Across the Street Bar


Cheap beer, casual atmosphere, and live bands give this bar a quintessential collegiate feel. And with a location just across the freeway from Southern Methodist University, a college crowd is what it attracts. Sometimes on weekends, you'll find...  Read More



The Curtain Club has established itself as one of the best "sounding" venues in the city. Both local and regional alternative rock bands love to play this room. It's not a big place, but the sound man knows acoustics. Usually three bands per...  Read More



Lakewood Landing is one of Dallas's best known "joints." Owned and operated by a woman simply named Louise – who greets patrons with a cheerful "Whatcha' drinkin', sugar?" – the Landing has a fantastic jukebox, a single pool table, and a great...  Read More

The Bone


Although The Bone has been around for years now, it still draws quite a crowd. Its rooftop deck is huge, and you'll find plenty of eye candy for both sexes in the hot singles spot. During the week, things are more low-key, and folks usually...  Read More

Elbow Room


Elbow Room is a great place to start the night, especially if you're in the market for a good jukebox, shuffleboard, and a few games of pool. Although the bar looks small from the outside, it has several rooms and is a great place to either...  Read More



Spacious and elegant, this upscale establishment has become one of the area's most popular destinations for dinner and drinks. Refined Western decor distinguishes all its venues, which range from restaurant to bar to billiard room. Cuisine...  Read More



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

Grapevine Bar


The eclectic crowd that frequents this light-hearted watering hole is composed of folks from all walks of life. They're attracted by theme nights (drag shows tend to draw the most boisterous crowds), a rooftop patio, a backyard hoops court, and...  Read More



Old pharmacy shelves and decades of charm serve as the calling cards for this old school Uptowner, which has been in operation since the early 70s. Thankfully, the recipe – outstanding Sunday brunches, live music, an award-winning juke box and...  Read More

The Mining Co.


Styled after a mineshaft – but fashionably so, of course – TMC is a certain favorite if you're into loud music, drag queens and late-night dancing. Part of a quartet of like-minded establishments on the same block, this cavernous club features...  Read More