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5 Best Places in Uptown to Grab a Drink After Work

You work your ass off all day. You deserve to kick back and enjoy a nice, refreshing cocktail once quitting time rolls around. Thankfully, there are tons of great bars and restaurants in and around the Uptown, Dallas area – many of them conveniently located within walking distance. Whether you’re planning on commiserating with your favorite co-workers, you’re meeting up with friends after a long, hard day, or you’re stopping in for a quick drink on your own, here are a few of our favorite local watering holes.

Parliament

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If you’re looking for a great place to hang with great happy hour drink specials, you’ll want to swing by Parliament. The somewhat inconspicuous locale provides for a laid back, comfortable atmosphere and the impressive list of drink options prepared by expert bartenders makes it well-worth the visit. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday 5-8pm or any day that it’s raining.

Bowen House

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Have a more distinguished drink palette? Sit back and let the mixologists at Bowen House whip up some craft cocktails for you and your crew. The only thing cooler than the drinks here is the chill vibe. Hungry? They’ve got you covered. We recommend the steak tar tar for an appetizer and the vegetarian-friendly zucchini pasta. Happy hour is from 4-7 with a variety of drink and snack options.

Atwater Alley

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When it comes to hidden gems, the Atwater Alley is where it’s at. Don’t try to find a fancy sign. Just head down the alley behind Henry’s Majestic and look for the door with double A’s on it (one right side up, one upside down). Despite the modern drink options and creative bar staff, you’ll feel like you just stumbled back in time into a 1920’s speakeasy. Trust us – this one’s an experience you have to try.

Kennedy Room

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This place bills itself as a “neighborhood bar,” but in our opinion, the atmosphere is more like visiting friends than sitting at a bar – especially with their plush leather couches and antique upholstered high back chairs. It’s a truly unique place to throw a few back, shoot some pool and enjoy some delicious and surprisingly affordable drink and food specials.

Upside West Village

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We’d be remiss if we failed to include Upside West Village in our list of “best cocktail bars in Uptown.” While their menu and drink specials may be on the pricy side, it’s the magnificent views from their rooftop location that make this hot spot one worth visiting. Heaters and a fire pit will keep you warm on chilly nights and the covered canopy allows for great views of the Dallas skyline regardless of weather.

If you live or work in the Uptown area of Dallas, you owe it to yourself to give these five awesome places a try. Perfect for that after-work cocktail, meeting up with friends, a late-night date night or even hitting the town solo. Cheers!

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What’s Going Down in Dallas (November – December 2017)

Not sure what to do in Dallas this coming November to December? Plan your activities as early as now and take part in the fun and exciting events that are coming up in the next two months.

Things To Do In Dallas

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST

November 5-6, 2017

Cinemark 17 with IMAX, 11819 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, TX 75234

With the success of previous cinema events that featured Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, acclaimed animated features distributor GKIDS and Fathom Events have partnered up to bring one of the most beloved series of Japanese animated movies to Dallas. Catch the Studio Ghibli Fest and see firsthand why the studio has become a household name.

 

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS – DALLAS/MCKINNEY

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Daily between Nov 17 and Nov 19

Myers Park & Event Center

Catch over 100 unique vendors at Vintage Market Days, a vintage-themed market where customers can find all sorts of authentic vintage items at great prices. If you’re a collector of antique furniture, architectural artifacts, one-of-a-kind decorative items for homes and offices, and other vintage-style items, this event is where you’ll want to be.

 

LIVE REINDEER PARK AND FESTIVAL
Nov 24 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
NorthPark Center

Join Santa Claus and his hardworking reindeer for a unique festival honoring the most famous reindeer of all — Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer! The event will feature a storytelling session, a live reindeer corral, photo opportunities with holiday characters, games, crafts, and treats for the young and the young at heart. Dallas Summer Musicals will also deliver a special performance at this event.

 

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, CHOCOLATE AND SIPS TOUR – PARK CITIES/SWISS AVENUE AREA

5:30 pm – 11:44 pm Every Sat between Dec 2 and Dec 30

Dallas by Chocolate, 4925 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

Enjoy the sight of holiday lights all over by riding in Dallas by Chocolate’s private motorcoach. Taste the best offerings from the finest dessert venues in the locale, and soothe your spirits with spectacular holiday displays across different locations in Dallas. Sip hot chocolate as you sit down, listen to holiday music, and bask in the spirit of the holiday season. Participation includes transportation via private heated motorcoach, dessert samples, beverages and tour guide. As this is a dessert tour, make sure you’ve eaten supper before joining!

