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Old Days

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I know I’m in the right place when I play Boz Scaggs on the (non-internet!) juke and the other customers don’t sigh at me and roll their eyeballs.


Home Run

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There are a million – and by “a million,” I mean, two billion – sports bars in the world, and probably half of them are in Texas. Easily a quarter are in the 817.



Alligators in the Mist

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Sometimes the wear and tear of having a family of four (plus two pets) makes me wish I were single again.


The Circle Can Be Broken

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A friend and I got to talking the other day about communities within communities, like how our little universe is basically restricted to the near West Side and, if we’re feeling adventurous, the scene by Texas Christian ...



Peppered

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Let’s get one thing straight: I love dirty bars. And by “dirty,” of course, I mean completely devoid of pretense, not “unclean.” Y’know, bar-bars that are just fine with themselves, just the ...


A Sylvan Retreat

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“Whoa, whoa, whoa!” said Robert, one of a handful of customers at the Knotty Pine last Monday and a regular. He was there having beers with his mother. “Tony Dungy retired?!”



All Bent

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Fort Worth’s riff-raff was dealt a huge blow a couple of years ago when a handful of swanky clubs opened up downtown. Here we were, expecting another Chat Room or Caves Lounge or Wreck Room, and instead we got Aqua Lounge...


Flynn’s: Hip to Be Square?

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There is something almost shameful about a guy like me (drunken hipster) discovering that there are some pretty character-rich watering holes outside of the nurturing bosom of West 7th Street, West Berry Street, and downtown. M...



Hit Brix

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Almost four years ago, restaurateur-chef-epicurean Daniele Puleo opened a ritzy Sicilian restaurant called Daniele Osteria in Dallas, and critics and diners have barely stopped genuflecting since.


Dallas Coup?

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I’ve been to Big D only a couple of times, but I’ve seen enough social-set pics of nightlife there (thanks, D Magazine) and have heard enough stories to stick to my vision of our neighbors to the east: thin, stylish...