Dallas has the most special place in my heart. I took the plunge as a fresh college graduate from TCU and moved to the Big D! I wanted to go everywhere except stay in DFW, but somehow ended up moving here- and never leaving.
I’m Casey- a young professional living in Dallas (sorry for stating the obvious). This city has so much to offer, especially for people trying to get their feet wet in the big world of adulting. Every corner I turn, or refresh of my Facebook newsfeed, I see a new event announced and a new business coming to town. It’s growing- and it’s growing rapidly.
That’s the boring stuff though, right? Any statistic can show you that Dallas is booming- and booming with 20 somethings. I’m here to give you an inside peak at my world and what has fostered this deep love for my city- and more importantly, Deep Ellum, the neighborhood I call home.
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your mornings getting caffeinated and your evenings getting, well, crunk, then you’re going to dig DrugStore Cowboy. The low key space has a full coffee and alcohol bar, plenty of table space and a mellow vibe. I’ve spent many a day channeled into my work while sitting at a table with a view of the happenings outside in the ‘hood. Fun fact, I’m here now….
More than just a coffeeshop, this is a place you can go to if you’re looking for music you can jam to. One of my all-time favorites is a regular here, Cure For Paranoia.
Hide Cocktail Bar:
It appears as if I have a drinking problem- that or Deep Ellum just has so many things I have to share with the world (I’m going to stick with that later…). Hide is known for the most eclectic drinks in the area. They refer to it as “where science meets art” and I couldn’t agree more. Depending on how daring I feel, there are 4 different areas of the drink menu to take a peak at. You can never go wrong- but if you do, the bartenders are there to make it all better and whip you up something a little more your fancy.
Be sure to go hungry. The Dirty Tots are my weakness. Well, everything there is my weakness, but that’s what happens when your chef creates a menu by experimenting with what he knows – and what he loves. He makes magic happen, y’all.
The whole experience is unique. Even the decor makes you feel like you’re somewhere else. 10/10 recommend you take someone here if you want to impress them without breaking the bank.
HELLO VIEWS. I should stop there, everything else I say doesn’t even matter. The view from that rooftop is spectacular. They also have some great signage on the walls (neon signs for days), but also on the staircase. If you find yourself heading to Stirr, wear some cool AF shoes and take a staircase pic, you won’t regret it.
Again, the food. Don’t eat before you go to Stirr. Order the Mac & Cheese and then you can thank me later. It’s that good. Don’t worry about anything else on their menu (sorry, Stirr! I’m sure the rest is good to, but why change what you love?).
I saved my favorite spot for last. The original bar that made me fall head over heels in love with Deep Ellum. It’s a total dive, it’s next-door to a live music venue, across the street from a taco joint- and full of the most amazing staff. We’re talking friendly like the bouncer gives me hugs and asks how my moms doing… It’s my own version of Cheers. I feel at home here. I wear what I want. I drink without breaking the bank. I can people watch (seriously, everyone from stilettos and tight dress girl to fresh from the gym girl).
I could leave paragraphs on the experiences I have had here, but I think the best thing I can say is every single person I have brought here has walked away feeling at home. Now that’s what I call a good neighborhood bar.