocktail lovers roll their eyes at bottle buyers as vodka-doffing arrivistes. Bottle buyers are too busy banquette-bobbing to think about cocktail sippers at all.
The new Uptown nightspot Citizen strives to cater to both, and based on early returns, does so adroitly.
This is a slick but comfortable little space on Fairmount designed by the same folks who did the enormous eye-opener that is the Happiest Hour near Victory Park. Exposed brick walls, plum seating, violet back-lighting -- and that neon bulldog in a bowler mascot -- give Citizen a club vibe. But the well-curated shelves behind the bar and a reputable cocktail menu appeal to discerning tipplers.
Choices include a New York Sour of Herman Marshall (Garland, Texas) whiskey, demerara syrup and red wine with a flower garnish for $13. The off-the-menu Bourbon Lift is a creamy seasonal concoction priced at $12.
Citizen goes full-bore on bottle service late nights on weekends. But even then, there's a twist. Beside the usual muster of clear spirits and mixers, it offers the Big Apple Manhattan, a mega-cocktail serving six for $60.
Citizen, 2923 Fairmount St. at Wolf, Dallas. 469-810-5923. facebook.com/citizendallas.
Staff writer Sarah Blaskovich contributed to this report.