Catbird Is One of The Coolest New Spots to Grab a Cocktail in Dallas

T.As soon as the elevator doors open on Level 9C of the new Thompson Hotel at The National (housed in George Dahl’s carefully restored mid-century masterpiece), you’ll instantly feel like you’re in a new Dallas hot spot. American mockingbird is the hotel’s first downtown Dallas cocktail lounge run by Jeramie Robison (formerly Uchi and The Rosewood Mansion), and it really is something.

Catbird’s glamorous Art Deco style is a nod to the building’s architectural roots. (Photo by Gustav Schmiege)

Catbird’s entrance, bar area, and semi-private lounge areas are currently decked out in Christmas decor, boasting lush fabrics, glossy surfaces, and a glamorous Art Deco style that evokes the history of the well-preserved building. A massive, glistening Russian nesting doll with Coco Chanel marks the entrance to two small private lounges hidden on one side of the room. The expansive outdoor deck has a large fireplace and intimate views of the north side of downtown Dallas. There is plenty of seating under a canopy of twinkling lights and holly trees.

The Catbird’s cocktail menu makes it easy with nine classic drinks, including Palomas, French 75s, and Negronis. You can order the traditional version or the “Catbird” counterpart – the restaurant offers thoughtful additions such as passion fruit in collins or ginger and agave lime in penicillin. Or go with the typical Catbird cocktail – a drink based on Cazadores Anejo with grapefruit foam – very original.

Catbird Dallas Share small plates like the miso salmon at Catbird. (Photo by Gustav Schmiege)

The heavily edited menu is to be shared. Snacks like poblano cream dip come with warm kettle potato chips to dip, and Castelvetrano olives are great as light bites to sip cocktails. If you’re looking to have dinner, I recommend ordering a mix of Dallas Hot Chicken Mini Sandwiches, Seared Yellowtail, Pork Skewers, or Miso Salmon to share. The range of sweets for dessert is also a must at Catbird. It comes with two pumpkin whoopie pies, mini S’Mores and wonderfully airy meringues.

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