The Goat is an odd place. I've heard some of the best live blues & jazz around in this bar and I've been around. It's 'out of the way' location alone marks it as 'easy to miss'. It's a dive bar, unpretentious for the better part and now sees a cross-over to the 20 to 30's crowd (karaoke 'Punk to Bob Wills'... lol) on Wednesdays and Sundays. Although the gems are the Monday night Blues Jams with Tony DeCicco, Perry Jones & James Perkins and every Thursday night, Pete Barbeck with Tim Neilley & Fred Gleber host the currently longest running Blues and Rock & Roll Jam in town! They started playing there when it was called the 'Office Lounge' just over 10 years ago. Like any other bar or music venue, they have their slow nights and then pack 'em the next. The list of artists who have at one time or another hit their stage, is impressive indeed. Including (outside the above mentioned main-stays), - random order - Lucky Peterson, 'Jr Boy' Jones, Joe Jonas, Pops Carter, Johnnie Woods, Bill Eden, Texas Slim, Hash Brown, Lance Lopez, James Hinkle, Andrea Dawson, JR & Sister Rose (for years on Tuesdays), The Kenny Barker Band (with David Jo Frame & Don Landry - special guest 'Bruce Bowland', also a long loyal mainstay on Tues., Fri. or Sat.), TopCats, Silvertones, Rob Hunt, Aaron Burton (recently), Jackie Don Loe with Jay Dronge & Peter Kaplan, every 3rd Fri of the month... I can go on forever...(don't be mad cause I didn't mention yer name...) You wanna hear someone blow? I take my chances with The Goat on Mondays and Thursdays anytime! For Fridays and Saturdays, check their calendar on myspace.
White Horse Saloon is Dallas' newest and finest Country Music Nightclub and Dance Hall. Located in North Dallas at the corner of Park Lane and N. Central Expressway in the Caruth Shopping Center. It's near Sherlocks between Sports Authority (rear entrance) and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Some you may remember this as the former Borrowed Money location. There's plenty of well lit parking. Open seven (7) nights a week, doors open at 7 PM. White Horse Saloon has FREE Dance Lessons Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM. The club features a full bar, brand new dance floor, the latest light and sound, and a must-see laser light show. If you haven't been there you should take the time to see what you're missing.. North Dallas finally has a club to call their own.. help spread the word, White Horse Saloon is open for business and they're doing it right! White Horse Saloon offers a Freeroll Texas Hold Em Tournament on Tuesday night at 7 & 10 PM, Ladies Night on Wednesdays, College Night on Thursday with a $500 Bikini Contest around Midnight. White Horse Saloon is the talk of the town.. There's more info on their web site at http://whitehorsesaloon.com
Central 214 is attached to Hotel Palomar. This restaurant was featured on a reality TV show called The Naughty Kitchen. I think, due to the TV show, that this place is probably a little over-hyped. Everything I've had here has been OK but not great, and probably not worth the price tag. Desserts especially are lacking in the flavor department. We have had really nice, friendly service here, however. If I were staying at the Palomar and was able to expense my meals, Central 214 would be just fine for a hotel restaurant. For my money, however, I think I've satisfied my curiosity and I'm ready to move on.