SOVA is an internationally-inspired boutique hotel located less than a mile away from Deep Ellum. Inside, one can find just under 40 rooms for potential overnight stays – but one room if quite different from the others. Whether you’re planning on stay-cationing or not, you definitely ought to stop by Room 520 for a drink.
The word is out on speakeasies in Dallas. If you’ve already made the rounds of our 10 favorite in town, it’s time to add another to the list: Room 520, a nondescript bar located hidden amongst the room in the trendy SOVA hotel.
The hotel offers minimalist rooms based on the global travels of its founders, Blake and Brandon Shirk. Inside, visitors can travel to Room 520.
Room 520 inside SOVA is an intimate speakeasy, adorned with Japanese-inspired decor, that which serves four unique themed cocktails.
Featured cocktails include the Fushimi – a gin-based concoction mixed with rose water; cherry “Sakura” liqueur, and lime; Nanzen-Ji – made with vodka, ginger liqueur, lemon, and creme de violetta liqueur; Arashiyama – made with whiskey, Midori, green tea matcha, and pineapple juice; and Gion – Japanese whiskey, Yuzu lemon juice, and Cointreau.
For access, book a reservation online. For larger parties, consider that the space has a maximum capacity of 30 people. Upon arrival, simply inquire about the room at the SOVA hotel. There, a clerk will provide the passcode and specific location on the third floor before sending you on your merry way.
SOVA is located at 2105 Commerce St Dallas. The speakeasy is open from 6 pm to 10 pm Thursday through Saturday.
For other speakeasy inspiration, consider Rare Books Bar. In true literary tradition, the bar serves an extensive list of top-shelf spirits, with over 400 fine scotches and whiskeys. Cocktail-wise, the bar a special assortment of whiskey-based drinks, specialty cocktails, martinis, as well as tequila-based cocktails – including their Don Quixote Old Fashioned, made with Socorro Reposado, orange and bourbon bitters, and simply syrup. If you’re palate is more, say, Bukowski than Hemingway, Rare Books also serves a variety of beer, wine, and other liquors.