DALLAS FRIDAY NIGHTS: TOP 5 SPOTS
by Byrd Vanity
Thanks to Dallas' gloriously unpredictable weather, pretty much any time of the year can be considered patio season. It is technically winter, but the temperatures right now are perfect for sitting out on a great patio with a few cocktails.
Whether you're hooking up with friends after work for a glass of wine and some shared plates or headed on a lazy Sunday outing with the pup for some mimosas and fancy eggs Benedict. Or maybe you’re looking for a fancy cocktail, a local craft beer, or just feel like sipping on a well-aged Scotch, there’s a hot spot for you. No matter what you are craving, these local haunts have you covered
Here is a list of 5 of the hottest bars in Dallas. Everyone has received at least a 4-star rating on multiple review sites and may I add, I am looking forward to frequenting these hot spots.
1.) Beauty Bar - 1924 N Henderson Ave. Dallas, TX
The dance floor perfect: small and intimate. Be ready to get down! The crowd is always down to earth and fun. Beauty Bar hosts some of the best DJs in Dallas, who truly play a dope mix of music: the perfect mix of funk, hip-hop, old-school, and disco. Always banging, but usually gets packed around 11 or midnight. 21+ and always no cover. Also, the restroom decor is a vintage lover's dream.
The bartenders are super friendly and keep the dance floor vibe going at the bar. There are two large patios with seating at both the front and back entrances, perfect to get some fresh air or have a smoke break. I hear the outdoor letter sign is always entertaining
Beauty Bar is a great place in Dallas to dance your troubles away! You do have to pay for parking but you do not have to pay to get in which is great for me. They don't sell food here and the crowd is mixed.
2.) Dada Dallas - 2720 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
One of Dallas' hot spots for live music in the early 90s, Club Dada, went dark in 2009 until an investor saved this iconic Dallas original with an upgraded sound system and back patio. Bar, patio, dance floor, stage... Need I say more? Great mixed crowd of people too. Once you enter, there's a large bar on one side of the room, DJ in the back, and the stage on the other side. There's a lot of room on the floor, a lot of space at the bar, and space on the stage. The sound system is cool for a venue of this size.
“The only thing that sucks, not enough bathrooms! tumbled here on a Thursday after hitting up Off the Record. Just so happened that there was a show that night. The chick at the door asked if we had signed up under VIP (of course we didn't as we had literally just stumbled across this place). We never heard of the bands performing and asked her what kind of music it was, "You guys like hip hop?" "Hells yeah!" Lol she recommended we sign up for VIP on our phones really quick as it was going to be a dope show. Just $3 she said! So we signed up, got wrist bands and in we went! It was $3 however, they don't take cards so bring cash if you plan on going. Princess Nokia was performing as we walked in (great show and I didn't even know who she was!)”
Club Dada is a cool spot. Sure they're doing construction right in front, they have been doing construction on Elm Street for about 20 years now, so I don't see that going away any time soon, but don't let that deter you! It's a great spot that has great acts....it's worth it! Definitely something fun to do on a Thursday night!
3.) Sandaga 813 – 813 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
If you're fan of jazz (and I mean artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, etc.) this is the place to be Tuesday night! Sandaga813 is an awesome place to chillax, enjoy an adult beverage and listen to some talented musicians play some great sounds.
Seating is somewhat limited but that doesn't interfere with hearing some great sounds; some pieces are covers of existing recordings while many others are originals written by one of the musicians. If live jazz isn't your thing, you're still in luck on Tuesday nights as on the patio (weather permitting) there is a DJ playing acid jazz. The patio is a nice size and has ample seating. Also, food is available for purchase on the patio courtesy of Triple D BBQ. And this BBQ is the real deal.
Sandaga 813 now has smooth jazz on Thursday night. (think Bob James, Keiko Matsui, David Sanborn, Joyce Cooling, Boney James, George Benson, etc.)
There is a small cover charge at the door to get but it is worth every penny. Also, there is a bar with reasonably priced drinks. Lastly, the crowd on Tuesday/Thursday night is diverse with people from all walks of life. So there's no need to be concerned with feeling 'out of place'. At the end of the day everyone is there for the music.
Lastly, if jazz isn't your thing, no worries- on other nights of the week Sandaga 813 offers a variety of music which include DJs who play everything from R&B, Hip-Hop and reggae.
4.) House of Blues – 2200 N Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202
The House of Blues is a cozy venue that kind of makes you feel like you are hanging out in a friend's living room...with about a hundred other friends.
THE VIEW: You will jostle for standing room near the stage even if you arrive early, but you can get a great view of the band without the extra cost. If you arrive late, you might end up with a slightly obstructed view from the side pillars. The good news is that you can move around freely, and as people leave their spot to go get drinks, you can move into the space where they were previously standing. The side and back bar are pretty cramped too, but at least they have television screens so you don't miss the action on stage.
FOOD & DRINK: I suggest boozing it up before you come and going elsewhere for your meal.
THE SEATS (FOR THOSE WITH $$ TO BLOW): There are a few couches, but they don't have a good view of the stage. There is also a roped off section of pub tables, but it costs another $30 in addition to your ticket price to reserve one of those seats. However, those are the only "seats" in the venue. Whether you stand or pay extra for a pub seat, you'll have to get there early to find a coveted spot to see the band amongst the hundreds of others that show up.
TASTE THE SWEAT OF THE BAND: What I love about the venue is how intimate and close you feel to the band on stage. Since this is a standing venue, you are encouraged to bounce up and down with the beat, but no moshing!
THE ART: Take time to check out the eccentric art on the walls as you enter/exit the venue. Apparently there are some priceless artifacts from around the world. It is part of what makes this establishment stand apart from other concert halls.
THE PARKING SITUATION: There are quite a few $10 parking lots in the area. The venue offers valet, but that looked like a madhouse after the show. Arrive early in hope to luck out with meter parking around the block. You can feed the meter by coin or pay by phone (7am - midnight). I think it cost about $2 for the entire evening.
5.) Townhouse Kitchen/Nightclub - 723 N Pearl St. Dallas,TX. 75202
Townhouse really separates itself as an establishment that boasts one-of-a-kind customer service. Our city is saturated in eateries that are all seeking that one thing that makes them special. Whether it's the conceptual thought behind the place, the innovative spin on traditional dishes, or just plain 'ol delicious food - there always has to be something to it.
At Townhouse, the customer service and attentiveness to the staff had to be the first noticeable quality of the restaurants. With the design being a close second. The chic and simple aesthetic almost directly mirrors a West Elm catalog, without the unnecessary trappings of accessories. Just the beautiful bare necessities of nicely polished wood in different shades. The spacious dining room creates a more casual atmosphere as you can keep your eye on the bar with numerous flat screens airing different shows at once, or just to enjoy the breezy openness rather than a cumbersome dining area mapped out with various small rooms.
The Spicy Calamari is raved for being very flavorful while a little spicy, but all in all it is a must have for sharing. For dessert, try the Key Lime Pie and the Butter Cake, both which were divine. I highly recommend the butter cake; I hear you’ll never have anything like it.
...are you hungry yet?? I AM! If you enjoyed this week’s features, make sure to stay tuned for more hot spots.
If you are regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area... what are some of YOUR favorite hot spots... don’t be stingy, spill the beans #VanitySaid
Byrd Vanity is our Dallas Lifestyle Corespondent and Content Curator for Every Day Talk w/ EDT.
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