Hurricane Grill (CLOSED)

Wednesdays are the best days for a happy hour.  It’s hump day, the day where you realize you still have two more whole days of work until the weekend.  For me on Wednesday, the happy hour to look forward to was at Hurricane Grill.

Walking in the door, a rush of all of the fun nights spent there listening to the live music and playing Big Buck Hunter entered my mind.  Snapped back to the present, I joined my party and ordered a $2 well vodka water.

The strong drinks encouraged conversation and a good time.  Our waiter, John, was a blast and cracked jokes to entertain.  Dinner was ordered and we all agreed that, while it tasted good, all three meals were overpriced.

Overall, a great evening.  Try it on a Wednesday for a night out — you won’t regret it (though you may regret some decisions made after having strong drinks!).

Hurricane Grill
2831 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206-6238 | (214) 827-2112

The Hully and Mo Re-review

I’m at Hully and Mo and … I’m feeling the strength of these drinks.
It’s ladies night and the feeling is certainly right (drinks are half off on Thursday for ladies!). This place will be a repeat offender.

More opinions on this amazing place:
1. The drinks are STRONG.
2. The appetizer food is GOOD.
3. Ladies night = amazing.

Read my original review of Hully & Mo with a complete list of specials.

Penne Pomodoro

Another Sunday, another brunch … and Penne Pomodoro’s rivals the best of them. $1 Bloody Marys, bellinis, and mimosas start any Sunday Funday off the right way!

Many weekend mornings I hear the perverbial siren call of the Bloody Marys at P.P. and never regret answering that call — at least not until I’m immobile from the “fun” at 3 p.m. The strength of the drinks lures me back time after time even though I don’t like Italian food (which I feel says a lot!). If you get the mimosa they will actually bring the bottle of champagne to your table to refill; you usually end up with a glass of champagne with just a touch of orange juice by the end of the meal. The bellinis are delightful frozen masterpieces that cause brain freezes from drinking too heartily.

Sadly, the service isn’t great unless you can find a way to get the older gentleman with the glasses as your waiter (I had to get up to get my own water this past week). The wait staff for the most part is nice, and I always seem to be jealous of whatever adorable outfit the girl at the front is wearing.

Basically, P.P. holds a special place in my heart … especially since it’s close enough for me to walk home after the copious strong and cheap drinks!

Penne Pomodoro


Snider Plaza
Saturday and Sunday | brunch | $1.00 Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Marys with purchase of entrée

Preston and Forest
Monday and Tuesday | evening | 1/2 priced bottles of wine with purchase of entrée
Wednesday | evening | Kids eat free from kids menu with adult purchase of entrée
Saturday and Sunday | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | $1.00 Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Marys with purchase of entrée

Tuesday | evening | 1/2 priced bottles of wine with purchase of entrée
Wednesday | evening | Kids eat free from kids menu with adult purchase of entrée
Saturday and Sunday | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | $1.00 Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Marys with purchase of entrée


Keyed up with the promise of all-you-can-eat sushi for a mere Jackson, our group of five marched into Gui with high expectations. Martinis, mixed drinks, and rolls were ordered as we surveyed the clientèle. The usual Uptown beautiful people were in attendance sipping their cocktails and bumbling with their chopsticks.

Round two of rolls and drinks were ordered and the snappy service continued. The overall favorites of the 12 rolls our table ordered were the Eel, Crunch, and Spider rolls; the favorite drink was the shot – sake, Goose, and some other yummy nectar with a celery garnish. (Yes, shots on a Tuesday!)  Our group followed the rules (pictured below) and had a great time.

While Gui does a quite a few things right, one thing they have a slight problem with is matching the prices on the website to the prices on the menu.  Call before you go so when you look at your bill and see double, you’ll know it’s from the strong drinks!


