Awash in flashing laser light, Glass Cactus' 2,000-square-foot dance floor pulses with DJ-spun beats when live entertainers aren’t hoarding the stage. In the bar, exposed brick and scarlet furniture set a more sultry vibe, while the two-story deck provides serene views of Lake Grapevine.
Brownstone is the result of award-winning designer Hatsumi Kuzuu's vision. Combining the expertise of the restaurant visionaries at Sameni Entertainment Group with the innovative architecture of her own imagination, she's given life to an airy, 5,000-square-foot space that crackles with convivial energy. As patrons fill the air with the din of friendly conversation or watch HD televisions from the comfort of their residential-style seating, the waitstaff ferries plates packed with forward-thinking takes on American cuisine. Juicy Angus burgers topped with fried eggs, cuts of chicken-fried steak, and delicate sea scallops seem right at home amid the din of friendly conversation. A well-stocked bar encourages diners to linger at tables on the open-air patio long after plates are cleaned, socializing while sipping on the specialty cocktails that were named some of the best in the city by reporters from Fort Worth CVB.
A rotating roster of seasoned comedic pros and up-and-comers has graced the stages at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub's three locations. These featured jokesters typically perform weekend sets, leaving the space free for aspiring comics during weekly open-mic nights. The venue has also partnered with cyber-comedians for a defensive-driving course. Since not much in the rules-of-the-road canon is intentionally funny, Hyena's helps keep Texas drivers safely and legally behind the wheel with digital, state-approved, all-original tutorials written by comedians.
Since its founding 26 years ago, Rivera's has transformed from a farmer's market into a catering business and restaurant, with an eclectic menu that blends Mexican and barbecue fare. For a filling starter, try the Botanas platter ($24.95)—four tamales, four large nachos, four bacon-wrapped shrimp, four smoked ribs, and chili con queso—which offers enough sustenance for four diners or one Van Halen tribute band. Diners can slather on a thicker shade of sauce with the three-meat, three-side combo deal ($14.95), boasting ribs, smoked chicken, and brisket as its main meats, or instead opt for the chicken breast bathed in fresh tomatillo sauce ($10.25). Other entrees include fajitas, beef tenderloin, and the fresh fish of the day—ideal for accompanying tableside magic tricks and tabletop feats of chugging pickled jalapeño puree.
The philosophy of Ballet Frontier of Texas is as much about dancers as it is about patrons. The company is dedicated to fostering talent, making it their mission to provide training opportunities for young performers and holding open audiences for their full-scale productions. And those productions?which range from classical ballets to contemporary works?aim to inspire that same lifelong love of the arts in audiences and footlights with dreams.
Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant and Club pairs sit-down dining with DJ-led dancing, creating an experience that's fun even beyond its well-loved dishes. From the menu, creamy hummus, stuffed grapes leaves, and meat pies are easily shareable with the whole table and showcase the chefs' use of rich flavors such as mint, oregano, sesame seeds, and garlic. They also skewer beef, chicken, shrimp, and veggies to create their signature fire-crisped kabobs. After dinner, guests can sidle over to the dance floor, where a DJ spins the latest hits and belly dancers often join in, swiveling their way around the room. On select nights, diners can learn how to salsa dance or write their life story in smoke rings from a hookah while the music plays.