As a teacher, I’m always looking for ways to decompress and have a little fun when I’m out of school. That goes double during Summer when I actually have time to do all of the things I want to do. Here’s a few things that won’t break the bank and one thing that might.
Free Live Music
There is live music every week at The Foundry on commerce. This Friday, The Whiskey Holler will be playing at 8pm, and this Saturday, Dime Store Hoods will be playing at 8pm. Get there early because outdoor space is limited, but it’s free, the drinks are cold, and live music outdoors is fun. This is for the 21+ crowd.
Fun and free, but you can spend money if you want. There are two this weekend. One in Casa View at St. Pius Catholic Church (3030 Gus Thomasson) from 9am - 2 and another in Oak Cliff at Beckley & 10th. These are more than just people with barrels of pumpkins. There’s food, arts & crafts, and more. Great for families.
Grand Opening - Oak Cliff Vintage
At 6pm on Friday, a new store is opening in bishop arts and appears that drinks are free while they last. You may not be into vintage merchandise, but it gives you a reason to come to bishop arts and walk around. Make a night out of it and go to one of the restaurants in the area. Take note, if you’ve never been there, that parking is a bit of a nightmare, so consider taking an Uber or talking to a friend to find out best places to park in the neighborhoods.
Friday Happy Hour Pick
If you want to try and catch a few teachers out enjoying summer, try El Corazon. It’s been one of my favorite teacher hangouts and those teachers I’ve run into have taught me (see what I did there?) a few things about margaritas. The half and half is a lot like essence of nightshade, if you’re a game of thrones fan, because one will calm you, three will give you a deep, dreamless sleep, and ten is probably fatal. It is half margarita and half frozen margarita. Yes, your ice is more margarita. Each are only $4 at happy hour which is from 4-7 (officially). I like to match that half and half with the half and half nachos. For my money, those are the best things on the menu with the friday special, pastelitos, being a close second. Usually I get the half and half margarita with a half order of the half and half nachos. Seeing the trend here? This is a solid happy hour pick that you don’t have to dress up for and won’t break the bank.
El Bolero is one of the hot new Mexican places in Dallas. Easily accessible at 1201 Oak Lawn on the southern side at the intersection with Market Center, this place also has some parking issues but they valet as well. Happy hour is 3-6 and Brunch is 10-3. This place makes margaritas how they are supposed to be made. They aren’t super sweet, they aren’t full of mix, and they aren’t so strong that they make you hate every decision you’ve ever made. The food is delicious and there are some adventurous items on the menu. Expect your visit here to be about double what El Corazon would have been, but if you’ve saved some of that paycheck from the 15th for a night out being fancy, this is a great spot. It’s part of the restaurant group that includes Oak and Pakpao nearby, but more on those another week.
Fourth of July
Want to have a relaxed, maybe individual Fourth of July and then call it a night? Pour House Dallas is having all day happy hour starting (and opening) at 3pm on the 4th. No frills, no fireworks, and no enormous cost that’s usually associated with doing something big with friends. Take it easy with PhD.
Have fun, and make good choices! Seriously, it’s a no-refusal, holiday weekend, which means it will likely take much longer to get you in front of a judge than normal. Be safe out there.
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