Let's hang out, Denton! January 13, 2009 7:31 PM   Subscribe

Denton, TX meetup Jan. 23 or 24? This post lists great ideas for things to do, but it would be much more fun to enjoy them with a group.

I'll be traveling to Denton for 4 days of classes from Jan. 23-26. I assume that Friday or Saturday would work best for most people. I would be up for driving a few miles but prefer not to venture into Dallas/Ft. Worth. Suggestions for specifics welcome: dinner, live music, bowling, bar-hangout-chat, some combination thereof? Any start time after 6:00 would work for my schedule.
posted by turtlegirl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:31 PM (43 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

There was another recent askme that specifically covered what to do in Denton and North Texas.

(And as a frequently-passing-through non-Dentonian, I will now sit back and let other people make actual suggestions.)
posted by ormondsacker at 10:11 PM on January 13, 2009

As the person that asked the question, I'm up for it. I don't have many good ideas, but I'd love to get a drink and chill. Anywhere in Denton or points south would be fun. If I come up with an idea, I'll be back to post it in this thread.
posted by SNWidget at 10:56 PM on January 13, 2009

Thanks, ormondsacker! Seems like a MeMail to the N. Texas contingent is in order. I'll do that to make sure they see the thread.
posted by turtlegirl at 7:13 AM on January 14, 2009

I would totally be willing to drive up from Richardson, as long as whatever is going on is under-21 friendly.
posted by grandsham at 9:31 AM on January 14, 2009

I might come. It depends on whether or not I'm helping out my sister that weekend and various other sundry factors.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 3:52 PM on January 14, 2009

very, very little in denton is under 21 friendly and fun at the same time.
posted by nadawi at 4:26 PM on January 14, 2009

Unless you make it fun.

Denton's a little ways from here, but if the 24th is the decided-on date, I would probably make the effort to show up. Friday wouldn't be so great for me, as I don't even get home until ~7ish. I'm also no good for suggestions on meeting places, having never really spent much time in Denton. My high school graduation was at UNT, and I've visited friends homes on very few occasions, but that's about it.
posted by owtytrof at 5:11 PM on January 14, 2009

Yay, people! I feel a nubbin of interest forming. We can definitely swing an under-21-friendly experience. How about dinner, with optional something afterward? Or drinks/dinner at a place that will have live music?

On my previous trip to Denton (Aug. 08) I found a restaurant just off of the square...Stillwater? that had good food and looked like they'd have a band on the weekend. Of course, we don't have to meet in Denton proper. I am willing to travel to Lewisville or anywhere else within about a 20-mile radius of Denton. Not trying to be an out-of-town pain-in-ass. ;)
posted by turtlegirl at 5:16 PM on January 14, 2009

P.S. I have a MeFiMail with a suggestion of Saturday, 1/24. Does that work for most people?
posted by turtlegirl at 5:18 PM on January 14, 2009

On the under-21 front, I assume that most bar/restaurants that serve alcohol allow under-21 folks in?
posted by turtlegirl at 5:24 PM on January 14, 2009

I'm up for 1/24 an dinner, I think. Like, 75% sure I'd be there.

Most of the restaurants that serve booze also allow the kidduns in, but I'd call first. I'm pretty sure Stillwater does, though.
posted by SNWidget at 10:09 PM on January 14, 2009

Hooray! I'm comin'!
posted by jinjo at 6:21 AM on January 15, 2009

I'm almost certain I'll be participating, and I'm not picky at all about venue. What kind of food is Stillwater? I can't find anything about them on Google(Yelp is blocked on my work internet connection, so I don't know if Stillwater shows up there or not).

There's a Cafe Brazil in Carrollton, although that may be a little farther than you want to go. Google maps places it about 22 miles from "Denton, Tx" to the street address. I've never been to that specific location, but the one in Richardson and the Greenville location in Dallas are both pretty cool places. Full meals, breakfast/lunch/dinner served all day, bottomless coffee bar, no problem with people hanging around for extended periods of time, and the Richardson location has local art displayed. On the selfish side of things, this would cut my personal drive about in half, compared to going to Denton. Their website isn't the best designed, but it has a menu with prices. Also, it appears that coffee is free with any entree this month.

