By Azure Arther, NewsCastic
It’s easy to find something to do on a Saturday afternoon in Addison, Texas. You can wander Vitruvian Park or Addison Circle, pick from a multitude of lunch spots and coffee houses, or stop in for shopping in a series of strip malls.
On the other hand, where do you go after the show is over? Do you have to go home if you’re enjoying the night of your life or just aren’t ready to crawl in your bed? Of course you don’t! There are plenty of things to do in Addison after midnight if you know where to look.
Definition in the Making
J’s Burgers and Breakfast defines Addison. The small location is an icon of Addison life, and anyone that lives, visits or parties there is aware of this restaurant. Sparkling, green pleather chairs and booths and an ancient cigarette vending machine are just a few of the reasons why we love J’s. The food has a homemade feel and taste to it, and the staff is quick to call out to you in a friendly Southern drawl. A downside, or upside depending on where you are on the fence, is that J’s is a smoking facility with smoking in the front and non-smoking in the back.
Grab a Night Cap
The bars in Addison are part of the draw. Not only is there a full strip of places to grab a drink on Beltline, but the alcohol drifts down Midway, Montfort, and a few other side streets. The Londoner, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, The Social House and Duke’s Icehouse are all open until 2 am, except for on Sundays. Each of these bars or pubs have their own style, from the sort of music they play to their specialty drinks so hopping from place to place is in order to try them all.
Watch a Battle
Sometimes a good drink requires a bit of music to go with it. At Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar off of Beltline and Midway offers a clash of pianos. The players will tickle the keys to the requests of the audience, and the waitstaff will likely sing along with the off-key audience. With a bright neon sign, demanding that patrons sing loud, Pete’s is guaranteed to be an excellent place to enjoy a drink and have some fun.
Set up like a nice down home bar on one side, and a club bar on the other, Memphis, part of Shuck’n Jive, boasts live music every night of the week. A full stage on the “club” side of the bar host various bands that usually play after ten pm. Seating is limited, especially at the tables near the band, so if you’re following your favorite local music sensation, it’s best to get to Memphis earlier rather than later.
Discover a Star…or Not
What is more fun than karaoke? Laughing at other people singing karaoke, or barring that, singing an awesome song that everyone else agrees is awesome so they sing along with you. At Addison Point Sports Grill, karaoke reigns supreme. Every night except for Tuesdays, locals and visitors alike can tune their pipes and belt out their favorite ditty from 10-2 am. What more can you ask for? Great drinks and food to go with it!
Dance the Night Away
It wouldn’t be Addison without a place to show off your moves. While there are several dance floors in Addison, Stone Trail in Addison remains at the top of the list. Great drinks, staff and customers create the backdrop for a great night, but it’s the live bands and rocking DJ’s that keep the party going until 2 am. Stone Trail caters to a more mature crowd and takes its grown and sexy label seriously.
Have an Adventure
Although they are only open after midnight three days a week, Al-Amir is definitely a hot spot you have to visit at least once. Al-Amir is a “Lebanese eatery & club with 2 bars, DJs, belly-dancing shows & hookah service.” That being said, the business is made for an exotic and fun interaction that can only be understood by experiencing it yourself.
Grab Some Breakfast
Open 24-hours a day on the weekends, Original House of Pancakes Addison stays packed. The restaurant, which moved from the backside of 24-hour Fitness to the front side of Beltline, has limited parking, and tends to borrow from Twin Peaks next door, but the food is worth the wait. No matter the time of night, the staff is friendly, the pancakes are perfect and the coffee is hot.