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Pass on the trip to Berlin. Instead, head to Nikita, a cocktail bar opening this month in Dallas’ West Village shopping center inspired by the dark, moody and sexy German cabarets of the Thirties.
This story first appeared in the October 10, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“Caviar, vodka and freedom — that’s what we’re all about,’’ said Royce Ring, a partner in Dallas-based Triple R Group, which owns Nikita, along with its wildly popular sibling Tom Tom Noodle Club.
Nikita offers an incredible array of appetizers and drinks, including over 50 different types of vodka, a seemingly endless wine and champagne list and liqueur-based coffees, among other temptations.
The caffeine will probably come in handy: Nikita is angling to attract an upscale, late-night crowd. That won’t be difficult considering the bar’s location in the trendy, young and diverse Oak Lawn neighborhood.
“Nikita is going to be great for couples or first dates, whether guy meets girl or guy meets guy,’’ Ring said. “We’re located right in front of the Magnolia Theater and also expect to attract before and after movie-goers.’’
They won’t have trouble finding the bar thanks to a white neon sign that spells out “Nikita’’ in large Slavic-style characters. Inside, a dark and intimate 850-square-foot bar features sleek concrete floors and walls, a black slate and cherrywood bar and a thumping mix of techno dance mix. Also on the design front, there’s a steel and concrete stairwell that descends to a 4,000-square-foot subterranean cabaret that includes several small bars. 3699 McKinney Ave.,West Village Shopping Center, (214) 520-3788.