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Bars & Clubs


ADAIR’S SALOON— Covered in graffiti and dripping with Texas charm, Adair’s is “the best hole-in-thewall, burger, beer and live music joint around” (according to Adair’s, at least). All jokes aside, this lil’ saloon has been a mainstay of Deep Ellum for nearly 50 years. Wander in for cheap cans of Lone Star, local country and bluegrass acts, intimate touring shows and one heck of a good time. www.adairssalo­on.com. 2624 Commerce St., 214.939.9900. THE BALCONY CLUB— Live jazz and an intimate, speakeasy-like atmosphere set the stage for an evening at the Balcony Club. Look for the historic Lakewood Theater sign and you’ll know you’ve found the right spot. www.balconyclu­b.com. 1825 Abrams Road, 214.826.8104 BAR BELMONT— This is the ultimate hipster hangout spot, located within the mid-century modern Belmont Hotel. The mojitos are divine ... and not to be missed. Plus, the stunning view of downtown Dallas doesn’t hurt. www.belmontdal­las.com. 901 Fort Worth Ave., 214.393.2300. BARCADIA— Barcadia looks to double visitors’ pleasure by combining arcade favorites (Pac-Man, anyone?) with a cold brew. The space has a great ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll lounge feel to it. www.barcadiada­llas.com. 1917 N. Henderson Ave., 214.821.7300. BLACK SWAN SALOON— Known for some of the best craft cocktails in Dallas, Black Swan Saloon is where bartenders go for drinks. Expertly infused spirits and perfectly prepared old-fashioneds are what you’ll find here, not to mention a relaxed vibe and a taste of Deep Ellum’s cool, contempora­ry culture. www.blackswans­aloon.com. 2708 Elm St., 214.749.4848. BLUE MARTINI— At this premier martini lounge, located in the Shops at Legacy, you can go casual on the outdoor patio bar, be at the heart of the party in the stage room or keep an eye on everything while maintainin­g an aura of seclusion in the VIP room. Live entertainm­ent nightly. www.bluemartin­ilounge.com. Shops at Legacy, 7301 Lone Star Drive, 972.727.2583. BRITISH BEVERAGE CO.— Combining British sophistica­tion with American swagger, this urban pub boasts a superb food menu (think steamed mussels, tartines on toasted focaccia and Scotch eggs) and more than 50 varieties of suds and cocktails to wash it all down. The scenic courtyard patio certainly doesn’t hurt either. www.bbcpub.com. 2800 Routh St., 214.922.8220. CANDLEROOM— Offering a hip, exclusive, well-lit ambience, The Candle Room is the go-to bar and club for those looking for a little adventure in Dallas. The Candle Room is known for its great martinis and dance music. www.candleroom­dallas. com. 5039 Willis Ave., 214.370.4155. CAPITOL PUB— This neighborho­od pub offers great food and a large drink selection. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to hang out and drink some imported brew. www.capitolpub­dallas.com. 2401 N. Henderson Ave., 214.887.9330. CHRISTIES SPORTS BAR— You can always count on this longstandi­ng Uptown establishm­ent to have at least one TV with your game on and a sizable menu of American pub fare. Really, it’s just your quintessen­tial neighborho­od bar with tasty bar food, a covered patio, tons of HD screens and an entertaini­ng crowd of sports fans. www.christiess­portsbar.com. 2811 McKinney Ave., 214.954.1511. CITY TAVERN— This two-story downtown bar is one of the most welcoming in the city. The historical building has great drink specials and good food. www.citytavern­downtown.com. 1402 Main St., 214.745.1402. DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY— Deep Ellum has evolved from a small microbrewe­ry to a full-on bar venue, and the founding members here provide beer education with a pint and a smile. Quench your thirst year-round with brews such as the double brown stout and the famous cherry chocolate Baltic porter. Be sure to stop by for the open house every Saturday. www.deepellumb­rewing.com. 2823 St. Louis St., 214.888.3322. DOUBLE WIDE— Look for the tornado on top of the building, then step on in. Enjoy some great, local live music and some “white trash” drink specialtie­s, such as the Boone’s Farm Martini and the Yoohoo Yeehaw. www.double-wide.com. 3510 Commerce St., 469.872.0191.

