Hip, popular Sambuca pulls in lots of business, thanks to its lively ambience and fun-loving clientele. A supper-club feel means that you'll be comfortable nibbling and drinking, listening to live music, showing off your style on the dance floor, or just relaxing with friends while jazz suffuses the place. Among the dishes you'll want to try are miso-glazed sea bass, Asian-style shrimp fettucine, and Jamaican pork tenderloin.

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A young, hip, professional crowd fills trendy Zúbar, which is a perfect spot for relaxing, meeting new people, and listening to great music. The intimate interior features bright colors, large, comfy sofas, and casual ambience, all reminiscent of a private loft apartment. An exceptional drink menu is sure to please, but remember to don your best attire � it's a see-and-be-seen sort of place.

The Balcony Club
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Live jazz and a romantic, intimate ambience set the stage for an evening at Balcony, located in the historic Lakewood Theatre. A mixed clientele, from young professionals to students, sip martinis and listen as throaty jazz singers croon their favorite melodies. A small outdoor patio, comfortable booths and an assortment of stools and tables provide seating, and there's room enough for standing and mingling. The full bar also provides a nice selection of single malt scotches.


The Curtain Club has established itself as one of the best "sounding" venues in the city. Both local and regional alternative rock bands love to play this room. It's not a big place, but the sound man knows acoustics. Usually three bands per night. The crowd is a mixed bag of young and old, but definitely music fans. You must be over 21 to enter the Liquid Lounge and over 17 to enter the Curtain Club.

Eight Lounge
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This stylish lounge has an urban attitude that's trendy without being overly self-absorbed. Skilled DJs create an upbeat atmosphere by mixing exotic world music. The room's focal point is an enchanting water wall visible from the club's entrance. VIP seating and semi-private booths, as well as plenty of space for mingling, make this a favorite get-together spot for both small and large groups. Specialty cocktails round out the Eight experience.

Library Bar
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Classy and elegant, the Library Bar warmly greets patrons with dark woods, comfortable sofas, upholstered chairs, and stately bookshelves lined with classic titles. Guests enjoy quiet conversation while listening to the melodies of the house pianist and nibbling on tasty hors d'oeuvres from the hotel's prestigious restaurant, Landmark. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 5pm-7pm.

Spacious and elegant, this upscale establishment has become one of the area's most popular destinations for dinner and drinks. Refined Western decor distinguishes all its venues, which range from restaurant to bar to billiard room. Cuisine relies heavily on steaks and chops but also includes salmon, Australian lobster tail, and luscious desserts. A variety of bands play blues, R&B, jazz, pop, and funk Thursday through Saturday, and the lounge offers aromatic cigars and a fine selection of cognacs. The well-stocked bar serves up great martinis, along with alcohol of all varieties, and large-screen TVs guarantee that all the big games and events are easily viewed. Ideal for a whole evening of fun and leisure.

Inwood Theatre Lounge

The Inwood has seen its share of history over the years, from showcasing a 1947 screening of Red Skelton's "The Show-Off" to hosting a two-year run of "The Sound of Music." Today, the venue thrives on film festivals and foreign flicks, and its managing company has restored its classic murals, repaired its neon signage, and added leather seating. Perhaps its most singular perk, though, is a cool lobby martini bar – a great place to grab a drink before, after, and during (yes, drinks are allowed in the auditoriums) a film.

Victory Park

A sibling of the Vegas original, this swanky hotel lounge is a see-and-be-seen paradise. A velvet rope policy ensures that only the upper crust gets in, and it's without doubt that you'll catch sight of a few celebrities from the entertainment and athletic worlds. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford fabulous views of the city, and a glass-floored deck provides vertigo-inducing glimpses directly downward. Sleek environs, classy cocktails, and steep covers create the sense of a private club, all played to a soundtrack of electronica and house grooves.

The Dram
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Located on Henderson Ave, next to The Porch, The Dram is one of Dallas' newest cocktail lounges. This upscale bar features a wide variety of unique cocktails made with premium spirits, and it also offers an extensive whiskey and champagne list. It's open Monday through Saturday, and patrons must dress to impress - the bouncer does not mess around here.