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June 12th, 2012

Cocktails With Eddie "Lucky" Campbell of The Chesterfield

We sat down for hand-crafted cocktails with Eddie "Lucky" Campbell of The Chesterfield, a throwback bar, to find out how he can tell when a customer's on a first date, where to find a fresh love-cal sip and the funniest local celeb he's waited on.


We sat down for hand-crafted cocktails with Eddie "Lucky" Campbell of The Chesterfield, a throwback bar, to find out how he can tell when a customer's on a first date, where to find a fresh love-cal sip and the funniest local celeb he's waited on.
What cocktail do you think best represents an Uptown Girl?
 
I am proud to say it is no longer the Cosmopolitan. The Uptown girl is now versed in cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Gimlet. They also still favor vodka with fresh lime juice and definitely not too sweet.

What is your favorite spot to people watch in Dallas?
Deep Ellum, where I can still slide into the Black Swan and see Gabe.

How does it feel to finally man your own shop?
I have been dreaming about having my own bar since I was 11 years old and I'm overwhelmed with excitement and pride. I will probably cry when the first guests walk through the doors. it is extremely emotional for me.

What kind of vibe are you channeling at The Chesterfield?
The Chesterfield is even more gorgeous than I had dreamed her to be, and the vibe is reminiscent of the clubs and barrooms of the early 1900s. She is beautiful and yet still very approachable, largely due to our French doors and sidewalk cafe style patio.

What's an alternative to plain jane vodka soda that calorie conscious girls can enjoy?
A fresh made gimlet, and if your bartender is good, I would encourage trying the gin version. A good bartender can make gin taste like vodka with flowers in it, and not twangy like we're used to. I like to do ginger-mint gimlets and other crisp variations.

What's the worst way to try to catch a bartender’s attention?
Playing hard to get. Bartenders typically have short attention spans and will not even realize what's going on. Anyway, what were we talkin' about?

Have you ever intervened during a potential dating disaster or at your bar?
Definitely. There's nothing worse than a guy that makes a girl cry in public. I can always feel the awkwardness of a blind date. (By the way, girls, those usually don't work out).

For which celebs have you tended?
If you work in nice bars, you're bound to see some celebs come through. One night at The Mansion I had Jerry Jones, President H. W. Bush and the Saudi Royals all in the same night. And, Robert Redford is so smooth it's not even funny. I have to say my favorite is Owen Wilson - he's freakin' hilarious!

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