Poor Man’s Dallas: Bishop Arts Wine Walk

Riley Roberts, Contributing Writer

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Do you like to drink good wine? Do you like to shop, peruse art galleries and eat incredible food? I most definitely do.

On Sept. 3rd, the Bishop Arts District hosted their semiannual Wine Walk, part of its First Thursdays events offered throughout the year.  If you are not familiar with the Bishops Arts District, it is a small area in Dallas that attracts immense crowds from all Dallas neighborhoods. Previously known as North Oak Cliff, the renovated area now boasts over 60 boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and coffee shops. There is a seemingly infinite variety of things to buy here, including clothes, antiques, furniture, prints and marvelous dishes.

The one complaint that many attendees vocalized was the lack of parking. If you did not show up immediately at 6:00 p.m., you had to scour a four-block radius around the District to fight for a parking spot, which was incredibly inconvenient for both locals and visitors. However, that trek is most certainly worth the wait — I could hear the live music and even livelier people from blocks away. There were thousands of others enjoying the wine and the walking, but the streets were never overwhelmingly crowded.

The Bishop Arts District is an incredibly vibrant area, especially when wine is involved. The Wine Walk begins when you buy a wine glass; it is $15, and you are able to replenish it as the night goes on. In the meantime, you can peruse the different shops and restaurants that stay open late for the public. There are a vast array of different restaurant stylings as well, ranging from vegan nachos at the Spiral Diner to some of the best Tex Mex in the state at Gloria’s. Bishop Arts also has a college student favorite, Cafe Brazil, which is conveniently open until midnight.

The event went from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the stores offered special deals to those who went. I sipped on my delicious wine while smelling artisan soap and admiring the edgy floral shops. The area of the Bishop Arts District is no more than a couple blocks, but it held tons of people. Those of age had the luxury of walking around, wine glasses in hand, free to buy (and mostly judge) pieces of art. Many locals joined the festivities, filling the streets with eager wine walkers. The shops included We Are 1976, Dude, Sweet Chocolate and Emporium Pies.

The Bishop Arts Wine Walk, which is certainly worth attending, will be held again on Nov. 5th.

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