The Cedars SocialNovember 4, 2011
Cocktail Lounge of the Year
Name of Bar: The Cedars Social
Ownership/Parent Company: Muse Lifestyle Group
Square Footage: 1,500
Open Date: Jan. 30, 2010
The Cedars Social is a one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge located in the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas. Inspired by cocktail dens of the 1920s, the small, unmarked building seems to function as a time machine for its patrons. From the vintage furnishings to the background music, it is clear that concept creator Brian Williams put quite a bit of thought into the lounge's casual and sophisticated atmosphere.
While the decor draws patrons in, it's the cocktails that keep them coming back. Michael Martensen is one of the nation's leading barmen, and after sipping one of his cocktails it's easy to see why. The man is a true cocktail artist. He is constantly updating the menu and coming up with new seasonal cocktails. Using only the finest ingredients, Martensen even makes his own house grenadine so that he can ensure perfectly balanced cocktails each and every time.
The Cedars Social has gotten attention nationwide for its unique concept and handcrafted cocktails. With its attentive staff, modern American fare by Chef John Tesar and top notch cocktails, this place is sure to be around for a while.