Dallas, United States
Danarian, 33
Craft Bartender
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a bit about Danarian

What do you do and why do you do it?

Craft Bartender. I like getting my friends drunk with my pretty concoctions.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I worked as a merchandise accountant, which is to say I counted parts for inventory for a machine factory. WORST.JOB.EVER. The most boring thing you can do all day has to be counting how many nails are in a box, and then do it again for 8 hours.

Were you born and raised in Dallas? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Dallas?

I was born in Dallas but I was raised in Indianapolis, IN, the largest flyover city in the country. It's basically the embodiment of a "Move along, nothing to see here" sign, LOL I kid. I loved Indy but Dallas is where my heart is. There is absolutely so much to do and see here.

What’s your current hood in Dallas and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I currently reside in the Cedar Springs area, better known as the "Gayborhood" by the local denizens. The best thing is absolutely the people. Very nice and personable. The worst has to be the traffic, which Dallas has an overabundance of.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to almost all music. Honestly! I grew up with young parents who loved 80's pop, rock, funk, and R&B. I played saxophone for 14 years and even tried my hand at producing many years ago. My playlist can go from Brazilian funk, neo soul, future beats, chillhop, low-fi Indie, folk, and all the way to ambient. No Zyedeco. Just.....no

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Thong Song. Gotta rip off that band-aid

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Seinfeld, Chappelle show, Boondocks, X-Files, Star Trek, Legion, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Cowboy Bebop, samurai Champloo, Doctor Who (most of the time). All (mostly) very well written and acted shows. They all had a quality of being genuine

Name some spots in Dallas that are good for a Tinder date.

Tough question. This depends on a few important factors, namely: a.) do you want to be seen with this person, b.)do you want people you know to see you with this person, and c.) how much money are you willing to spend on this person. Give me a few specifics and I can recommend the perfect place. Believe me, I am THE go to guy amongst my friends for this very thing.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Ehh, everyone deserves a good roast now and then to bring them back down to Earth. Humble yourselves folks.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Wherever I can find a sale. I rarely buy clothes for myself, in the past that was mostly because that would include admitting that I was fat, now I just work too much.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The Bottom. Don't ask about it. DO NOT GO THERE. I will not be taking questions on this. Seriously though, no.

Where do you go in Dallas for a casual night out?

I love hanging out in Deep Ellum for good food and music. Most of the area is walk-able and there are plenty of options for a good time.

What’s your choice of transportation in Dallas and why?

Lyft or Uber if I'm going out. The train is nice, but the city's poor public transportation planning makes it hard to maneuver between hot spots with expedience. Because Dallas is so huge, having a car is key to living in the city, though.

What are the Dallas spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Trinity Grove area has blossomed into a wonderful destination and the food options are divine. Our Arts District is gorgeous, as well as the park built over the highway, Klyde Warren Park. There are many, many other places to have a good time here in the Big D.

What are the Dallas spots tourists should run from screaming?

This is hard to say because, outside of a beach, Dallas truly has something for everyone. There really aren't any areas to avoid. EXCEPT FOR THE BOTTOM. DO NOT GO THERE. STOP ASKING. (its really just someplace on the south side my Dad told me to never go to so I listened and you should too)

Tomorrow’s your last day in Dallas. How do you spend it?

Early rise for a spiced chai tea at the Wild Detectives in Bishop Arts. Next, brunch at Breadwinners in Uptown and then hurry over to The Cedars Social in the Cedars area before the bottemless mimosas special ends (this is a Sunday if you can't tell). I'd stroll across the street to the Nylo hotel and enjoy one of the best views of the city from the rooftop. A quick cab to Deep Ellum to see my industry friends and to have the best burger in town at Armoury D.E. and then I'd pray I have enough room for Brick and Bone across the street. Then Emporium pies, Val's for a cheescake, and Streets Fine Chicken all for the plane ride out #FOODISLIFE

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I think Geneva, Switzerland was my favorite. Wonderful, quaint city with very nice people and beautiful scenery.

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