Swizzle Brings a Magical Hawaiian Escape to Dallas’ Lower Greenville
ON A new tiki bar and restaurant has opened in Lower Greenville, and it really is one of the most magical places to visit in Dallas right now. Swizzle was founded by wife and husband Jen and Marty Reyes and teleports guests to a Hawaiian wonderland.
After hosting pop-ups in Dallas bars like the Green Door Public House and planning the project for nearly five years, the couple decided to pursue their dream of a permanent tiki lounge (Jen is of Filipino descent and has family ties to Hawaii).
The interior of Swizzle is small, but the fact that the lounge can only be reserved after 6 p.m. gives the new spot additional charm and exclusivity. Swizzle is the first true Dallas Tiki Lounge to open in over a decade. It offers an immersive, considered aesthetic that doesn’t disappoint. Highlights include a custom-made fountain and Tiki lamps from local manufacturer Jesse Magers. Dallas Tikiphiles can even spot some familiar tiles from Dallas’ Trader Vics, which closed in 2010. With color-changing lights and servers with Hawaiian shirts, the lounge takes you completely into an island oasis.
With cocktails there are so many drinks to try (with different ABV values). From “Welcome aboard” to “I’m calling an Uber”, every cocktail on the menu is right at the top of what’s in stock. Some favorites from a recent Friday night visit are Nui Nui, a mix of rum, allspice dram, vanilla, cinnamon, orange and bitter. It tastes like Christmas in Hawaii. The mezcal-based Forbidden Ceremony with condensed milk, pineapple, and matcha was also surprisingly delicious.
If you’re looking for a sophisticated, fun drink to share, the Boo Loo is for two. serves two people. The drink is served in a whole pineapple and contains several types of rums, soda, honey, lime and of course pineapple. They also offer mocktails if you want to extend dry January.
Lumpia, Filipino fried spring rolls, is on the Swizzle menu. (Courtesy Swizzle)
The menu features a variety of Polynesian dishes that you can pair with your rum-based cocktails. I tried the katsu chicken plate with macaroni salad (a must), as well as the tarot chips with sriracha aioli and the kalua pork pusher on King’s Hawaiian buns. You’ll also find Lumpia (Filipino Fried Spring Rolls), Loco Moco (a traditional Hawaiian dish of beef patties, fried egg, and sauce), a SPAM snack platter, and Dole Whip – all on my list for the next time.