Here’s our list of some of the hottest spots in DFW.
Lone Star Live: This entertainment complex opened in Sundance Square this summer, in the former City Streets space, and has brought a new energy to downtown’s entertainment district. It is located under the AMC Palace 9 movie theater and Barnes & Noble and comprises five venues, including the relocated Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub and the sparkling new Queen City Music Hall, which has already booked some impressive local and regional acts. 425 Commerce St., Fort Worth. www.facebook.com/QueenCityMusicHall .
Rare Restaurant & Lounge: Rare is an Asian fusion restaurant and lounge that opened this summer at the Shops at Park Lane. Translation: It’s an upscale sushi restaurant across Interstate 75 from NorthPark Center that has a popular cocktail hour and a plethora of beautiful women. 8052 Park Lane, Dallas. www.rareparklane.com .
Candleroom: The popular ultra-lounge near Henderson Avenue celebrates its 10-year anniversary Sept. 6. For a nightclub to not only survive but thrive in the fickle Dallas nightlife scene for an entire decade is a testament to this place’s appeal. 5039 Willis Ave., Dallas. www.candleroomdallas.com .
Reservoir Bar: The hottest spot in Fort Worth opened with huge crowds on TCU-OU weekend last December and has maintained its place atop the DFW scene. Any given Friday or Saturday night, you will find some of the area’s most beautiful women on Reservoir’s patio. 1001 Foch St., Fort Worth. bar-reservoir.com .
Capital Bar: The popular bar in the West 7th area has live music most weeks Thursday through Sunday and, more importantly, is a hot spot with the TCU co-eds. 3017 Morton St., Fort Worth. capital-bar.com .
Brownstone: Another of Fort Worth’s West 7th spots makes the list. It’s crowded on weekends and recently launched The Living Room festivities, featuring a live DJ, and hosted a casino night benefiting Kidd’s Kids. 840 Currie St., Fort Worth. www.brownstonefw.com .
Rattlesnake Bar at Ritz-Carlton: Always a great crowd inside this upscale hotel bar in Uptown Dallas. It has been mentioned in Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and anyone who likes people-watching would find this a Shangri-La. 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. www.ritzcarlton.com .
Sfuzzi Uptown: This club celebrated its three-year anniversary this spring and remains a hot place to hang out and see local pro athletes and celebrities in DFW. Its patio is always a great scene. 2533 McKinney Ave., Dallas. www.sfuzziuptown.com .
Concrete Cowboy: From the people behind the popular Teddy’s Room, Concrete Cowboy combines a sports bar with a nightclub atmosphere. It has taken the Dallas nightlife scene by storm since opening last year with its “party bar for adults” vibe. 2512 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. concretecowboydallas.com.
Avenu Lounge: The upscale lounge is located on McKinney Avenue in the spot previously home to the popular Aura. Avenu was ranked No. 98 in Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 Clubs list based on revenue. 2912 McKinney Ave., Dallas. www.avenulounge.com .
Plush: The downtown Dallas nightclub has a Las Vegas vibe with four levels. Plush was ranked No. 26 on Nightclub & Bar’s list. 1400 Main St., Dallas. plushdallas.com.
BoomerJack’s Lincoln Square: Like the other BJ’s locations in DFW, you can get burgers, wraps, wings and steak fingers. This particular spot is in the shadows of AT&T Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and features two covered patios and 133 HDTVs. When there is an event at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, BoomerJack’s is packed before and after. And if you spend $40 in Lincoln Square, you can park for free on game days. 522 Lincoln Square, Arlington. www.boomerjack.com.
Kung Fu Saloon: This Uptown hot spot — following the original in Austin and a second location in Houston — was an instant hit when it opened last September and has continued to have long lines to get in on weekends and plenty of beautiful people enjoying Skee-Ball and Ms. Pac-Man. 2911 Routh St., Dallas. kungfusaloon.com/dallas .
Soda Bar: The rooftop bar, complete with an infinity pool, atop the NYLO South Side Hotel has become a great place to hang out for the Dallas crowd. Its view of the downtown skyline doesn’t hurt either. 1325 S. Lamar St., Dallas. www.nylohotels.com .
The Travis: This club recently opened in the spot that was previously the Rio Room. It has picked up with the same crowd of beautiful people that were often spotted at Rio Room before its sudden closing in January. 4515 Travis St., Dallas. facebook.com/thetravisdisco .
LeVu: This Dallas hot spot opened late last year on Pacific Avenue and, in addition to being a popular nightclub on the weekends, has hosted big events including the ZING Vodka launch party last month. 2505 Pacific Ave., Dallas. levudallas.com .
Hooligans Pub: Opened in 1999 on Cooper Street near UTA, it relocated in 2012 to the new downtown Arlington development next to the popular Twisted Root Burger Co. 310 E. Abram St., Arlington. hooliganspub.net .