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Bubbly flows at new raw bar & Champagne room in Dallas' Bishop Arts

Bubbly flows at new raw bar & Champagne room in Dallas' Bishop Arts

Mermaid Bar
A raw seafood bar + Champagne seems like the perfect match. Photo courtesy of Mermaid

 There's a fun new opening in Dallas' Bishop Arts District from Exxir Hospitality, who are seemingly behind 99 percent of the fun new openings in Bishop Arts these days.

It's called Mermaid Raw Bar & Champagne Room, and it'll open at 308 N. Bishop Ave, on the upper patio of Paradiso, which is also an Exxir Hospitality concept (see??).

According to a release, Mermaid will open on July 12.

The release describes it as an intimate space that embraces the kitsch, with lots of outdoor seating, evoking a South-Beach-meets Boca vibe that’s just in time for summer’s hottest nights.

That kitsch will include design features such as:

  • antique chandeliers illuminating a scalloped, aquamarine bar
  • vintage shell accessories
  • a sculptural mermaid and dolphin table

That doesn't sound kitschy, it sounds cool.

The food and beverage will come from the Paradiso team, including executive Chef Nick Hurry and Beverage Director Iluggy Recinos (NoMad LA, Bestia) - pronounced e*lou*g, says his Instagram, although I'm not sure that pronunciation tip is any easier to glean than his name itself? Like, is the "g" supposed to be "gee" or is it "guh" like a hard G sound?

A raw bar will feature

  • oysters with grapefruit and lavender mignonette
  • stone fruit and tuna crudo
  • butter-poached lobster tail
  • crab and melon consommé
  • hamachi crudo

Ocean-inspired cocktail pairings will be served up from three swirling, built-in sculptural glass dispensers.

And definitely wine, including trendy orange wine, bubbles, and rosé.

They'll be open weeknights from 3-10 pm, and weekends from 12 noon to 10 pm.

Exxir Hospitality also owns Bishop Arts favorites Tejas, Paradiso, the Botanist, and Good Companion, a pop-up space which is currently home to an athletic brand called De Novo Active.