Thursday, October 8, 2009
Revisiting the Library Bar at the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas
Renovations in 2008 brought an updated decor without sacrificing cozy ambiance or elegance.
It has been more than two years since I last visited The Library Bar at the Warwick Melrose Hotel. Remembering it as a classy, relaxing spot for drinks, I was curious to see the bar following its 2008 renovations. With its updated decor, great live music, and one of the better drink menus in town, the Library Bar has upped its game without sacrificing the cozy ambiance and elegance that its hotel guests and regulars expect and appreciate.
Upon entering the Library Bar, visitors will notice plenty of plush leather chairs, tables, and a piano resting in the corner. Those wanting to sit at the bar can choose from a handful of seats, but the majority of the space operates as a lounge with table service.
The atmosphere during the day is quiet and subdued, with more action occurring past 5 o'clock, when the live music starts. Featuring piano, jazz, and singers six nights a week, including accomplished artist Aubree Anna, recently featured in D Magazine, patrons can enjoy hours of sophisticated, soulful entertainment.
Of course, no night is complete without tasty food and drink. I'm happy to report that the Library Bar has plenty of both. During my visit, I snacked on chopped beef sliders with horseradish cream, grilled flat bread with prosciutto, figs, and goat cheese, and the bar's five spice calamari, which has achieved cult status as one of the best appetizers in Dallas. (You can score free calamari on Wednesdays with the purchase of a cocktail.) Other menu items include tuna tartar, ginger chicken pot stickers, and a Reuben sandwich.
The drink menu is equally enticing and features well-made classic cocktails, a shamefully difficult thing to find in Dallas. I tried the Melrose Manhattan, the Winning Mark, and the Melrose Cable Car, each one delicious and gorgeously presented. The drink menu also includes several specialty martinis, plus a solid selection of spirits, beers, and wines. And a highlight for those of us on a budget, the Library Bar offers drink specials six nights a week.
Overall, the Library Bar is definitely worth a visit. Whether you're in the mood for upscale comfort food, well-crafted cocktails, live entertainment, or just a cozy corner to relax with a friend, a date, or a good book, the Library Bar hits the spot.
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