Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 106 Best Punk Venue ThRee LiNKS SPORTS/RECREACTION | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | FOOD/DRINK | CULTURE/PEOPLE | SHOPPING/SERVICES | Classified | MusiC | dish | stage | Movies | Culture | Night+day | feature | sChutze | uNfair Park | the thread | CoNteNts | Melissa Hennings ways playing pulsing techno, and the dense crowd means you won’t have to be self-con-scious about your moves. In addition to the five-plus dance floors, you can also get tips on dancing from the drag queens performing in The Rose Room. If you’re the type who has to be really, really drunk to dance, you can a) ac-complish that, or b) just stand in the corner and observe as people of all walks of life dance the night away. Don’t be surprised to see a few in full-on furry costumes grinding on the stage or a Lady Gaga impersonator getting it on with a guy who looks like an Abercrombie model. Anything can happen at Station 4. 3911 Cedar Springs Road, 214-526-7171, Do and Beauty Bar today. Red Eye brings to the table a savant-level knowledge of classic club tracks (many of which he owns on vinyl) and a firm grasp of the latest tracks with un-derground buzz. Red Eye can read a crowd like few others and uses his deep knowledge and extensive technical skill behind the decks to get any crowd to shake their shoes. 4322 Elm St., 214-827-7236 Readers’ Pick: DJ Sober Best Bartender Benj Pocta The craft cocktail movement has done won-ders for booze enthusiasts, but it has also muddled the drinking scene with pretension and overpriced drinks. Benj Pocta could chew your ear off about obscure bitters, but he’s much more likely to ask you about your per-sonal tastes and then actually listen to your response. The drinks he serves at Small Brewpub are straightforward and refined, but they also boast enough inventive ingredients (smoked tea, for example) to keep the drink-ing interesting. Bonus: Each of his creations only costs $8, and he can also pour you one of the city’s best local pilsners. Small Brewpub, 333 W. Jefferson Blvd., 972-863-1594, Readers’ Pick: S4 3911 Cedar Springs Road, 214-526-7171, Best Metal Bar Reno’s Chop Shop You know the satisfaction of walking into a bar and realizing you’ve found exactly what you’ve been looking for? For Dallas metal heads, that feeling comes as they step through the doors of Reno’s Chop Shop. It has been an institution of the Dallas metal scene for years. The bar keeps things simple, which is a large part of its appeal. Not much legwork goes into planning for a night parked at Reno’s. The drink? Beer. The attire? Black. The music? Heavy. Plus, the attached venue hosts some of the wildest bands on earth, solidifying Reno’s metal credentials. 210 Crowdus St., 214-744-1200, DALLAS OBSERVER DALLAS OBSERVER S EPTEMBER 24-30, 2015 M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 F riday, D ec. 11 th On Sale Now! Readers’ Pick: Gabe Sanchez, Black Swan Saloon 2708 Elm St., Best Karaoke Night Good Luck Karaoke at Twilite Lounge If we’re being honest, every other karaoke night in town is pointless in light of Good Luck Karaoke. Imagine the Joker seizing con-trol of a bar once a week to make people sing songs for his twisted entertainment and you’re pretty much there. Every Thursday night, Twilite Lounge offers a peek into the mixed-up world of Deep Ellum’s OG resi-dents — the ones who’ve been there through the bad times, the good times, the new bad times and now the yuppie times — who don’t Readers’ Pick: Trees 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, Best Club DJ DJ Red Eye DJ Red Eye holds down a multitude of roles at It’ll Do Club, including promoter, host and, most important, resident DJ. He has over two decades of experience controlling dance-floor vibes, with residencies at some of the most notable dance clubs in Dallas clubland history, from Club One back in the day to It’ll 6 106

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