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The Loon Must Move to a New Location in Dallas

The Loon prepares to fly.

According to a loyal Disher with a bod for gin and tonics and a brain for scoopage, The Loon, one of the most revered bars in Dallas, is looking for a new location. Why? The land the building sits on was sold to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy. A cursory Google search shows there are already 935 CVS locations in Dallas. Do we really need another? I could argue we would not need so many pharmacies if we had more bars like The Loon. A recent independent study conducted by a senior research analyst shows that stiff drinks and a friendly staff relieve the symptoms of a common cold better than Nyquil.

Dallas just lost an iconic bartender, Louis Canelakes, who learned his trade behind the bar at Joe Miller’s, the bar that preceded The Loon. Canelakes was a young, cocky bartender at Joe Miller’s until the death of Miller in 1985. Canelakes started his own place, Louie’s, and Joe Miller’s widow sold the business to the current owner, Cliff Gonzalez.

Where will Gonzales take The Loon? He has to be out of the building by March 31, 2014. Developing.

Update: Owner Cliff Gonzales just called. He has three or four options for a new location. He plans to stay in the same part of town. Gonzales promises one wingdinger of a going away party in March. Stay tuned.

35 comments on “The Loon Must Move to a New Location in Dallas

  1. because the walgreens at the corner of lemmon and mckinney is just way too far away for anyone who lives in the west village.

  2. A recent, independent study of this article, conducted by me, concluded that D Magazine either has a Senior Research Analyst named “shows”, or needs to hire a more senior editor.

  3. Seriously, another lame CVS? That land is too valuable and should be used for housing or retail that people can walk to. I hope the City Plan Commission denies this request unless it’s part of a more urban development.

  4. The existing Walgreens already pushed out the Stepladder Pub years ago. It’s the medical-pharma industrial complex conspiring against the drinker.

  5. They actually have it right. For you to have interpreted it as a research analyst named “shows,” it would have had to read: “A recent independent study conducted by senior research analyst, shows, stiff drinks…”

  6. I’ve been a Loon goer for about seven years now. Love the place; Cliff, the owner, is a good guy. Here is to hoping that he can find a great location to keep serving us those stiff cocktails.

  7. As long as my Santa stocking hat will remain up this holiday season, fine. I wonder if that green corduroy couch will be put into some time capsule or museum? LOL.

  8. Noooooo…..I like The Loon just where it is! Seriously, another CVS?
    The only way I can support that is if they (CVS) is working out of the back of The Loon with some serious hangover remedy.

  9. Noooooo….I like The Loon just where it is! Seriously, another CVS?
    The only way I can support that is if they (CVS) is working out of the back room of The Loon dispensing some magical hangover remedy!

  10. I’m not sure that the Loon’s staff qualifies as “friendly.” “Gruff,” “short,” and “no-nonsense,” maybe…

  11. It’s all good. I’d rather drink on Lowest Greenville these days anyways. Let’s leave Uptown to the McDouches.

  12. I would say this isn’t bad news. The loon is always shit packed. Probably best they find a newer, bigger place.

  13. We’ll gladly accept all of the Uptown defectors in Lowest Greenville! Come on down, and bring The Loon with you!

  14. EXACTLY! Why can’t people just have a shot of Jagermeister at the Loon when they have a cold?

  15. this is for you Loon fans!!! Its giong to be a CVS pharmacy!!! Uggggggg , like we need another one of those!!! Very sad!

  16. No kidding. Both there’s at least two large and open slots between the Nora and Daddy Jacks in Lower Greenville. As well, the old Studio One location off of Malcolm X in Deep Ellum is now up for grabs.

  17. “a bod for gin and tonics and a brain for scoopage” You just made my day. I was wrong when I thought Tim Rogers was the most hilarious person at D!

  18. And so the re-gentrification of Uptown continues(as if it weren’t gentrified enough!). The addition of a CVS matters not at all compared to the loss of the Loon. Even if it stays in Uptown, it almost certainly will not be in a location as convenient, with as much parking, as it has now. I know, it’s not like Uptown has a shortage of watering holes. There are plenty of places to stop in and wet your whistle. New places are opening up all the time. The Rustic is an outstanding example. But most of these places are not of the “laid back” variety. Like Frankie’s, which we lost just recently, the Loon has a casual, almost unprepossessing atmosphere, conducive to making the place a “drop in anytime” kind of joint, as opposed to a “special occasion” type of establishment. The only other place in Uptown I can think of with the same vibe is the Quarter Bar. If that closes, the bar scene in Uptown will officially become “gentry”.

  19. There’s nowhere near 935 CVS stores in Dallas. There’s only 35. Close, though.

  20. Why does it matter? Honest reporting is not necessary with discussing The Loon. It’s like the White House discussing Obamacare’s success. I have many great memories from the current location, but hope for more at the new venue.

  21. I am SO SICK of this CVS/Walgreens across-the-street over-saturation marketing strategy.
    They carry the SAME PRODUCTS…why infest our neighborhood with this idiotic redundancy???

  22. Where is B-RAD in this article? I like the loon because of him and MII. Cliff is an asshole.and should be glad he has good people watching the best bar in Dallas. D Magazine got it wrong B-RAD runs the door.