 

THE FRISCO BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER BALLET

Dec 9 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reedy High School, 3003 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034

Come and watch The Nutcracker come alive with The Frisco Ballet’s special performance in time for the yuletide season on Saturday, December 9th at Reedy High School in Frisco. Performance times are at 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm. Ticket prices start at $16 per person. You may purchase your tickets at Sheena’s Dance Academy, located at 7975 Stonebrook Pkwy. in Frisco or online at www.thefriscoballet.org/nutcracker.

 

LONE STAR CIRCUS’® CIRQUE JOYEUX

Dec 28 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Dallas Children’s Theater

Enjoy an amazing circus spectacle as you witness thrilling daredevils, electrifying jugglers, mesmerizing acrobats, hilarious clowns, and endearing four-legged performers. Welcome 2018 with a bang, as Dallas’ very own Lone Star Circus showcases some of the world’s most skilled circus performers. Bring your whole family and enjoy this colorful event!

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As you can see there are a TON of things to do in Dallas.  So ask yourself, do you have a friend who is planning to relocate to the Uptown Dallas area and is currently searching for Dallas apartment options? Show them our Apartment Locator tool right here — we’ll help your friend find the perfect place to stay, just in time for the exciting November to December Dallas events!

November 1, 2017 / by / in ,
How to Make Your New Dallas Apartment Feel Like Home

Few things in the world can beat the euphoria of moving into a new apartment. After all the packing and transporting, there’s a certain comfort that comes with you just being able to sit down and enjoy the fact that you’ve successfully relocated to Dallas.

Of course, it’ll only take you about 10 minutes before you start itching for home.

Don’t worry, though! It doesn’t require much effort to transform your new (albeit temporary) living space into a place you could truly call home. We’ve even prepared a handy guide, just for you!

Before anything else: Talk to your landlord first!

You certainly wouldn’t want to be making any changes to your Dallas apartment that would end up violating your contract and incur severe penalties. Before you even so much as plan to move a table or hang a picture, clarify what you can and can’t do.

Once you’re done with that, you can begin setting design goals for your apartment.

Some helpful tips before you begin

  • Define your budget for decorating your apartment, so that you can plan what to buy and avoid overspending.
  • Figure out if you would have the time to do all the renovations in the first place — you don’t want to accidentally end up with a stockroom of unused decorations instead of a comfy apartment!
  • Identify which areas of your apartment you DON’T want to change. Which places in your living space are fine, just the way they are?
  • Remember: When you leave, you’re going to have to take all of that stuff down! Don’t do anything complicated or change anything in a major way that you’d have to take down eventually.

Some suggestions for making your new apartment feel like home

  • Get something to make the place smell good. A lot of people forget this simple but important element. Your eyes aren’t the only things that need to be appeased here – your living space won’t feel like home if it doesn’t smell like it! Considering how easy it is to pick up an air freshener, this should be one of the first things you’ll get done.
  • Start with the most important part of your apartment (to you). It could be your living room area, or your kitchen area, or even your bed. Begin your redecorating with the place where you’ll be staying most often, so that you’ll feel the effects of your efforts quickly.
  • Placement matters. Plan where your utensils and furniture will go, so that everything will feel like they’re right where they’re supposed to be, just like home.
  • Get the right lighting. Set the mood with the right choice of lighting for your rental apartment. Choose something that’s cool to your eyes, but will still provide just the right illumination for your needs.
  • Change the curtains and carpets to designs that are more familiar and appealing. Since these are probably the easiest things to replace in your apartment that would have the most visual impact, it’s a good idea to pick out carpets and curtains to match your preferences.

These are just a handful of suggestions regarding what you can do to feel at home in your rental apartment, while minimizing the possibility of damaging the place or making your eventual departure complicated and messy. Ultimately, go with whatever will make you happy and satisfied. Just as long as it falls within the boundaries of your contract, of course.

In search of the perfect living space for you to lease in the Uptown Dallas area? Discover all of the best options available to you and make the right choice. Use our Apartment Locator service to find exactly the place that you had in mind.

September 20, 2017 / by / in ,
What’s Going Down in Dallas (September – October 2017)

Not sure what to do in Dallas this coming September to October? Plan your activities as early as now and take part in the fun and exciting events that are coming up in the next two months.

 

Things To Do In Dallas

Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form

All throughout September and October
Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Ave.

Even the most subtle differences in approach can make one artist’s body of work so distinct fom another. Take a closer look at the contrasting styles and techniques of two of the world’s most uniquely innovative artists, Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. The exhibit is ongoing at the Meadows Museum, with ticket prices ranging from $4 to $12. Admission for students is free. For more information, visit meadowsmuseumdallas.org.

2017 Blues & Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 3, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CDT)
African American Museum Dallas

If you’re a fan of blues and jazz, you’ll surely have a great time at this one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza. Listen to the beats and sounds of some of the most renowned artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including R.L. Green & Band, Buster Brown Band, Corrian & the Crew, Def to Radio, and Sandra Kaye.

