Speakeasy Soiree

Dallas revelers have a roaring good time at an old-fashioned affair

Dallas revelers have a roaring good time at an old-fashioned affair

Laurie Alkidas, Alex Alkidas, Christy Jacoby, Brian Jacoby
Laurie Alkidas, Alex Alkidas, Christy Jacoby, Brian Jacoby Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Matthew Bosch, Elizabeth Zuk
Matthew Bosch, Elizabeth Zuk  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Sarah Wright, Jason Wright
Jason Wright, Sarah Wright  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Rob Brumfield, Raynor Bearden
Rob Brumfield, Raynor Bearden  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
The Rhythm Room dancers
Guests dancing at the DMA Speakeasy 2017. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Sepi Naficy, Jeff Pappas, Maribeth Peters
Sepi Naficy, Jeff Pappas, Maribeth Peters  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Kristin Patterson, Annie Luong
Kristin Patterson, Annie Luong  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Jessica Hernandez, Annete Guzman, Christopher Dagda, April Bouloy
Jessica Hernandez, Annete Guzman, Christopher Dagda, April Bouloy  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Jane Aldridge, Jeff Dashley
Jane Aldridge, Jeff Dashley Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Guests playing casino games at DMA Speakeasy
Guests playing casino games at DMA Speakeasy 2017. Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Ali Anwar, Kathleen Morgan
Ali Anwar, Kathleen Morgan Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Laurie Alkidas, Alex Alkidas, Christy Jacoby, Brian Jacoby
Matthew Bosch, Elizabeth Zuk
Sarah Wright, Jason Wright
Rob Brumfield, Raynor Bearden
The Rhythm Room dancers
Sepi Naficy, Jeff Pappas, Maribeth Peters
Kristin Patterson, Annie Luong
Jessica Hernandez, Annete Guzman, Christopher Dagda, April Bouloy
Jane Aldridge, Jeff Dashley
Guests playing casino games at DMA Speakeasy
Ali Anwar, Kathleen Morgan

It’s no secret that we CultureMap peeps love a good party. So when the Dallas Museum of Art invited us to its recent Speakeasy fête celebrating its current exhibition Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail, we couldn’t resist.

Upon arrival at the Roaring '20s-themed shindig, patrons were greeted by pristine Ford Model A cars, which served as ideal backdrops for artfully posed photos and selfie snaps galore. VIP ticket-holders were treated to their own private hideaway party in the Focus One Gallery, where DJ Souljah got jazzy with the tunes. A savory buffet, exclusive cocktail bars, dedicated dance instructors, and private casino tables upped the ante for those who appreciate a more intimate setting. But the real party was on the dance floor, where the Singapore Slingers and the Rhythm Room pros led the crowd in era-favorites like the Charleston, the Fox Trot, and the Lindy Hop.

Some guys and dolls swapped their dancing shoes for seats at the casino tables, trying their hands at blackjack, roulette, and craps. The artfully crafted cocktails did not disappoint, as the featured ROXOR gin-infused French 75 gave guests plenty of reasons to toast. Dozens of decked-out hopefuls entered the costume contest judged by fashionista Jane Aldridge. After carefully vetting the stylish flock, the Sea of Shoes blogger ultimately awarded bragging rights to Best Flapper Stephanie Surratt, Best Dapper Dan Bennett Allen, and Best Couple Stephanie and Phillip Robinson.   

Those weren’t the only prizes up for grabs. Partygoers vied for six swoon-worthy raffle packages including a staycation at The Joule hotel and cocktails from Midnight Rambler, a tech-savvy smartwatch from Fossil, a shopping spree from boho brand Brethren & Sistren, fare from Victor Tangos, mixology classes courtesy of ROXOR Gin, and two offerings from the DMA for VIP access to the Arts & Letters Live series.

Also spotted throughout the evening were Sarah Wright, Jason Wright, Heinrich OosthuizenKristi Bare, Erica Knoll, Rosemary Son, Kimberly Day, Daniel Day, Sara Towe, Cynthia Smoot, Alexia Isaak, Hudson James, Laura Penrod, Jordan Hartsell, Judge Rucker, Heather Smith, and Rachel Cochran.