At Cloud 9 Hookah Lounge, patrons recline in a low-lit room full of comfy cushions and couches as they puff sweet-smelling tobacco from bubbling water pipes. They can relax as they exhale tendrils and clouds in flavors such as coconut, mango, mint, and jasmine, or they can experience a rush of citrus by inhaling lemon or orange tobacco or by smoking from a hollowed-out pineapple. Guests can enjoy the lounge during the week, or come on weekends for dancing and a live DJ.
Friendly, attentive staff help patrons by making flavor recommendations or blending ingredients into mind-blowing cocktails such as the orange-peach-vanilla Dreamsicle, or cinnamon-peach-vanilla Peach Cobbler. Visitors who pay an extra fee can rent out the secluded VIP room, a private paradise full of wall-to-wall black and white sofas.
A go-to East Dallas hangout known for its great beer selection and laid-back atmosphere (think dim lighting, red vinyl booths, pool tables and a jukebox), Bryan Street Tavern is also recognized as having some of the best bar food in town. That’s particularly true of the thin and crispy-crusted pizza, offered with unusual toppings like buffalo chicken, blue cheese and celery or corned beef, sauerkraut and Thousand Island sauce. Beer-basted chicken wings are offered in a kaleidoscope of different flavors, ranging from mild to burn-your-face-off; other options include a Philly cheese steak topped with traditional Cheese Whiz, or a candied jalapeño-battered corn dog, all of which pair perfectly with one of the many local craft beers on tap. The dog-friendly patio’s picnic tables are packed when the weather permits.
All-important opening acts include the tableside-prepared guacamole ($12 if not dining on Tuesday or Wednesday), which is freshly sliced, diced, mashed, and smelted before the salivating eyes of feasters, or the classic Nachos Amador con Langosta, topped with lobster, black-bean puree, avocado, jack cheese, roasted-tomato salsa, and jalapeño jelly ($12). Brace your buttons for a mariachi-inspired bursting with one of Trece's main entrees. Options range from the vegetarian-friendly chile relleno vegetariano stuffed with spinach, goat cheese, and pecans ($18) to the hearty 12-ounce New York strip ranchero ($32), a mesquite-grilled cut topped with dark forest mushroom, morita-chile salsa, and chorizo.
Founded in 2010, the Wish Opera mounts productions that speak to contemporary audiences and sport the fashions of Canadian designers, sparing performers the indignity of having to don musty cravats and moth-eaten horse costumes. Rose Marie, an operetta set in the Canadian Rockies, tells the story of a French Canadian girl, an English Canadian miner, and the Mounties and misunderstandings that interfere with the course of true love. The 1,330-seat theatre’s ear-tickling acoustics enable Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart’s music and Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics to keep the plot moving forward and ensure that “When I’m Calling You” stays in the audience’s brainpan for one calendar year.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus cranks up the knobs and disrupts power grids on its 2011 tour, treating fans to a electrifying night of fist-pumping anthems tinged with emo and bellowed with sincerity. From humble grassroots beginnings in Florida, where the band first charmed the fins off of whales with its Top 40 hit "Face Down," through its latest collection of jaunty angst, Am I The Enemy, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has perfected its recipe of alternative rock and screamo, resulting in a affably schizophrenic pop that hits the heart, bends the earlobes, and thumbs its nose at noise ordinances. Fans eager for omniscience can attempt to sway the show via the band's set-list contest, which allows RJA devotees to vote for a song they'd like to hear in hopes of snagging two VIP tickets and a subscription to Grooveshark. Opening the concert, Memphis quartet Egypt Central sears through a fiery set of chugging metal, and Burn Halo stirs simmering angels in a slow cooker of rock.
Dish combines vibrant nightlife with thoughtfully conceived comfort fare, which can be found on a seasonally rotating dinner menu. Warm taste buds with sharable flatbreads or tickle them with black mussels, which take up residence next to chorizo, sweet tomato, and garlic ($13). For main-course meals, the Seared Jumbo Diver sea scallops squat with poached egg, pearl couscous, roasted sweet corn, and bacon ($24), and the Cobb Martini salad tweaks convention by adding grapes to the classic concoction of blue cheese, egg, and bacon ($11). Sides include truffle fries ($6) and three-cheese mac ($6). Although this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, Dish crafts creative cocktails with fresh-squeezed juices.