There's a Main Event in Lewisville. They have bowling, pool, laser tag, an arcade, and a "cafe", although I think it's better to eat elsewhere. There are a lot of chain restaurants nearby, or it would be easy to get there from the Carrollton Cafe Brazil location. There's also an AMF bowling center, Lewisville Lanes, in (duh) Lewisville.

I'm just throwing out a few suggestions in the area I'm more familiar with. Traveling to Denton is not a problem, and I'm looking forward to this, regardless of where we end up.
posted by owtytrof at 7:07 AM on January 15, 2009

Stillwater is a sports grill with burgers and such - just off the square in Denton and pretty good food. It's kind of a UNT hangout, though, isn't it? It might be crowded on a Saturday night.
posted by ormondsacker at 8:48 AM on January 15, 2009

I'm about 1.5 hours from Denton (I think...I haven't been back since I went to TWU), but I could be up for visiting with the other North Texas Mefites.

Keep in mind that Denton is a college town, and on Friday and Sat nights there will be a ton of pub crawling freshman everywhere.
posted by dejah420 at 9:48 AM on January 15, 2009

Stillwater = Sweetwater
posted by Uncle Ira at 12:42 AM on January 16, 2009

Thanks, Uncle Ira. That explains the Google black hole.
posted by owtytrof at 8:22 AM on January 16, 2009

Hi everyone, thanks for piling on! Since we have stated preferences for the 24th (Saturday) that will be the date. The sidebar's been updated.

Also, thanks for the correction on the name of the restaurant. Sweetwater is indeed the place I found on my last visit to Denton. I went on a Friday night and ate some good food (TexMex). The place was a bustling mix of townies and students (some under 21 I think), and they allow indoor smoking (I can deal with smoking but thought I'd mention it in case it might bother others).

The Cafe Brazil in Carrollton looks like a good option also, and I'm up for the drive. I'm less interested in Main Event because it looks huge and very noisy (like a Dave & Buster's I assume). I'd be cool with Lewisville Lanes though, if folks want to go bowling after food.

I was trying to look for other restaurants in Denton, Lewisville, and Carrollton but can't seem to find much that's not a huge national chain. On my last visit I got a tip from the hotel staff to try Royal East Asian Cuisine (sushi/Korean in Denton), but the online reviews of the place are mixed. I also went to The Greenhouse the last time I was in town and the food was wonderful, but the atmosphere was pretty quiet so I wasn't sure if this would be a good fit for this group.

Any other ideas or preferences out there?
posted by turtlegirl at 11:59 AM on January 18, 2009

Sounds like it's possibly been narrowed down to Sweetwater. So when's a good time for everyone? When are you out of your Web Institute turtlegirl (SLIS or another program)? I would like to try to come, driving up from FTW. Sounds fun.
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 2:28 PM on January 18, 2009

I have no other obligations on the 24th, so any time is good for me. Would 6:30 or 7:00 work for everyone?
posted by owtytrof at 6:59 AM on January 20, 2009

My classes finish at 5:00. (Yes, haunted, it is the SLIS program at UNT.) Looks like Sweetwater's the place. I'll show up at 6:00 to try to get a table, since it will probably be (or become) busy. Thanks to all who are planning to drive from far and wide, I'm looking forward to this! To sum up:
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Denton
Starting at 6:00 pm - come when you can
posted by turtlegirl at 8:19 AM on January 20, 2009

Ok, then, count me in for sure. I'll try to show up close to the 6:00 start time, traffic willing.
posted by owtytrof at 12:21 PM on January 20, 2009

I'm up for it. Sweetwater at 6 on January 24th. It'll be good to meet some of you North Texas Mefites.
posted by SNWidget at 3:27 PM on January 21, 2009

