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Mar 12, 2008 04:31 PM

Drinking and Eating in Downtown Dallas

So the annual Shakespeare Association of America conference is being held this weekend at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.... As much as I enjoy attending, these people make me want to drink (and I suppose I need a bit of food to settle the stomach). Are there any interesting bars, either upscale or hole-in-the-wall, within walking distance of the Fairmont (which is, from what I gather, in the Dallas Arts District)? And what about restaurants? I've looked at Abacus and Stephen Pyle from the boards, but it is difficult for me to get a sense of where things are in Dallas. Local also seems appealing, if it is not too far. Walking distance (or a short cab ride) is essential.

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  1. You are going to be VERY close to Stephen Pyles. I wouldn't miss that. Abacus is a cab ride away. So is Local. Charlie Palmer's new place is within walking distance, depending on how far you like to walk. The restaurant at the Nasher Sculpture Center isn't too bad either and it should be good weather, if you haven't been.

    Victory Park is a good spot that is a very short cab ride away. Several restaurants and bars. Visually interesting as well.

    Bars... City Tavern is a very relaxed place on Main St. Again, you could walk. Not quite a dive, but not a club atmosphere either. Pearl is a bar at Pearl and Commerce, also walking distance. Relaxed, casual. Once you start walking around downtown you'll see things...