High and Tight, the barbershop with a cocktail lounge attached, shares with Deep Ellum neighbor Armoury D.E. and Black Swan Saloon the admirable knack of honoring cocktail culture without too much huffing and puffing.
The gimmick is hair business in the front, booze in the back at a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The name is a reference to a hairstyle popular at that time, which the salon staffers will be happy to inflict on customers now. "High" and "tight" are, of course, also adjectives describing the effects of the bar side's output.
Cocktails are divided between ably presented classics and borderline-outlandish originals; but no encyclopedic menu here -- the choices fit with room to spare on the two sides of an 8-by-11 sheet.
Among the standards, the $10 Boulevardier, of Knob Creek rye, Carpano Antica vermouth and Campari, reminded Mr. Dallas of what's missing in the better-known Negroni: whiskey. An Old-Fashioned made with Four Roses bourbon was spicier than the norm, and on "whiskey Wednesdays" it's knocked down to $6.
Originals include the all-in Doc Holliday (gin, lemon, honey, thyme and cauliflower cream with a peanut foam) for $14 and the Charlie Chaplin, a Manhattan variant with a pecan-crusted rim, for $10.
High and Tight provides cockeyed coziness, with weathered woods, leather chairs and a sofa clad in the Union Jack. Barrels serve as tables.
High and Tight, 2701 Main St., Dallas. 214-741-1744. facebook.com/highandtightbarbershop.