The Joule hotel in downtown Dallas has opened Midnight Rambler, a new artisanal cocktail bar. This moody subterranean lounge was inspired by the gritty glamour of 1960s blues, jazz, and rock and roll.
Conceived by Chad Solomon and Christy Pope of Cuffs & Buttons fame and designed in collaboration with TenOverSix, which also programmed the Joule’s lobby and retail experiences, the 1,800-square-foot space is warren-like, with two bars and several discreet seating areas that can be open to one another or partitioned. A walnut barrel vault ceiling hangs intimately over a terrazzo checkerboard floor in pale salmon and emerald tones. “The whole space is very glowy with lots of pockets of light and shadow,” said Joe Cole of TenOverSix. “Our goal was to create something unique and not fall back on common trends in major markets.”
The scene is set with a blend of mid-century modern vintage finds from Jens Risom, Knoll, and Springer, along with contemporary and custom pieces by Robert Lewis, Piet Hein Eek, Matthew Hilton, SCP, Lawson-Fenning, Commune, and Jason Miller. Artworks by Adam Silverman, Vivian Maier, and Jason Koharik provide moments of excitement. “We tried to layer these elements in a patchwork approach,” said Cole. “It’s polished, but feels like it has some level of history to it.”