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Keeping Tabs: On Premise in Deep Ellum

It seems like every new bar these days is painstakingly planned by seasoned food-and-drink folks. This creates a certain expectation: that the décor and vibe will be just-so; that the cocktails and bar bites will be tasty and creative. On Premise, brought to you by restaurateurs Chris Beardon and Adam Salazar (of The Mitchell) and Chef Brian Zenner (formerly of Oak), does not disappoint. In fact, it’s almost too perfect.

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Keeping Tabs: Henderson Avenue’s The Eberhard

The Eberhard’s strange name refers to Eberhard Anheuser, the “Anheuser” half of Anheuser-Busch beer. It was founded by four of Eberhard’s descendants, who obviously spared no expense in creating this expansive new club: The bar is 65 feet long, glittering chandeliers hang overhead, and there’s an iconic Anheuser-Busch beer wagon parked near the front door. Most of the time, the place has an upscale bar-and-restaurant vibe with plenty of tables, comfortable booths, and flatscreen TVs. Late at night, though, the chairs disappear, the music turns up, and The Eberhard transforms into Henderson’s newest nightclub.

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Pour Judgment: A New ‘Secret’ Uptown Bar, Atwater Alley

Henry’s Majestic opened last October in the space that once housed ACME F&B. The restaurant and bar from the team behind Bread Winners Café has been plating dinner, brunch, and now lunch, and shaking up some serious cocktails ever since. Alex Fletcher, previously of the People’s Last Stand and more recently Victor Tango’s, has crafted a complex and rotating drink menu that packs a punch.

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Flashback Friday: 100 Bars! The Most Complete Dallas Nightlife Guide Ever

Sporting one of the coolest ‘80s covers that I’ve come across in the archives, this flashback teases “The most complete Dallas nightlife guide ever.” The 1981 issue steers readers to 100 of Dallas’ most noteworthy watering holes. From the still up-and-running Stoneleigh P to the recently razed Club Schmitz, this comprehensive offering is like a time machine to Dallas barhopping of yesteryear.

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Pour Judgment: Midnight Rambler in the Basement of the Joule Hotel

Midnight Rambler opened in the basement of the Joule Hotel at the beginning of the month, and has been shaking up craft cocktails every night since. The cocktail den was designed by the team behind trendy boutique — also located in the Joule Hotel — TenOverSix. The aesthetics are as curated as the drinks. The vibe is ’60s chic and the space is filled with brass bar stools, plush leather couches, vintage-looking (and actual vintage) tables, books, records, art and plants.

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Where to Watch the World Cup 2014 in Dallas

Starting June 12, bets will be made, bars will be claimed, and the peoples of the world will pick sides when it comes to rooting for the football (say “soccer” and you’re better off watching alone on your couch) champions of FIFA World Cup 2014.

For 30 days and 30 nights, fanatics will live off a steady diet of beer, burgers, wings, and other respectable bar food to celebrate the highest level of play of the world’s most popular sport. Vuvuzelas may ring through the streets, and you could find yourself unknowingly shouting “GOALLLLLLLLL” in your sleep.

Make the necessary preparations now, and stake out your preferred watch party location now. Depending on your country of allegiance, we have the breakdown of where to be and what to expect.

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Where to Wear Your Sombrero and Shoot Tequila for Cinco de Mayo in Dallas

If you’re looking for deals on Mexican munchies, we’ve got your guide. If you’re in the mood for a little liquid to wash it all down, we’ve got you covered there, too. In no particular order, find a lineup of events that’ll allow you to rock a sombrero and sling tequila shots all weekend long, right into the wee hours of Tuesday.

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Where to Watch the Final Four Play in Dallas

Even if you’re not among the lucky few who scored tickets, there are still ample opportunities to get in on the action. Superfans should check out Bracket Town, a meet-up for anyone bitten by the March Madness bug. And even if you couldn’t care less about the sport, there’s a free music festival for you, Friday through Sunday. If you’re only interested in the proceedings for bragging rights in your office tournament and as an excuse for the few extra drinks you’re allowing yourself this week, here’s where you should watch your teams.

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The Slip Inn is Moving

The Dallas Observer has just announced that Dallas’ favorite dance floor is closing its doors after years and years at 1806 McMillan Ave.

Nightlife folks first mourned The Loon’s departure from Uptown, and now the same thing is happening with The Slip Inn. Both bars are searching for a new space to house their loyal patrons.

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10 Places to Party for St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas 2014

If you’re looking for places to party, we hope you’ve considered the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade. From there, where you end up might depend on how far you wandered down Greenville Avenue. Or, you could hatch a plan to select a bar (with drink specials aplenty) and make it your hangout. And if Saturday won’t be your big day, there are plenty of ways to feel the luck of the Irish Friday through Monday.

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Pour Judgment: Cozy Into a Booth with a Downtown View at The Woolworth

Stone Street Martini Lounge has been reincarnated as The Woolworth. Located around the corner from Campisi’s and up a flight of stairs, this low-key bar is a worthy addition to the blossoming downtown scene. The atmosphere: Dark wood, dim lighting, and private booths give The Woolworth the feel of old-school jazz. This bar even has its […]

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Pour Judgment: You Can’t Help But Have Texas On Your Mind at The Rustic

The night that The Rustic opened, my Facebook feed exploded. It seemed like all of my friends were there, checking out the scene and watching part-owner Pat Green strum his heart out on the outdoor stage. Obviously, my curiosity was mounting, and after hearing my friend Courtney talk about the “calf fries,” I had to […]

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