If you want to catch a national act like Passion Pit or Arcade Fire, you head to the likes of the Palladium, Verizon Theatre or Gexa Energy Pavilion. But if it’s local music you’re looking for, you’re headed a bit off the beaten path to some great venues in Deep Ellum and South Dallas. Here are our picks for some of the best venues to discover local music in Dallas:

3510 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75226-1701
(214) 887-6510

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Doublewide’s killer band booking brings in acts from around the country, but there always seems to be a bit of Dallas spice thrown in the mix. It might be an opening act or an all-Dallas lineup, but, no matter what, this bar on the border of Exposition Park and Deep Ellum remembers its roots.

Who to see: RTB2, BAcksliders, Grant Jones and the Pistol Grip Lassos


Club Dada
2720 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-5105

It’s alllliiiiive! This legendary live music venue in Deep Ellum is back from beyond the grave, bringing great Dallas musicians to its indoor and outdoor stages for some epic performances. Even if the music’s not your style, their great tap selection and fun atmosphere will make the trip worthwhile.


Who to see: The O’s, Homespun Remedies

City Tavern
1402 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 745-1402

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You can’t help but love a bar that traditionally serves up a beer with a side of… whiskey. Plus, City Tavern’s upstairs performance area is comfy, cozy, and has a pool table, perfect if you have friends that don’t like music (we know who you are!). Crowded shows can become sitting room only, more than standing room only, and a killer lineup of local and touring talent turn this downtown hotspot into one of the best music venues in the city.

Who to see: Andrew Delaney and the Horse You Rode In On, Smile Smile

Libertine Bar
2101 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206-7125
(214) 824-7900

Libertine Bar, while a bit cramped for a music venue, hosts a variety of local music events almost every night of the week. From local music playlists to live shows, this is the place to check out your favorite artists solo, acoustic and unplugged. Plus, the awesome food and killer beer selection makes almost any music occasion special – especially Monday nights, when the bar hosts local bands for The Hang Up.

Who to see: Maddison King, Orange Peel Sunshine

Belmont Hotel
901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 393-2300

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Hanging out at this classic Dallas landmark, overlooking the city, listening to some of the best bands in North Texas on a summer night – it doesn’t get much better than that.  This concert series features regional and national acts like Air Review, The Trishas, and Rhett Miller. VIP tickets give you a seat behind the Belmont’s awesome pool, and a fantastic view of the stage and the skyline beyond.

Alyssa is a nightlife blogger and local music aficionado currently residing in East Dallas. She writes for a local happy hour website and her personal blog, and can frequently be found tweeting about her favorite bars and bands


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