Kathy Tran
Sweet Tooth Hotel
In its limited run, Sweet Tooth Hotel offered Dallasites a new kind of selfie-friendly art experience with a Willy Wonka-esque art installation, exhibition and retail pop-up, giving attendees who “check in” a taste of the new trend of interactive, highly Instagrammable art experiences complete with neon cacti, giant candy pieces and an unforgettable bathroom with a pink claw-foot bathtub. This 1,200-square-foot temple to candy and confectionery boasts rooms filled with candy-themed art collaborations with names such as Built by Bender’s Sprinkle Spa, Shamsy Roomiani’s Rainbow Confection, Jojo Chuang’s Cotton Candy Island and more inspired creations by several other artists. Husband-and-wife duo Cole and Jencey Keeton dreamed up and coordinated the artists who brought their vision for the space to life. The Keetons teased their next pop-up Sweet Tooth Hotel “1955” with “What does a rocket ship fueled by rainbows look like?” “1955” opens November 1.
Not everything is as it seems. Take High & Tight, for instance. Hidden behind a nondescript door at the back of the shop is a watering hole unlike any other in the city. Equipped with vintage barstools and 1920s decor, it could be straight out of the Prohibition Era. The craft cocktails, however, are definitely modern. On weekends, the bar’s vintage sofas are prime real estate. Grab a spot if you can and settle in for live music and silent movies.
Mikel Galicia
Fortress Festival
As music festivals go in Big D, you’ve got Homegrown, you’ve got Old 97s County Fair and you’ve got Fortress Fest. While technically in Fort Worth (hence the name), Texas Monthly has called it “an arbiter of taste,” so let’s just go with it. Attendees are blessed with not only world-class music, but world-class art, and all in the heart of Fort Worth’s cultural district. The 2018 lineup included Observer favorites Father John Misty and Texas Gentlemen. It’s only two years old and has already earned these distinctions. Nowhere to go but up.

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