Texans love to have a good time, and Dallas is a prime hot spot for a wide variety of nightlife venues and activities perfect for the fun-loving visitor. Dallas has state-of-the art entertainment facilities and sports arenas that feature fun events year-round. It also has rowdy country western bars, international clubs and an active gay scene, so no matter your background or nightlife preferences - Dallas has it all.
SportsAmerican Airlines Center — Photo courtesy of American Airlines Center Facebook page
Sports fans will be treated to world-class sporting events, as Dallas is the home of the 2011 NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks, as well as the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs hockey team, the Dallas Stars. Both of these teams play at the modern American Airlines Center, in which all seats are great. Whether you want to splurge on a luxury box, prefer courtside seats or want to opt for more economical seats, this beautiful stadium has it all. The Dallas Mavericks' season runs from October until May, while the Dallas Stars' regular season occurs between October and April. Start off your evening at one of several nearby top restaurants in the Victory Park neighborhood.
ConcertsLady Gaga concert — Photo courtesy of American Airlines Center Facebook page
Catch a concert when you're in Dallas, as this jewel in the Lone Star State attracts international headliners, such as Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Andrea Bocelli, and many more. Some of the biggest concerts take place at the American Airlines Center or the Verizon Theatre in nearby Grand Prairie. Smaller events that feature local bands or more underground artists occur at Billy Bob's of Texas in Ft. Worth, Trees club in Deep Ellum, the Curtain Club in Lakewood, or the House of Blues in the downtown area. For an interesting evening, visit the Granada Theater on Greenville Avenue. This historical venue has an intimate feel to it, along with a beautiful ceiling mural, and wait service to seats.
Bars and ClubsCowboy's Red River — Photo courtesy of Cowboy's Red River Facebook page
Dallas offers visitors a wide variety of bars and clubs that set the scene for the city's exciting nightlife. If you want to experience country music and boot-scooting at its best, visit Cowboy's Red River or the eclectic Adair's Saloon. If international house music is preferred, visit Glass Lounge in the Uptown neighborhood or Zubar on the rowdy Greenville Avenue strip. Looking for a laid-back evening that's perfect for wine sipping? Go to Sambuca Uptown or one of many local wine bars. Visitors who love to dance should visit the city's gay neighborhood, Oak Lawn, which features many fun dance clubs, such as Station 4 and the Round Up Saloon.