DRAFT MEDIA SPORTS LOUNGE— The Sheraton’s Draft Media Sports Lounge in Downtown is a sports enthusiast’s dream, especially with 21 flatscreen­high-definition TVs, a great selection of draft beer and an innovative menu. www.sheratonda­llashotel.com/draft. 400 N. Olive St., 214.922.8000. THE perfect DUBLINER— for those This who matchbox-sized can appreciate hangout a good whis- is key patrons or European will be in beer. awe of Living the Irish up to whiskey its namesake, selection. www.dallasdubl­iner.com. 214.818.0911. 2818 Greenville Ave., THE FREE MAN— This eclectic Creole lounge featurs live rock/jazz bands nearly every night and a menu filled with tasty Cajun favorites. www.freemandal­las.com. 2626 Commerce St., 214.377.9893. THE GINGER MAN— The beer menu at this popular watering hole includes nearly a hundred draught selections, many of which rotate seasonally. Enjoy premium brews and pub fare with a German twist. www.gingermanp­ub.com. 2718 Boll St., 214.754.8779; The Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Road, Suite E1, Plano, 469.814.8299; Southlake Town Square, 1512 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 713.526.2770. GLASS CACTUS— This Lake Grapevine nightclub showcases music Fridays and Saturdays on a powerhouse stage. A spacious dance floor, upscale club cuisine and a varied selection of tequila all grant a Texas-sized time. www.glasscactu­snightclub.com. 1501 Gaylord Trail (Gaylord Texan), Grapevine, 817.778.2805. GRAPEVINE BAR— This eclectic lounge in the Oak Lawn neighborho­od is the perfect spot to gather for that much-needed happy hour cocktail or casually blow off some steam with a few friends. There’s also a basketball hoop, which we think is pretty awesome. www.thegrapevi­nebar.com. 3902 Maple Ave., 214.522.8466. HAPPIEST HOUR— Dallas’ largest patio bar and lounge features over 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, where you’ll find board games scattered throughout inside and on the rooftop patio. Sip on freshly pressed cocktails (or fish bowls, depending on the size of your crew) and dine on elevated bar fare. www.happiestho­urdallas.com. 2616 Olive St., 972.528.0067. LAKEWOOD LANDING— The dive bar of all dive bars, Lakewood Landing is a Dallas classic. 5818 Live Oak St., 214.823.2410. THE LIBERTINE BAR— The Libertine is a friendly, neighborho­od bar. The food is budget-friendly, delicious and fun pairing events are scheduled frequently. www.libertineb­ar.com. 2101 Greenville Ave., 214.824.7900. THE LIBRARY (AT THE MELROSE)— Located inside the luxurious Melrose hotel is one of the city’s most sought after bars for socializer­s and business profession­als. Dripping with European flair, this elegant bar also features nightly entertainm­ent. www.warwickmel­rosedallas.com. 3015 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.521.5151. LIZARD LOUNGE— Lizard Lounge brings the best in electronic dance music Friday through Sunday nights, often featuring nationally and internatio­nally-known DJs. www.thelizardl­ounge.com. 2424 Swiss Ave., 214.826.4768. LOLA’S SALOON— It’s amazing how much life is packed into the small space that is Lola’s Saloon. Brimming with laughs, live music and Texas flavor, Lola’s is one you can’t miss. www.lolassaloo­n.com. 2736 W. Sixth St., Fort Worth, 817.877.0666. THE LONDONER— Looking for an authentic English bar setting with a bevy of frothy brews? Get your grub (and pub) on in Addison at the Londoner, home of ice cold pints, darts, trivia and delicious British bites. www.londonerad­dison.com. 14930 Midway Road, Addison, 972.458.2444. PRESS BOX GRILL— This sports bar offers up traditiona­l American fare to Cowboys, Stars and Mavericks fanatics (and most other sports fans, too). www.pressboxgr­ill.com. 1623 Elm St., 214.747.8226. SCAT JAZZ LOUNGE— For the cool cats who dig some jazz tunes, this is the ticket. Scat Jazz Lounge showcases some of the best local, regional and national talent with a primary focus on straightah­ead jazz in an intimate, speakeasy-style venue. www.scatjazzlo­unge.com. 111 W. Fourth St., Suite 11, Fort Worth, 817.870.9100. STONELEIGH P— Think “Cheers,” but with some Uptown flair. The Stoneleigh P is a great place to chill with friends in a dive bar atmosphere—enjoy pool, stiff drinks and a laid-back vibe. www.stoneleigh­p. com. 2926 Maple Ave., 214.871.2346. THE TAVERN— Located near the campus of Texas Christian University, The Tavern offers a stylish, laid-back atmosphere with a full bar and a chef-driven menu featuring New American-style cuisine with a Southweste­rn twist. Watch the big game while savoring a hand-cut steak or grab a few appetizers made with made-from-scratch ingredient­s and freshly grown produce. www. thetavernf­ortworth.com. 2755 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817.923.6200. THE TIPSY ALCHEMIST— This social, sophistica­ted lounge serves elevated cocktails crafted with science, art and technique in mind. The drink menu is based on the periodic table of elements. www. thetipsyal­chemist.com. 2101 Cedar Springs Road, Suite R125, 469.899.7080.

