Most engaged couples put all their energy into planning the perfect wedding and an unforgettable reception. But don’t forget “the party before the party.” The rehearsal dinner offers a special opportunity for the couple to show their love and appreciation to the wedding party before the hectic excitement of the big day. The new and unique venues shown here offer couples a memorable place to take some time to sit back, relax and enjoy friends and family.
Newly opened B & B Butchers and Restaurant at the Shops at Clearfork offers a taste of Lone Star sophistication to your guests. The Texas-based upscale steakhouse prides itself on the highest quality — in meat and customer service — with a varied menu even vegetarians are sure to appreciate. The private dining area overlooks the restaurant for an exclusive but not isolated feel. The venue offers a private elevator and plenty of parking, with sitting for 60 or more. Call Angela Kell, private events coordinator, for more information at 817-737-5212. www.bbbutchers.com.
Bistro, Bowling and Bocce Ball
If an evening of fun and games is what you have in mind before the big day, Pinstripes is the place to be. Opening in April in the Shops at Clearfork, the country-club style venue provides restaurant-quality meals of locally-sourced ingredients and a winning wine list with bowling and bocce ball. An outdoor patio and fire pit offer space to relax and connect with fellow wedding-party members. With locations across the country, Pinstripes has become synonymous with an upscale opportunity to let your hair down. For event information, call Jessica Garcia at 682-352-0905 or visit www.pinstripes.com for more information.
Towering above the rest
Towering high above the Dallas skyline, there may be no better way to impress out-of-town guests than a rehearsal dinner held at Reunion Tower. The revolving venue offers three options for rehearsal dinners. Reserve seating 50 stories high for a smaller, intimate gathering within master chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, FiveSixty. For a large gathering, Cloud Nine Café (located on the 49th floor directly under the restaurant) can be reserved for up to 220 seated guests. Finally, the Geo Deck features an indoor/outdoor space for up to 80 seated diners. All three venues offer Wolfgang Puck catered cuisine, and 360-degree views of the city. Call Jessica Miller at 214-212-8527 for more information or visit www.reuniontower.com.
Surround your guests with the charming tradition from the Pampas of Southern Brazil at Boi Na Braza, open in Grapevine and now, Las Colinas. No one will go away hungry, because in true Brazilian steakhouse-style, guests can choose what they would like to enjoy, including side dishes, salads and 16 sizzling cuts of beef, chicken, pork, lamb and sausage. The restaurant offers three private event rooms accommodating between 50-200 guests, as well as semi-private rooms for up to 30, a full bar with lounge area and a cigar lounge. For information, visit boinabraza.com to request event information.
If Frank Sinatra were holding a rehearsal dinner, he’d go to The Underground at Mercury Chophouse. The basement room at the iconic Fort Worth steakhouse provides the perfect venue for private, intimate celebrations. It even has its own entrance. The restaurant offers three fixed dining menus with a combination of options, but will work with you to include your favorites. There’s also a full bar with your own bartender at the helm. For parties of 20 or so, Mercury will seat you in a secluded section, but larger parties can rent out the entire underground space.
Rather have scenic views? Smaller parties can reserve space nine stories high at Mercury Chophouse in Arlington, which opened in the former Cacharel Restaurant space a few months ago. Call Teresa at Mercury Chop House in Fort Worth at 817-336-4129 or visit their website www.mercurychophouse.com for information.