Grapevine Bar, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Vintage Martini: Christen Wilson’s Dallas

It’s the week of the Dallas Art Fair and Whitewaller Dallas has arrived to reveal all you need to know about the exhibitions, events, and special projects taking place. All week-long we’ll bring you “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, eat, and drink. Next up, art collector Christen Wilson.

#HappyHour
“When all else fails, there is the Grapevine Bar. An old, stay-true-to-its-roots, dark after-hours bar. The Round-Up Saloon is the place late at night to watch cute cowboys doing the two-step on a circular dance floor that resembles a skating rink. Finally, the Mansion Bar on Turtle Creek is an icon—old-school Dallas society hang out here. Throw in the out-of-towners staying in the hotel with the best martini in town and you have yourself the new Dallas TV show.”

#BestInDallas
“The best of the best, for me, is the Renzo Piano-designed Nasher Sculpture Center. You can walk the galleries inside and then stroll outside through the sculpture garden and have lunch at the Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. For dinner, Tei-An: a quiet sushi/soba noodle/Japanese restaurant lead by chef and owner, Teiichi Sakurai, and run by Yosuke Fukuda. The staff and Zen-like bar make it a must. Make sure you order the white seaweed salad to start, and then go crazy with soba noodles.”

#TopArtSpot
Howard Rachofsky’s The Warehouse and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium Art Tour with Phil Whitfield. The stadium is filled with amazing contemporary art, and the food and drinks are as big as the two HD LED video displays that hang from the dome, which are 160 feet wide and 72 feet tall—the largest in the world.”

#MyDallasTreat
“My friend Ken Weber owns Vintage Martini and stocks racks of Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Chanel, Valentino, and really cool, unique pieces with no labels. Forty Five Ten carries all the best designers. It’s also the best boutique in town for men, and a fantastic lunch spot. Highland Park Village is the first outdoor shopping mall ever built in America. A place where real shoppers can cruise, with some of the best restaurants, and a plush historical movie theater built in 1931.”

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