February 22, 2019 | Patty Smith
Texas’ largest and America’s 4thlargest metro area, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is budding and diverse.  Hitting the #2 spot on the Best Cities for Singles in Texas for 2019, you know that the opportunity for fun and entertainment has got to be all-star, glittering and sensational.

So where exactly do the locals hangout for a beverage, some live music, comic relief and mouthwatering temptations?  Don’t worry, because here is the low down on the best spots to fill your temptations.

Texas Live

A home run, a touchdown, a slam dunk, you pick your sports metaphor when it comes to Arlington’s Texas Live.  So, what exactly is Texas Live? Texas Live is a dynamic $250 million world-class dining, entertainment, and hospitality district nestled between the Texas’ Rangers Globe Life Park and The Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium.  It is a unique attraction that combines restaurants, entertainment and accommodations into one stimulating experience.

Texas Live is home to Arlington Backyard, a 5,000 person outdoor concert venue, also hosts festivals and cultural events that are sure to create memories.  Dust off that cowboy hat, because the flagship PBR Baris located in Texas Live.  Every buckaroo’s dream, it features 2 mechanical bulls and is the largest venue for Professional Bull Riders in the country.  A sports fanatic?  Watch a game in what is the considered the “living room” of Texas Live at Live! Arena, a multi-level sports bar and gathering space.

Sundance Square

One square with endless experiences, Sundance Square is the premier destination in Downtown Fort Worth.  Spanning 35 blocks, Sundance Square is “stuffed” with dozens of options for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Celebrating a special occasion?  How about dinner at Waters, a show at Bass Performance Hall and finish off the night with a sweet indulgence from Schakolad Chocolate Factory.  On a budget?  Begin at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, catch a movie at AMC Palace 9 Theatre and a sweet delight at Steel City Pops.  Out with the family?  Start the day with shopping at Houston Street Toy Co and H&M, catch lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, wear off some energy at Sundance Square Plaza and on the way out, stop at It’s Sugar for a sugary treat.  Sundance Square has so many options, you can build a multitude of unique occasions.

Trinity Groves

Abandon the search for truth and settle for a good fantasy at Trinity Groves.  A relaxed atmosphere, great patios, and amazing views of downtown, Trinity Groves has everything you need to slip away from reality and step into a night of food fantasy.  A 15-acre trendy and diverse foodie mecca, you will never grow weary of the culinary options available.
At the base of The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas, sits a food connoisseur’s dream.  Pay a visit to a micro-brewery, the culinary events center, and countless restaurants.  Like seafood?  Grab fresh crab or lobster at Amberjax or sashimi at Sushi Bayashi.   If you desire something more modern and innovative, try a fusion dish at Chino Chinatown, a Chinese cuisine spot with a Latin American Twist.

Deep Ellum

It’s about living in the moment, it’s about climbing up the staircase and seeing what’s at the top, it’s about creating your own version of life, an artistic, harmonious life.  A visit to Deep Ellum, an imaginative, musical, expect the unexpected entertainment district in Dallas, can help you fill in the nooks and crannies of your life with virtuosity and flair.
With deep roots in jazz and blues music from the 1920’s, it is now home to more than 30 live music venues, making it one of the biggest entertainment districts in the state.  It continues to have an exploding music scene, with venues like the nearly 100 year old Sons of Herman Hall or the intimate AllGood Café to the funky trailer-park meets live music scene at Doublewide.

Throughout history, Deep Ellum has also been a place for visual artists to come and make a name for themselves through a vibrant community of galleries, public art, street murals, or simple displays of unrestricted creativity.   It is home to many art-based businesses, comedians, gallery owners, recording studios and graphic designers.


Stockyards


“An Ace in the hole”, the Fort Worth Stockyards are rich in cattle history.  The Fort Worth Union Stockyards opened in 1890 as an organized place where cattle, sheep and hogs could be bought, sold and slaughtered.  The Stockyards now celebrate Fort Worth’s long tradition as part of the cattle industry and nicknamed “Cowtown”.

Today, the Stockyards are a place to take a train ride, catch a shootout show, explore museums rich in cowboy history or belly up to a saloon-style bar for a cold beverage.   Wander the stockyards and take a glimpse into western culture and don’t miss the daily Longhorn cattle drive where cowboys and cowgirls parade the impressive, intimidating herd down Exchange Street.  The Stockyards are full of activities to fill every little cowpokes heart to desire.

Be sure to swing by Billy Bob’s on a Friday or Saturday night for their live music. Known as the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bobs has hosted some of the biggest stars in country music and has been featured in numerous TV shows and movies including Pure Country with George Strait in 1992.

Living in the DFW metroplex gives its residents plenty to do. There’s always a show to catch, restaurants to try and new places to explore. If you’re considering a move to Fort Worth or Dallas, give me a call. I’d love to show you around. 
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