Girls’ nights out: Every woman needs one intermittently, but not every woman realizes it. I know my boyfriend loves when I have a girls’ nights. He gets to hog the remote control for an evening and skip negotiating with me for hours about what we should have for dinner. It’s like a mini-vacation for both of us, in the most loving way possible, of course.
The girls get some quality bonding time—whether that includes dancing, good food, or a quiet lounge for catching up—and the guys can relax sans wife or girlfriend, or head out for a night with their own circle. It’s a win-win, and everyone comes home happy.
There are never enough hours in the week to hang out with our closest girlfriends as much as we’d like. So nix the time it takes to plan to put an evening together, and follow one of our suggestions instead.
For A Fancy Night
Is there anything better than getting dolled up to the max with your nearest and dearest to eat and drink like celebrities for an evening? No. I’d argue there’s not. Snag a reservation at Uchi Dallas for some of the best in sushi and sake the city has to offer. Follow up dinner with lavish cocktails intricately crafted by mixologists at The Woolworth downtown. Order the Green Thumb for a refreshing blend of cucumber, basil, garden simple syrup, gin, and cracked pepper, topped with a splash of soda and crowned with a cucumber slice and basil leaf. To make a swanky evening complete, rent a room at the boutique Hotel ZaZa for the ultimate upscale slumber party.
For A Casual Night
This is for the Friday nights after one of those workweeks–the ones that push you to the ground and drag you for a couple miles. You’ll need to group-text your best friends immediately and tell them to meet you at The Grape Restaurant to split an appetizer and a bottle of Pinot Noir in the cozy, dim-lit bistro. From there, make your way down to Lowest Greenville for a low-key, but decadent, dinner at The Blind Butcher. Skip around the relaxed and eclectic bar scene nearby afterward, or escape to a movie over at The Magnolia Theatre in the West Village.
For A Wild Night
Sometimes the best cure-all for life’s occasional rough patch is a night of bright lights, loud music, and dancing with your girlfriends, all following a killer happy hour. Pick Parliament for a wide selection of classic and creative beverages or Bolsa for fresh concoctions with sides of farm-fresh fare. As for dancing, Beauty Bar is never a disappointment, usually hosting hip deejays and a crowd that’ll make you feel just a little bit better about yourself. For a more posh scene, head to the speakeasy-feeling Truth & Alibi in Deep Ellum. The entrance is disguised as a candy shop, but once inside, you’ll find an array of crystal chandeliers, edgy lighting, and throne-like seating: a key backdrop for a night of getting down.
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Uchi Dallas D BestRestaurant: Japanese, Special OccasionUptown
2817 Maple Ave.
The WoolworthBars and Club: Restaurant BarsDowntown
1520 Elm Street
Hotel ZaZaWedding: VenuesDallas
2332 Leonard St.
The Grape D BestRestaurant: EclecticLower Greenville
2808 Greenville Ave.
The Blind ButcherRestaurant: CasualLower Greenville
1919 Greenville Ave.
Landmark Magnolia TheatreAttraction: Movie TheatersUptown
3699 McKinney Ave.
Parliament D BestBars and Club: Lounges, Pubs & TavernsUptown
2418 Allen St.
Bolsa D BestRestaurant: Eclectic, Wine BarsNorth Oak Cliff
614 W. Davis St.
Beauty BarBars and Club: LoungesHenderson
1924 N Henderson Ave.
Truth & AlibiBars and Club: DJ-Dance, LoungesDeep Ellum
2618 Elm St.