Some kids who dreamed of growing up to be Jedis and Siths ended up as brewers and restaurateurs — and that means several places around town will celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with events for fellow fans. Here are seven ways to toast the seventh movie with the enthusiasm of a child but with the privileges of an adult. Suit up, drink up and may the puns be with you.
Through Sunday, the Richardson theater's lobby will have professional costumed characters and life-size props, including a Millennium Falcon cockpit, for all of those selfie needs.
DJ Darth Fader will spin on Thursday during a party with video-game demonstrations and a pop-up toy shop, and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra will play selections from the score Saturday and Sunday.
The in-theater menus will include a rum cocktail called Jakku Sunset for $9 and a tequila drink called Gold Membrosia for $10, as well as food items, including loaded mashed-potato bites called BB-8 Balls and a fried-chicken wrap called Admiral Snackbar's It's a Wrap. For dessert, there will be Wookiee Cookies and Blue Milk Shakes.
Grapevine Craft Brewery
Taste two Star Wars-inspired beers — the Apprentice, a blackberry English porter, and the Master, an imperial coffee stout — during a party at the taproom on Saturday.
There will be a costume contest hosted by cosplay model Taffeta Darling.
And a fully functional R2-D2 droid will visit for photos.
Food trucks will be on-site for lunch and dinner.
House of Blues
After seeing the movie on Thursday, head to the Dallas concert venue, which will host a late-night party benefiting Toys for Tots throughout the building.
The event will include cosplay model Krystle Starr, vintage toys and new merchandise, an art show and more than a dozen DJs, including Willie Trimmer, Redeye, Titan and Souljah.
Dress to impress as there will be a costume contest with a $1,000 cash prize.
$20 per person. A dinner buffet will be $15 per person.
Panther Island Ice
Can a Wookiee do a waltz jump? This may be your chance to see Chewbacca on ice. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, the outdoor ice skating rink at Coyote Drive-In will offer half-price admission, which includes skate rentals, to those in costume. (Regular admission is $11 per person.)
There will be a 7:15 p.m. fireworks show featuring parts of the Star Wars soundtracks and Christmas music.
In addition, Coyote Drive-In will show Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 7:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $6 per person.
Go early to skate, then stay for fireworks and a movie — for just $11 per person.
Studio Movie Grill
All locations of the dine-in theater chain will have two Star Wars-themed menus available through Jan. 3. "May the Thirst Be With You" features three cocktails -- the Yoda-Rita, the Millennium Falcon and the TIE Fighter -- for $9 each, plus $6 domestic brews nicknamed Beer2-D2s for the occasion. The brunch menu, which is available daily at any movie starting before 2 p.m., has six dishes, including Princess Leia Buns, which are mini cinnamon rolls, and C3PO-Melette Pizza, which has scrambled eggs and ham, plus Death Star Bloody Marys and Tatooine Mimosas. Locations in Arlington, Colleyville, Lewisville, Dallas, Plano and The Colony.
This swank and innovative restaurant and cocktail bar in NorthPark Center is no Mos Eisley cantina. It's not a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Droids will be allowed inside, and they can even compete in a costume contest with prizes.
All in costume will receive a 10 percent discount on food and drinks.
The party will also include Star Wars-themed cocktails from ex-Bolsa bartender Kyle Hilla.
The Vessel Run: A Star Wars Pub Crawl
No Label Brewing Co., which makes a beer inspired by Star Wars called Hop Solo, will host a Friday night pub crawl visiting five bars near the Denton square, including Harvest House and Oak St. Drafthouse.
That's a distance much closer than 12 parsecs.
Hop Solo glassware will be given away, and there will be prizes for costumes. Friday starting at 6 p.m.
No Label will also have several release parties and pint nights in North Texas.