Midnight Rambler. Photo by Catherine Downes.

Pour Judgment: Midnight Rambler in the Basement of the Joule Hotel

This cocktail den opened at the beginning of the month, and has been shaking up craft drinks every night since.

Midnight Rambler opened in the basement of the Joule Hotel at the beginning of the month, and has been shaking up craft cocktails every night since. The cocktail den was designed by the team behind trendy boutique — also located in the Joule Hotel — TenOverSix. The aesthetics are as curated as the drinks. The vibe is ’60s chic and the space is filled with brass bar stools, plush leather couches, vintage-looking (and actual vintage) tables, books, records, art and plants.

Midnight Rambler. Photo by Catherine Downes.
Midnight Rambler. Photo by Catherine Downes.

The cocktail menu is expansive. The tiny booklet is filled with pages of original, sometimes tongue-twisting, recipes. Standouts include the Wang Dang Dula; a tequila-based drink with mint, lime juice, poblano juice, ginger syrup, and celery bitters and The Hocus Pocus; tequila, ancho-infused sherry, kummel, créme de cacao, Bigallet ‘China-China’ Amer and Ancho Reyes. They also offers giant, alcoholic punch bowls for up to eight people to share. I was unfamiliar with several ingredients on the menu, which made the experience all the more exciting. My bartender was eager to educated me on some of the lesser-known elixirs.

The Hocus Pocus at Midnight Rambler. Photo by Catherine Downes.
The Hocus Pocus at Midnight Rambler. Photo by Catherine Downes.

While the space has all the bells and whistles of an upscale bar, there is no pressure to don your best attire. The crowd is a hodgepodge of trend-setters, overnighters at the hotel, and casually-dressed drinkers. Also, don’t be intimidated by the reserved signs placed on all of the tables. The bar doesn’t actually take reservations, this is just their way of making sure everybody is properly seated. Don’t want a table? You can pull up a stool at one of two bars.

Midnight Rambler photo by Catherine Downes.
Midnight Rambler photo by Catherine Downes.

A selection of food from CBD Provisions is offered until midnight, and includes a house-made charcuterie, whole hog Cuban, chicken liver mousse and a variety of ice cream sandwiches. Midnight Rambler is open from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. seven nights a week.

Comments

  • UpTn DallasSocial

    Becoming a fan of their Teaches of Peaches.

  • mdunlap1

    yes but how do i find the entrance?

  • Lyndsay Knecht

    I’m surprised there’s no acknowledgement here of the buildings on Main that were demolished for the Joule’s expansion. The timing of this bar’s opening was unfortunate because it left many otherwise eager patrons feeling conflicted – I’m among them. A friend returned to town for a visit and how were we not going to stop by the new spot in our favorite hotel downtown, you know? I was charmed, yeah, but felt guilty reveling in the spoils of such thoughtlessness. And the charcuterie board could use some cheese.

  • Lyndsay Knecht

    Was going for some levity with that – a comment on how tough it was to criticize the menu itself despite said feelings – but yes, not traditional or mandatory.

    The bourbon-based Soul Clap was great, though a bit heavy on the bitters/debris of tortured privilege.

    I don’t think commentary on the surrounding situation in the city is an indictment of the bar or of Headington critics, whichever position you might take. I just think it’s relevant to the experience of going there, during what feels like a pivotal time for the area.