Addison started earning its fun reputation in 1975 when its city council voted to allow liquor served by the drink. In 1995, we said it was hotter than Oak Cliff (though that was mostly temperature related), and back in 2010, we called it a “suburb to watch” for its impressive daytime population, 175 restaurants, and 22 hotels. It’s safe to say now that Dallas’ sister to the far north has grown up into a bustling area with her own personality, robust calendar of activities, and impressive and ever-growing list of bars and restaurants (these days there are more than 180). Here are a few of the many reasons why a visit to Addison is worth the quick jaunt up the Tollway.
Drink Up & Consider It a History Lesson
As it was said in the August 1977 issue of D Magazine, “the goldminers have persisted and the booze is now flowing.” Things haven’t slowed down much since then, with Addison’s restaurants offering an impressive range of cuisines and ambiances. One of the newest kids on the block is Public School 972, whose West Village sister location Public School 214 has already become a favorite spot among Dallas locals for its happy hour—a.k.a. “Recess”—and brunch delicacies that include eggs benedict pizza and chorizo mac and cheese. Nestled just outside of the Village on the Parkway, Public School 972 is the latest Public School on Tap restaurant from Grill Concepts, which operates other Public School locations in California, Colorado, and Nevada. Have a craft beer on tap at Public School 972, and receive “an education in the art of food and beer” in a cheeky setting that makes getting schooled way more fun than you remembered.
There’s Sightseeing & Activities Aplenty
In addition to hosting annual events like Kaboom Town, Taste Addison and Oktoberfest, the 10-acre public events space known as Addison Circle is home to a range of neighborhood gem-style restaurants, small business, and walkable green space. Take a leisurely stroll by the water features, or catch some live music at one of its two stages. Or, catch an Addison Improv comedy show or dueling pianists at Pete’s.
And You Can Probably Actually Learn Something, Too
The Addison Airport, which may look like a tiny landing strip compared to DFW and Love Field, is actually home to more than 700 based aircraft and pulls in more than 90,000 annual operations, and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a great place to learn more about American aviation in general. And if you’re more of a hands-on learner, see how beer is made at Addison’s only production brewery, Bitter Sisters Brewing Company.