We love a good list, and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, Honey Cocoa Bordeauxx is here to tease us with her favorite hidden gems, right here in the Big D. Read on for Honey’s local picks for vintage cocktails, antiques, flirty fitness, and more!
Say hello to Honey, a hometown Denton gal turned international showgirl, multi-award-winning burlesque artist, co-producer of Bourbon and Bourdeaux, and host of the new monthly burlesque happy hour, The Vintage Cocktail Hour at The Nines. This multi-faceted lady not only has a super cool stage name but knows her way around Dallas. Performing the art of burlesque since 2007, Honey has toured the world as not only a featured performer but an instructor as well, at hot spots like the London Burlesque Festival and Amsterdam Burlesque Weekend. Her newest endeavor, The Vintage Cocktail Hour, shines a spotlight on vintage libations each month at the newly rebranded Deep Ellum club. This month’s libation the “Mayhem Royale” is named after MaryLynn Mayhem, a sultry gin-based drink with maraschino liqueur and champagne. Read on for Honey’s Best In Dallas list and taste her creative concoctions next Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
“I used to have rehearsal every Sunday in Deep Ellum and it became a ritual,” she said of the low-key Cajun café. Honey adores the live music and homey feel of the local spot, which is also the perfect Sunday Funday destination. “The staff makes you feel right at home,” she stated. “It’s one of the best ways to spend a Sunday.”
Think showgirls don’t create art? Think again. Theresa Magnum, a close friend and fellow performer is Honey’s favorite local muralist. With mural art all over Dallas, she pointed out one mural, in particular, a floral favorite. “One of her works can be seen covering the pillars of the train station in downtown Carrollton,” Honey told us. “I particularly love her pet portraits and watercolor work.”
The showgirl’s go-to for vintage mid-century modern furniture and décor, this local antique gallery is an unexpected décor destination. “It might sound crazy to think Lewisville would be a destination for anything,” Honey joked, “but these two dealers have an ever-changing assortment of great pieces. I’ve never stopped by without seeing something I wanted to take home.” She recommended two dealers that she simply can’t get enough of, Retrospectiv and Retro Revival.
Honey finds the best retro fashion finds at this Deep Ellum-based boutique. Housed inside are hand-picked female-owned businesses, carrying everything from lingerie to jewelry, accessories and more. One of her favorite parts about Dallas Pinup is that “it’s home to a pinup photography studio if you want to turn your vintage centerfold dreams into a reality.”
Heck yes, pole dancing is a workout. And it’s not a breeze. Honey, a fan of flirty fitness, boasted that this Campbell Rd. studio hosts “some of the best pole and aerial instructors in Dallas, if not the nation.” With contortion classes to “get bendy” and fitness adventures like trapeze and aerial silk lessons, this spot is amazing for channeling your inner Cirque du Soleil star.
Image 1 courtesy of Honey Cocoa Bordeauxx. Image 2 courtesy of The Freeman Dallas. Image 3 courtesy of Wall Paper Folder. Image 4 courtesy of Pinterest. Image 5 courtesy of Living Magazine. Image 6 courtesy of Inspire Aerial Arts.