Cowboy Up At Dallas' Best Country-Western Joints, Honky-Tonks and Dancehalls

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.

Post Time Honky Tonk
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If you're looking for a no-frills spot where you can shoot pool, belt out karaoke and line-dance across a huge dance floor, then you'll find your happy place at Post Time, one of the most friendly country-western joints in the city. Dark and...  Read More

Sons of Hermann Hall
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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



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

Poor David's Pub
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Perhaps you'll do more listening than line-dancing at this legendary music mecca (going strong since 1977), but nevertheless-- Poor David's Pub, located in downtown's South Side on Lamar neighborhood--is a stellar venue to catch local rising...  Read More

Guitars and Cadillacs
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If you're looking for the ultimate place to do some two-stepping, this bar is it. Located in the old Midnight Rodeo spot, this upscale cowboy hang is a go-to for all things that involve boot scooting and then some. There are multiple bars,...  Read More

Round-Up Saloon
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This legendary Cedar Springs hotspot has been hailed as the nation's best gay country western dance hall-- and with good reason. The saloon boasts multiple themed bars, a rooftop patio and a spacious hardwood dance floor with plenty of room to...  Read More

The Rustic
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When Dallas' urbanites can't muster up the time to high-tail it to their Hill Country hacienda, they head to the next best place-- the Rustic-- a sprawling indoor-outdoor restaurant, bar and live-music destination nestled under the starry...  Read More

Mama Tried Honky Tonk
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A relative newcomer to Deep Ellum's bustling bar scene, Mama Tried (named for the Merle Haggard song), is a sprawling indoor-outdoor oasis for fans of classic, Texas, bluegrass and outlaw country music. In addition to daily happy hours and...  Read More



Sure, the drinks are cheap and the burgers are legendary, but what lassos most folks into this Deep Ellum dive is its undeniably unpretentious vibe and weekly roundup of live music. But it's not just any live music-- Adair's brings in the cream...  Read More

Cowboys Red River
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If you've got a hankering to down ice-cold Lone Stars and two-step your way across a massive dance floor-- then this behemoth honky-tonk is for you. Not only can you do some serious boot-scootin' to live bands Wednesdays through Saturdays, but...  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. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene