Contrary to popular belief, Dallas isn't actually a town of 10-gallon hats, oil derricks and cattle ranches. And rather than being at home on the range, Dallas' real Cowboys are playing football on a field. But that's not to say locals don't enjoy embracing their inner cowboy (or cowgirl), especially when it comes to two-steppin' at the city's best country music bars.
Those looking for dance floor action will want to mosey on over to Cowboys Red River–where they'll find plenty of room to strut their stuff and live country music rocking the house on weekends.
Speaking of live music, Adair's Saloon brings in the cream of the country music crop when it comes to up-and-coming indie bands and singer-songwriter acts. Even Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert have performed there. Not to mention, all the shows are free for the taking. There's also Poor David's Pub, another legendary live music venue where Sara Hickman and The Dixie Chicks got their start.
Of course, we'd be remiss not to include Dallas' most-loved dives and honky-tonks in this list. After all, they exemplify the true Texas spirit. One of the most famous and most quirky is the Double Wide Bar, a dive that can be best described as trailer park chic– complete with taxidermy animals and white-trash memorabilia as far as the eyes can see. The place also showcases everything from rock to bluegrass and Americana.
And it doesn't stop here, there's still a wide array of night-life options left to discover. Whether you want to kick your heels up on a dance floor or just hang back with a cold one and listen to good music, you'll want to be sure to add these 10 best spots to your boot-scootin' bucket list.