Jay Barker

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Five Dallas Bars and Restaurants That Will Help Keep the Super Bowl from Sucking

    The Super Bowl is coming, and there's a good chance that the house party you've been invited to is going to suck. There's only so much buffalo chicken dip a person can handle, not to mention the fact that house parties have an tendency for kicked kegs halfway through the third quarter. This cannot s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Five Dallas Bars (and One Doughnut Shop) That Aren't Having New Year's Eve Parties

    Most places get their fancy jazz hands out for New Year's Eve. And maybe that's your thing, which is so awesome, but for some of us, we just want a drink. We've pulled together a list of a five places that are taking it quasi low-key, but also offer solid drink options and mental space to reflect, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Dallas' Six Best Cocktail Bars

    With the emergence of Dallas' craft cocktail scene, bartenders -- OK, fine, mixologists -- have come to expect the city's notoriously conservative orderers utter those two magic words: "surprise me." It's an approach I've been taking more and more over the last year, and a result I've been on some g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Real. Texas. Festival. It's On.

    The city of Mesquite just released the dates for this year's Real. Texas. Festival. The seventh annual event will take place April 26-27 at Rodeo Center, located at 1818 Rodeo Drive. This year's musical lineup will feature newly minted restaurateur Pat Green among others. You can also expect anothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Here Are Some Dallas Places Where the American Camp Association Can Feel at Home

    Starting today, close to a thousand members of the American Camp Association will descend on Dallas in flanneled and Teva'd droves, for what is one of the largest gathering of camping professionals in the country. As participants prepare to debate the merits of double-stitched tent seams, quote grat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Dallas' 10 Best Bars For Drinking

    The last bar list I put together was all about food. But if you've finished up your dinner or ate an entire hot mess for lunch, you don't always need a bar that serves up a great burger. Sometimes you just want a drink. Sometimes you just want several. See also: - The 10 Bars Serving the Best Bar F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Fort Worth Man Ate 20 Hot Dogs in Five Minutes to Win Kobayashi's State Fair Hot Dog Contest

    I've learned a few things from competitive eaters lately. There's some interesting psychology at play in the sport, which arise from two opposite camps: some take a certain laissez-fair approach, while others embrace the masochism for all its worth. See Also: Interview with Kobayashi Makes sense, ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2012

    The Bushwhacker's Guide to Exploring Dallas

    Urban Explorers are ignoring history and unearthing real nature in Dallas. Now it's your turn to follow the trail they've blazed.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Taste Addison 2012: The Food Porn

    One of the many events the weekend was Taste Addison. The fest, which celebrated its 20th birthday, served up bites from sixty-plus restaurants in the metroplex. Rhett Miller and his Hair was on hand, but photographer Jay Barker just grabbed a whole beef-truck full of food porn. Enjoy.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Last Night: The Dallas Observer's Iron Fork at the Fashion Industry Gallery

    Last night brought the Observer's annual celebration of station-to-station face-stuffing, a tasting event and cooking competition that packed downtown's sleek Fashion Industry Gallery and packed on a few pounds as well. The highlight of the night, not counting the three Tiff's Treats I stuffed in m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Big Texas Beer Fest Ruled. Let's Do It Again Next Year, Except With Shorter Lines.

    The buzz for Big Texas Beer Fest on Saturday morning was palpable miles away from Fair Park. From the Mockingbird Station where I embarked, people of all stripes, many sporting T-shirts from breweries and the bars where they're served, were packed like anchovies into the DART train. Despite the occa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard's Ultimate Guide to Eating like a Total Cheap Bastard in Dallas

    For this week's cover story, Alice "The Cheap Bastard" Laussade provides an extensive and profane guide to, as she puts it, her "favorite restaurants in Dallas where cheap meets delicious (without meeting diarrhea)." It follows. Drive-Through Deals White Rock Coffee 4216 Abrams Road The Starbucks d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Dallas Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert with Ryan Bingham, In Photos

    From the looks of it, the St. Patrick's Day Concert with Ryan Bingham was not for the weary kind (see what I did there?). Somewhere in between the SXSW chaos and the Mark Cuban-Saved-Parade, we got a batch set of photos from the scene from photographer Jay Barker. The scene, of course, was our Irish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Eat This Guy Fieri: A Photo Essay on The Dive Bars of Dallas

    We love dives. It's the feel of these places: the flaking-away booth chair, the wobbly stool, the Exile on Main Street on the juke box. And, oh sweet yes: late-night corn dogs. So, eat this Food Network: we sent our contributing photographer Jay Barker to capture one of Dallas' most lovable drunk ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2012

    A Sign of the Times on the Margaret Hunt Hill and Other Snapshots From Saturday

    ‚ÄčOur pros have been all over the Margaret Hunt Hill this weekend, with one, Jay Barker, sending word from the sun-up service this morning that Santiago Calatrava "hinted that this three-day celebration was a bit excessive." Ya don't say. You can see Danny and Paul and Jay's their fine work at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    PETA Ends Meat-Eating Forever With Brave Public Make-Out Session Downtown

    Photos by Jay Barker​Let's give credit where it's due: you can't ever accuse PETA of letting cold weather, common sense or good taste ruin the opportunity for a perfectly good publicity stunt. As promised, the group returned to their favorite downtown street corner, Main and Akard, this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Shepard Fairey Speaks About Peace, Impermanence, and Haters.

    When Shepard Fairey speaks his eyes go someplace else. They squint and look beyond you, alternating left and then right, scanning the entirety of his surroundings. It isn't posturing and he isn't searching for a more interesting person to flag down. The fact of the matter is that Fairey has the eyes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Kisses Blown, Hips Slapped At Pin Up Pageant (NSFW)

    The Dallas Burlesque Festival unrolled its stockings and clicked its garters into place last night for the inaugural Pin Up Pageant. Look out office-dwellers, the following photos contain explosive amounts of sexiness.

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    February 2, 2012

    Free Interview With Shepard Fairey, Tonight

    If you wanted to attend Saturday night's Phenomenon event with Shepard Fairey at the Dallas Contemporary but can't swing the $50 ticket -- or were just interested in hearing the artist's intent, there's a chit chat with Fairey at 7 p.m. tonight at the Dallas Contemporary.