The Nines – 4.5 Stars
Once laced in tattoo shops, cheap watering holes and colorfully cool characters, in the last few years Deep Ellum has become virtually unrecognizable. With an increase in more upscale restaurants, bars and shops, the neighborhood feels less like Deep Ellum and more like Uptown. Yet even with its new frou-frou facelift Allen Falkner is maintaining the essence that is distinctly Deep Ellum.
Previously known as the Red Light Lounge, last year Falkner decided to relaunch as The Nines. Since reopening as The Nines it has become a space to go for inexpensive cocktails, good food, and awesome performances. The Abnormal Formal for instance, also known as The Nines Monthly Fetish Event allows visitors to let their freak or formal flag fly by dressing in a bevy of costumes. Acceptable attire ranges from suits and gowns to steam punk. Then there’s the Vintage Cocktail Hour hosted by Bourbon and Bourdeaux, the affair features happy hour cocktails ad burlesque performances.
Renovations to the space included changing the entrance, plush seating, an eye catching mural and a 15-foot truss on the upstairs deck crafted for dynamic aerial performances. But one major addition that stands out at The Nines is their menu. Created by Executive Chef Margaret Alvis, it’s an interesting mixture of dips, flatbreads and sliders. You definitely need the Drunken Pimento Cheese made with tequila and House Made Ricotta with Heirloom Tomatoes and Bruschetta. I went crazy over the Pig & Fig Flatbread, a sweet and savory rendezvous made with prosciutto, fig jam, and onions. On the lighter side are the Veggie Beet Sliders, consisting of roasted beets, shaved fennel goat cheese spread and arugula.
Like the food, drinks here have their own flair, taking on a new approach to the classics such as old fashions, mules and martinis. “Our goal is to provide traditional cocktails with a bit of a twist. Although we all love well-crafted fancy cocktails, there are times when we just want a simple drink that tastes great,” Allen explains.
The Nines offers a uniquely diverse experience to patrons. You won’t pay an arm and a leg to be entertained while sipping and eating something great. “Our name The Nines comes from the term “dressed to the nines”. We wanted to provide a place where people can dress up, enjoy a cocktail and some delicious food while checking out performances or listening to great music. More than anything, we want people to get the chance to be themselves,” Falkner said. It doesn’t get more “classic” Deep Ellum than that. TxMb
Where to find them- 2911 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Phone (469) 458-3324
That whole parking thing- You know the rules in Deep Ellum, either find a meter, a lot or valet.