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 2018 Schedule


Location: Scout at The Statler

1914 Commerce Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

Date: March 6, 2018

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Location: Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar

2501 N Harwood Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

Date: April 3, 2018

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Located in the HARWOOD District, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar is an urban oasis nestled nearby American Airlines Center and Klyde Warren Park.

Originally built in 1927, the historic school has been transformed into a modern environment that boasts Dallas’ largest contemporary garden patio and entertaining live music. Saint Ann is consistently praised by D Magazine, Open Table, and more for its signature cuisine and refined yet casual atmosphere.

The first level of the two-story red brick building is Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar and the second level is home to The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection

Location: Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard

2645 Commerce Street

Dallas, Texas 75226

Date: May 1, 2018

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Dot’s Hop House is a full service grill & bar with 99 taps of Craft Beer and over 100 bottles of bourbon, Scotch and other whiskeys. Located in the heart of Deep Ellum, Dot’s boasts a beautiful, 10,000 square foot, tree-filled, outdoor courtyard complete with a massive, 65,000 crystal chandelier. The fit and finish of our space celebrates the history of Deep Ellum as well as our beloved city. It is an ode to three things most Texas boys love: Cold beer, where they are from, and their mom.


Location: Dakota’s Steakhouse

600 North Akard Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

Date: June 5, 2018

Dakota’s Steakhouse was established in 1984, and has been a downtown Dallas dining icon for more than 30 years. The name Dakota’s was chosen in homage to the eight million pounds of Dakota mahogany granite that gives the restaurant and Lincoln Plaza its signature look. The site was once occupied by the First Dallas Baptist Church, who put a legally binding clause in the deed that prohibits any future owner from selling alcohol on former church grounds. When the new property company was determined to have a restaurant anchored to its international headquarters, they discovered that “one the grounds” does not include “below ground,” so they excavated the land and placed their restaurant 18 feet below street grade. The Dakota’s experience begins in the elevator – customers ride down to Dakota’s unique underground location in a canopied glass elevator accessed from street level that overlooks the 1,800-square-foot subterranean courtyard. Dakota’s belowground patio has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic dining spots, complete with a five-tiered granite water wall, multi-tiered landscaping, lava rock fireplace and black granite bar. Dakota’s interior is decorated in a timeless style with a hand-cut Italian Carrera marble floor, dark wood paneling, brown leather, marble trim and New Orleans-style brass gas lamps.

Location: AC Hotel Dallas Downtown

1712 Commerce,

Dallas, TX  75201

Date: July 10, 2018

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 AC Hotel by Marriott®  – Dallas Downtown, the first of the AC Hotel brand in Texas, is located in the historic Mercantile Commerce Building which originally opened in 1956. The building has been vacant for the last 25 years until the opening of the hotel in mid-October 2017. Join us as we tour the building, visiting the original architectural gems, recalling the location’s heritage and vibrant past, and celebrating its exciting present and future.


Location: Y.O. Steakhouse

702 Ross Ave

Dallas, Texas 75202

Date: August 7, 2018

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Centrally located in Dallas’ historic West End district, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse has been a Dallas dining staple for over 20 years. An ideal venue for receptions, private dinners, parties, group meetings and more, the restaurant has longstanding ties to the famous Y.O. Ranch located in Texas Hill Country. The ranch is brought to life with the interior décor, which features antler chandeliers (made with real deer antlers picked up around the ranch), historic vintage family photos and the siding of an old barn (that was dismantled at the ranch and rebuilt in the steakhouse’s private dining space). Accents of tin, wood andiron provide a handsome dose of classic Texas charm. Chef/Partner Tony Street celebrates Texas culinary traditions with a spotlight on Texas steaks and wild game dishes like Buffalo Filet Mignon, Rattlesnake Chili Pie and Antelope Carpaccio.


Location: Twisted Root Burger Co.- SMU

5609 SMU Boulevard

Dallas, TX 75206

Date: September 20, 2018

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Carroll Shelby’s grandson Aaron Shelby will be discussing his legacy and the history of the building where he operated one of the first sport car dealerships. A collection of his items and his famous cars will be on display at Hall of State during the 2018 State Fair’s exhibit Celebrating Texas Innovation.

Pour yourself into history will also be a North Texas giving day “GIVING PARTY” come enjoy some history, socialize, and give back to help Dallas historical society continue to keep local history relevant!

(we will have computers set up for you to make your North Texas Giving Day donations online) 


Location: The Bowen House

2614 Boll Street

Dallas, TX 75204

Date: October 2, 2018

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In 1861, Tennessee-born Ahab Bowen (1807 – 1900) moved to Dallas, where he was a farmer and feed dealer. He owned and cultivated the surrounding Uptown Dallas area, including the site where Bowen House is currently located (2614 Boll Street) The house was built for the Bowen family in 1874. It is one of the few remaining examples of the simple, wood frame, vernacular farmhouse prevalent in Dallas County during the latter part of the 19th century. The Ahab Bowen home was converted into a vintage store in 1976 and was owned and operated for 35 years before closing its doors in 2011.

In March 2014, Bowen House, a cocktails house concept was created. Guests can enjoy happy hour from 4pm-7pm everyday complete with original cocktails, local beers and wine. Nibble on the Fried Brie, Homestyle Potato Chips with Blue Cheese sauce or the ever so popular Tuna Tacos while cleansing your palate with a specialty cocktail including the Bowen House Gin & Tonic or Esmeralda’s Old Fashioned. To learn more, go to www.bowenhousetx.com/ or call 214.484.1385.



Location: Belmont Hotel

901 Fort Worth Ave

Dallas, Texas 75208

Date: November 6, 2018

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Built in 1946, The Belmont is a historic motor hotel and one of the many lasting buildings in Dallas designed by architect Charles Stevens Dilbeck. Fit to accommodate the contemporary traveler, The Belmont Hotel offers a retreat for creatives and characters and is an advocate of the best art, craft, food, design, and music in Dallas. Just far enough away from the noise of the city, we invite guests to get lost in the unique culture and environment. The Belmont invites you to reconnect by disconnecting.





For more information please call 214-421-4500 x107

or email molly@dallashistory.org.



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