DALL June 2013 : Page 82
WAYS TO SPEND YOUR SUMMER NIGHTS We can take the heat. In fact, we embrace it. Here’s our list of Dallas’ after-dark delights. | By Nadia Dabbakeh, Connie Dufner, Ryan Polendo and Lamar Wilson |
Nightlife Party Till The Sun Comes Up
We can take the heat. In fact, we embrace it. Here’s our list of Dallas’ after-dark delights.
The Dallas Arts District revs up downtown with the annual Summer Block Party on June 21. Three museums are open late with special programming and free general admission—the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection and Nasher Sculpture Center. Among the festivities: live music by Salim Nourallah & the Treefort 5 and a screening of Moon rise Kingdom, both at the Nasher. Thedallasartsdistrict.org
2 Heights of Cool
With its retractable roof, wraparound sliding doors and unadulterated views of downtown, the Joule’s new 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace is the ultimate all-weather spot for your next powwow. You won’t want to miss an invite to the sleek spot, decked out in Ghost chairs, Fortessa bone china, and chrome and glass cocktail tables. Plus, you get to ride the grown-up version of Willy Wonka’s Great Glass Elevator. 1530 Main St., thejouledallas.com
3. Get in Line
Café Momentum’s popular monthly dinners sell out in seconds. Tickets go on sale June 16 for the July pitmaster picnic with Jack Perkins of Slow Bone, Juston Fourton of Pecan Lodge, Nick Pencis of Stanley’s in Tyler, Will Fleischman of Lockhart and Stephen Joseph of Riverfront Barbecue in Jefferson. Proceeds benefit Youth Village Resources of Dallas. Cafemomentum.org
4. Suit & Tie
The Danny Church Band is seven guys in suits mixing smooth jazz with some sexy R&B and a swift kick of electronica. Titillating covers of Frank Ocean are performed with a wink and a nod from the lead singer, bringing to mind a certain NSFW single by Robin Thicke. You’re throwing a party: Dim the lights, make way for a dance floor and book ’em.thedannychurchband.com
5. Who DAT?
Have menu, will travel. That’s the mantra of chef David Anthony Temple, creator of the popular Chef DAT underground dinner series. Recent o erings have included a dinner in Temple’s home (local Dallas artisans’ salad from TJ’s Seafood and Tom Spicer greens, plus “hot boudin and cold couscous”) and a Great Gatsby dinner coinciding with the movie release (wild boar and kangaroo meats with Carbone’s tagliatelle pasta). Dinners will be held in Lakewood every weekend over the summer. Around 80 bucks. Wine sometimes included or bring your own. Five to six courses. Good food, good people, sign us up! Chefdat.com
6. With Salt
The roomy bar and walled-in patio make Klyde Warren Park neighbor MesoMaya inviting, but it’s the margaritas that make it our linger-over-drinks go-to spot. From the classic frozen to the surprisingly smooth avocado, tequila is our top-shelf choice this month. 1611 McKinney Ave., mesomaya.com
7. Listen Up!
Next door to your fave Art Deco live music theater is Sundown at Granada, your fave neighborhood beer garden. Sundown plays o its close proximity to the Granada by bringing in free musical acts such as sultry Madison King (June 20) and roots-rockers Somebody’s Darling (June 27), two indie Americana shows you shouldn’t miss. e menu also boasts more than 60 beers, delish cocktails and “Stark Raving Chef,” aka Patrick Stark’s farm-to-table fare with plenty of vegan and veggie options. Add to that the sprawling Lower Greenville patio, and we’re set for the night. 3520 Greenville Ave., sundownatgranada.com 6 With Salt The roomy bar and walled-in patio make Klyde Warren Park neighbor Meso Maya inviting, but it’s the margaritas that make it our linger-over-drinks go-to spot. From the classic frozen to the surprisingly smooth avocado, tequila is our top-shelf choice this month. 1611 McKinney Ave., mesomaya.com
When one door closes, another opens. PM Lounge at the Joule will now be a subterranean bar: Mirth & Refuge. Designed by NYC-based architect Claudia Woods, the chambered space is decked in leather, with a spectacular bronze bar acting as a shining beacon over the lounge. Created by Dallas-based Consilient Restaurants and run by bartenders du jour Chad Soloman and Christy Pope, the downtown playpen promises to be a party haven. Keep an eye out. 1530 Main St., thejouledallas.com
9.Hooves and High Notes
There’s still time to catch top country music acts at Lone Star Park, which winds up its fifth Lone Star Music Series this summer. Upcoming shows include the Josh Abbott Band on June 7, Wade Bowen & Kyle Park on June 28, Pat Green on July 5 and Billy Currington on July 6. 100 Lone Star Parkway, lonestarpark.com
The Travis ’hood just got a kick of cool with Smyth, the latest incarnation by Cedars Social alums Brian Williams and Michael Martensen. Finally, speakeasy style has arrived in Dallas! Think hard-to-find door, no sign, by-reservation-only and no menu. Instead, tell mixologist Omar Yeefoon and his team what you’re craving—sweet, sour, savory—and they’ll come up with a concoction to your liking. The intimate spot is a mix of soothing wood and tweed-upholstered booths. Word from the boys is that they’ll soon put in an old-school vinyl player credenza and pipe the music through for all you record enthusiasts. Nestled into the side of what used to be Trece, the main space will be an oyster bar come December, and a little cafe will pop up for your ca eine xes. Way to take over the neighborhood in one fell swoop. 4513 Travis St., 214.520.0900
11. Soda Pop
