The epic failure that was the re-launch of Trader Vic’s at The Hotel Palomar is a distant memory. And so is our first and only visit to the tropical hell-hole when we were chased onto our bar stools by a gang of rats running amok in the restaurant.
Let’s just say, the moment we entered Brackets and there wasn’t even the faintest resemblance to Trader Vic’s, we knew things were going to be better. Much better. Gone are the palm trees and decades-old thatching where our furry little friends could thrive. In their place, a sleek décor and a deep-rooted sense that we will never be tortured by rodents here again. The owners of this place would never let that happen.
Brackets is part of the growing trend of sports bars offering ping pong to the masses. Many credit Susan Sarandon with fueling the popularity of the rumpus-room sport, but whoever’s responsible, we’re happy to have a place in Dallas where we can show off our mad skills. Because let’s face it, we suck at pool and we’re still scarred from all the lesbians making fun of us for tearing up the felt on many a gay-bar pool table.
Whether you choose to play ping pong, pool or spend some time on the Wii, you’ll only be set back ten bucks per hour. That’s a pretty good deal no matter how you slice it.
And speaking of slices, our favorite local pizza place, Il Cane Rosso is responsible for bringing their elevated pizza-making skills closer to downtown with a custom-built pizza oven that comes pretty darn close to Jay Jerrier’s famous oven-on-wheels. We were so consumed with consuming their Neapolitan delights that we haven’t even tried anything else on the menu, which is pretty ambitious for a sports bar.
We’ll go back and check out the rest of the food soon, but if you’re looking for a little indoor sports action over the holidays, what could be better than ping pong, ice-cold draft beer and a heavenly pizza pie?
5300 East Mockingbird Lane (at Hotel Palomar), Dallas
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