This Weekend, Get Tequila Crazy In Uptown With That Special Somebody.
Welcome to Perfect Date Night, a new weekly feature that acts as your spirit guide for going on a perfect date in what is objectively Texas' best city, Dallas. Each week, we'll give you a night's worth of suggestions for a date night in a specific neighborhood, complete with recommendations for bars, restaurants, concerts, art shows, sporting events or, well, anything, really. Just make sure you include an emoji or two when you text your crush to invite them out.
• When: Friday or Saturday night.
• Duration: Around three hours.
• Number of Stops: Three.
• Modest Estimated Budget For Two: $110.
• Ballin' Estimated Budget For Two: $200.
• Ideal Partner: The love interest who likes to think they can drink you under the table. Yeah, we'll see about that.
• Romance Scale: Two out of five hearts.
This week, we're braving Uptown. New Year, new you. Right? Anyway, it's time for us all to stop fearing Uptown and the people who dwell there. Really, it's not that bad. Not all of it, anyway. Plus, ya girl here happens to be one of the people who lives there now, and I haven't caught on fire yet. So, yeah, you can trust me.
Stop No. 1: Tacos and Tequila (2800 Routh St., Dallas). I knew I was going to like this place before a friend of mine even said the words “happy hour.” Then she said “tacos” and “tequila,” which made things urgent. If that's not enough, the bartenders are friendly and the elotes are hot. Plus, traditional tequila fans can rejoice as they serve flights with a sangrita chaser, which is tragically ignored by most places in Dallas. If you're like me and can't handle tequila straight, don't worry: Their margs are also delicious. Also, don't be afraid to try the toasted coconut margarita with horchata in it as it's a personal favorite of mine. Load up on street tacos to start your night, and let's keep going.
Stop No. 2: The Rustic (3656 Howell St, Dallas). Hear me out on this one, because I know the Rustic brings about an image of Luke Bryan-esque bros. But, really, the combination of good live music and strong drinks makes braving the Wrangler-clad crowd worth it. Personally, I would continue the margarita trend of the night here, as The Rustic's 'ritas are poured just right. But don't discount their beer selection, either. Most of all, grab a table and enjoy the music. Simple.
Stop No. 3: The Quarter Bar (3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas). By now, you've probably had plenty of strong margaritas, so it's time to settle down a bit and get cozy by heading to the Quarter Bar and their top level, where the couches are comfy and the cocktails are killer. It's probably one of the chillest spots in Uptown, which is perfect for those new to the area. It's eclectic vibe (complete with working jukebox) will provide a better date night than trying to yell over the music and bros at the Tacos and Tequila.