We have two words for you: coffee and icecream.
The coffee scene in Texas just got a whole lot fancier. That’s because the Lonestar state’s first Starbucks’ Reserve Bar—the beverage giant’s upscale, craft coffee spinoff—opened its doors in the McKinney & Olive tower in Uptown Dallas last week.
Reserve Bars, which are popping up in big cities across the globe, serve up unique caffeinated concoctions that aren't available at ordinary Starbucks stores. Take the house affogato, for example. This $6.50 pinnacle of deliciousness features two shots of espresso poured over vanilla ice cream, a.k.a. the food of the gods. If that’s not reason enough to stop by, we don’t know what is!
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Holly Hart Shafer, a Starbucks spokeswoman, recently told Dallas Morning News that customers can also order mocktails and "up-level brewing techniques, reserve coffees and all the specialty beverages like the Melrose — our play on the classic Manhattan using cold brew."
The emphasis here is on the experience, and visitors are invited to sit down and watch the baristas work their magic and show off their skills with everything from nitro cold brew taps to siphon brewing. You can even order coffee flights or choose to go big with coffee and food pairings.
Dallas Morning News reports that visitors have two options: head to the "regular" Starbucks counter at the back for pastries and the standard coffee drinks you know and love, or grab a seat at the bar, chat up the barista and open a tab. This location won’t serve alcohol, but something tells us you won’t miss it.
This article originally appeared on Southern Living.