Five Dallas haunts with an artsy twist
Thanks to its high concentration of outrageously cool art patrons, Dallas has amassed a lot of outrageously cool art. Here’s where to view it beyond the walls of the Nasher or DMA (and with a dirty martini in hand).
The Joule Hotel
The Joule in Downtown Dallas has works by more than 15 internationally acclaimed artists from six different countries. The expansive, newly renovated hotel’s pièce de résistance? Local artist John Holt Smith’s Wildflower Mirror Sequence I, which is composed of three mediums: photography, computer-graphic manipulations and paint. Come to think of it, the colors make us thirsty for a fruit cosmopolitan at CBD Provisions, also located inside the hotel.
The Joule, 1530 Main St.; 214-748-1300 or thejouledallas.com
The collection at the Meddlesome Moth in the Design District is both eclectic and storied. The stained-glass installation of rock-’n’-roll deities (Jimi Hendrix, Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis) in the dining room was originally displayed in the former Hard Rock Cafe location on McKinney Avenue in Uptown. Insider tip: Make plans on the first Wednesday of each month for Meddlesome Moth’s craft-beer keg tapping. Cheers!
Meddlesome Moth, 1621 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-628-7900 or mothinthe.net
The Anatole, located between the Dallas Market Center and the Design District, is full of priceless works of art and artifacts. Grab a glass of wine at Gossip Bar and take a jaunt through a one-mile audio-guided tour to see items like an actual piece of the Berlin Wall, the Nebula (a 10,000-pound kinetic sculpture hanging in the lobby) and a variety of Asian artifacts from A.D. 800. The Anatole even does regular scavenger hunts so that guests can mix a little fun with an artful education.
Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy.; 214-748-1200 or hiltonanatolehotel.com
Nick & Sam's Steakhouse
When restaurateur Philip Romano (of Macaroni Grill fame) started acquiring pieces of work by local artist JD Miller to fill his Uptown steakhouse Nick & Sam’s, the dining world was intrigued. So much so that Romano even started filling the walls with his own original masterpieces and established an "art menu", from which guests could order a dirty martini, a petite sirloin and an abstract oil painting to take home. Bravo!
Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse, 3008 Maple St.; 214-871-7444 or nick-sams.com
The former site of the first all-Hispanic elementary school in Dallas circa 1927, Saint Ann’s (located between the American Airlines Center and Downtown Dallas) has been brought back to life as one of Dallas’s premier hot spots, with refreshing cocktails and spacious patios. The owners, the Barbier-Mueller family, have placed a good number of pieces from their samurai art collection on the second floor between the bar and the restrooms. The rest of the thousand-piece collection--the largest samurai armor collection outside of Japan--is showcased in the adjoining building in the Harwood District, as well as in traveling exhibits in Paris, Canada and United States.
Saint Ann’s, 2501 N. Harwood St.; 214-782-9807 or saintannsdallas.com