The Library Bar sits on the ground floor of the historic Warwick Melrose Hotel in the Oak Lawn area, not far from downtown Dallas. Designated a Dallas Historic Landmark in 1983, the original apartment hotel was built in 1924. The Library Bar offers patrons a relaxing, dimly lit piano-bar environment in a laid-back library setting -- though at night, it's far too dark in The Library Bar to read any of the books lining the shelves. The bar specializes in wines and martinis and features a "wedding cake martini," which is a favorite among the regulars. It features live music every day of the week -- with the exception of Sundays -- so the library setting makes a great cozy place to unwind while sipping on a well-made drink. Some menu favorites include the five-spiced calamari salad with sweet Thai vinaigrette, the seared day-boat scallops with chorizo and preserve of lemon butter and the Global Cheese Plate & Charcuterie platter (local artisan cheeses, smoked Texas peppered salami and a menagerie of breads and crackers as well as mustard and fresh and dried fruit)
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