Casablanca, a spacious new bar in the Bishop Arts District, will officially open next week.
Exxir Hospitality’s latest establishment, the group of restaurants behind other Bishop Arts spots like Paradiso and Botanist, will debut at 200 Bishop Avenue, Suite 113. According to a press release, the bar’s indoor-outdoor space is intended to evoke a vintage from the 70s. atmosphere complete with frozen cocktails and snacks to share. In addition to the main dining areas, the bar will also have its own “singeasy” with private karaoke lounges.
Chef Nick Hurry, formerly of Proof + Pantry, the now closed Dallas Arts District spot and current executive chef of Paradiso, will run the kitchen. According to the chef, the menu will be inspired by “the food you might find in the street stalls of southern China and Malaysia, bazaars in Persia and small shared dishes in North Africa.” A glimpse of the menu on the bar’s Instagram reveals noodle dishes in sauce, cardamom-flavored lamb skewers and fresh figs drizzled with pistachios and steamed dumplings.
Details on the cocktail list, developed by Beverage Manager Iluggy Recinos, are scarce, but it’s clear the tropical influence will be heavy. Expect chic umbrella drinks, frozen pina coladas, and a Moroccan tea set topped with rum.
Casablanca will officially debut on Thursday, October 21. Upon arrival, the bar will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday.