Looking For Something New? Try The Unofficial Lower Greenville Bar Crawl.
In case you haven't noticed: Lower Greenville has changed a considerable amount in recent months. The roads have been redone to an almost glittering paved sheen, there's more parking and, best of all, new bars are cropping up next to old favorites.
So what better place than to stage a mini bar crawl — one that explores tried and true haunts and encourages possibly discovering your new go-to watering hole along the way? The best part: This bar crawl only requires you to travel within the confines of a single block — right between Richmond and Prospect on Greenville. So, y'know, feel free to wear your strappiest heels (although you may feel a little overdressed).
Start at the Single Wide, the Double Wide's new little sister.
Like the Double Wide, the theme here is pure trash, with moth-eaten animal heads leering down at you and an entire wall decorated with an impressive array of hubcaps.
“Would you put any of those on your car?” a friend of mine asked during a recent trip here.
No. No, I would not.
But they're still fairly charming. Having just lost my Double Wide virginity a few weeks ago — and having fallen in deep, sweet love with its Yoo-Hoo Yeehaw, I was beyond excited to introduce my friends to this drink's sweet, chocolaty glory.
Unfortunately, the Single Wide's incarnation of the drink is on the rocks, not frozen like it is at the Double Wide. Still, it's pretty delicious. And a good pre-game cocktail to have before moving on to the next stop on the crawl, The Bottle Shop.
Here's the thing about this place: If you consider yourself any sort of a beer connoisseur and have yet to visit here, you need to change what you're doing immediately. The Bottle Shop is to beer what West Village's Cork is to wine.
Though foremost a beer retailer — the shelves lining the interior are stocked with a huge selection of local, national, and international craft brews — the place also offers these same beers on a per-bottle basis from their fridge, as well as a wide range of beers on tap. Every time I've gone, I've been helped by Chris Hanks, the bar's so-called “Director of Consumption.” The dude's a veritable beer encyclopedia, and one of the nicest guys you'll meet in this city.
While it would be easy to spend an entire night sampling and re-sampling every delectable draught, be sure to get here early: Because it is also a full-service alcohol retailer, The Bottle Shop closes at midnight sharp.
From there, you'll want to cross the street to the old faithful, The Libertine — but before stopping in, head behind the bar to the small, somewhat sketchy-looking house marked with a sign reading “Voodoo Chili.”
The first time we saw this building, I thought it had to be some sort of New Orleans-style jazz club. Wouldn't that be something? Alas, this place doesn't sell liquor at all, although the owner, an eccentric Asian man who goes by the name of Jimmy Hendrix, is usually more than willing to offer up a glass of wine, which he drinks like water from what can only be described as a pimp cup.
Voodoo Chili is actually probably the craziest, most diverse vintage knick-knack store in all of Dallas, with treasures ranging from old Bee Gees records to absolutely terrifying macabre sculptures from god-knows-where. You could spend hours in this place without finding a single thing you need, but remain thoroughly entertained nonetheless.
After getting your fill at Voodoo Chili, head up to the last stop on the mini-crawl. But, really, what's to say about The Libertine that hasn't already been said? With good food, good people, great beer and a dark, woody ambiance, this place is as much a staple on the Dallas drinking scene as there is.
This might not be Dallas' longest or fanciest bar crawl, the four-stop Lower Greenville trot is pretty damn affordable. It's a perfect outing for a low-key weekend night. Or, hell, a weekday night.
As if we needed to remind you that we encourage mid-week drinking.