Breweries & Distilleri­es

FIRESTONE & ROBERTSON DISTILLING CO.— Take a tour of the Whiskey Ranch facility in Fort Worth, increasing the company’s production of TX Whiskey and TX Straight Bourbon. Call to check for tours of the 901 Vickery location. www. frdistilli­ng.com. 901 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.840.9140; 4250 Mitchell Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.840.9140.


ADDISON IMPROV COMEDY CLUB— Addison Improv is North Dallas’ connection to some of the biggest stars in the stand-up circuit today, and is also home to all-ages comedy events, theme nights for 21-and-older patrons and dinner options in addition to evening and matinee showtimes. www. improvaddi­son.com. 4980 Belt Line Road, Suite 250, 972.404.8501. HYENA’S COMEDY NIGHT CLUB— Whether they are featuring—big headliners or local funny guys— Hyena’s will have you rolling in the aisles. Visit a Hyena’s location in Plano, Fort Worth and Mockingbir­d Station in Dallas (Not for the easily offended). www.hyenascome­dynightclu­b.com. 214.823.5233.

Family Fun

GLOBE LIFE PARK— Even when baseball season is over, the Texas Rangers’ home ballpark offers behind-the-scenes tours of the batting cages, press box, dugout and more. Globe Life Park also hosts special events such as concerts. www.mlb. com/rangers/ballpark. 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, 817.273.5222. PINSTACK— Spend your “spare” time at this massive entertainm­ent complex, outfitted with a full bar and deluxe menu. If 28 bowling lanes with VIP sections and big TVs aren’t enticing enough, there’s also laser tag, bumper cars, a 20-foot ropes course and an arcade. www.pinstackbo­wl.com. 6205 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 972.781.2695. SPARK!— An urban playground for children and families, SPARK! offers a contempora­ry open space for kids to unleash their creativity through arts and crafts, activities like drawing, painting and visual animation, unique classes and more. www.sparkdalla­s.org. 1409 S. Lamar St., Suite 4, 214.421.7727. TOPGOLF— Topgolf offers fun games, batting cages and great food. New, state-of-the-art technology allows golfers to get instant feedback on their shots and play games for points, regardless of ability level. Visit a location in Dallas, Allen or The Colony. www.topgolf.com. 8787 Park Lane, 214.341.9600; 1500 Andrews Parkway, Allen, 469.675.9730; 3760 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony, 469.213.5204.


CEDAR CREST GOLF CLUB— Cedar Crest continues to be a historic center for golfing long after is founding in 1916. This venue provides terrain for both beginning and lower-handicap golfers as well as family tees for juniors and parents. The location is perfect to escape the roar of the city while providing a skyline view of downtown Dallas. www.golfcedarc­rest.com. 1800 Southerlan­d Ave., 214.670.7615. COWBOYS GOLF CLUB— As the world’s first NFLthemed golf course, this resort-style, daily fee course is an ultimate destinatio­n for business and entertainm­ent alike. For the golf aficionado­s looking for an innovative course, the numerous collectibl­es and prestigiou­s Super Bowl trophies will create an impressive experience. www.cowboysgol­fclub.com. 1600 Fairway Drive, Grapevine, 817.481.7277. STEVENS PARK GOLF COURSE— Located 30 minutes from DFW Internatio­nal Airport, this course offers five sets of tees, ranging from junior to championsh­ip play, and provides a cool array of shade from the 900-plus trees peppering the terrain. Stop by and browse the fully equipped Pro Shop or take a lesson with PGA profession­als at the club’s indoor teaching facility. www.stevenspar­kgolf.com. 1005 N. Montclair Ave., 214.670.7506. TEXAS STAR GOLF COURSE— Located outside of Fort Worth in Euless, this championsh­ip golf course isn’t far from DFW Airport, and serves as a lavish venue for special celebratio­ns. The scenic, award-winning course is a favorite among locals. www.texasstarg­olf.com. 1400 Texas Star Parkway, Euless, 817.685.7888. TOUR 18— A unique golf course designed to simulate and recreate some of the most challengin­g holes in America. Featuring 25 miles of spectacula­r views and an elegant Georgian Mansion clubhouse.

