Buzzkill Bars - Gloria's on Greenville
Editor's note: this is the first post in a new series calling out the Buzzkill Bars of Dallas, TX. Suggestions? Let us know!
We've all been there. You're out and about, bar-hopping your merry way along and you stop at another bar. This bar, however, does something, anything, that just absolutely kills your buzz. On a recent evening, that one bar was Gloria's on Greenville.
After an awesome time at J Pepe's next door, we decided we were in the mood for a (strong) mojito. We made our way over to Gloria's, thoughts of sangria dancing in our heads. Upon entering, we wandered to the bar, where about 15 people were sitting, enjoying their drinks. Thrilled with the possibility that we soon would be joining them, we grabbed some seats and looked eagerly at the miserable bartender. "We're closed," he mumbled. "What?" I asked, shocked. "We're closed."
Watch check. 11 PM. On a Saturday night. Now I know, I know, Gloria's is a restaurant, but since their remodel they've added an enormous bar. There were tons of people there and in the restaurant, none of whom looked like they were leaving any time soon. A quick glance at their website shows that their kitchen is open until 10 PM - no word on the bar.
So we put it out over Twitter, and it turns out we're not alone. One user says, "since they revamp that spot they think there the shit." The ever-awesome Enoch11 sent us his story, which just adds to our disappointment:
Earlier this year, the Dallas Mavericks were in the midst of a late-season string of good games...since we don't have cable we zipped around the corner to Gloria's, eager to root on the local team fueled by their admittedly fantastic margaritas. When we get inside, we note that none of the bar's visible TVs are showing the game. Instead, the final seven or so minutes of a Dallas Stars game was on the television. We both thought, "no big deal," thinking that we'd just wait out the end of the hockey game and then ask the bartenders to change over to the Mavs...No such luck.
Twice I asked a bartender if he could make the change, to which his answer was an annoyed nod to another of his co-workers, who was yo-yo-ing back and forth between the kitchen and the bar with mostly nothing in hand. Now here's where it gets good. First we are told that the remote for the television in front of us is "messed up" and that we'll have to switch to the other side of the bar. No big deal. When we get there we're greeted by--oh great--hockey post-game coverage. Now we're told, "sorry, that remote is also 'messed up.'"...We look at each other, survey the place, and realize that we're probably not dressed suitably enough to keep the attention of the waitstaff. Too bad. So when it came time to order the next round of 'ritas, we did it at the bar of Desperados, remote control in hand.
Gloria's, we all know that your margaritas and mojitos are the stuff of legend. Your bar service, however, leaves much to be desired and definitely puts you on our list of Buzzkill Bars.