This multi-level masterpiece is the brainchild of owners Greg See, a prized product of South Beach’s The Opium Group (Mansion, Set, Louis, Cameo, Mokai and Opium), and Taylor Nguyen, well-known for his involvement in such hot Dallas nightlife venues as Eight Lounge, Purgatory, Zouk and the current Glass and Revive. In addition, Nguyen’s family-owned-
“This is an escape into another world,” said See, whose experience with one of the most prominent hospitality and nightlife companies in the U.S. has shaped his ability to provide top-level experiences for clientele. “Taylor and I have brought our years of experience together to shape something completely new for Dallas.”
Anyone can feel like an Asian emperor as they enter Red Lights and are immediately transported to the Far East. Hostesses in white Chinese dresses welcome you in the foyer and lead you past large statues of sword-carrying Ancient Tarogato Soldiers, pieces worthy of a museum. A rich red color theme dominates the room, from the striking oversized red chandeliers to 5-foot- tall red Buddha statues and plush red cushions throughout the space.
True to its name, Red Lights utilizes the drama of light, enticing the eye to bounce from the carefully placed Chinese lanterns to the glow-in-the-
The posh 11,000-square-
The zen-like rooftop garden on the top of the four-story building is as peaceful and comfortably minimal as the other floors are posh and exciting. The relaxed vibe emanates from a DJ station that appears to “float” over the water. An enormous cherry blossom tree made from LED lights sets the mood for the space, while a welcoming waterway and bamboo bridge give the space an unmistakably Asian feel even in the midst of downtown Dallas. The balanced energy of the open-air space comes from a Feng Shui-minded integration of the elements of fire, earth, water and wood.
Red Lights also incorporates the art form of high-end tattoo and body piercing in its offerings, for those interested in the experience or perhaps just observing. Dallas Tattoo Company and the Red Gallery are located in the Red Lights complex on the second floor. With the same incredible attention to detail and experience as Red Lights, Dallas Tattoo Company has a very clean, white, bright Asian aesthetic. Five-foot-tall red laughing Buddha statues and black velvet love seats and chairs fit for a king impart an off-beat luxury and “Alice in Wonderland” feel to the space, while unique chandeliers and retro-style wallpaper give it a funky, fresh vibe. Six tattoo artists will offer tattoos and body piercings, including Chris Clements, a well-known tattoo artist whose work has been featured on magazine covers including International Tattoo Art, Pain and Prick. Red Gallery, located in the same space, will feature a different artist every month, and is curated by artist Courtney Miles.
Red Lights, Dallas Tattoo Company and Red Gallery are located at 1217 Main Street in Dallas. Red Lights is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 2am for adults 21 and up. Cover is $20. Red Lights can be reached at 214.748.2899 and more information can be found at and https://www.facebook.com/
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