Night on the Town: Downtown Dallas' Hidden Party Gems

After the sun goes down, downtown Dallas heats up with a dizzying array of nighttime diversions to keep night owls entertained until the wee hours. From uber-hip lounges to neighborhood pubs and energetic live music venues, downtown Dallas has it all and more.  

If your idea of a night out involves good music, then you'll want to check out Opening Bell Coffee, one of the best free live music venues in the city– or City Tavern, a cozy neighborhood pub featuring everything from jazz to rock. And, of course the house is always rocking at the legendary House of Blues.

For a more eclectic experience, The Nines offers everything from dancing to burlesque shows and aerial performances. Not to mention, it has a massive rooftop terrace boasting spectacular views of Downtown.

Fancy a hand-crafted drink in a posh setting? Then the Rattlesnake Bar, in the swanky Ritz-Carlton, may be just what you're looking for. There's also the Midnight Rambler, a sexy subterranean drinking den in the ultra-chic Joule Hotel; the SODA Bar, perched atop the hip NYLO South Side hotel; and The Mitchell, a handsome drinking haunt where Gin concoctions are being elevated into an art form.

And for those wanting a comfortable spot to unwind, The Woolworth offers exceptional drinks and a chilled-out vibe.

House of Blues Dallas
Photo courtesy of House of Blues Dallas Facebook

Since opening its Dallas outpost in 2007, this legendary music mecca has been one of the city's premier venues for a wide variety of major performing artists. Everyone from BB King and Alice Cooper to George Clinton, and Mumford and Sons have...  Read More

Masque Dallas
Photo courtesy of Masque Dallas

In the world of swish nightclubs, this Uptown dance palace ticks all the boxes. High-profile DJs? Check. Glamorous go-go dancers? Check. VIP bottle service? Check. Velvet rope at the door? Yes. That is if you can find the entrance, which is...  Read More

City Tavern
Photo courtesy of City Tavern Facebook

If you're looking for a place with loads of character, then this friendly neighborhood pub will be a perfect fit for you. The place attracts a wide mix of people who come to chill out with a drink, chow down on pub fare, play pool or watch a...  Read More

The Nines
Photo courtesy of The Nines Facebook

This 3000-sq. ft. multi-level dance palace is the place to get your fix of electro-house, EDM and other hands-in-the-air sounds supplied by some of the city's biggest DJs around. Super offbeat entertainment is also the order of the day here,...  Read More

Opening Bell Coffee
Photo courtesy of Opening Bell Coffee Facebook page

This may be the most unlikely place to find a bustling nightlife, but this hip basement coffee house, located in the South Side on Lamar building-- has more going for it than just liquid assets. Along with serving cups of Joe and good food, the...  Read More

Rattlesnake Bar
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Dean Fearing's sleek and sexy Rattlesnake Bar is the destination for the city's see-and-be-seen crowd. The atmosphere is always lively, and better yet, the cocktails are superb. Here, you can imbibe on everything from Dean's signature margaritas...  Read More

Photo courtesy of NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel

There aren't many rooftop bars in Dallas that come with an infinity pool, a fire pit, and awesome city views. At least not any like the SODA Bar-- that resides atop the hip NYLO South Side hotel. Naturally, there's more to drink in here than the...  Read More

The Woolworth
Photo courtesy of The Woolworth Facebook

The Woolworth has all the makings of an ideal watering hole: it has a friendly atmosphere, it serves creative food, and the bartenders know how to whip up extremely delicious cocktails--the Smoke and Spice being one of those. Much like a spicy...  Read More

The Mitchell
Photo courtesy of The Mitchell

Discerning drinkers will want to take note of The Mitchell, a handsome new downtown haunt with a sophisticated list of libations and an impressive lineup of victuals. The avant-garde styled space, boasting opulent chandeliers and plush navy...  Read More

Midnight Rambler
Photo courtesy of Midnight Rambler

It may not be in a secret location, but the Joule Hotel's posh subterranean hideout has all the makings of a sultry speakeasy--from its arched ceilings and wood paneled walls to vintage light fixtures and plush leather sofas. As for drinks, the...  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