Gui | @GuiUPTOWN
2719 Mckinney Ave | (214) 720-9229 

Monday-Friday | 5:30-7 p.m. | $3 wells and beer, $5 house wine and specialty drinks 
Tuesday | 5:30-9 p.m. | $3 wells and beer, $5 house wine and specialty drinks | all day: $20 all you can eat sushi
Wednesday | 5:30-7 p.m. | $3 wells and beer, $5 house wine and specialty drinks | all day: $20 for 2 speciatly rolls or 2 entrees  
Thursday | 5:30-7 p.m. | $3 wells and beer, $5 house wine and specialty drinks
Friday | 5:30-7 p.m. | $3 wells and beer, $5 house wine and specialty drinks
Sunday | all day | happy hour prices and $20 unlimited sushi and house sake


Scene 1:  A bedroom.

{Light up as sun shines through a curtained window.  Zoom in on clock beside bed; 11am on Sunday.  Pan to reveal a hungover Susie waking up.  Dazed, she looks around her room, fluffs her pillow, and initiates Operation: Brunch.  Her iPhone clicks along as texts are sent and a destination chosen.  She gets out of bed and dresses.}

Scene 2:  Hully and Mo.
The large, heavy doors with hockey stick handles set the mood of a rugged sports bar. Inside, plush booths and a shiny bar give it a relaxed, chic feel and make a hangover brunch at the brainchild of Mike Modano and Brett Hull ideal. This particular day a Rangers game was on and the multiple flat screen TVs gave everyone in the party an unobstructed view.

The multiple spicy (and pleasantly potent) bloody marys and bottomless mimosas washed down our breakfast/brunch/lunch choices perfectly while lubricating the conversation. While I think we scared our waitress a little, she served us with a smile and took our jokes with a grain of salt and never let our drinks touch the bottom.

Overall, their patio is a great place to spend a Sunday brunch (even if it was empty) or have a drink before walking across the street to GingerMan. What more could a man want from a sports bar more than good food, good drinks, plenty of TVs, and cute girls?                        … I’d say not much.

Hully and Mo: Restaurant & Tap Room
2800 Routh Street, Ste. 115
Dallas, TX 75201 
(214) 954-0203

Monday-Friday | 4pm-7pm $2 off cocktails and wine, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 imports, $5 appetizers 
Saturday | 11am-4pm | $2 off cocktails and wine, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 imports, $5 appetizers
Sunday | 11am-3pm | $3 bloody marys, $8 bottomless mimosas

Rattlesnake Bar

UPDATE: Please see bottom for updated offerings.

The Ritz Carlton represents luxury and class around the globe – to me, it’s happiness. The atmosphere of the dimly-lit Rattlesnake Bar is cool and laid back … until the evening clientèle arrives, that is.

After work, stop by the bar to lounge on the sumptuously stuffed sofas and chairs and sip on extremely strong, expertly mixed cocktails to wind down from the day. Immaculately dressed bartenders will craft the drinks while you are offered free sips of mini margaritas and some of the best guacamole I’ve ever had (begins at 6pm, M-F). To drink, I strongly recommend the John Daly (yes, after the PGA champion), it’s your decision to order the pack of Marlboro offered on the side or not.

If you wait until the veil of night to try out the bar, you will be in for a completely different experience. Cue the Dallas socialites, golddiggers, unctuous lounge lizards, and little old couples just finishing dinner at Fearings (just named one of the top 10 best restaurants in the world). The Ritz accepts and caters to all kinds. The people-watching at Rattlesnake Bar is the real treat – go to see and be seen; just don’t wear anything too shiny or you’ll be a target.

The staff is what you would expect from the Ritz and more, and the complimentary valet is one of the most efficient I’ve ever seen (and they aren’t terrible to look at, either). Everyone in Dallas should experience this bar at least once … so slither on in for a drink and a wink.

The Rattlesnake Bar in the Ritz Carlton
2121 McKinney Ave | (214)922-4848

Offerings (updated 5/25):
Wednesday and Thursday | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Dean’s Two-Bite Tacos passed around the bar (and the outside bar) 

Drink well. Travel often.