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DARTing Around With Out-of-Towners


by Tricia White | Managing Editor

The holiday season is here, and while hosting out-of-town guests can be fun, keeping them entertained during their extended stays can also be a stressful. Luckily, North Texas has tons of fun places to visit, and the DART is a quintessential part of the experience.

bishopmarketBishop Arts District (Dallas Streetcar) 

Bursting with historic charm, this popular North Oak Cliff neighborhood – now accessible by the Dallas Streetcar – has boutiques, bistros, and taverns housed in quaint 1920s-era buildings. Hotspots include a couple DARTable Gems: The Wild Detectives, a one-of-a-kind bookstore and tavern that features local craft beer, tapas, and wine and Emporium Pies, a specialty bakery located inside a quaint 1930s Victorian bungalow.

Downtown Carrollton
(Downtown Carrollton Station) 

The station abuts an old-fashioned square that packs a lot of boutique shopping per block.  It wouldn’t be a real town square without an honest-to-goodness soda fountain, and downtown Carrollton’s got the goods: Sid’s Rainbow Grill, a DARTable Gem, delivers wholesome nostalgia while serving up a mighty good burger. Fried chicken is front and center at DARTable Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, a beloved, local institution reputed to have one of the best versions in North Texas.

plano_tree_lightingDowntown Plano (Downtown Plano Station) 

With a unique blend of shops, pubs, and restaurants, the atmosphere of downtown Plano is Norman Rockwell meets postmodern. DARTable hotspot, Vickery Park, offers a huge selection of craft beers and an extensive menu. It’s a true neighborhood bar and grill with a friendly vibe, perfect for watching the game or playing free shuffleboard. The DARTable Interurban Railway Museum at Haggard Park also is a popular attraction, commemorating the rail that ran from Denison through Plano to Dallas and beyond from 1908 until 1948. The park itself features a picturesque gazebo, fountain, and playground.

The view from the rooftop of The Nylo Hotel on Lamar Street.
The view from the rooftop of The Nylo Hotel on Lamar Street.

The Cedars (Cedars Station)

One of Dallas’ oldest neighborhood has experienced a resurgence in the last decade, and the area is hopping with live music, craft cocktails, and creative types. If you want Texas entertainment with a twang, Gilley’s Dallas fits the bill, but it’s the artsy side of the Big D that’s front and center in the Cedars. Catch a singer-songwriter at Poor David’s Pub; enjoy a great view of downtown at the rooftop bar of the NYLO Hotel; quaff artful cocktails at Cedars Social; or soak up the bohemian vibe and live music at DARTable Opening Bell Coffee, located on the ground floor of South Side on Lamar.

Uptown (Cityplace/Uptown Station, M-Line Trolley)

This Dallas neighborhood is a cornucopia of boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife and is served by the vintage M-Line Trolley. Right at Cityplace/Uptown Station, you’ll find The Rustic. With more than 40 beers on tap, this DARTable destination features live music and a Texas-centric menu that’s perfect to show off Lone Star hospitality to out-of-towners. A few blocks away are West Village, a cluster of retail shops, restaurants taverns, and the Magnolia, one of Dallas’ most beloved art-house movie theaters.

DARTable Gems are destinations best reached by riding a train or bus. Discover more at DART.org/DARTable


Pictured top is the “Green Dragon” M-Line Trolley at Uptown Station all lit up for the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Uptown Dallas, Inc.

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