Pour Yourself into History


Join the Dallas Historical Society for happy hour around town to learn and discuss the unique heritage of Dallas in a fun, relaxed and enjoyable setting!

All events held from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 

Come eat, drink, and help support a local business and raise awareness about local history!

Events are free to attend; attendees are responsible for their food and drink.


Pour Yourself into History 2017 Schedule


Location: Stoneleigh P

2926 Maple Avenue 75201

Date: March 7, 2017

The Stoneleigh P. opened in 1973, and has been a neighborhood institution ever since. The original structure, in the 1920’s, was the Packard Pharmacy. Later renamed the Stoneleigh Pharmacy, it burned to the ground in 1979. We rebuilt and in 1980 the Stoneleigh P. was open for business once again, serving one of Dallas’ best burgers to our diverse clientele. We have been featured in the New York Times, Esquire, and won numerous awards over the years. In addition to our burgers, we have Tex- Mex dishes, soups, salads, and daily specials. All of our dishes are made from scratch, daily. We are grateful for all of the loyal fans of ” The P. “, who have kept us in business for 43 years.

Location: Uptown Pub

3605 McKinney Avenue 75204

Date: April 18, 2017

Co-hosted by: Preservation Dallas

If you are looking for an old-style pub with great food, great drink, and one of the best dog-friendly patios on McKinney Avenue, you’ve found the place.  Built in 1920, the historic building sits on the corner of McKinney and Lemmon Avenue and offers a wide viewport to the vibrant energy of this busy area. The bar slings a number of unique imports along with a menu that offers much more than just peanuts. Uptown Pub offers an array of burgers, nachos and pulled pork sandwiches.

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Location: Quarter Bar

3301 McKinney Avenue 75204

Date: May 2, 2017

Bread Winner’s Quarter Bar was established in 2000 after quite a colorful parade of businesses formerly inhabited the space. The downstairs main bar was formerly the Bread Winner’s main office where the walls had chicken wire across the top of them to prevent someone from “breaking into the office.” The McKinney Ave street side used to be a Book Binder / Book repair business. The pool room at one time was a nail salon. Both in the late 90’s. In 2000, Jim and Cindy Hughes had the brilliant idea to turn the space into a New Orleans Style Bar and nearly overnight open the space downstairs was transformed into a small bar. Where you see the overhead chalkboards in the front room is the remaining top to a wall that divided the bakery and the Quarter Bar. Many patrons recall the smell of freshly baked holiday goodies wafting through the bar as they enjoyed their cocktails. Soon the bar expanded into the back bakery space and all the way to the angled mirror you see today. The little two rooms to the left of the main entrance are now known as “The Mafia Room”. At one point this was our beverage storage area for the coffee bar/barista.

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Location: Chelsea Corner

4830 McKinney Avenue 75205

Date: June 6, 2017

Co-hosted by: Dallasites 101

Join the Dallas Historical Society and co-host Dallasites 101 for happy hour to learn more about the unique past of the newly re-opened Chelsea Corner. Bring friends to sip, socialize, share memories, and “drink in” history knowledge in a fun, relaxed and enjoyable setting!

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Location: El Fenix

1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202

Date: July 11, 2017

Co-hosted by: Finding Dallas

El Fenix founded in 1918 by Mike Martinez, a Mexican immigrant who opened a small restaurant on the corner of Griffin Street and McKinney Avenue in Dallas. Often, at its main location in downtown Dallas, the lunchtime line of patrons spills out the front door and down Alamo Street. El Fenix is renowned as the originator of Tex-Mex cuisine and the restaurant’s Wednesday Enchilada Dinner Special, which features two cheese enchiladas, refried beans, and rice. In 2010 Nation’s Restaurant News named El Fenix one of its 50 All-American Icons, restaurants that stole our hearts and stood the test of time. Open seven days a week, there are currently 23 El Fenix restaurants, including 22 locations throughout North Texas and one in WinStar World Casino & Resort. For more information, visit Elfenix.com.

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Location: Granada Theater

3524 Greenville Avenue 75206

Date: August 8, 2017

Co-hosted by: Dallas Hotel Magazine

The Granada Theater is located in Lower Greenville, in Dallas, TX. The theater was built in 1946logo_dallas-hotel-magazine as a movie house. In 1977 it was converted to a concert hall, only to revert to a movie theatre soon after. In 2004 it was again opened as a concert hall. The Art Deco design of the Granada reflects the decadence of that Golden Era and the interior decor employs the influence of ancient cultures. The murals were designed by the artist(s) who also worked on Los Angeles’ famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The grand scale murals depict different genres of film with the ceiling feature depicting a mythological “film goddess” standing over a reel of film. Fitting, since the Greeks gave us theater. Under the current ownership of Mike Schoder and Julia Garton, the theater is still going strong hosting on average 160 concerts a year and an array of private events. Their goal is to bring local, regional and national acts to an intimate setting in order create unforgettable experiences. Many of the greats have graced the stage including Adele, Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Leon Russell and recently Willie Nelson.

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Location: Five Sixty

Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207

Date: September 12, 2017

Speaker: Wendy Cole- DHS Archivist

Topic: La Reunion

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Dallas’ horizon brightens with Five Sixty atop Reunion Tower. The skyline’s 560-foot landmark with the distinctive glowing ball houses the master chef’s first fine dining restaurant in the city. Upon ascending 50 stories, diners depart from the elevator at the center of the restaurant. From the moment guests enter, they are greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows that line the restaurant, offering 360-degree views of Dallas as the room revolves. The menu features Puck’s modern interpretations of Asian dishes. Guests can enjoy fine dining in the main room as well as a more casual experience at the restaurant’s two bars: a stylish rotating bar facing outwards so patrons can enjoy the view, and a stationary, ultra-contemporary illuminated glass bar as patrons enter the restaurant 560 feet above the ground. Wine aficionados can appreciate an extensive list of more than 400 labels plus nearly one dozen brands of sake plus by-the-glass selections.

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Location: People’s Last Stand

5319 E Mockingbird Ln #210, Dallas, TX 75206

Date: November 7, 2017

Co-hosted by: Brandon Does Dallas

Speaker: Wendy Cole- DHS Archivist

Topic: History of Mockingbird Station and Dr. Pepper in Dallas

We handcraft cocktails from homemade juices, bitters, syrups, infusions and mixers. Each drink is fashioned with careful attention to detail, favoring locally sourced flavors and ingredients. Our cocktails are pure, not pretentious. The bar also offers a wide selection of craft brews and hand selected wines. Our bistro menu compliments the cocktail list and features hand-picked produce, free-range meats and hearty sauces.

The casual cool atmosphere at People’s compliments our menu and distinguishes us as a timeless locale that’s authentically Dallas. Because of our versatile space and vigilant customer-service, we’ve earned a reputation as one of Dallas’ most beloved event venues. We also offer group cocktail classes taught by the tastemakers behind our award-winning cocktail program.

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or email molly@dallashistory.org.



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