 

Collision Course: Once City Music & Art Festival

September 15, 2017
The Green Elephant, 5627 Dyer St

Organized by The Electronic Dance Music Group of Dallas-Fort Worth (EDM DFW), this festival celebrates Dallas’ diverse music and arts scene and shines the spotlight on the rising superstars of the local creative community. The One City Music & Art Festival will donate $2 from every ticket sold to Vogel Alcove, a shelter providing educational and mental health assistance to Dallas’ homeless children.

90s & 2000s Party | Hip Hop + R&B + Reggae by DJ Phife

 

October 5, 2017, from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM (CDT)
Foundation Room, 2200 North Lamar Street

Enjoy a blast from the past as Dj Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa turns back the clock by a couple of decades. Party with people who cherish the music of the ‘90s and the 2000s, and have a great time at one of the coolest parties this month. For more Information, you may call 214-901-1422.

Flea Style Dallas Fall Show

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)
North Hall, Dallas Market Center

Take your appreciation of creativity to a whole new level at the Flea Style Dallas Fall Show. Featuring over 200 booths showcasing the very best handmade, vintage, and unique lifestyle products, you’ll definitely find something for yourself at this event. Whether you’re looking for a brand new piece to complete your home setup or some one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, you’ll surely have a great time here, as you get your holiday shopping done way ahead of everyone else. Bestselling author Alli Koch will also be there to sign her book, How to Draw Modern Florals.

#FinCon17: Where Money & Media Meet

 

October 25 – 28, 2017 
Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N Olive Street

Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of finance and investing, and learn the most effective ways to grow your personal wealth via digital content at FinCon 2017. Expect the foremost experts on personal finance and investments to be present at this event, where you can build your network and become more adept at creating digital content for this industry. You may visit www.finconexpo.com for more information.

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Do you have a friend who is planning to relocate to the Uptown Dallas area and is currently searching for Dallas apartment options? Show your friend our Apartment Locator tool right here and we’ll help your friend (or you) find the perfect place to stay, just in time for the exciting September to October Dallas events!

August 21, 2017 / by / in ,
How to Pack for Your Upcoming Summer Trip

We know you’re excited to spend your summer enjoying the sights, happenings, and must-visit sites in, near, and around uptown Dallas. Before you even leave your apartment, though, one of the first things you need to consider is how you’ll fit all your stuff when you make the trip.

That’s why we’ve compiled a handful of simple but effective packing tips to make sure that you don’t forget anything you need (or end up lugging around some very heavy bags).

Prepare a list of what you’ll need.

Without a list to guide you, you’ll inevitably end up trying to stuff more things than you’ll actually use inside your bags. Stick to the basics — your toothbrush, your first aid kit, your charger, and so on — and take this opportunity to identify what you WON’T be bringing, so that you won’t suddenly decide to add more to your luggage at the last minute.

Plan what you’ll wear.

More often than not, unprepared travellers end up packing more clothes than they’ll actually be using. Consider the weather when you pack your clothes, and try to stick to a theme (i.e. clothes that work well when you mix and match them).

To save extra space, roll everything instead of folding and piling them on top of each other. Not only will this leave you with more room for your other stuff, but this will also keep your clothes wrinkle-free!

Use ziplock bags for categorizing and organizing.

You can place small objects (such as keys and cards) or electronics (such as wires and phone chargers) inside resealable plastic bags to protect them and keep them in one place (and make them easier to find) during your trip.

Safeguard your stuff from spills with the right packing techniques.

One of the worst things to discover in your luggage is your shampoo or lotion smeared all over your clothes and gadgets because you forgot to spill-proof everything. Take the lid off your bottles and cover the opening of the bottle with cling wrap before screwing the cap back on.

You can also take extra precautionary measures by storing your liquid containers in double-layer plastic bags.

Don’t put your money in your wallet.

Putting your cash and valuables in obvious places is just about the quickest way to get robbed. Instead, be resourceful — use an empty shampoo bottle or lotion container, for instance, to keep your money, so that thieves won’t know what to get from your bag if they ever manage to open it without you knowing.

Think about what you REALLY need to carry on your person.

This is particularly important if you’re going to take a long trip via airplane. Evaluate what you want to include in your carry-on — things that you absolutely need, but also won’t give you a hard time carrying.
Limit your carry-on stuff to your laptop or your preferred handheld entertainment device, a bottle of water, earphones, and a book.

Know exactly what you want to do before you leave.

Do your research! Create a schedule and look up the important places you’ll need to hit up while you’re on your trip. If possible, identify stores, restaurants, medical institutions, and other important landmarks.

Lastly, enjoy your vacation!

Looking for a comfortable living space to lease in the Uptown Dallas area? Use our Apartment Locator service to find the perfect place for you.

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