Ten of the Best Doormen and Doorwomen in Dallas
How can we talk about the best in Dallas without including "Dimebag" Darrell Abbot and his brother Vinnie Paul's all nude bar located just off Manana in Dallas? Veronica, who grew up listening to Pantera, has been greeting people for four years at the Clubhouse. "We're a very close knit family," she says. And families go through things together -- once a stripper charged at Veronica and one of her co-workers, brandishing a shoe. "Karen, a waitress, was trying to dodge the shoe-wielding stripper while giving a customer change." Veronica survived and continues to greet people with an all-knowing smile of the pleasures that await the eyes on the other side of the metal door.
CJ Evans - Three Links
This Mohawk fiend is a Marine who knows how to handle drunken insurgents terrorizing Three Links. Actually, he just smiles and diffuses the situation with his optimism. "Just with my military background, I'm good with attention to detail," he says, standing as if he's addressing a fellow Marine. "At ease, dude," says the bartender. CJ smiles and relaxes. This veteran loves the rowdiness of the shows. "It's really cool to see people come in off the streets and let loose."
Dustin Arcos - Trees
No, he's not a Chip-n-Dales Dancer, nor is he a CHIPS officer. He's a door guy at Trees, and probably one of the coolest guys ever to throw you out of a club. Dustin's been guarding the various bar doors in Deep Ellum for more than four years now. "Sometimes people get out of control, out of hand," he says. "Last Wednesday, this guy went bananas and pulled out a knife on me." Dustin took the knife away but didn't call the cops. "I just had to make sure my life was okay first." Looking at the large door guy, one could easily assume the other guy wasn't okay when Dustin finished with him.
Sonny - Travis Disco's Basement
At this basement club, two things are certain: the ladies are beautiful, and Sonny the Door Guy will thump you if you disrespect them. "I'm a fighter, not a lover," he explains and smiles. Sonny's been guarding doors for three years, beginning in the Los Angeles area. Although he's not a big guy, Sonny's swagger is sure to cower most drunks. Tattoos ranging from Catholic symbolism to words written in cursive - a dying art - encircle his neck like a hangman's noose; but it's his laid-back, don't-fuck-with-me attitude that keep people in check and returning to dance through the night.