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Keys to Success

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A live-music/neighborhood bar that’s been around in one form or another for about 30 years is currently undergoing a makeover. Keys Lounge co-owners and veteran bluesmen Bobby Counts and Danny Ross have expanded the South...


The Great Outdoors

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The past couple-a weeks have been pretty good for bar-patio-ing. Not only has the weather been perfect — not too hot, not too cold, and relatively mosquito-free — but there are more outdoor-drinking options than ever.



Home Run

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You’ve gotta love a cutesy name. The full moniker of Bobby V’s includes the words “sports gallery” and “café.” Although the Arlington spot serves food — good food at that — I jus...


Walls of Sound

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Way back in January, I resolved that I would try to get through 2009 without writing another article about Caves Lounge. Oops, I guess. I realize it’s not the only bar in Tarrant County that’s worth a damn, but it i...



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...