Beginning May 3 and occurring every Friday through May, Wheelhouse is hosting the Boozy Bee, an adults-only, late-night spelling bee. It's your chance to reclaim some childhood glory and prove that your education paid off - all with a drink in hand.
Each event is limited to 20 spellers, so your chance of winning is already a cool 5 percent, and that's before even considering your fondness for dropping SAT words into regular conversation.
Just like those precocious middle schoolers on TV, spellers can ask for definitions, languages of origin, alternate pronunciations and a sentence using the word. The host will be local actor and writer Isaac Young, and emcee Michelle Padgett, editor of The Joule's 1530 Main publication, will keep things moving.
The last speller standing each night will receive a $100 gift card toward their bar tab. And the top three finishers each week will advance to the championship final on May 31. That's where you'll compete for the big stakes - a chance to taste sweet victory via a private beer dinner at Wheelhouse for you and five friends that's valued at $500.
If you don't place in the top three, you're welcome to try again on another night until you do. But one way to ensure your success is to bring some helpful friends along. See, spectators can join the action by completing a social media stunt to earn their favorite speller a chance to phone a friend, ask the audience for assistance, or - probably the safest bet - enlist Siri for help.
Now, "social media stunt" is nebulous. For example, bringing back the ice bucket challenge isn't going to help anyone here. Instead, have your friends post a picture with Daniel Arsham's Moving Figure sculpture (that big white art installation in the courtyard at the Decorative Center of the Dallas Design District) or post an Instagram Story in the courtyard. Be sure to tag @1530Main and @Wheelhouse_dallas and use #BoozyBee for it to qualify. It just might be what nets your friend a victory and gets you a beer dinner invite.
Interested spellers should email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and preferred date: May 3, 10, 17 or 24. That will secure your spot. But if you miss a chance to reserve early, stop by anyway, as five spots will be saved for walk-ups. Worst case scenario, you just hangout and watch the action unfold with a beer or cocktail in hand.
Drink specials include The Lunch Lady (a PB&J Old Fashioned with a Dr Pepper back) for $10; The Prom Queen (a frozé plus a shot of Tito's) for $11; and The Varsity (Peticolas plus a shot of Jameson) for $12.
All Boozy Bee events will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. 1617 Hi Line Drive in the Dallas Design District.