10 Best Spots for Live Music in Dallas: Country and Rock Rule

Dallas offers much more than big hair, shopping and barbecue restaurants! Lucky for you, the power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Dallas night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Dallas does things right.

Multiple options let Dallas residents and visitors alike tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Balcony Club, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Lee Harvey's, which is known for its Varies music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Deep Ellum area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Dallas.

If you're in the mood for a romantic evening of jazz, head on down to Sambuca Uptown for a night of delicious dining and jazz music. If you'd prefer to catch Dallas at its eclectic best, Double Wide takes trailer park kitsch to a whole new level with live cutting-edge country and western and rock bands on the live stage on Friday and Saturday nights. No matter what kind of music you love, Dallas delivers!

Sons of Hermann Hall
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Laid-back and plenty of fun, this lodge is operated by the Sons of Hermann Association. It books an eclectic mix of entertainment so that on Wednesday nights, you'll find swing dancing (and swing dancing classes), while Thursdays showcase...  Read More



The hip and popular Sambuca in the trendy Uptown neighborhood pulls in lots of business, thanks to its lively ambience and fun-loving clientele. It features a unique supper-club feel, which means that you and your friends or date will be...  Read More

The Balcony Club
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Live jazz and a romantic, intimate ambience set the stage for an evening at the Balcony Club, located in the historic Lakewood Theatre in the laid-back Lakewood neighborhood. A mixed clientele, from young professionals to students, sip martinis...  Read More



This famous country western honky tonk in Dallas, TX, built on Urban Cowboy fame, is actually four venues in one. There's even a mechanical bull at Gilley's! Jack Daniel's Saloon is the place for live, local country music every Friday and...  Read More



The Curtain Club has established itself as one of the best "sounding" venues in the city and it is truly a Dallas institution. Both local and regional alternative rock bands love to play this room due to its great reputation and fan base....  Read More

Library Bar
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Located in the Warwick Melrose Hotel in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, Library bar is classy and elegant. It has a traditional decor, complete with dark woods, comfortable sofas, upholstered chairs, and stately bookshelves lined with classic titles....  Read More



"Quirky" barely skims the descriptive surface of this Dallas club, which has all the style and charm of a mobile home. Don't let the kitsch drive you away though, because Double Wide promises to be one of the more memorable nightspots you'll...  Read More

South Dallas
Lee Harvey's


Primarily featuring outdoor patio seating - well, picnic tables, outdoor fire pits and live music make Lee Harvey's a casual favorite among bars in Dallas. The gravel patio and picnic tables that take up the majority of the property may be less...  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



Located in the heart of Greenville Avenue, where the fun begins!, the Granada Theater is a Dallas institution. This performance and concert venue has been around since 1946 and is one of Dallas' premiere live music spots. There are live...  Read More


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