Nightclubs and Nightlife in Dallas

The saying is that everything is bigger in Texas certainly applies to the nightlife. The city of Dallas is just chock full of incredible nightclubs and the nightlife is just rocking.

Gilley’s Dallas

Gilley’s earned quite a reputation for its exciting atmosphere and top notch performers back in the 1980’s but they’re not done yet. Gilley’s is still rocking the night away with some of the best talent in the country music world. In addition to that the club knows how to keep its crowd happy and hopping with great music, good drink specials and a certain sort of Texas charm.

Cowboys Dance Hall

Cowboys Dance Hall is a lot of things all rolled into one. This country nightclub is a great place to have a few drinks with friends and hang out at the bar, maybe kick up your heels a bit, or you can go for some serious dancing and come for the free dance lessons, or come for a live music experience with a country band.

Lone Star Country Club

Lone Star Country Club lets you leave the country behind and experience something a bit edgier. With a focus on metal, alternative and rock music, Lone Star Country Club draws a youthful and raucous crowd. The live bands are some of the area’s best and the scene is the same. Check out the outdoor seating for a break from the crowds and ear splitting music.

The Barley House & East Side Grill

The Barley House & East Side Grill is a more laid back night scene in Dallas with great drink deals, good food for a bar, and comfortable friendly atmosphere. The Barley House is the perfect way to start a night or to wind one down with just the right mix of food, fun and drinks.

Club 2009

Club 2009 is a nightclub with the focus firmly pointed on dance. Just what you’d expect from a Latino discoteca with a spicy Spanish beat, the typical attention-hogs, some dance moves you’ll just have to try and a more than ample supply of alcohol. The club does allow guests who are between the ages of 18 and 21 but there is a minimum cover charge.

Lone Star Café and Club

Long Star Café and Club brings variety to the Dallas club scene with karaoke and touch of class shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays, live music on Fridays and Saturdays, a full menu kitchen, a large variety of games and drink specials to please everyone. It’s mainly a cover band bar so if you’re looking for old standards that you love and can dance to this is a great place to be.

Balcony Club

The Balcony Club is a great place for couples, especially if they love jazz. This live jazz nightclub sets an intimate atmosphere in the historic Lakewood Theatre. The crowd is diversified by age, race, economic status, education but it unified in its love of good jazz music.

House of Blues Dallas

The House of Blues Dallas is similar to the other chain clubs throughout the country and provides patrons with that expected level of quality, high caliber musicians, pricey but strong drinks and good times. What sets this House of Blues apart is its setting, the historic White Swan Building which once was the White Swan Coffee processing plant.

Adair’s Saloon

Adair’s Saloon opened in 1963 and has moved a few times and is under new ownership but still retains its old charm. It’s a college hang out where writing on the walls is expected and encouraged. Live bands and great bar food round out the menu and turn this local watering hole into one that is favored by local college students.

Club Dada

Club Dada is undergoing a facelift and promises to be everything it once was and more. With three different rock stages the club is determined to continue bringing in red hot national talent but is more dedicated than before to bringing local talent to the forefront. Club Dada promises to be open during the upgrade, as much as they can, so don’t let a little remodeling scare you away.


Think young hip hop crowd and really loud cranking DJs and you’ve got Zubar. Zubar is one of the hottest clubs for the younger crowd. It’s always a frenetic den of activity with the hottest tunes, cold drinks, and enough people from the opposite sex to make your head spin.

Eight Lounge

Eight Lounge has recently reopened but is basically the same vibe, lots of loud music and great drink prices. It’s another nightclub geared to the younger set with drink specials, trendy music and DJs, and a contemporary feel. The special events and themed nights will be popular as will the upscale décor, but the crowd will probably be the same old thing, unless their VIP area can draw a new type of clientele.

Sons of Hermann Hall

The Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas was a lodge type establishment created in 1840 in New York City and is the oldest fraternal benefit society in the states. In its early years there were a few different halls in the Dallas area, by 1911 the halls combined into the one hall that still exists today. Sons of Hermann Hall is now a Texas historic landmark and proudly keeps its memorabilia on the grounds for those interested in seeing it. The club currently hosts a number of different theme nights each week that consistently draw a crowd. The music is not overwhelming, it centers on blues, swing, folk and country, music that is perfect to listen to and still carry on a conversation with your friends.

These are just a few of the happening nightclubs and nightlife hotspots in the Dallas area. There seem to be more every month and while new ones are cropping up it seems that many of them are fading off into the distance as well. The nightlife in Dallas tends to fall into two camps, the very young and the country crowd. There are some clubs that fall into other areas but they’re a little harder to find.

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