Photography by Kathy Tran.

All of the bartenders at Tiny Victories dressed up as Bob Ross for Halloween.

The soft-spoken host of “The Joy of Painting” became the bar’s mascot after a review mentioned that TVs were streaming the show, which aired on PBS from 1983-1994. After that, friends started sending them Bob Ross-related stuff, including a portrait of Ross painted in oils on a barrelhead.

Bar manager Paul Ngo says the show began streaming on Netflix shortly after Tiny Victories first opened in March 2018. He put it on the TV one night, and customers were enthralled.

Now it’s a whole thing in Oak Cliff bar culture. Another neighborhood bar, Oak Cliff Social Club, has two tip jars: one has a picture of Bob Ross and the other has rapper Rick Ross. Vote with dollars as to “who is more gangster.”

Tiny Victories doesn’t serve food (but it’s OK to order in or bring food) and their beer and wine lists are small.

This is a cocktail lounge.

Their list of 10 classic cocktails — Pimm’s cup, sazerac, pisco sour and the boulevardier among them — are listed with the years they were invented. They’re all $10.

The list of cocktails Tiny Victories invented include “back dat cass up,” their people’s choice-award winning cocktail from Bastille on Bishop. It has gin, lemon, ginger, sugar and crème de cassis.

Tiny Victories bartenders squeeze all their own juices and make their own syrups.

They have trivia every Tuesday and “bitchy bingo” with drag queens every month.

Photography by Kathy Tran.

Top three Tiny Victories cocktail names:

1. My neck, my daq ($8)

It’s a beer and a shot — a longneck highlife and a “snaquiri,” a classic daiquiri as a shot

2. Bidi bidi bom bom ($11)

Tequila, mint, hibiscus agave and lime

3. Blu-tang clan ($10)

Mezcal, agave, lime, grapefruit, egg white, blue curacao (house-dyed with butterfly-pea tea) and banana liqueur

DID YOU KNOW  Tiny Victories happy hour is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, when all cocktails are half price.

Photography by Kathy Tran.

Tiny Victories

604 N. Tyler St.

Hours: 4 p.m.-“late” Tuesday-Wednesday, 

4 p.m.-2 a.m. 


2 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 

2 p.m.-“late” Sunday

Price range: $4-$11