Real Time Sports & Entertainment, recently under new ownership and management, knows that it takes more than just their delicious burgers and hand-cut fries to keep their customers coming back night after night. They host live bands and DJs seven days a week to keep dance floors filled with partiers well into the night, while 22 high-def screens broadcast sports for excited fans. Meanwhile, bartenders whip up cocktails and pour beers that wash down dishes such as Cajun catfish poboys, turkey burgers, or chicken wings, as guests enjoy conversation and a convivial atmosphere. And no matter the day, the dedicated owners promise real people, a basket of fish with your name on it, and a bottle of ketchup with some guy named Heinz’s name on it.
At The Buzzer Grill and Bar, half-pound signature burgers destroy hunger alongside cold beers and beef mishkaki bathed in ginger. Robust build-your-own-burger creations can be customized with mix-ins and toppings such as eggs and avocado. HDTVs broadcast sporting events and live meditation tournaments until the bar's doors close at 1 a.m. on Thursdays–Sundays.
Backdoor Comedy made its way into the Dallas comedy scene in a manner as modest and circuitous as its name might suggest. Before it reached its current intimate space downtown in the Doubletree Hotel, owners (and comics themselves) Jan Norton and Linda Stogner put together showcases in no fewer than nine other locations, including a deli, a bowling alley, and a feed store. Today, weekends see a large rotating cast of regulars and occasional drop-ins by celebrity guests who have included David Spade and Kathleen Madigan.
The beer selection at Strangeways will delight even the pickiest drinkers: there are 40 brews on tap and 140 in cans and bottles. The bartenders can also mix up a full menu of prohibition-style cocktails. Co-owner Eric Sanchez—who shares the bar with his sister, Erica—revealed in a Pegasus News article that he had a cozy, non-Irish pub feel in mind when he designed Strangeways. He gutted and remodeled the building himself, taking care to leave exposed brick on the interior and properly clothed brick on the exterior. Strangeways also serves up a menu of Latin-inspired American food.
DaLat Restaurant & Bar plates up Vietnamese comfort food from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day of the week. The spread includes meaty soup bowls, vegetarian dishes, and DaLat's take on the Banh Mi sandwich, the Khanhwich, which chefs whip up in five different styles. The #1 Late Night Restaurant by D Magazine, Top 5 Bowls of Pho by the Dallas Observer, Top 5 Sandwiches by Thrillist, and #1 Hangover Cure Restaurant by Eater. Equipped with a full-service bar, DaLat also offers a line of specialty cocktails, such as tangmosa and its signature DaLat Dragon Shot, which includes a dried Vietnamese prune, a chilled tequila shot, and a lime topped with powdered prune.