12 Best Bars in Dallas, Dallas and Fort Worth


Oak Cliff

Locals love the view of Downtown Dallas from the outdoor patio at the Belmont Hotel's BarBelmont.

Club Dada

Deep Ellum

Club Dada hosts eccentric touring and local acts, including the Beatles cover band Hard Night's Day.

Cowboys Red River

Northwest Dallas

For country music and two-stepping, try Cowboys Red River.

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Curtain Club

Deep Ellum

Curtain Club and Liquid Lounge are two distinct clubs inside a shared building. Live musical acts, including acoustic, rock, and country, play here Thursday through Sunday.

Gilley's Dallas

South Side

Gilley's Dallas is a giant honky-tonk with live music (mostly country), a 10,000-square-foot dance floor, and a mechanical bull. It's just south of Downtown.

House of Blues

Victory Park

House of Blues is an intimate venue that hosts touring musical acts and serves dressed-up Southern-style fare.

Lakewood Landing

East Dallas

Officially it's the Lakewood, but most everyone calls it The Landing. There's nothing fancy here, just friendly folks having a good time, surrounded by lots of smoke.

Lee Harvey's


Some say the vibe at Lee Harvey's is more Austin than Dallas, and they mean it as a compliment. Regulars love gathering in the yard of this laid-back, unpretentious dive.

Ozona Grill and Bar

Upper Greenville

Ozona Grill and Bar has a large, tree-shaded patio where SMU students kick back after class.

Poor David's Pub

South Side

Open in some form since 1977, Poor David's Pub is one of Dallas's longest-running live-music venues. It's just south of Downtown.

The Dubliner

Upper Greenville

The Dubliner is a rowdy Irish pub in which to hoist pints or throw darts.

Trinity Hall

Mockingbird Station

Trinity Hall draws crowds seeking an authentic Irish experience; there's a good beer selection and live music, and service is exceptional.