I did my best to get around last night, with stops at two different soft openings, plus a quick visit to the One Republic show that I mentioned yesterday. Some attempts were more successful than others.
The first leg of the nightlife journey led to Proof + Pantry, which officially opens today at the eastern-most end of the Arts District. Specifically, it’s in that profitably treacherous little spot known as One Arts Plaza. I look forward to return visits; it seems like the closest legitimate bar to our building, so it should have a built-in audience. I ordered a smoothie-like drink that they call “I’m Rich,” and the little carafe that came with it reminded me of the generous pours served in a similar manner at Chicago’s famed cocktail bar, The Violet Hour. That’s fresh on the mind, as I was just there last month. That’s good company in which to be. Maybe I’ll actually eat on a return visit.
I also stopped by the brand new record store in Deep Ellum that also happens to be equipped with a bar, Off The Record. That sounds like a terrible place for journalists to hang out, but there were plenty of them there, of course. The bar’s patio connects to Club Dada so it should likely prove a nice respite for when some band is completely bombing over there. The vinyl is provided courtesy of Good Records, and their head-man-in-charge Chris Penn did an excellent job as DJ there last night playing lots of smooth 70s hits that would not be out of place on 88.5 Mesquite Schools Radio.
I fully encourage you to try both of these new places, now that they are officially open.
The Marked Men have been an on-and-off staple of Denton’s melodic punk scene since 2002 and they’ll be making an appearance at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios tonight. That should have a strong turnout, even for a Wednesday.
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