We have certain summer expectations for early Friday and Saturday evenings. Pool, French 75, light bites. NYLO Dallas South Side is on point with its SODA bar and rooftop pool. A DJ and stellar downtown views don’t hurt. 1325 S. Lamar St., nylohotels.com
12. Tenors of the Times
Are they the Fab Four for the 21st century? Combining pop, folk and opera, the hot young Canadian vocal quartet, e Tenors, performs June 28 at the Winspear Opera House. We love their dulcet tones, good looks and musical range. The band has just released its second album, Lead With Your Heart. Attpac.org
13.Rio Room Redux
When Rio Room closed its doors after two years, dancing suffered. And nobody’s glutes look quite the same. Not to worry, tiny dancers, your favorite hangout was just in for a little nip/tuck, and after some R&R, she’s looking mighty ne thanks to power biz partners Matthew Giese and Andrea Pambechy. With a swing of the double doors, you’ll find yourself in The Travis, a “quintessential discotheque,” they say, but, you know, with little additions like a custom LED-lit inverted pyramid of Austrian lead crystal, a concert-quality lighting control console and a polished black Brazilian granite DJ booth in the center of the club. Dance platforms and stadium style seating included. Beneath it all, you’ll find Suite, a private speak easy style lounge with a back alley entrance, club-worthy sound system, secluded billiards room and a fully stocked 12-foot marble bar, made all the more intimate with mid century modern decor and vintage art. Here’s to many more evenings checking your ethos at the door—we’ll meet you in the basement. 4515 Travis St., rioroom.com
14. Field of Sighs
The soothing sights of sky, water and green grass await midweek evening visitors to the Dallas Arboretum, open from 6 to 10 pm, Tue.-Thu. in June, with concerts, evening strolls while sipping wine and artist-led garden tours. 8525 Garland Road, dallasarboretum.org
15. Lingering Sensation!
Grab a Pendleton blanket and a bottle of wine. Make yourself a picnic basket. Better yet, indulge in food truck snacks from such staples as e Butcher’s Son or Ruthie’s. Klyde Warren park has become the go-to spot for some Sunday afternoon delight for the post brunch (or too hungover to make brunch) crowd. With the constant stream of live bands, on-site games such as croquet, ping pong and a putting green, and plentiful nearby restaurants such as the new Lark on the Park, you’ll be easily entertained all day and into the evening. Cap it all o by catching a show at the Meyerson, strolling the Nasher gardens or learning a little something at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. But seriously, don’t forget the wine and a red Solo cup. 2012 Wood all Rodgers Freeway, klydewarrenpark.org
16. Sip Slowly
Beau Joie Champagne is part pinot noir, part chardonnay, with none of the added sugars (no bubbly headache). To match that ’70s Versace-esque, keeps-it-cooler-longer copper casing, put your feet up poolside in oversized sunnies and enjoy the view of the new pool boy. No ice bucket needed. From $100, Pogo’s, In wood Village, beaujoiechampagne.com
17. Hey, Mister DJ
The music makes the party, and in these cases, the DJ culls the crowd. Here, the men who make us dance:
DJ BLAKE WARD Catch the DJ/producer at Sundown at Granada on Tuesdays, and Ku De Ta’s raucous pool on Fridays. His Saturday nights at Beauty Bar have garnered quite the cult following.
DJ SOBER, AKA WILL RHOTEN Speaking of Beauty Bar, the dance hall’s ursday nights are a Dallas hit, thanks to Sober’s “Big Bang” night. Strut up and down It’ll Do’s LED dance oor at his “Top Notch” night every rst Friday of the month. See you there June 7.
DJ RED EYE, AKA SCOTTIE CANFIELD His house/ techno music make for the perfect Saturday nights at It’ll Do. A lifesaver when you’ve just ducked out of a less-than-exciting early evening a air and shouted “4322 Elm! STAT!” at your driver.
DJ TYRONE SMILE ACME F&B just fixed brunch, if it needed xing. Catch Smiley from noon to 4 every Sunday. Pairs well with mimosas.
18. Cinema Suave
For everyone who has ever likened movie dining to bad, unhealthy and unsatisfying for the price, date nights are about to change in a refreshingly upscale way. e dinner-and-a-movie experience has a new LOOK in North Dallas, thanks to the opening of LOOK Cinemas, an 11-screen, 1,900- seat stadium theater complex that houses Nick & Sam’s Grill and, to open later this summer, Coal Vines Pizza and Wine Bar. The project is the brainchild of Dallas entrepreneurs Tom Stephenson, a theater industry vet who founded Rave Motion Pictures, and investor Brian Mason, chairman of the board of Preston State Bank. e pair partnered with restaurateur Joseph Palladino to develop the concept. For an even more grownup experience, head to e Lofts, three theaters designed for the 21-and older crowd, with a lobby bar and small-plate offerings. 5409 Belt Line Road, lookcinemas.com
19. Let’s Hear It for the Boys
Gay men in the know flock to BOI Thursdays at Winstons Supper club. 3111 Welborn Ave., Ste. 110, winstonssupperclub.com. And pop-up parties are the new normal. Dick’s Night Out is the men-only monthly mixer, on June 21, July 26 and Aug. 16 at Altitude at the W. Check them out on Facebook. 2440 Victory Park Lane, wdallasvictory.com
20. 31 Flavors
Summer nights are hot and sticky; food should be light and the Champagne must ow. Bistro 31’s breezy patio now serves chef Steve Liang’s mix of fresh sushi rolls, Italian crudo and oysters. Big eye tuna crudo with black sea salt and taggiasca olives and a Kir 31 (aka Kir Royale) should do the trick. 87 Highland Park Village, bistro31dallas.com