Main Street Garden is a little park right in the middle of downtown. It has a good stretch of green, a little playground and a cafe (whose operating hours seem to be “whenever the hell we want to be open”). It also has a digital art display and some pretty rad looking green walls. The park is free and open to the public, although sometimes special events are held in the space (like Dallas’ annual Homegrown Music Festival). The best thing about Main Street Garden is that it seems to be right under everyone’s radar; unless there is a special event, it’s never crowded.
Sammons Park is basically the large courtyard area in the Arts District that’s between the Winspear Opera House and the Wylie Theater. Nestled amongst the arts district and downtown, the park provides a serene atmosphere to view the city, relax, or have a picnic. One of the nicest features of this urban space is the large reflecting pool that’s basically a large black slab with a thin layer of water over it that creates a pristine reflection. The park hosts a variety of concerts, events and even yoga and draws everyone from families to students of nearby Booker T. Washington High School.
Bid farewell to 2010 at the annual Cotton Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day. Bands and drill teams from across the United States will make their way through Downtown Dallas.
Celebrating in Dallas has never been easier, thanks to the Ghostbar at the W Hotel. On any given weekend, several bachelor/bachelorettes can be seen parting ways with singlehood, birthday toasts are being made and the closing of a big business deal is capped off with good times at Ghostbar. From the chromed-out mirrored elevator where you ride all the way up to the top of the hotel, you can already hear the music pumping.
To make your evening more exclusive and comfortable, call ahead and make a reservation for Vodka bottle service. You won’t be disappointed with the first class service, VIP treatment and extra introductions that you wouldn’t be privy to otherwise. Step out on to the glass balcony when the weather permits; the view of downtown Dallas is as spectacular as it is vast. It’s the perfect spot to sip a cocktail, enjoy a little dancing, or share a romantic moment.
Plush is exactly like it sounds: extravagant, easy on the eyes and glamorous. This Vegas-style nightclub scoops up the going-out crowd each week by featuring events like the All-White Party, hot spinners like DJ Sno White, excessive decor and a one of a kind two-story long video screen.
World-renowned DJs drop their beats every night at Plush, giving clubbers a reason to keep coming back for more. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Dallas and within walking distance of other pubs and bars, Plush is the epitome of club-style “dress to impress.” Plenty of hard bodies and hard liquor abound, and the music ranges from popular favorites to hardcore hip-hop. If this is your scene, Plush is more than just a dance club or bar to order a cocktail, it’s a place to show off and make your mark.
Something smells fishy in downtown Dallas- in a very, very good way. Located at the Texas historic landmark Busch-Kirby Building, Chef Randy Morgan offers creative seafood dishes made from fresh deliveries from all over the world. The menu is whimsical and changes from week to week, always offering a new adventure.
The Wine Lounge offers 24 wines on tap so you can taste all that Dallas Fish Market has to offer and determine which will become your signature. If you can’t decide, ask Wine Director George Calderon for his recommendations.
With delicious dishes like Black Truffle Wrapped Chilean Sea Bass and Grilled Farm Raised Scottish Salmon, a nice glass of wine and a side of Baked 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese, you’ll feel like you’re off the coast of Maine instead of dining on Main Street.
It’s the most hassle-free place in Dallas to get a drink if you are a tired convention center attendee…and even if you’re not. The WXYZ bar in the brand new Aloft Hotel is strategically placed across the street from City Hall and the convention center, which makes for some surefire meet-ups with travelers at the bar.
With its colorful lighting and comfy lounge couches, WXYZ might have a nightclub look, but the bartenders are low-key and personable and you don’t have to yell over anyone to order a drink. This is truly a spot to get away from the traditional “see and be seen” crowd and have a quiet conversation and a delicious cocktail. And hey, if you happen to have one too many, you can always check in to one of the hotel’s affordable rooms for close to the same price you might spend on a cab to get home.
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to live in a downtown loft, a stay at the Aloft Hotel just might satisfy your curiosity. Nine foot tall ceilings and exposed original columns in the historic building give off an urban feel, but with a major dose of luxury; Bliss spa products, dreamy platform beds, and 42 inch televisions round out the rooms.
If you’d like to get your sweat or swim on, a fully-equipped fitness center and salt water heated pool are at your disposal. If exploring downtown Dallas is on your to-do list, simply walk out the front doors and you’re on your way. The hotel is literally steps from City Hall, the Dallas Convention Center, and numerous bars and restaurants.
Staying inside the hotel can prove to be just as exciting with the WXYZ bar located in the center of the modern-chic lobby. With rooms starting below $110 per night, you can experience the big city life at its finest with only a small dent in your pocketbook.
Cookies and milk have stood the test of time as a combination that creates the warm, fuzzy feeling. Hotel Lawrence is clearly in the warm fuzzies business, because it serves just that in the lobby at 8:00 p.m. every night.
Besides the sweet treats, this European style hotel that dates back to 1925 also boasts spectacular views of downtown and is walking distance from Reunion Tower, several parks, the Dallas World Aquarium and the Sixth Floor Museum. Founders Grill restaurant offers great meals and room service, and complimentary breakfast is provided to kick start your day. Free transportation within a 3-mile radius is perfect for out of towners who need to do business downtown without the hassle of cabs or shuttles.
The historic look and feel evoke a warmth and comfort that can’t be found in newer, more modern architectural styles and designs. Not to mention those delicious cookies and milk that will have you sleeping like a baby. Sweet dreams!