Fun Bars Plz...
Looking for recommendations on some fun bars in Dallas and neighboring areas. M meeting up with a friend after a while so not smth that's so loud that we can't hear each other talk but live music and stuff is fine. If it has stellar cocktails, that's an added bonus.
more deets; tonight? you eating or just drinking, how "nice"? what's "stellar", girly drinks? not a beer bar? scene-y?
indie - this is probably too late, unless you're going out again tonight., but...
I haven't been to Pegu or Milk and Honey... so these may be off the mark. But, for me, best and most interesting cocktails available are at Neighborhood Services Tavern on Henderson. The GM/Bartender is part owner of Employees Only in NYC, so that can give you a sense of the cocktails that he makes. But the bar is smallish (maybe 10 seats?), and it fills up with people waiting for tables so maybe not the best destination for a night of drinking.
You can also get very well made cocktails at The Windmill on Maple (near Inwood). The place is a dive, but (if you manage to avoid karaoke night) it's a good for hanging out and talking over drinks. Really good panini too, btw.
The only places I've been to that regularly have live music are The Balcony Club (in Lakewood) and Pearl (downtown) - both often have a jazz band playing. I'm not aware of any impressive cocktails, but I like the atmosphere.
Beer wise, I like the Meddlesome Moth (design district) - outstanding beer selection, interesting menu and a nice environment. I don't think I've been there when it's crowded, so I don't know how that scene would be, but it's worth the risk. Also good is Eno's in Bishop Arts - solid beer selection and very good pizza and salads. Barcadia and Lee Harvey's are also good places to hang out, dominantly for environment/atmosphere, but they have some good food and drinks and specials as well.
All of these places have a fairly distinctive atmosphere that I like... but none have what I'd consider a typical Dallas "scene", which I tend to avoid.
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