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Pour Judgment: Parliament Serves Up Theatrics With Its Cocktails

It’s half past seven on Friday night. Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, who is adorned in his usual attire — a button down baby blue shirt, vest, tie and fedora — is hunched over a block of ice on the patio of his newly-opened bar, with a chainsaw in his hand. The well-known Dallas cocktail slinger, and now bar owner, has a knack for theatrics. Over the course of my time spent at Parliament, I watched bartenders chip away at ice with metal picks, ignite orange twists with blow torches (a common practice when making old fashioneds) and saw through enormous blocks of ice.

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Flashback Friday: A Step Back in Dallas Dining History

I came across this beaut while thumbing through the archives earlier in the week. It’s the December 1982 issue of D Magazine, and you’d better believe that the inside pages are as magnificent as the cover. There’s a story on winter fashion — featuring cashmere-lined leather driving gloves and a raccoon fur coat — one on the art of calligraphy and the cover story, “The Best Drinks in Dallas.” The Grape, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (then, just The Mansion) and Stoneleigh P are all featured, as well as a handful of watering holes that have inevitably dried up. Click on the images to enlarge, and take a step back in Dallas dining history.

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Pour Judgment: Great Service and Good Craft Cocktails at the Bowen House

When popular vintage shop Ahab Bowen closed in 2011, Dallas fashionistas were devastated. The house stood unused until five weeks ago, when it reopened as another business honoring the past, Victorian era-themed bar, Bowen House. I stopped by Saturday night at 9 pm to get a feel for the place and to sample the drinks.

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At the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival, There’s Lots to Love

Restaurateurs, craft breweries, distilleries, and food artisans showcased their most savory treats to Fort Worth Food and Wine festival-goers this past weekend, bringing flavors of both Fort Worth and Dallas to the masses. I was lucky enough to attend two of the many events the festival had to offer, including the Grand Tasting and Sip & Savor events at the Renaissance Worthington. With enough food and drinks to go around, I can tell you I will not be eating for another week. But I will probably be hitting up one of the restaurants I sampled at the festival.

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Bubble Soccer at the Social House’s BackYard Space Starts This Friday

The Social House in Uptown’s BackYard space soft opened March 6, and it’s essentially a big play pen for adults. Giant-size beer pongs, giant Jenga, Twister, and hula hoops make this the best non-kiddie playground in town. 100 taps + games? Yeah, we’re pretty much down.

This weekend, though, the fun gets a thousand times better with the addition of bubble soccer. If you haven’t heard of bubble soccer, you should really watch Jimmy Fallon play it with Colin Farrell, Chris Pratt, and Frank Knuckles in the video above.

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Feel the Burn (While Boozing) on the Buzz Bike

Just like Houston, Austin, and Fort Worth, Dallas now has its very own bicycle pub. If you haven’t seen the 16-person, pedal-powered vehicle—dubbed The Buzz Bike—roaming the streets of Dallas, you will soon.

D Magazine editor Cristina Daglas, who has taken a similar ride in Milwaukee, volunteered to be my partner in crime for the tour this past Sunday. During our two-hour ride, we biked four miles, took two stops for libations, and raced (and lost to) the Uptown trolley. I also burned 467 calories, according to my Fit Bit.

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The Blind Butcher on Greenville Avenue

The Blind Butcher quietly opened in early January. The owners are the same dudes behind one of Dallas’ favorite watering holes, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House. This neatly oiled man-den has a finely trimmed beard, a hand-stitched leather, gazelle-skin chic attitude, and lots of black. An exposed brick wall gives a rustic embrace to the clean darkness of the bar, tables, and pretty much everything else donned in darkness. With all the masculine, refined sleekness, the stylish skills of the owners is hard to miss. If Eustace Conway became a bar, this would be it.

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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew This Weekend, Dec. 13-15

Despite this cold and rainy weather, there are a ton of fun things happening this weekend. I know y’all want to snuggle indoors, but push that thought to the back of your head. Ignore those voices. Go out. Drive at a normal speed on North Central Expressway. (All you people clogging up the highways during traffic hour, I shake my fist at you.) YOLO, baby.

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Weather Food and Wine Pairing: McFarland Signature Cuisine in Dallas

Look outside your windows. See that Tiffany blue sky? It’s about to disappear and turn evil. Let’s plan a McFarland Signature Cuisine menu for the weekend.

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The Loon Must Move to a New Location in Dallas

According to a loyal Disher with a bod for booze 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?

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