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 improv jams on Wednesdays, comedy sketch revues on Thursdays, and comedy variety shows on weekends. Much of the talent comes from students and faculty members of DCH's training facility, but nationally known comedians are known to hit the stage on occasion. Along with two theaters, the venue boasts a bar with a full menu of libations and food. The shows are all reasonably priced with ticket prices generally running $10-$15 and the improv/open-mic performances are always free.
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 home-grown favorites like Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Now Dada is back up with a new name (Dada Dallas) and renovated digs that include stages both indoors as well as outdoors in a large landscaped patio. Expect to find a diverse range of local and national artists covering a wide range of musical genres including, rock, rap, metal, country and even hardcore punk. Ticket prices generally range from $12-$15, and all shows are general admission.
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 complete with two bars, a cozy lounge, a dance floor and some of the city's top DJs spinning everything from '80s hits to EDM. When you feel like coming up for air, take the back stairway to the rooftop terrace where you can enjoy more music, more libations and prime views of Deep Ellum.
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 genres from folk, country and blues to alternative pop and reggae. Countless music legends have graced the stage at SOHH, including artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Dixie Chicks to name a few. Along with concerts, you'll find an array of weekly events, ranging from burlesque and comedy shows to dance classes.
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 dive. From its classy decor, replete with red leather booths, chandeliers and dark paneling-- to its cozy French Quarter-style courtyard, Twilite is just the kind of locale you can easily pass the night in. A cocktail list heavy on New Orleans style libations, like cucumber fizzes and frozen Irish coffees--certainly add to the place's overall appeal. As does the cool jukebox playing country, jazz and '90s indie rock. Even better is the weekly lineup of free entertainment, ranging from DJ nights and karaoke to stand-up comedy and jazzy quartets.
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 a weekly roundup of free, live music. But it's not just any live music, Adair's brings in the cream of the country music crop when it comes to up-and-coming indie bands and singer-songwriter acts. Even heavy hitters like Jack Ingram, the Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert have taken to Adair's tiny stage at one time or another. And an old jukebox filled with the likes of Bob Wills and Hank Williams, plus floor-to-ceiling graffiti and enough Christmas lights to last a lifetime only add to the place's old school charm. It's no wonder this spot has been able to maintain its staying power for over fifty years.
This dark and cozy shoe-box-sized 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 for its low-key atmosphere and expertly crafted artisanal cocktails. Depending on what's in season, expect to find libations made of vodka and rum infused with fresh fruits as well as bourbon in flavors like coffee and vanilla bean pecan. Since the maximum occupancy is limited to 49 people, expect to wait in line to get in, especially on weekends.
An impressive selection of classic-focused libations and an equally appealing assortment of Latin American street food are the draw at this chill, 70s-inspired cocktail den operated by veteran mixologists Omar YeeFoon and Michael Martensen. Expect to sip on espresso martinis and cosmopolitans to the sounds of 60s and 70s rock & soul playing on the turntable. Also expect to dig into the likes of empanadas, arepa burgers, and the bar's acclaimed half-pound mortadella sandwiches. Live jazz is on tap every Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., and happy hour is offered from 4 to 7 p.m. during the week. Oh, and did we mention the kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. on weekends?
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, taxidermy animals, mismatched old furniture and white-trash memorabilia as far as the eyes can see. The theme continues out on the AstroTurf-covered patio, where bar patrons relax on seats made from old toilets and chug Boone's Farm martinis. Aside from all its tackiness, Double Wide is one of Deep Ellum's top music venues-- showcasing everything from rock, bluegrass and Americana to electronica.
This sleek Deep Ellum spot is one of the most popular drinking dens in the city. And no wonder: it's a cozy neighborhood bar with a beverage program that pushes the boundaries of the cocktail experience. Almost everything that goes into the drinks is handcrafted in-house (sodas, syrups, juices, tinctures, bitters and garnishes) using centrifuges and other scientific gadgets. Needless to say, the tempting range of cocktails won't make your decision of what to drink an easy one. But no worries, they offer a variety of menus based on your taste and mood, including an experimental section for those craving something more adventurous. Don't sleep on the food options, the Akaushi beef cheeseburgers are epic.