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At Bar Charles, This New-School Italian Take On A Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail Sublty Captures Everything The Swanky Cocktail Lounge Is.

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In the heart of the Design District, this delectable Italian-inspired eatery boasts an equally impressive drink menu. Head to Bar Charles, found at the restaurant’s back end, for the perfect aperitif. For a stunning drink with an even better backstory, try The Charles’ version of a Sbagliato, which is Italian for “mistake.” As legend has it, a bartender grabbed sparkling wine instead of gin when making this cocktail, resulting in a bubbly yet delicious mistake.

The local food and beverage scene has been hit hard by the public’s inability to visit restaurants and bars. The shift to takeout only—or, for many, temporary closure—has required restaurateurs to move fast and make big, often painful adjustments. Staffing and pay cuts, operating hour reductions, and changes to inventory ordering and menu items are among the many actions food-industry business owners have taken to adapt—and stay afloat.

A redheaded hostess leads me through a dark parking lot. My friend and I were at The Charles, a swanky Italian-inspired eatery in the Design District, listening to the guy next to us eat octopus and talk about how he got LASIK right before his sister’s debutante ball, when we heard mention of a new club around the corner. We quickly set off with the hostess in search of it. She explains that the owners of The Charles bought the back portion of the locksmith next door and opened Bar Charles there in December.

With an influx of exciting developments, including the addition of new bars (Hi, Bar Charles), restaurants, and the recent debut of Virgin Hotels Dallas, the Dallas Design District is due for its first major live music venue. Thankfully, in just a few short months, Mark Cuban and Live Nation Entertainment will gift the neighborhood with The HiFi (situated in the former furniture store space next door to the Dallas Mavericks’ training facility), which has set out to be as big on sound quality as it is on creating an intimate environment.

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Bar Charles is the newest addition to the Design District’s bar scene, which is slowly growing. An extension of The Charles, an Italian restaurant opened by Chas Martin just 18 months ago, the champagne bar can be found around back with a cool, speakeasy-esque entrance. The “maximalist” space includes neon pink lighting, floral prints and a custom printed mural on the ceiling. There’s a cocktail menu, champagne, wine and bites.

With such a momentous food year in Dallas, we can’t forget to recognize the stellar bars that we’ve seen crop up across Dallas-Fort Worth. And there were quite a few. So, in no particular order, we’re ready to crown our own winners of Best New Bars of 2019.

A Dallas Design District restaurant has spawned a new bar. The Charles, the Italian restaurant at 1632 Market Center Blvd. will open a private dining and cocktail/champagne bar called Bar Charles. The bar is nestled on the backside of the restaurant, with entry through the back alleyway.

On Tuesday, December 10, Design District Italian nightly eatery, The Charles, will open its private dining and cocktail and champagne bar aptly named, Bar Charles. The 1,700 square foot space is nestled on the backside of the authentic restaurant – with entry through the back alleyway.


Bar Charles, a swanky new addition to popular Italian eatery the Charles, is officially set to kick open the doors next week. The new bar, located in a 1,700 square foot space that’s located behind the Charles’s main dining room, is described by its owners as a “testament to maximalism.” Designed by Sees Design and William Baker, the space is packed with indulgent Italian influenced-pieces, including plush velvet seating, bubble lamps designed by George Nelson, and a sophisticated antique fireplace.

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