We love a list and a Best in Dallas list is even better! Today, burlesque queen Iris Le’Mour tells us her favorite places to dance, shop and drink at!
You can see her and other burlesque stars in action tonight, July 14 at Viva’s Lounge right here in Dallas for the Voyeurotic Carnival. Miss Le’Mour, also known as the Exotic Flower of Burlesque, is a native born Texan. Infamous for her dangerous curves the burlesque star possesses the four B’s: beauty, brains, boobs and booty. Staying true to the Texan girl in her, she keeps everything BIG – big hair, big smile, big props and a big personality. She’s traveled the world, racking up an impressive amount of awards from Las Vegas to Milan, Italy, and we couldn’t be more excited to see her back in the Big D. Read on for Iris’ Best In Dallas list!
The burlesque queen swears that the best cocktails in Dallas can only be had at the discrete Black Swan Saloon. “With no menu, you know that each cocktail is handcrafted to your personal taste by the best bartender in Dallas, Gabe Sanchez,” Le’Mour said. “He has a multitude of self-infused vodkas, rums, bourbons, and whiskeys. The blueberry sour there keeps me coming back for more time and time again.”
Le’Mour is heavily involved with the North Texas burlesque scene and loves to encourage her fellow dancers in their art. “The amazing burlesque community of Dallas always keep me enamored with their talent, creativity, diversity, and, most of all, their beauty,” Le’Mour said. She checks out www.dfwburlesque.com to keep up with all the local shows.
“My heart and my wallet love for a great deal and high fashion,”Le’Mour said. “Both of us meet at Clotheshorse Anonymous off Preston and Forest in Preston Hollow.” The consignment shop allows shoppers to find beautiful designer clothing, shoes, bags, and jewelry for a fraction of their original price.
On The Move: Dallas School of Burlesque
“For a great sweat, work on flexibility, and/or learning the aerial arts, I love to head to Dallas School of Burlesque,” Le’Mour said. “There I can learn aerial silks, aerial Lyra, hula hoop, floor work, lap dance, contortion and just some good old-fashioned dancing! You definitely get your bang, bump, and grind for your buck!” Classes can be booked online or on ClassPass.
“For a great place to feed my brain, I prefer to go the artistic way,” Le’Mour said. “The Dallas Museum of Art always keeps a revolving variety of interesting and beautiful art. This month they have been featuring Latin American art and the work of Frida Khalo, a divine female artist who lived a life so full of freedom and agency that it has inspired women for generations to follow in her footsteps. She was the original body positivity advocate- unibrow and all.”
“The place that truly captures the heart of Dallas for me is the Nines in Deep Ellum,” Le’Mour said. “It has amazing music and caters to the masses of what Deep Ellum used to be. As the landscape is ever changing and turn more and more into uptown, bars like the Nines stay true to the Deep Ellum spirit or art, music, and self-expression over everything. It doesn’t hurt that it sports a rooftop that shows you a beautiful downtown Dallas all lit up at night.”
Image 1 courtesy of Iris Le’Mour. Image 2 courtesy of Open Table. Image 3 courtesy of Stephanie Wilson. Image 4 courtesy of 21st Century Burlesque. Image 5 courtesy of Clotheshorse Anonymous. Image 6 courtesy of Dallas School of Burlesque. Image 7 courtesy of Paseo Tours. Image 8 courtesy of The Nines.