Posted in: Entertainment Posted on: Jan 8th, 2016

4 Entertaining Ways to Spend a Saturday in West Village

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Living in West Village, Dallas certainly has its perks. If you’ve been a resident for any amount of time, you probably already know the area’s best restaurants and the city’s coolest museums. But where do you go for pure entertainment? Which types of activities are on your go-to rainy day list? Whether you’re a longtime resident or new in town, here are a few things to do in West Village, Dallas that will transform a humdrum Saturday into a marathon of fun.

Try Topgolf

Some parts of the country don’t even have a Topgolf within driving distance, and you’re lucky enough to have one practically in your own backyard. Topgolf Dallas is within a 20-minute drive of your apartment, and it promises an entirely new type of entertainment.

Part driving range, part bowling alley, part sports bar, Topgolf combines different elements to create a place where people can come with friends to chug a few pints of beer, chow down on a burger and wings, and hit a few golf balls. Each driving-range bay is set up kind of like a lounge at an upscale bowling lane, with a high-topped bar table and a contemporary screen to keep score. You’ll have a server take your order when you arrive (libations and American grub are on the menu), and while your food cooks, start hitting golf balls toward the colorful targets out on the range. Each target has a different point value based on its size and distance, and your screen will keep score of which golfer is in the lead.

Go for a Stroll

Topgolf is fun for a rowdy night, but what about when you just want some fresh air? Lucky for you, this is Texas—it’s pretty rare you encounter a cold or dreary day. That means you can take a jog along the iconic Katy Trail at almost any time. The trail cuts through many Dallas neighborhoods and plays host to an eclectic roster of restaurants, so you can stop and grab a bite mid-run if you want. Or you can just enjoy the scenery.

Dallas also recently added another popular outdoor destination known as Klyde Warren Park. The dog-friendly park boasts a stage for outdoor concerts, a contemporary dog park, a spritzing sprayground and traditional (though still stunning) playground, and much, much more. Food trucks typically line the park, so you can grab an ice cream sandwich, gourmet grilled cheese, or other whimsical fare when you visit.

Catch a Movie

On the rare day that it does rain in your neighborhood, hole up indoors at one of your local movie theaters. If you’re looking for a first-run flick, check out Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre. It’s only a stone’s throw away from home, and it screens major blockbusters interspersed with indie films and highly acclaimed critics’ picks.

The Angelika Film Center, on the other hand, sticks strictly to the lesser-known films. It screens movies you’ve probably read about online, but didn’t think you’d get around to seeing, in a hip and contemporary theater. The full café and lounge invites guests to arrive early or stay late and grab coffee or a drink.

Do Some Beer-Tasting

When you need to unwind after a long week at work, you won’t have to leave your neighborhood to find some of the city’s best happy hour options. Deep Ellum Brewing Company (DEBC) isn’t far from home and it brews some of the city’s trendiest beers right in-house. Twice a week, DEBC holds an open house where you can tour the brewery, partake in a beer tasting, and enjoy live music, but you’re welcome to come by for a pint at any time. The same is true of Community Beer Company, another local brewery/taproom combo that crafts its own array of suds right in-house.