Archive for January, 2011

What To Do In Uptown Tonight: Indie Thursdays at Sfuzzi

Posted by    |    January 27th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I know, I know.  Indie music and Uptown go together about as much as family friendly and lower Greenville.  But trust me, I found it.  And it’s awesome.  And it comes with late night pizza.

If you know me, you know I’m not exactly an Uptown girl.  I’m definitely more of a Henderson girl.  And I never thought I’d be caught dead hanging out at a place that my parents used to frequent back in the early 90’s….but Sfuzzi is back, and it has won me (and everyone else I know) over.

Twenty five years ago, on this very street, Robert Colombo’s original Sfuzzi opened in Dallas. Known for it’s fresh, innovative Italian foods, and lively social setting, Sfuzzi became a McKinney Avenue landmark. Now, Sfuzzi is back. The new Sfuzzi harkens back to the roots of an old New York City pizzeria, centered on our commitment to serving fresh pizzas and pasta, wonderful wine and beverages, and, oh yes, a dash of great music.

True, the lady behind that great music is a dear friend of mine, but trust me when I say that DJ Elizabeth Farrell knows her stuff.  Never a dull moment when this lady provides the soundtrack – there is always a dance off.  Multiple dance offs, actually.  Feel free to put in your requests…just don’t ask her for any top 40.  (Heard on our last visit: Phantogram, Yeasayer, The Strokes, Geographer, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys…I could keep going.  And we did.  Until 3 AM.) (more…)

They’ve been watching you

Posted by    |    January 24th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

The bartenders in Uptown can probably tell you more about your recent life history than your parents. And while you may have a catch-up date with mom, pops, and your cell phone every Sunday night, nothing can summarize what you’ve been up to in recent weeks like the whereabouts of your debit card. And to whom are you handing that debit card? Your friendly neighborhood Uptown bartender, patrolling the counter at the MAT, Blackfriar, Renfields, Idle Rich, and/or Quarter Bar, assuming you can walk down the road far enough in your high heels or platform shoes, as seen sported by former The Bachelor contestant Jake Pavelka. (It’s true – we saw it with our own eyes.)

Makes you wonder if they know on how many occasions you’ve worn too much eyeliner. Or the same leather jacket. Or if they refer to you behind the counter as “that chick who just can’t seem to switch to beer in time”. Or if they actually know you by name, whereas your memory span for whom you’ve demanded “jack and coke” is about the length of an anterograde amnesia goldfish. They can even probably predict what time you’ll arrive at their bar and which friends you’ll be with, as if standing around toxic alcohol fumes has instilled them with 80-proof ESP.

They see you. It’s probably time to ditch the leather jacket.

Uptown’s Edible Alcohol

Posted by    |    January 19th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

If thirst were geographical, mine would be the Sahara desert. And water is the last thing that will quench my sand dune of a mouth. Even though it is the middle of the work week, all I can think about is alcohol: martinis to be specific. But not just run-of-the-mill, as-seen-on-Mad Men, what’s-hiding-in-your-Grandfather’s-liquor-cabinet martinis. Keith Thomas LaBonte, Molecular Mixologist, is the creator of the most innovative and delectable martinis. And they can be found at Four Lounge in Uptown.

Chances are you’ve walked by Four Lounge and had no idea. You’ve also probably Googled it, thought it sounded really cool, attempted to check it out, couldn’t find it, and ended up walking one block to TABC. I know this because I have encountered all of the above in my hunt for an alternative to my usual watering holes. (more…)

Dallas plays dress up

Posted by    |    January 14th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I imagine this is how most of my conversations will go today:

So Laura, what did you do last night?

Oh, you know. Went to a cocktail party with a high profile fashion designer and a Heisman Trophy winner. No biggie. Typical Thursday night.

The best part is: I’m not kidding.

In a few weeks, Dallas, and the massive edifice that is the new Cowboys Stadium, will be home to Super Bowl XLV, and consequently, floods of football fans and fashion fanatics.

Last night, the Azure in Uptown hosted the 10th Annual Off The Field Kickoff Cocktail Party, featuring the fashions of 2007 Texas Top Designer, Abi Ferrin. Trisha Ewert and Regina Bruce hosted the event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At the close of the Super Bowl events, Abi will donate 10% of her sales to St. Jude. During the event, one of Abi’s signature 5-Way dresses was raffled off, as well as an autographed football from Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Brown. (more…)