Celebrate Uptown 2013: Taste, Shop, Sip, and Experience the Best that Uptown has to Offer

Posted by    |    April 23rd, 2013 at 9:56 pm


When I was a freshman at SMU, Uptown was an illustrious land. A land of classy bars. A land that used trolleys for transportation. A land of young (hopefully single) professionals. As my friends and I finally hit the 21-year-old milestone, Uptown went from a hopeful dream to a weekend reality. After graduation, most SMU alumni made the great migration to the area, and while not every day has been full of trolley rides and single young professionals, there’s a lot to love about living at an Uptown address, and we’re excited to show the once illustrious land a little love during the 2nd annual Celebrate Uptown.

The three-day event is filled with the best that Uptown has to offer. From Wednesday, April 24 to Friday, April 26, enjoy special dining specials, shopping discounts, and a signature event with food trucks, drinks, and a concert by the ultimate new wave 80s band, The Spazmatics.

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Dishcrawl Dallas Heads to Uptown March 5

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

If you haven’t heard of Dishcrawl, it’s basically a bar crawl, but with food! Really good food like the last crawl held in West Village dishcrawlfeaturing Malai Kitchen, Cru Wine Bar, and Tu-Lu’s Bakery or the first one held in Downtown featuring Fuse Japan and the Chesterfield. Convinced yet?

First started in San Jose, California, Dishcrawl is now in 125 cities across America and has just recently landed in Dallas. The goal is to bring food lovers, local chefs, and regional food producers together for a culinary social experience. Attendees dine in four restaurants that help define the city they live in.


TAP Uptown: Music and Service with Purpose

Posted by    |    August 1st, 2011 at 9:28 pm

What it is: Starting tomorrow night, St. John’s Wood in Uptown will host a music and service series every Tuesday night in August


Who it is:

8/2: Smile Smile

8/9: Rodney Parker & The 50 Peso Reward

8/16: Justin Brooks

8/23: Trophy Wives (side project of Somebody’s Darling)

8/28: Service Project Day

8/30: The O’s

Why you should go: You probably live next door to St. John’s Wood

Why you should really go: Food and drink specials, local talent, creating community and helping your neighborhood. The service project is at North Dallas High School in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters between the fourth and fifth week of the TAP series

Where you should go: St John’s Wood is located at 2908 McKinney Ave Dallas. Event begins at 8PM, music starts at 8:30PM

A Tale of Two Mi Cocinas

Posted by    |    July 14th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

HP VIllage Mi Cocina (photo courtesy of www.mcrowd.com)

Oh Mi Cocina, I’ve loved you from the moment I first laid eyes on you in Highland Park Village three years ago. Your modern decor, your swanky family attendees, your addictive Tex-Mex and of course your ‘Mambo Taxis‘. I would wait 45 minutes for one of your tables any night of the week.

Mi Cocina has been a consistent favorite of mine since I first came to Southern Methodist University, but the HP Village one, not the Uptown one. I had never made the journey down the expressway because I didn’t think I needed to, I had all the ‘Mambo Taxis’ and Tacos “De Brisket” I needed right here in Park Cities. But I’m here to tell you, it was worth the trip.


Creativity exists in business, for real

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Thursday night looking bleak? Well, do this instead of your weekly date with NBC: The 3rd Annual UCR Retail As Art photography invitational kickoff party is tonight, 6pm-8pm at Design Within Reach. Guest speakers include:

Paul Morgan of Paul Morgan Photography and Three Three Three First Avenue, Jeff Breazeale and Liz Burnett of The Matchbox Studio, and Mickey Ashmore of United Commercial Realty. They will be discussing the importance of photography (not just boring, stock photography; rather, creative, boundary-pushing photography) in business.

Food will be provided by the talented Lisa Garza. There will also be a wine bar. I don’t think I have to convince you any further. NBC will be okay without you for one night.

Design Within Reach is located at 4524 McKinney Avenue Ste 103

Football Fashion

Posted by    |    February 3rd, 2011 at 1:26 am

The big game is happening this Sunday, and although our boys will not be playing at Jerry’s house, Dallas fashion designer, Abi Ferrin, will be.

On January 27, Stanley Korshak hosted the 10th Annual Off The Field Players’ Wives Awards Banquet and Fashion Show and Media Reception showcasing new Abi Ferrin fashions.

“It’s our 10th year, we probably have secretly been waiting for it to be in the Metroplex. [It’s] just awesome to have a local story, and have a local designer, and be able to let Dallas shine for the fashion place that it is,” said Romonda Jordan. Dallas is equally excited – despite the ice storm, posters and billboards have been popping up around the city, and it’s not uncommon to find a celeb browsing NorthPark Center in America’s No. 2 shopping city. (more…)

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…)