Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Date night in DFW: How to impress that special someone May 16-19
Take in a party, a photo exhibit, or a festival.
Welcome to a new series we like to call Date night in DFW. There are so many great things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth -- too many, maybe. We'll comb through our extensive database and pick a few events, each with highly-recommended restaurants nearby. Here's hoping we can help you impress your date as you dine and do in Dallas.
Write to us in the comments if you have other date suggestions for this weekend.
Byron and Blue Fish: If you're looking for a lively date night, take him or her to the Byron Nelson Pavilion party Thursday night at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving. These under-the-stars parties are quintessentially "Dallas" and will afford you both the opportunity to dress in your country club best, if only for an evening.
Start with dinner at Blue Fish in Las Colinas. The extensive raw and cooked menu will satisfy eaters of all types. Hope you're ready to get close: Most sushi rolls are best shared. While you're at it, get a large sake to share. You'll be cuddled up together in no time.
Then head to the Byron, where Stoney LaRue plays Thursday night. Get your talking in during dinner, as you should expect big crowds and loud music once you arrive at the pavilion party. With enough people-watching to entertain you all night, you'll have plenty to talk about on the car ride home.
Photo exhibit + dinner at Oak: Love isn’t always about Bryan Adams songs and heart-shaped necklaces. For those with a darker streak, Photographs Do Not Bend gallery offers a thrilling glimpse into the romance of the underworld with their Scene of the Crime II exhibition perfect for a modern day (metaphoric) Bonnie and Clyde.
The show features photographs spanning the 20th century dating as early as 1902. Shots include mob characters – such as Albert Anastasia – and a few surprises such as a “transvestite robber” taken by legendary New York crime photographer Weegee. Because the exhibition features actual crime scenes with “visceral detail that may be difficult to view,” we suggest grabbing dinner first, and Chef Jason Maddy’s acclaimed Oak Restaurant is just the place. Expect sophisticated indulgences like goat cheese agnolotti with beet, horseradish, and pumpkin seed oil; swordfish on heirloom rice with consommé and squid; and a cocktail with wicked allure, the Lolita.
Return like a moth to a flame to nearby Meddlesome to discuss the philosophy of evil over another classic cocktail or heady beer. Scene of the Crime II runs through June 22. PDNB is open until 6 p.m. regularly, with special late hours until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.
Fort Worth Music Festival and Flying Saucer: Music and beer are a match made in heaven. The Fort Worth Music Festival at Panther Island Pavilion is a two-day party that boasts a lineup of reputable rock, indie, and jam bands. The funky sounds of Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk or the pop bliss of The Walkmen may be the perfect excuse to get a little closer and share a dance with your date.
You’ll undoubtedly need food for fuel to keep up with the beat. For that, we recommend a hearty burger or bratwurst from the Flying Saucer in downtown Fort Worth. The menu has an array of tasty vegetarian options, like the Hippie Burger or Lauren’s Goat Cheese Salad, as well as shareable appetizers that are all best when washed down with one of the bar’s craft brews.
If those dancing shoes are still rocking after the last performance of the festival, local venues Live Oak Music Hall, Lola’s, The Grotto, and Magnolia Motor Lounge are all hosting after-shows. Keep up with the details on the festival’s Facebook page.
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