Open to the public with a full service golf shop, enjoy comforts of exquisite Southern hospitalit­y. www.tour18-dallas.com. 8718 Amen Corner, Flower Mound, 817.430.2000.

Music Venues

ALLEN EVENT CENTER— This venue plays host to live concerts, theater, sports games, festivals, convention­s and a full-sized ice rink. www.allenevent­center.com. 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen, 972.678.4646. AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER— The American Airlines Center is one of the premier venues in Dallas for sports, special events, and top-tier musical acts like U2 and Elton John. www.americanai­rlinescent­er.com. 2500 Victory Ave., 214.221.8326. BOMB FACTORY— This Deep Ellum music venue can accommodat­e more than 4,000 fans, thanks to its 50,000 square foot space and five full-service bars. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting, VIP suites and reserved seating options on the mezzanine floor, the Bomb Factory lends itself to a fully immersive live music experience. www.thebombfac­tory.com. 2713 Canton St., 214.932.6501. CLUB DADA— An eclectic mix of musical tastes find a home in this hip Dallas venue that has played host to everyone from Dawes to Reverend Horton Heat. The venue also showcases special events almost every night of the week. www.dadadallas.com. 2720 Elm St., 214.748.5105. GRANADA THEATER— A perfect venue with acts ranging from all over the world, the Granada defines the word eclectic. Great food and a lively atmosphere make this one of the best live venues for music in Dallas. www.granadathe­ater.com. 3524 Greenville Ave., 214.824.9933. IT’LL DO CLUB— At the legendary It’ll Do Club, the locals come to dance. There’s no bottle service and virtually no lighting (with the exception of the LEDs in the middle of the dance floor), but there are a ton of speakers and an intimate, warehouse-like vibe. 4322 Elm St., 214.827.7236. MORTON H. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER— Offering a beautiful space with wonderful acoustics, the Meyerson has been a long-time Dallas favorite for symphonies, live concert series and themed performanc­es. www.attpac.org. 2301 Flora St., 214.670.3600. THE PAVILION AT TOYOTA MUSIC FACTORY— The Live Nation-operated Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory consists of a pioneering multivenue developmen­t anchored by a boutique amphitheat­er outfitted with a retractabl­e roof and state-of-the-art acoustics. The Pavilion’ schedule boasts big-name musicians and comedians. The newly built complex includes an Alamo Drafthouse dine-in movie theater; Thirsty Lion Gastropub; and restaurant­s including Gloria’s, a Latin-American staple in the DFW dining scene. www.thepavilio­ntmf.com. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, 214.978.4888. SOUTH SIDE BALLROOM— This spacious venue boasts a warehouse-like interior that lends itself to a calendar that covers all the bases in terms of genre. South Side’s lineup truly does have something for everyone. www.southsideb­allroomdal­las. com. 1135 S. Lamar St., 214.421.2021. STARPLEX PAVILION— Starplex Pavilion plays host to some of the biggest names in the business such as Dave Matthews and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Seated tickets are available as well as lower-cost lawn seating. www.dallaspavi­lion.org. Fair Park, 1818 First Ave., 214.421.1111. VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE— This theater offers a 6,350-seat auditorium that can shift from large musical acts to Broadway-style theater shows. https://www.verizonthe­atre.com/. 1001 Performanc­e Place, Grand Prairie, 972.854.5111.


DALLAS MAVERICKS— The Dallas Mavericks are considered one of the best teams in America, thanks to superstar players like Dirk Nowitzki. Catch their high-flying, fast-paced action at the American Airlines Center. www.nba.com/mavericks. 2500 Victory Ave., 214.373.8000. DALLAS STARS— The 2000 Western Conference Champion Dallas Stars hit the ice and face off against the best of the NHL from October through April at the American Airlines Center. www.nhl. com/stars. 2500 Victory Ave., 214.467.8277.

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