Late Nights at the DMA
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX 75201
dallasmuseumofart.orgPrice: General admission $10 or less, DMA members are free; some exhibitions require an additional ticket
Date: Third Friday of Every Month
If you’re tired of the bar scene, visit the DMA late night on the third Friday of every month for a fresh alternative. The museum is open until midnight for these popular parties and comes alive with fun-filled dance performances, concerts, film screenings, tours, poetry readings, family programs and more. Enjoy late night tapas, sip on a cocktail, or pull out your cellphone for an interactive museum Twitter Hunt. You can even become the art by creating your own in a happy hour dance lesson. It’s the same great art, just from a different perspective at a later time.
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The Rose Room (located inside S4)
3911 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
At Gay Bingo, players come dressed according to a theme, from geishas, vampires and superheroes to just about anything in between. Now in its 10th year, Gay Bingo continues to be an entertainment landmark for gay and lesbian community members and their friends and family. Plus, since it’s located inside the legendary Rose Room (located upstairs at popular nightclub S4), there’s likely to be an outlandish drag show at intermission. All proceeds benefit the Resource Center of Dallas, the leader in community HIV/AIDS prevention, education and services. This ain’t your mama’s bingo parlor, so don your craziest outfit and come prepared to expect the unexpected. The event runs on the third Saturday of every month and begins at 6 p.m.
3707 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75224
www.kismetdallas.comLet’s face it, the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland looked pretty darn cool smoking his hookah. At Kismet, it’s all about the toke. But lest you worry, the stuff’s herbal and therefore guilt (and crime) free. Arrive early to get a table or schedule reservations and order bottle service. Make your selection from a list of of flavored tobaccos, like pina colada, safari melon and white peach. Then sit back and enjoy the pipe with your friends in a semi-private alcove complete with rich velvet curtains. The DJ spins high-energy dance music to keep this eclectic crowd pumping all night long.
2330 William D. Tate Ave.
Grapevine, TX 76051
www.skatetown.netPrice: Admission – $6, skates – $3.00
It’s time to rip off your sneakers and lace up those skates, because despite the year, the crowd is still movin’ and groovin’ at Skate Town. Whether you’re a neophyte or an experienced skater, this place is great for all-ages fun. Here, the emphasis is on “family friendly,” but it’s also BYOB and open until 10:30 p.m. on weekends, so think before you drink. The best thing about Skate Town is that it has both traditional skates and rollerblades. The music is lively and there’s an arcade, too. Grown ups who get worn out too quickly can duck into the snack bar for a little downtime.
Main Event Entertainment
4801 Citylake Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76132
www.maineventusa.comThis fun center has it all. It’s part bowling alley with billiards and more than 100 video and arcade games, part nighttime activity hub with laser tag and glow in the dark mini golf, and part obstacle course with a gravity ropes course and rock climbing wall. This is the perfect place for a unique birthday bash or just a one-of-a-kind night out with friends for some good old-fashioned fun. And if you’re looking to pepper in just a tad of adult fun, happy hour runs weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $2 pints, $4 appetizers and free pool. Also be sure to check out the party packages—they be customized to any age, from kids to teens to adults.
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