Oak Lawn's Ultimate Party Spots For Your After Dark Itinerary

Best known as one of the top LGBT-friendly 'hoods in the country, the Oak Lawn area offers a booming gay nightlife scene, boasting dozens of friendly hot spots, each with a unique vibe and many within walking distance of one another.

For the best action, you'll want to head down Cedar Springs where you'll find one of the city's best dance clubs, Station 4– a cavernous nightspot featuring amazing music and an epic motion-sensor light display. The drag shows here are also a must-see. More dancing and drinking can be had next door at JR's, a sprawling multi-level oasis that's been drawing in crowds for decades.

There's also the Grapevine Bar, a gay straight-friendly (or straight gay-friendly) dive sporting a basketball court, ping pong, pool tables and an awesome rooftop deck offering views of the skyline. Speaking of cool dives, be sure not to miss the Windmill Lounge, a friendly neighborhood haunt that happens to be one of the most beloved cocktail havens in town.  

If you fancy a swanky night out on the town that includes seriously delicious cocktails and live entertainment to boot, then hit the Mansion Bar, located in the Rosewood Mansion Hotel or the Library Bar at the Warwick Melrose Hotel.  

And if something less formal is on your agenda, you've got places like the Taboo Lounge and the Ivy Tavern.

You can also booze and bowl at the Bowlounge or sip spiked sno-cones and play sand volleyball at The Grove.

With its diverse array of bars, clubs and upscale lounges, it's no wonder that this neighborhood attracts night crawlers from across Dallas and beyond. But before you head out, make sure to add these 10best options to your bar hopping hot list.

The Grove at Harwood
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Sand volleyball, spiked sno-cones and sensational paninis? If that combination is your recipe for an evening (or afternoon) of bliss, then you'll certainly find your happy place at The Grove, a wonderfully secluded urban oasis wedged between...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Bowlounge Facebook


If burgers, booze and bowling are more up your alley, then you'll want to roll on down to this retro-cool bowling alley, tucked away in a converted Design District warehouse. And when we say retro, we're not talking about a replica, this one's...  Read More

Taboo Lounge
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The recently opened Taboo Lounge isn't the kind of place you'd expect to find inside of an old building in the Dallas Design District. In fact, don't be surprised if you drive past the bar without even noticing it's there, as there's not much to...  Read More

JR's Bar & Grill
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This sprawling multi-level oasis resting at the gay crossroads of the city-- is a terrific place to drink and an even better place to party. Going strong for over three decades, JR's draws in an eclectic crew of gay, lesbian, straight folk and...  Read More

Station 4
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Easily one of the city's best and biggest gay dance clubs, Station 4 (or S4 as locals call it) boasts late-night house and hip hop madness Thursday through Sunday, plus awesome drag shows and pageants in the Rose Room upstairs. Spread across...  Read More

The Grapevine Bar
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One of Dallas' secret gems, this ultra-laid back neighborhood haunt attracts a following as diverse as its hodgepodge of mismatched furnishings. Voted best straight bar by Dallas' leading gay publication and best gay bar by one of Dallas'...  Read More

Windmill Lounge
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While some places strive to be a dive, this quirky booze filled oasis, hidden down a sketchy stretch of Maple Avenue-- is the epitome of one. And as such, it's one of the most beloved cocktail havens in town, and perhaps, even in the country....  Read More

The Ivy Tavern
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Live music? Check. Giant Jenga? Check. Craft beer? Check. Behold the Ivy Tavern, a wildly popular, wood-clad watering hole that's hidden behind a wall of ivy along a busy shopping strip. And it's a handsome fellow too-- with all the trappings of...  Read More

Library Bar
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If you are looking for a mind-blowing delicious cocktail in surroundings perfect for a romantic rendezvous or catch-up with friends, you've come to the right place. Tucked inside the lobby of the Warwick Melrose Hotel (a historic Dallas landmark...  Read More

The Mansion Bar
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Nestled inside the iconic four-star Rosewood Mansion Hotel on Turtle Creek, the Mansion Bar is the ultimate debonair drinking den-- blending a wow-factor interior (think: wood paneled walls with cognac-colored leather inlays, leather seating and...  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