Dallas visitors on a budget have something new to look forward to when visiting the Big D. Deep Ellum Hostel, an independently owned hostel in our favorite funky neighborhood, opened recently. It offers 14 private and shared rooms — from singles to dorm-style beds — and accommodates up to 72 travelers a night. Complete with a unique lobby bar, Izkina, it's Dallas's answer to the Freehand Hotel.
Izkina offers guests and Dallas residents alike a Spanish-inspired experience with some simple Spanish cocktails, like red wine and cola, sherry with lemon soda, traditional mixed drinks and sangrias. To finish out the effect, the menu is complete with six gin-and-tonic options, from traditional (with Fords Gin and Fever Tree tonic, orange, jasmine and coriander) to Asian-inspired (with KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin, shiso, ginger soda and kumquat).
If you're feeling like a bit of a Dallas baller, treat your fellow travelers to a bowl of red or white sangria for $36. Don't dismiss the sangria bowls as punch-strength — the red and white options boast gin and rhum to accompany the rosé and tempranillo (respectively).
grand opening of Deep Ellum Hostel and Izkina is from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, with complimentary drinks and bites and tours of the building.
Deep Ellum Hostel and Izkina, 2801 Elm St.