Dallas' Seven Best Post-Theater Hangouts
See also: Our five favorite local wig shops.
The cast of Avenue Q likes to hang at Christie's Sports Bar in Uptown.
They don't have a Joe Allen or a Sardi's to repair to after an evening of theater. So where do Dallas actors gather to unwind when the curtain rings down? We asked some busy local thesps and they told us.
Lakewood Landing (5818 Live Oak): To beer or not to beer -- there is no question when it comes to choosing a post-performance quaff with the actors from Shakespeare Dallas.
That company's Jenni Pittman says this is their favorite dive when they come up for air after Coriolanus or another of the Bard's sweatier dramas (Shakespeare Dallas performs outdoors). If you see lots of gorgeous classical acting types hanging out here this fall during rehearsals for Macbeth, don't mention the name of the play. Actors consider that bad luck. Just call it "Mackers."
Christie's Sports Bar (3811 McKinney Ave.): The R-rated musical Avenue Q at Theatre Too, just up the street from this Uptown neighborhood bar, is selling out big time (and has been extended into September). To relax after exhausting performances in the tiny playhouse, the actor-puppeteers bop over here for drinks, gossip and heavy flirting. Between paychecks, you'll also find the Theatre Three/Too casts just kicking back with a couple of 12-packs in the Quadrangle courtyard, says actor and costumer Michael Robinson (he's Avenue Q's "Monster").
Trinity Hall (5321 E. Mockingbird Lane): When the cast members of Sinbad: The Melodrama at nearby Pocket Sandwich Theatre brush the popcorn out of their hair (audiences are encouraged to toss the stuff during Pocket shows), they head across the street to this pub for beer, bratwursts and cider on tap. On Sunday nights there's a pub quiz, giving performers a chance to show off more than their acting skills.
Meridian Room (3611 Parry): Just around the corner from the tiny Ochre House theater, this is the spot to hang out with actor-director-playwright Matthew Posey and his little band of "Ochre House boys," which includes some girls, including actresses Cyndee Rivera and Elizabeth Evans. Cold brew on tap, a good wine selection and cheap tacos earn the applause from this bunch. Posey's very secretive about his shows. Lurk here and you might get some hints about what he's got cooking.