It doesn't matter what sort of gift you're looking for — artwork, fragrances, flowers — you're likely to find something at Grange Hall. This curious Uptown shop offers a bit of European flavor in the middle of Texas, with unique objects that can border on the bizarre but tend to fall on the right side of the weird line by adding a touch of whimsy to the proceedings. Oh, and the store is also home to Urban Flower, arguably the best flower shop in the city and supplier to many of the area's best hotels/restaurants/party hosts.
A clean dive bar sounds like an oxymoron, but that describes the Windmill Lounge pretty much perfectly. This Oak Lawn establishment is low-key from the outside — well, if you disregard the neon windmill on top of the building — and eclectic on the inside, featuring a smattering of mid-century tables and couches. Outside you'll find a carpeted front patio that's ideal for watching the time pass, and the jukebox is always a favorite. But the real draw here is the drinks, which are cheap — including $3 highball specials — and crafted with extraordinary care, using a surprisingly upscale and diverse selection of liquors and house-made syrups. In other words, take the best parts of a cocktail bar, combine them with the best attributes of a dive, and you'll have something similar to this.
We love golf. We love quality, American-made goods. So it's no surprise that we're big fans of Pebble + Pine. Located in the Bishop Arts District, this new-ish store features 100% American-made golf and lifestyle goods, including golf lessons, books, and equipment, as well as cologne, apparel, Hill-Side neckwear, accessories, Baxter of California grooming products, and leather goods. With a laid-back, DIY-style showfloor and beers available for sipping while you shop, it's a great place to hit on your way to or from the course.
You'd expect great treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas — it is a Ritz-Carlton, after all — but it still offers a number of surprises, both expected and unexpected. Touches like the world-class Fearing's restaurant, the massive 12,000 square-foot spa, the salon, the largest ballroom in downtown, the Chauffeured Bentley house car, rainfall shower heads, and luxurious beds in each of the 218 rooms and suites. But perhaps the biggest surprise is the complimentary Guacamologist experience at 6 pm every night in the Lobby Lounge, where a seasoned chef will teach you how to make spot-on guacamole while you savor the samples and mini martinis, courtesy of the hotel. Now that's what we call a Happy Hour.
No, that's not a joke — Billy Bob's Texas is a real place. And considering its size — over 11,000 square feet — and the lineup of talent they bring, it's no joking matter, either. This massive multi-functional venue offers a large stage, which has played host to names like George Jones, Willie Nelson, Alabama, Loretta Lynn, and Dierks Bentley, as well as a restaurant that specializes in Southern-style dishes like BBQ'd brisket and ribs, chili, and quail sliders, an arena that hosts live bill riding (!), a large dance floor, an arcade with plenty of games and billiards tables, and, of course, plenty of spots to grab a cold refreshment.
Casual atmosphere doesn't have to mean questionable food. Bolsa proves this point by mixing a fun vibe with great food. The farm-to-table menu may be on the short side, but includes smart takes on classics like bruschetta, flatbreads, gnocchi, and even burgers, as well as a weekend brunch menu that features highlights like chilaquiles, duck fat biscuits, and pastrami hash. The cocktail menu is solid as well, and is perhaps best enjoyed on a hot summer day out on the large, rustic patio — although we're sure the drinks taste just as good when admiring the historic interior.
As you can tell from the name, Lee Harvey's doesn't take itself too seriously. Which is good, because on the whole, it's not a very serious place. It is, however, a dive bar of the first order, set in a converted old house with a U-shaped bar serving up strong drinks and bottled domestic beer and small seating area. There's a kitchen that cranks out above-average grub — the $1 fish tacos on Mondays are not to be missed — but the real highlight is the huge, fenced-in back yard/patio featuring a smattering of wooden tables, a porch that serves as a stage, and and plenty of room for your pooch to do some mingling of his/her own.
Erected in 1912 and named after its builder — Adolphus Busch — The Adolphus has long been Dallas' premiere place to stay. The 21-story Beaux Arts palace is comprised of 422 guest rooms, as well as multiple meeting rooms, dining and drinking establishments — yes, they serve Budweiser — a fitness center, and the obligatory gift shop. It's also within walking distance of tons of other parks, restaurants, and entertainment venues, making it an ideal spot whether you're in town for business or pleasure.
Whether you're looking for something for your home or office, something local or imported, odds are you can find it at We Are 1976. This Lower Greenville shop plays host to a carefully-curated selection of home goods, objects d' art, collectible toys, books, jewelry, clothing, and even candy. While a good number of the pieces are made locally, plenty also come from all over the world, giving the store a unique, eclectic vibe that you won't find anywhere else. With a gallery and ongoing workshops, there's something here for pretty much everyone.
You could go out to a restaurant for a fine Italian meal, or you could cook your own using provisions you picked up at Jimmy's Food Store. Family owned since its founding over 40 years ago, this well-regarded shop offers family specialties like handmade sausage and meat balls, lasagna, and Italian cakes and cookies, a large range of imported and domestic cheeses and meats, Italian sweets, terrific takeout sandwiches, and, of course, wine — a whole section dedicated to it, in fact, with free in-store tastings held every weekend. As for the restaurants? Not to worry — a lot of them shop at Jimmy's as well. [Scouted by Kyle]
Oh, sure — Hotel ZaZa Dallas offers some very nicely-appointed guest rooms. Some even have balconies. But the hotel's real claim to fame are its themed suites. The Concept Suites range wildly in theme, from the '60s-style Shag-a-Delic to the Paris-inspired Moulin Rouge, and things get even crazier in the Magnificent Seven Suites, with Hitchcock-, Geisha-, Leonardo-, and even Rock Star-themed rooms. There's more to the hotel than just the rooms, of course, including the award-winning Dragonfly restaurant, an art gallery, a spa and fitness center, and a poolside lounge.
There seems to be somewhat of an argument over which is the better item at Victor Tango's: the food, or the drinks. This strikes us as a great problem to have. The food menu is dominated by tapas-like small plates — the Ahi Tuna Nachos are a particular standout — while the drink menu is filled with intelligent, modern interpretations of classic drinks, as well as a few originals, all prepared and served with care. Just don't be fooled by the name — no matter what you might think, this isn't a dance hall. [Scouted by Mark]