Deep Ellum Nightlife: The Hottest After-Dark Hangouts

Deep Ellum offers night owls an emerging lineup of bars and clubs, but what it's most known for is live music, which has been ingrained in its culture since the early 1900's when the area was a famous haunt for jazz and blues artists. Today the neighborhood is home to countless music venues, boasting not only jazz and blues, but everything else in between.

When it comes to catching some of the best music in the city, look no further than Trees, a legendary concert venue for some of the biggest up-and-coming names in rock. If you're musical interests are more varied, Club Dada may be the place for you– where you'll find everything from rock, rap and metal to country and punk. Another place to find a diversity of sounds– and perhaps get in a little swing dancing–is the Sons of Hermann Hall, one of Dallas' most authentic honky-tonks.

If you're looking for a truly unique experience, it doesn't get any quirkier than Double Wide, Dallas' favorite trailer themed dive.

For those who want to do more than just listen to music, The Nines provides a place to dance to it. 

Looking for something more laid back? Then you'll like Off the Record, a combination watering hole and record shop– or the Black Swan Saloon, a cozy drinking den with a friendly vibe and tasty house-infused liquors. There's also the Twilite Lounge, a Big Easy themed bar serving cocktails, karaoke and comedy. Speaking of comedy, you can definitely get a funny fix on at the Dallas Comedy House.

Read on to find out about all the Deep Ellum hot-spots you should be partying in right now.

Off the Record
Photo courtesy of Off the Record Facebook

Not only can you imbibe on craft cocktails and brews at this Deep Ellum gem, but you can also browse over 2,000 well-curated LP's for sale. But that's not all this place has going on. Off the Record happens to be the city's gathering hub for...  Read More

The Nines
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Deep Ellum offers plenty of places to listen to music, but this two-level dance palace is one of the only places in the neighborhood dedicated solely for dancing to it. And there's plenty of area to do just that. Here, you'll find a lower level...  Read More

Welcoming like your local dive bar, but impressive enough to bring a date-- is exactly what the owners of this Big Easy themed bar set out to create when they first opened it in 2012. But the Twilite Lounge has morphed into much more than a...  Read More

Dallas Comedy House
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Dallas Comedy House is the city's go-to venue for some of the best improv, sketch comedy and stand-up in town. Here, you can get your funny fix on five nights a week with open-mic on Tuesday and Wednesdays, comedy sketch revues on Thursdays, and...  Read More

Since the 1990s, (with the exception of a four year hiatus) Trees has been Dallas' premier small concert venue for some of the biggest up-and-coming names in rock music. Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Dave Mathews Band, are just a few of...  Read More

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

Dallas has plenty of honky-tonks, but few are as authentic as this century old Deep Ellum mainstay. Originally built to house several lodges for a fraternity of German immigrants, the hall now serves as a live music venue showcasing a variety of...  Read More

Black Swan Saloon
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This dark and cozy tavern could easily be missed unless you know it's there. But rest assured its existence is well-known to the city's in-the-know drinkers who come here for its laid back atmosphere and artisanal cocktails. Upon entering,...  Read More

Armoury D.E.
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Where can you go drink plus eat a full, delicious restaurant menu until 2 a.m. every night of the week? Enter The Armoury, a low-lit, rustically chic eating and drinking den set in a former art gallery. Though it may be hard to find as the place...  Read More

Dada Dallas
Photo courtesy of Mike Brooks Dada Dallas Facebook

When it comes to Deep Ellum's live music venues, you'd be hard pressed to find a place more revered than Club Dada. Before it closed in 2009, the club enjoyed more than two decades of hosting big-name gigs and helping to launch careers of...  Read More

This venerable watering hole pays homage to the trailer park culture with its kitsch-adorned decor and surprisingly tasty low-brow cocktails. As the name indicates, the bar is set up in a double wide trailer--replete with wood paneling,...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene