I really wasn’t too excited about heading to Denton yesterday. The last time I was in Denton Square specifically was 9 – 10 years ago when I was training for a marathon. At that time the square seemed to be run down. More like a relic of the past. Stores with dirty windows graced the sidewalks and it was pretty dead. The other reason why I was half hearted was because my ex is from this area and so it just reminded me of a past I wanted to leave behind. It was different from what I expected. I had fun and explored a little with Dallas Foodie and we had a good time. It explains the tired look I’m sporting today.
Late night last night. Dress Down Day today. #tired #ponytail
The evening started with me heading up to Denton a little early to take a conference call. Yes, very romantic indeed. I got to take some great photos. If you head up I-35 to Denton and take the 77 Exit you will hit the square.
The first thing you notice in the square is the courthouse museum. This little square is very romantic at night which I got to see up close. There are people with blankets on the grass and the weather last night was gorgeous. If you are looking for a romantic spot you found one here. You can park anywhere around this square. I started out a small place called Wine2 – or Wine Squared. The guy at the counter was very knowledgeable about the area and at this little establishment you can try out a variety of wines and ports. It has an artsy feel to the place. If you want to eat you bring your own food or you can order from JJ’s Pizza next door. I had the veggie lasagna out on their back patio. I paid for this meal so no comp here.
Great food and romantic vibes
The guy at Wine2 recommended Hannah’s Off the Square for a romantic dinner. Incidentally having a bottle of whatever libation you choose and some home cooked food is ideal. Most of the bars and eating places around the square have great food. Take for instance the LSA Burger Co. With weekend music on the outoor patio on the second floor the entire square gets filled with music.
#Burgers With Attitude http://t.co/NdMEox4lEa via @jdunccc in @Denton_RC | #LSABurger #Denton View on Instagram
Another place you may want to try is Loophole Pub on Hickory street. With tons of beers on tap and great bar food this is another great place to check out. If you want to check out craft cocktails and a great speakeasy that is hidden on the square then try the Paschall Bar. There’s an obscure red door next to Andy’s on the square. You go up to the rickety stairs and you are transformed to a very intimate and romantic wonderland where the bartenders know WTF they are doing. I am IN LOVE with this place. It’s definitely a place for the young professional which is what Denton seems to be attracting. Professionals who either went to school in the area or want to settle down in the area with their families. No pretention here at all and no desire for the “Look AT ME!” atmosphere. Just good drinks and great conversation. Dallas Foodie had the cocktail of the week below
If you are not sure what a speakeasy is or what craft cocktails are, you can get an idea on this checklist for hipster bars I found on eater.com.
So my favorite part of Denton Square was this little ice cream shop that kept it’s doors open for us so we could try it. It’s called Beth Marie’s on the Square. With over 100 different flavors, fresh made waffle cones and homemade hot fudge you will definitely want to share a sundae with your partner at Beth Marie’s. I just enjoyed the vibe of this place and nothing is more romantic than walking the square with some ice cream cones.
Art on the Square
One of the things I noticed on the square was the leaning towards a very alternative and artistic vibe. In each shop you see eclectic antiques, medieval weaponry, vinyl records and just relics from the past. Art plays a big role here as it is a popular major at the University of North Texas. The Denton Arts and Jazz festival is also a popular event held every April. For the most part my purpose for coming here was not to fall in love but to enjoy Painting with A Twist Denton. You can see my storify below. I’m ecstatic to explore this area a little bit more. If you are looking for a small town romantic feel, you may want to check out Denton Square. Special Thanks to Danielle at DG Designfor putting this event together.
Disclaimer: I was invited by Painting with a Twist for a complimentary session for the purposes of a review and excerpt. All other business mentions I received no compensation. All opinions are 100% Dallas Single Mom.
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