The biggest theater event of the year is here. The revolutionary Broadway hit Hamilton is at Fair Park Music Hall from April 2 through May 5, and you’re not throwing away your shot to see it, are you?
There’s no excuse considering tickets are still available to most shows and the venue is hosting a nightly lottery throughout the production’s run. (And if you aren’t a lucky winner, you can still get your karaoke fix at a local Hamiltunes event.)
So rise up! Here’s how to make a memorable day of seeing Hamilton in Dallas.
It’s no fun to democratize and dash. Make sure you’re fully focused on the production by satisfying your hunger ahead of time.
Dallas’ buzziest restaurant, Petra and the Beast, is 1 mile from Fair Park and absolutely worth checking out. Our restaurant critic, Michalene Busico, named it one of the best new eateries of 2018, with “one of the most fascinating and affordable menus in town.” Chef and founder Misti Norris constructs seasonal dishes with foraged and fermented ingredients, and also specializes in whole-animal cooking. Think house-made sausages, handmade pastas and delicacies like crispy chicken hearts. Even a simple vegetable plate here is otherworldly.
The restaurant is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturday for a single seven-course tasting dinner at 7 p.m. for $125 per person. It's also BYOB.
If that doesn’t work with your scheduled performance, try Ruins, a delightfully cavernous restaurant and bar serving authentic Mexican treats, such as tacos and tripa; Deep Sushi, a local gem and one of the most underrated sushi joints in town; or Vidorra, a new Tex-Mex spot with skyline patio views. All are in Deep Ellum, one of the neighborhoods adjacent to Fair Park.
Or, if you’d rather park just once, Pizza Lounge, across the street from Fair Park, serves a solid menu of pies. Locals rave about the Sofa King, topped with cheese, Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, meatballs and veggies. Fair Park Music Hall’s Crystal Terrace restaurant also offers a pre-show buffet for $25.95-$26.95 per adult, depending on mealtime.
Attending a weekend matinee? Snag brunch at one of Deep Ellum’s many hot spots.
Armoury D.E. specializes in Hungarian food, which makes for unusual breakfast delights like the pogacsa biscuits and gravy, featuring traditional cheese biscuits in a Gyulai sausage gravy; breakfast hash with home fries and beef cheek; and an array of Hungarian crepes stuffed with savory ingredients.
Stirr offers a mix of breakfast and lunch dishes, including steak and eggs, stuffed French toast, flatbread pizzas and salads. If it’s a buzz you’re craving, head to Maracas Cocina Mexicana for $1 mimosas to pair with your migas, omelet or pancakes.
General parking at Fair Park Music Hall is free. To access the lot, enter at Gate 5 off Robert B. Cullum Boulevard and Grand Avenue. There’s additional free parking across from the venue on Parry Avenue between First and Second avenues. Valet costs $25 per car.
Feeling adventurous? Ride the train. Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Fair Park Station is just a minute walk from the venue entrance. (Just be aware of rail service suspensions downtown.)
Wait for it... for traffic to die down, that is. And there’s no better way than with beverage in hand -- as long as you have a designated driver.
Most of the bars near Fair Park are offering specials to Hamilton attendees. Mezcal-focused lounge Las Almas Rotas is even crafting a cocktail especially for the occasion. El Padre Fundador (the Founding Father; $10) is the bar’s take on an Old-Fashioned, featuring Mexican rum, cinnamon, and Angostura and mole bitters.
Show your tickets at beer bar Craft and Growler to receive 50 percent off your first drink, or at neighboring dive bar Eight Bells Alehouse to get 15 percent off your check (that’s the employee discount, y’all!).