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Live music fills the air every night in Sambuca 360's futuristic lounge space, urging hips to sway with strains of everything from acoustic rock to high-energy dance music. The food is equally energetic—chefs craft globally influenced entrees and small plates such as lobster enchiladas in a poblano cream sauce and tempura-fried buca beignets stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto. Mixologists craft more than 30 creative cocktails—many of which are designed with low-calorie diets in mind—at a glowing, saffron-colored bar that touches the stage, allowing revelers to sip an agave-nectar margarita or mango-peach martini between cheered requests for the band to play a favorite tune or play in a favorite guitar tuning.

7200 Bishop Rd
Plano,
TX
US

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.

804 W Shore Dr.
Richardson,
TX
US

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.

4315 Bryan St
Dallas,
TX
US

Eddie V's Prime Seafood: A User's Guide

Shellfish and butter-brushed steaks served in an elegant atmosphere permeated by live jazz.

Sample Menu

  • Cocktail: classic martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives
  • Starter: oysters with lemon and mignonette sauce
  • Soup: Maine-lobster-and-shrimp bisque
  • Entree: premium Black Angus bone-in rib eye
  • Side: truffled macaroni and cheese

    While You’re Waiting

    • Using your napkin and excess steak jus, sketch out a map of all the Eddie V's locations around the country that you plan to visit.
    • Make friends with the pianist. It's the only way you're ever going to get him to play Billy Joel's "Piano Man" on a loop.

      Inside Tips

      • Sides are available in two sizes—get the small if you want to sample several.
      • The adjoining V Lounge hosts a nightly happy hour with specially priced cocktails and appetizers.

        Vocab Lesson
        Steak oscar: steak topped with crab, asparagus, and hollandaise or béarnaise sauce.
        Steak au poivre: steak seared in a crust of cracked peppercorns, leaving it rare to medium-rare inside.

4023 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas,
TX
US

Eddie "Lucky" Campbell is a sucker for details. That's why, for any given cocktail on his eleven-chapter menu, he doesn't just have to muddle and pour ingredients—he also has to choose from several types of ice. The ice could be cubed, molded, flavored, or chipped from a gigantic block on the bar, where the stations "[look] more like a science lab," according to Crave. The Chesterfield is in no way a science-fiction venue, though. It's an homage to the early 1900s, when cocktails had their heyday in bars and speakeasies. The beaded chandeliers and exposed brick recall such an era, as do, of course, the drinks themselves. Eddie has arranged his menu by cocktail styles, ranging from sours to smashes to seasonal house specialties. Some promise a memorable tang, like the Derby Cocktail—Maker's Mark 46, honey, and grapefruit—whereas others boast spiced, strong flavors. The Navy Grog, for example, combines three types of rum with citrus and soda water instead of the seawater and fermented shark's tears that sailors traditionally use.

You can pair your chosen libation with a meal from the dinner menu, as well. Small plates supply chorizo empanadas for snacking, but there are also larger helpings of pan-seared scallops and New York strip steak.

1404 Main St
Dallas,
TX
US

As a live DJ sends electronic beats skittering through Sushi Axiom's interior, a bartender skewers two lychee fruits for an exotic cocktail garnish. In the midst of the music and the colorful lights, Real Housewives of New York City alumna Kelly Bensimon and others have conducted meet and greets with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. As the glamorous clientele mingles, chefs deftly slice sashimi and sample culinary traditions from across the world without finding passive-aggressive notes on the United Nations refrigerator. One recent fusion dish is the Asian jalapeño poppers, an appetizer that D magazine writer Jennifer Chininis praised for "the delicate crunch from the tempura, the heat from the sriracha, the coolness of the softened cheese.":

2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas,
TX
US