The Drinking Diaries
Primebar celebrates one year in Uptown with monkeys, fire and burlesque
Burlesque dancers, fireball wielders and a lady with a monkey on her shoulder helped Primebar celebrate its one-year anniversary. We’re not actually sure if the lady with the monkey was part of the act, but there was a monkey in the bar, so it must be mentioned.
There was a circus theme, and it sure seemed like everyone was ready to party. It might not have been the weekend yet, but it was close enough that Primebar was packed. You had sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads.
Ha! Just kidding. This is Uptown, so the crowd was fit, good-looking and dropping dolla, dolla bills, y’all. Multiple dollars in some instances, which is nuts.
Although Primebar was packed, the wait for a drink was never more than a minute — which is the best way to keep your customers happy.
Thursday nights in Dallas can be hit or miss, but with Primebar hosting this circus and Kung Fu Saloon still riding the wave of newness, this particular block of Uptown was going full force.
Although Primebar was packed inside and on the spacious patio, the wait for a drink was never more than a minute — which is the best way to keep your customers happy. Monkeys are cool to play with sober, but monkeys are the coolest to play with when drunk. You, not the monkey, that is.
Besides the stilt walkers and the burlesque show, the highlight of the night came on the TV as Washington upset no. 8 Stanford in football. A small but very vocal group of Huskies supporters shouted over the music when Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant intercepted a Stanford pass to put the game away.
They said they were all Washington graduates who had moved to Dallas because they loved the Cowboys and Rangers so much. We were unaware that people did things like that — but, hey, it’s not crazy. It’s sports.
The high turnover for bars and lounges on this corner of Uptown makes the first anniversary for Primebar a significant one. Although we are less than bullish on the impending success of its future neighbor, Concrete Cowboy, the addition of Kung Fu and 6th Street Uptown has made the intersection of Cole Avenue, Routh Street and Cedar Springs Road into a solid collection of drinking establishments.
McKinney Avenue has a serious contender for destination drinking in Uptown. But if this place really wants to snag the top spot, Primebar needs that monkey on a permanent rotation.