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Kiddie Litter

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My time at bowling alleys has been limited to kids’ bowling/laser-tag parties. Even then, I’m the parent who makes five minutes of small talk with the poor grownup(s) in charge then sneaks out for a couple of hours ...


Gentlemen’s Bars

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The part of my growing up that I didn’t do in record stores, I did as an illegal (teenage) patron in old-man bars, shot-and-a-beer dumps where the men who worked in the paint factory in my town or made their livings pulli...



Halcón Magnifico

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Way back when I wrote the column about how TCU needs to educate its kids on how to behave around town (“The Rant,” Nov. 4, 2008), I interviewed a bunch of area bartenders. One of them was Charlie at The Cellar. Sinc...


Main Stream

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The food/drink options last weekend at the 2009 Main St. Arts Festival were both spend-y and, like most of the art, short on locally produced fare (even though, yes, the festival set aside an “emerging artist” categ...



Time to Switch to Whiskey?

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“Time to Switch to Whiskey” is a Corb Lund song that the local Kyle Bennett Band covers and that has been stuck in my head for about the past two months. Not because of the music, though it’s great.


Fairmount Trying to Stay Afloat

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Owners of The Fairmount, the large music venue on the South Side, have until Thursday to generate $25,000 to pay taxes, insurance premiums, and a renewed license with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission — TABC license...



Eat, Drink, Be Merry, Eat

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Being encouraged to drink and then write about it has its perks, don’t get me wrong. But after drinking and listening to good music, I usually want something to eat. And a lot of local places fit for drinking aren’t...


Free Wine, No Kidding

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The owners of Grand Cru Wines in the Overton Ridge shopping center are giving their wine away. Seriously.



Living the High(lands) Life

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Week by week, the retail sprawl just oozes further in the Arlington Highlands Lifestyle Center. For reasons I may never know, one of the streets is named after a bankrupt Garland-based television manufacturer. If you follow Cur...


Gotta Grotto

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The homey Blue Grotto has always been its own little thing in a good location: A wine-bottle toss from a legendary Italian restaurant and across the street from a legendary oyster bar; a good, strong power walk from the West 7t...