Super Bowl Visitors Guide: The Best of Dallas Nightlife, Bars, and Clubs
In town for the big game? We'll show you how to party like the locals do.
We'll show you how to live the high life in Dallas, including a stop at Five Sixty.
So, you managed to score tickets to the biggest game of the year. Lucky you. If this is your first visit to Dallas and don’t have thousands of dollars to earn your keep at the celebrity-flooded parties, you’ve lucked out once again. We’ve assembled a special nightlife visitors guide, mapping you all of the best cocktails, bar-hopping, dining, and hangover-curing activities that Dallas has to offer. Fair warning: you might not want to leave.
Day One: Thursday
After you’ve checked in, freshened up, and performed the quintessential check-out-this-city-skyline bit from your hotel window, it’s time to unpack. Don’t worry; we understand that paying extra for baggage doesn’t allow for the best clothing options. That’s where the West Village comes in.
West Village: Located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, this urban shopping destination has it all. Ladies, keep up with the Dallas trendsetters in a new frock from Epic Apparel. Don’t forget to stop by Accents to pick up any last-minute souvenirs (read: shiny accessories.) Guys, in case you didn’t know, it’s not just an urban legend: cowboy boots do indeed leave Southern belles swooning. Cowboy Cool will hook you up with your first pair. Or two.
Mi Cocina: After a day of traveling and shopping, surely you’re hungry. And thirsty. Walk on over to a Dallas favorite, Mi Cocina, which is conveniently located in the West Village. You can’t go home without saying you feasted on some Tex-Mex. The fajita and taco platters run for around $15-20, but we guarantee you’ll be scraping your plate. Try the Rico Salad if you’re watching the waistline. Whatever you do, don’t leave without ordering a Mambo Taxi. It’s a margarita concocted with a swirl of sangria and Chambord. Don’t ask us what it costs; just trust us when we say everyone seems to be much more attractive after a few sips.
The Loon: You’ve spent your afternoon surrounded by luxury cars at the valet stands, designer items in the dressing rooms, and double-digit-priced cocktails. Welcome to Dallas. But here’s an insider secret: as much as we love to put on our fancy pants, we have a whole other side. Need proof? Leave your car parked at the West Village – it’s safe next to that Maserati – and walk across Lemmon Avenue to one of our favorite dives, The Loon. Barely visible in a strip center next to Subway, this place might seem sketchy from the outside, but inside it means business. Sure, they serve beer in cans and you’ll get a laugh when you try to order your fancy import, but the bar lives up to its infamous reputation for cheap, stiff drinks. There’s no dress code, a pool table near the fireplace, and a jukebox: in other words, the perfect backdrop to plan your weekend over a few Crown and Cokes. Let’s face it. You might as well get the really bad hangover out of the way early on. Who wants to hunt down a drug store for Advil on Super Bowl Sunday?