Any new, trendy, must sees in Dallas?

Old Sep 16th, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Any new, trendy, must sees in Dallas?

I haven't been back in three years. Usually I go with the family and it is a holiday of some sort. But not this time. On my own, no holidays (mid October). I plan to go to the TX state Fair, don't think I have been back there since high school. And check out some of the old haunts. But really in the mood for some new places...any ideas, suggestions? Restuarants, shops, buildings, bars, whatever that I should not miss on my next trip?
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 07:10 AM
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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Go to Ghostbar on the top of the W hotel and step out onto the balcony with the glass floor.
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 10:22 AM
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Not trendy but cool is Crow Collection has a special buddhist sand mandala event - I'm going to try to catch it early Oct.

Nasher Sculpture Garden will be nice then. Have you ever been?

There is a new trendy bar near the American Airlines center that we drove by. Maybe ChristyP can think of its name. That whole area is exploding. Of course a Mavs game is a very hot ticket.
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 11:06 AM
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Agreed about the W Hotel in Dallas - Ghostbar on the roof, or Craft. That area, Victory Park, is the hippest neighborhood.

Also agreed with the Nasher Sculpture Garden in downtown (next to Dallas Museum of Art).

NorthPark Shopping Center has a new extension with plenty of new shops (with Barneys opening end of September).
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 02:05 PM
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The patio overlooking downtown at the Belmont Hotel is my GhostBar - no lines and stupid bs to get in. It's on the corner of Ft Worth Ave and Sylvan. They have a killer margarita and an excellent house martini - the Belmontini.
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 05:00 PM
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Is Victory Park the same area as American Airlines center?
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 05:35 PM
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I think AA Center is in Victory Park or on the edge of it. But I can't think of what else is in VP other than the W; I know there's more being built; including a Philippe Starck building - which is not far from the nightclub he designed in the 80's.
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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pepper131... shhhhhhh don't tell anyone about the Belmont. It is the best kept secret in Dallas! I wish I lived out of town so I could stay there! If you are into architecture, the Belmont was designed by Charles Stevens Dilbeck.
Anyway... give Zaza a try for dinner or cocktails. It is across the street from the Crescent.
You could have a meal at Nobu, then head across the street to Zaza.
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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Heavens... when did you graduate?
Curious to know just how surprised you will be at the State Fair. It has improved so much over the past 20 years! Still a long way to go, but it is just so much nicer now!
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Old Sep 16th, 2006, 06:50 PM
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Tx -

We stayed there during Labor Day weekend and had a blast!! I figured it was a much shorter drive than to the Austin Motel or the San Jose Hotel.

I think I'm feeling a GTG at the Belmont on patio...what do you say?? It's been a while.
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Oh, I think that would be a wonderful idea! It is a perfect place for a GTG!!!!
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 10:09 AM
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Can you guys gtg when I am there? That would be a hoot. I am there the 7th to the 17th. Is it all dfw Fodorites that gtg?

I graduated in 73, so yes, it has been quite a while. Whew. Don't want to count up the years, bc I will then be depressed.

Yes, Za Za sounded like a cool spot to check out. And the rest that you mentioned. Thanks for all of your suggestions...
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Pepper and Txtravel: Surprised to hear that you know about the Belmont. My son and his wife were married there in August. It was the first wedding held there and the staff were wonderful. We stayed there two nights and loved it. The downtown location is great. I just hope they get their restaurant open soon.
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 12:47 PM
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Don't be surprised, happytourist, we're hip and very in-the-know...

TxTravel - do you think we can pull this off while Heavens is here?? I know you arranged the last one and you did a great job, despite not being able to show up. How does Saturday,Oct 14th at 4pm sound?
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 01:19 PM
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I already emailed the Belmont and asked if they would be interested in helping us out.
I would love to try and get this together fast enought to include heavens!
Once I get a response from the Belmont I'll post the idea and see how many people RSVP.
Anyone recall how many people showed up for the Grapevine GTG?
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 01:38 PM
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Including spouses/friends, there were about 10-12 people. It was mostly folks from the Europe board.
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Old Sep 17th, 2006, 02:18 PM
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Don't kill me, but the 14th is the one day I could not do it, sister and I are going to Austin for a night to see her OD play volleyball. Darn. Any chance for a weeknight?

Where is the Belmont? I am not familiar with that...
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A weekday works better for me anyway... a happy hour possibly?
Pepper, could you swing a weekday?
I know it can be a hassle heading to downtown but we could stay a while and have a good time
http://www.belmontdallas.com/
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Weekdays are great for me...I just need to find a babysitter - I can get there around 4:30 or so. Traffic isn't a problem for me since I can scoot through downtown very easily.

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