Bailey’s, the Cedar Hill transplant that opened a couple years ago in the brand new Shops at Park Lane, is HANDS DOWN one of my new favorite fancy happy hour spots. I’d say it’s right up there with Perry’s, only trumping it with its longer hours.
After visiting Bailey’s for a “working” lunch and Mother’s Day brunch, I was eager to try their famed all-night happy hour. I was glad I finally made it in because my time there was one of the more fun nights I’ve had in a while. (I’ll attribute that a little to the company and a little to the location.)
The whole staff seems to be there to make your experience amazing. Perfect example: my mom invited me to meet her when I was walking out of the grocery with items that needed refrigeration. On the way to the resto, I called and asked if they could free up some fridge space for my groceries and they gladly obliged. The bartenders (Pedro and Kelly) will get you anything you want and will even take you for a swing on the dance floor if you so desire; on that note, Kelly is one of the better bartenders I’ve seen in Dallas from a service standpoint.
The drinks are delicious and STRONG. Try some of their signature cocktails offered on the happy hour menu like the Cosmotini, Pomegranate Martini, or the bourbon-based, Forty Apples. I enjoyed the VERY cucumber-y Cucumber Martini and would have died to try the French Seventy Five Martini – I didn’t want to venture into champagne on a school night.
The food is equally as good (and equally as discounted). We got an order of their homemade chips and they were delicious as was their fresh-baked bread. You know a restaurant is good when you see Kent Rathbun stop in for a bite!
Last word: Make sure you check in on Foursquare because they have one of the most generous check-ins specials I’ve seen – a free glass of their house Malbec, no strings attached.
Drink strength: 4
Bailey’s Prime Plus
8160 Park Lane #130 (Shops at Park Lane) | (214) 750-8100
Monday-Thursday (4-7 p.m.) and Friday (4-11 p.m.)
$5 house wines, $6 signature cocktails, $2 domestic beer, $4 well drinks
Live bands: Friday and Saturday nights