Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, March 20, 2009 Page: 54 of 92
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BEST Al L-AI jUND B,« FO m\ H
Best Friends Club
2620 E. Lancaster Ave
For many, Fort Worth's Best Friends Club is
more than just a place to drink and boot-
scoot to country. It's also a community center
where owners Scott, J.R, and Marge always open
their doors for a good cause.
The mirror behind the main bar
is covered in flyers announcing
meetings and fundraisers. And
rarely a weekend goes by that there
isn't a benefit show for groups like
the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week
Association, the imperial Court de Fort
Worth/Ariington or the local battered women's shel-
ter. If there isn't a show, then some group is set up
on the patio grilling burgers to raise money.
The club always sponsors a group to walk in
Tarrant County AIDS Walk — coming up on April 5
this year — and it always has a prize-winning float
in the Tarrant County Gay Pride Parade in October
Of course, there is the dancing, too. Each Friday
and Saturday night, DJs pump out country while
men and women in tight Wranglers and polished
boots spin around the roomy dance floor.
If you're looking for something a little quieter,
then get there in the afternoon or early evening —
they open at 3 p.m. — and play your favorite tunes
on the jukebox while you relax with a game of poc;
or darts, or just some conversation with your best
— Tammye Nash
COWTOWN COMPANIONS: Matt, left, and Brandon buddy up at Best Friends.
DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dalias Voice
4026 Cedar Springs Rc.
Daily 2 p.rn,-2 a.m.
DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dalias Voice
BEST-LAID PLANS: It's easy to get carried away at S4.
With six bars and enough space for 2,000
club goers, Station 4 serves as a massive
crunky hub for beautiful strangers. The
northeast corner of the mammoth dance floor can get
especially randy. Like a mini circuit party, this disco
enclave is where shirtless worshippers congregate and
Cha-cha to the latest . ___
ARETHA WHO? Between songs, powerhouse chanteuse Liz Mikel laughs with her coterie of diva worshipers.
DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dailas Voice
BEST TRICK CENTRAL
3911 Cedar Springs Rd.
Wed.-Sun. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
After-hours dancing till 4 a.m.
With no cover and live music six-nights-
a-week, Alexandre's is ideal for chilling
out and soaking up libations. Replete
with wood paneled walls, cozy banquettes and an
antiqued tin ceiling, the vibe is inviting, with a
splash of cocktail coolness.
You can sit around the keyboard and seat along
with the likes of Liz Mikel and Paul Allen, or watch
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twentysomethings busily text the night away.
Tuesday nights, the side stage is busy with
hunky LI! Chalupa hosting karaoke. Wednesday
nights feature the vocal stylings of Anton Shaw,
and Thursday nights are hopping with Vera Voz y
But the weekends are the busiest — the jazz
show commences around 10 p.m. That's when the
pocket-sized bar can get good-naturedly rowdy, but
not too loud for you to catch up with a girlfriend
while y'all sip a dirty martini.
Just on the other side of the Nelso-Tebedo
Health Resource Center from the rest of the Cedar
Springs strip, Alexandre's is a smooth and sophisti-
cated taste of Big D's queer nightlife.
— Truitt Ray
Lady Gaga mix.
It's the only gay-
borhood club where
you'll hear the pick-
up line, "Wanna play
with my glow stick?"
Erik Thoresen throws
the joint into full-tilt-
boogie while blending Alex Gaudino into Kelly Clarkson
— a soundtrack for winking, grinding and nonverbal
foreplay. But it never gets too nasty, although the pun-
ishing disco beats somehow becomes a license for the
gym rats to flaunt their naked torsos and flash under-
— Truitt Ray
READERS VOICE AWARDS
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