Red Lights Brings Shanghai Chic to the Dallas Nightlife Scene

Multi-level nightclub in Dallas with rooftop bar even includes tattoo parlor and art gallery.
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March 6, 2012 - PRLog -- Fire-breathing horses, mesmerizing women in ornate Chinese dresses and transcendent music that seems to come from the water itself are a few of the mystifying characteristics of Dallas’ newest nightlife venue. Red Lights, set to open March 8 at 1217 Main Street in downtown Dallas, mixes the exotic nature of the world’s oldest culture with state-of-the-art technology and sound and packages it into a four-level entertainment venue including a dance club, VIP area, rooftop patio, tattoo parlor and art gallery.

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-and-operated import/export business, Leaf Resource Company, proves a valuable asset for styling such a venue with high-quality Asian furniture and décor.

“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-dark gold wall tiles to the pulsing lights on the dance floor. Life-sized “smoking horses” appear to breathe fire among the hand-carved Asian red oak furniture reminiscent of an opium den from the early 1900’s. Rich Chinese textiles, wallpaper, tiles and lighting create an Asian look never before seen in Dallas. Geisha-esque cocktail waitresses in bright red Chinese dresses with mandarin collars are akin to moving art; although they may not sing, dance or perform tea ceremonies, they do know how to serve delectable cocktails.

The posh 11,000-square-foot space includes two club levels and a rooftop oasis. The first level, featuring a dance floor, is general admission and the second, reserved for VIPs and table service, features opulent private areas such as the “Emperor’s Court” with beautiful specialty Chinese furniture. The VIP areas overlook the dance floor and sit near the DJ booth and Dragon Bar, named after the stainless steel and copper wall that replicates magnificent scales of a dragon. Ancient Chinese calligraphy wallpaper finishes out the space.

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 and!/RedLightsDallas.  Dallas Tattoo Company & Red Gallery are open daily from 12 noon to midnight and can be reached at 214.748.2999.

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