10 Ways to Convince People You Went to Lower Greenville Before Trader Joe's

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Roderick Pullum, from a different time on Lower Greenville.

Lower Greenville is changing faster than perhaps any other single stretch of road in the city. New bars, restaurants and, yes, exceptionally well-branded grocery stores are popping up at a seemingly constant rate.

By many measures, it's a good thing. There are clearly many more people walking on the sidewalks and making infuriating left-hand turns, which means more possible money for everyone. And many of our favorite older haunts are thriving: Crown & Harp, with shows on two floors, has probably hosted more good DFW bands than any other venue in the area this year, and Good Records always seems to have a few people browsing through LPs, even when they don't have one of their many special events.

But as with any urban evolution that involves trading rowdy club nights for seasonal granola bar options, some of the fun has gone somewhere wilder. So here's a toast to Dallas' second best street for music in the form of 10 signs you're dealing with a true fan of Lower Greenville. May its character endure.

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A previous Cool Out flyer. Check the Facebook page for the latest.

10. Take a sick day on a Tuesday and blame it on Cool Out.

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9. Know the exact number for your favorite Jimmy Reed song on the Ships jukebox.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels for City of Ate

8. Pretend you've never heard of The Truck Yard.


7. Talk wistfully about the time you saw Busdriver at the Cavern. Or Dawes. Or DJ Sober. Or...you get the idea.

6. Go into the Walmart Neighborhood Market for any reason at all.

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gmit
gmit

As for the headline: To convince you, I remember when Poor David was Poor you had to drink whatever it was he could afford to stock that week, Cross Canadian shows there until they busted the seams of the joint, Slaid Cleaves, and Harris and Ryden

Now if your way back machine has lots of fuel, there was once a flying saucer down there too!

gmit
gmit

Damm this was a great town back when you actually had to go outside or travel hundreds of miles to be with (your chosen) people! 

Sad indeed, now we just go to restaurants and bicker about who has better groceries. It used to be about drinking, live music, getting towed, and hooking up (in person!) 

 

 

jack
jack

you saw miles davis play at arcadia

Hwheel72
Hwheel72

The harder bar and whiskey bar. Chowder house. There was a tiny little bar above Chowder house. Go through a door and up these stairs to a super small smokey hangout. Can't recall the name. Anyone??

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Circus Circus, the Army surplus clothing store, Arcadia, the Chinese food store that would sell beer to anyone who could drive through the drive thru

Daniel
Daniel

Just maybe you could have gotten somebody over 25 to pen this one?  


Tango. Nick's Uptown. On the Air. Poor David's. Concerts at the Arcadia. Prospect Bar & Grill. Etc......

lisareneemerito
lisareneemerito

The Service Bar

Little Gu's 

 John's Cafe when it was across from the GBG

Terrile's Tshirts!

 


Grim_Fiendish
Grim_Fiendish

Assassins  / Original London Tavern / Arcadia were the only things that mattered before Trader Joes.

klassiter3
klassiter3

I wonder if the person who wrote this article went to Lower Greenville before Trader Joe's was there.  

robizzle
robizzle

No mention of the following makes me sad!

The Zephyr's patio is now an empty parking lot

Billard Bar patio smoking

Colab Tuesdays at Zubar!

The Beagle Streaker!

Char Bar.  Just Char Bar!

ARCADIA! and the Fire....

And absolutely no mention of Pipe Dreams..... 

The original Whole Foods and Lulu B's.


And Taco Cabana 2am people watching.  duh.

Shout out to Becky getting her groove on  at Zubar :)


guyblong
guyblong

Is that all you got? I have Service Bar t-shirts going back to 95, remember the Dog Pound and all those other places that changed names 4 times before they shut down, the Winedale when it was full of scary old people until I became one myself, and....

Markus
Markus

I forget the name of the band now, but it was during the Observer Music award not too long ago, like 2009 perhaps. Lead singer of a punk rock band broke a bottle of beer over him/stage/instrument? and proceeded to deliberately cut himself up on stage. Pretty wild.

TheGaver
TheGaver

Almost sincerely hurt I wasnt consulted on my block.  Yes, it's mine.


Daniel
Daniel

@Hwheel72 I think you mean the Cavern. Sadly, it closed, like, last Tuesday or something.  

Barry Kooda
Barry Kooda

@AviAdelman C'mon, Avi!
I looked forward to the drunkbichespissinintheyard photos every week.

Daniel
Daniel

And who can forget Guadalajara around the corner on Ross? 24 hours and would serve alcohol after hours, no qualms.

gavin.cleaver
gavin.cleaver moderator

@TheGaver One of the rejected ideas was "Either Gavin Mulloy or Chris McDonald have tickled you"

Hwheel72
Hwheel72

@Daniel @Hwheel72 That's it. Thanks. What a great place. I kinda believe it still existed until it's recent demise but I haven;t been in a little while. I can now post it as the strongest drink spot I've experienced. I know there are others but its cemented a spot in my heart. :)


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