New to the Dallas happy hour scene, Charlie Palmer is a gem. Like some of the other upscale restaurants around our fair city, Charlie Palmer offers to-die-for drinks and sumptuous food to snack on at a good price compared to the usual prices.
The hotel (The Joule) is intriguing with somewhat out-of-place decor that seems to still work – site: the large wheel in the lobby (their bathrooms are pretty interesting, too). The restaurant has a nice ambiance if it is a little close to the Downtown traffic – but it is very chill and the patio is laid back with really interesting people watching. Sit back in their comfy chairs and watch the beautiful people checking into the hotel and the businessmen and women hustling around after work – just keep your eyes open for the guy on the street that may try to sell you poetry when you’re waiting for your car at valet.
Speaking of valet, it’s $10. Try to park in the parking garage across the street and it’s only about $5.
The drinks … let’s talk about the drinks … they.are.a.ma.zing. They are incredibly creative and quite delicious. You have your choice of six fancy cocktails for half off along with the Charlie Palmer private label ISC Pinot Noir or single malt scotch. Try the Perfect Pear which is perfectly sweet or the Thin Mintini which will take you back to your days in the Girl Scouts (or at least it did for me!). If you want to feel that you’ve done your part to save the planet for the day, get the Treetini; Live it Green and VeeV will plant a tree for each one sold.
Get a little snack to go along with your drink. I recommend the fries; while they come in a trough (which is somewhat troubling if you think about it) but the bearnaise sauce makes up for any discomfort about the serving plate. Also try the lobster corn dogs … yum. Enjoy a taste of the incredible restaurant’s small bites menu for 1/2 off during happy hour!
Try Charlie Palmer for its happy hour – at least so you can try their amazing fare and drink! I know I’ll be back for more.
Thursday and Friday | 4-7 p.m. | 1/2 price small bites menu and selected drinks