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The Joule, Dallas

TravelRebecca O'ByrneComment

Separating itself from the masses with it’s distinct tenacity and Downtown Dallas vibe, The Joule is Dallas’s bold little number with the perfect touch of Southern hospitality. Reflective of the city’s somewhat more refined tone in comparison to Austin or Houston, The Joule is a finely restored 1920’s landmark building that now plays home to the city’s visitors wishing to temporarily escape the norm and embrace the unexpected.

A stay at the hotel is celebratory of what you expect in the South. Sweet, warm and refreshing but with a very specific and remarkable touch of unparalleled welcome and affectionate supervise from beginning to end.

The hotel is a combination of cosmopolitan and local feels. Concept boutiques including Tenoversix, Traffic LA and The Taschen Library are just some of the it's quirky offerings. The lobby is a masterpiece in itself with art installations surrounding your every move. Roger Hiorns’ larger-than-life crystal covered engine acts as the epicentre and mosaics that have been reclaimed by the hotel’s founder, Tim Headington, from an otherwise crumbling construction site nearby are just some of the works of art that bring together the creative and business worlds who mingle pleasure with business, night with day. It is here that is the meeting-point for some of the city’s movers and shakers who come for meetings and personal catchups in some of the nooks and crannies dotted amid the different dining options from Americano - the hotels contemporary take on sentimental classic dishes and at which lunch is a must, CBD Provisions - a perfect fusion of Texas style brasserie and craft beers where a seasonal menu is ever changing; Weekend - a hipster coffee shop which boasts delightful baked goods that people have been known to solely get our of bed for and The Lobby Bar, an intimate bar adorned with art by Tony Gragg set right in the middle of the lobby and the perfect spot for people-watching. 

Midnight Rambler is a must too. Or precisely put, a rather Dallas style cocktail here is. Set in the basement of the hotel, this sultry cocktail lounge is Dallas; funky yet polished, ambitious yet relaxed. It’s interiors are inspired by director David Lynch’s Parisian bar and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining with it’s two bars, quirky nooks and captivating nude paintings. Headed up by cocktail geniuses Christy Pope and Chad Solomon, formerly of New York City’s Cuff & Buttons, Midnight Rambler delights just about every cocktail lovers desires. The Perfect Prescription or Silvertone are two of the most popular orders but be warned, the menu extends far into the night, one unassumingly leading to the next.