Though its East Dallas neighbors are almost entirely businesses catering to Hispanics, the crowd at Starlight might be white, Hispanic or mixed depending on what time you go, according to its bartender.
And "mixed" is perhaps the best description of the amenities at the Starlight Lounge--featured as one of "Dallas's Most Authentic Dive Bars". It's got a deafeningly loud Internet jukebox, a well-worn pool table, cheap beer and several eight-liner video slot machines. It's in a somewhat seedy neighborhood, evidenced by the occasional panhandling flower salesmen and black-eyed women who come in and never seem to buy a drink. So this bar is best left to the adventurous, those unfazed by loud jukeboxes and those who drink their breakfast.
The bar door swings open, and orange sunlight, hazy with cigarette smoke, briefly lights the sparse, dingy environs. On the hardwood bar top, a half-dozen dice tumble from a Yahtzee cup, landing close to a smudged envelope stuffed with cash. Near... More »