Dallas' Great Nightlife: From Boot Scootin' to Sophisticated

Whether you want to party like a rock star and mingle with local celebrities and athletes, or you’re looking for a romantic venue to set the mood, Dallas has all types of nightlife options. Beer lovers will enjoy visiting one of many local pubs, such as the Old Monk and Libertine Bar, which feature hundreds of imported beers on tap, complete with delicious pub fare. If you enjoy fine wines, choose from one of many laid-back, local wine bars with quality sommeliers that can help you choose the perfect glass (or bottle).

If you love live music, you can visit the Deep Ellum and Greenville Avenue areas where you can rock out all night. Electronica and hip hop lovers can also find several hot clubs that feature music and dancing. Visitors who want a taste of Texas can go to Fort Worth to the famous Billy Bob’s Texas or catch an eclectic country-and-western-meets-rockabilly scene at Adair’s Saloon in Deep Ellum. The Lone Star State is full of beautiful people, and most of the best Dallas nightlife venues won’t disappoint. In fact, most feature perfect people-watching opportunities.  Choose from the best nightlife spots in Dallas for your trip by reading trusted expert and user reviews.


A unique sense of style characterizes this popular watering hole near Lakewood Landing. You won't find frat boys or the yuppie types here - Cosmos is where hipsters and laid-back twenty-somethings go to kick back and drink with friends. Its...  Read More

"Quirky" barely skims the descriptive surface of this Dallas bar, which has all the style and charm of a mobile home. Don't let the kitsch drive you away though, because Double Wide promises to be one of the more memorable nightspots you'll...  Read More

Library Bar
Photo courtesy of Instagram User Lynn Lyon

Located in the Warwick Melrose Hotel in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, Library bar is classy and elegant. It has a traditional decor, complete with dark woods, comfortable sofas, upholstered chairs, and stately bookshelves lined with classic titles....  Read More

Sons of Hermann Hall
Photo courtesy of Sons of Hermann Hall Facebook

Laid-back and plenty of fun, this lodge is operated by the Sons of Hermann Association. It books an eclectic mix of entertainment so that on Wednesday nights, you'll find swing dancing (and swing dancing classes), while Thursdays showcase...  Read More

Round-Up Saloon
Photo courtesy of Round-Up Saloon Instagram

Two-stepping, tight denim, and 10-gallon hats attract Big D's best-looking cowboys to this country-western bar, which caters to a mostly gay clientele. Chipping in on the joint's popularity are great drink specials (Margarita Madness on Mondays,...  Read More

Located in the heart of Greenville Avenue, where the fun begins!, the Granada Theater is a Dallas institution. This performance and concert venue has been around since 1946 and is one of Dallas' premiere live music spots. There are live...  Read More

Old Monk, with its great assortment of beers and its full bar, has built a steadfast reputation as a great place to begin an evening or a nighttime adventure. The kitchen serves sandwiches (including a great roast beef version), along with...  Read More

Libertine Bar
Photo courtesy of The Libertine Bar

This Dallas bar serves upscale pub grub with a side dish of live music and weekly rotating draughts. Menu items include standards like burgers and salads served alongside sweet potato frites, mussels, and a few unexpected dishes like the popular...  Read More

Situated in the heart of the newly energized and vibrant Downtown Dallas, the Majestic Theatre is one of Dallas' favorite entertainment venues. With its beautiful and historic architecture and historical significance, it is also one of the most...  Read More

Adair's Saloon
Photo courtesy of Instagram User Rance May Music

Although Deep Ellum arguably functions as Dallas's cutting-edge district, parts of it maintain a long-standing commitment to simpler times. Take, for example, a honky-tonk like Adair's, which has been popular since 1963. The digs (in the early...  Read More


Meet Denise Brandenberg

Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years.

Denise started her career as an advertising...  More About Denise

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