Also, in an effort to avoid potential "is this the MetaFilter group?" confusion here's a recent picture of me (on the right).
posted by turtlegirl at 3:43 PM on January 22, 2009

Good idea, turtlegirl. I'll even wear Metafilter colors.
posted by jinjo at 9:00 AM on January 23, 2009

Watch out for this guy. I hear he's trouble.(Or: a snapshot of me and half of my grandmother)
posted by owtytrof at 11:24 AM on January 23, 2009

I hope it's her good half, owtytrof! *rimshot* Sorry, couldn't resist.
Also also, I officially made it to Texas, so I'll see you kids tomorrow night. Yay!
posted by turtlegirl at 4:20 PM on January 23, 2009

Sorry I didn't make it, y'all. Fiancee was sick and needed assistance.

Next time, next time. Hope everyone had a blast.
posted by SNWidget at 10:31 AM on January 26, 2009

We missed ya, SNWidget, but we managed(to have a good time). Hope the fiancee's feeling better!
posted by owtytrof at 12:55 PM on January 26, 2009

Yay, my first meet! Good food was had (except I left my takehome box at the place!) and good stories were shared by all. Now let's have those pictures.
posted by jinjo at 4:52 PM on January 26, 2009

Thanks again for driving out to Denton! I had a great time. My contribution to the photographic evidence will have to wait until tomorrow (when my camera is reunited with my USB cable).

Sorry we missed you, SNWidget! It's your turn to plan the next one ;)
posted by turtlegirl at 5:29 PM on January 26, 2009

Ok, I've uploaded my (meager) photos. Being the genius that I am, I had no one take a photo of me with my camera. turtlegirl's got the good ones, anyway, so we'll wait for hers.
posted by owtytrof at 6:48 PM on January 26, 2009

I'm bummed I missed it. I should have posted something in my calendar, rather than counting on remembering to check back here for all the details. Of course, idiots killed MeFi while I was trying to remember where it was we were all meeting.

Glad everyone had fun, I'll try to actually make the next dfw area one.
posted by dejah420 at 12:25 AM on January 27, 2009

I was wondering if that would happen to everyone. Sorry, dejah. :(
posted by jinjo at 8:51 AM on January 27, 2009

You know, it's rather inspiring when you think about it. While MetaFilter trembled beneath the spammish fist, while our very way of life was under attack, a small band of loyalists met to show the blue flag. While servers trembled, while eminent men feared to show their face, we few made shout-outs, we few gossiped about prominent site members, we few enumerated the uses of Ella Fitzgerald. We happy few. From this day until the ending of the world, MeFites now abed will think themselves accursed they were not there, and count their favorites cheap while something, something St. Crispin's Day. Dead Server Day. Whichever.

Where are the pictures? I'm borrred!
posted by ormondsacker at 6:51 PM on January 28, 2009

Well, ormondsacker put it better than I ever could have. You eloquent dog, you.
posted by owtytrof at 9:09 PM on January 28, 2009

I'm downloading the photos from turtlegirl's camera to help speed up the process. She's been busy with work and school since she got back.
posted by terrapin at 7:39 AM on January 29, 2009

posted by ormondsacker at 8:11 AM on January 29, 2009

So much for eloquent.
posted by owtytrof at 12:10 PM on January 29, 2009

I don't have to be eloquent in whispers, man.
posted by ormondsacker at 1:20 PM on January 29, 2009

Is that the secret? I have a new strategy for life, now!
posted by owtytrof at 6:27 PM on January 29, 2009

Finally! Photos are up, although Flickr was giving me fits and I couldn't create a new set. Thanks again for coming out, and here's to more N. Texas meetups, even if I can't join you...I'll be there in spirit. :)
posted by turtlegirl at 6:19 PM on January 30, 2009


That is all.
posted by owtytrof at 9:59 PM on January 31, 2009

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