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Best Jukebox Bars For Rockin’ Around North Texas

April 19, 2012 6:00 AM

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Hail to the jukebox – that clunky, energy-chugging reminder of yesteryear. With every dollar, jukeboxes offered bar patrons of yore a chance to play DJ, if only for a while. But with the coming of the internet jukebox — and its access to millions of online songs — our lovable, bottom-heavy jukebox is a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. For the money, nothing can take the place of leaning over one of these burdensome beasts and rummaging through compilations of strange, hard-to-find albums, often picked by the owners of the bar themselves. Here are the best places to find a classic jukebox in North Texas.
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Windmill Lounge
5320 Maple Ave.
Dallas, TX  75235
(214) 443-7818
www.windmill-lounge.comHours: Daily 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Windmill’s jukebox is so cool it has been crowned the “Best Juke Joint in Dallas.” Of course, this credit goes to its owners, namely Charlie Papaceno and Louise Owens, who make sure the music is fun and funky. Choose from a collection of modern pop and dance standards or offerings by Tony Bennett and the Ramones. Or indulge your passion for Texas based bands such as Black Joe Lewis or the anthology of local talent on the impossible-to-find “Live at the Barley House” album. Are you a Windmill first-timer who wants to feel like part of the crowd instantly? Play something by Matisyahu, a Jewish reggae artist or “Thou Shalt Not Kill” by Dan Le Sac and Scoobius Pip. The owners will love you for life.

Slip Inn
1806 McMillan Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-5988
www.theslipinn.comHours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to  2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Slip Inn isn’t the kind of place you want to take your boss for cocktails. But if you like your drinks strong and cheap, then this is the spot for you. The atmosphere is dark, cave-like and the perfect place to hide away for a few hours to forget your troubles. The jukebox, seemingly compiled by a manic-depressive music lover with sociopathic tendencies, keeps the mood fresh and alive. Customers tend to gravitate toward old school party classics like Outkast and Snoop Dogg and R&B standards by Prince and TLC.

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Ginger Man
3716 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX  76107
www.ftworth.gingermanpub.comHours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Ginger Man is a great place to indulge in draught beers (with 69 on tap), but it’s also a fun place to go to hear great music. The Ginger Man knows its crowd, and the selection on the jukebox mirrors its audience. This place has a great selection of alternative and indie music, stuff like The Killers, Miike Snow, and MGMT. The best part is the tunes are changed out every couple of months so the music selection always sounds fresh and edgy.

Lakewood Landing
5818 Live Oak
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 823-2410
www.lakewood-landing.comHours: Daily – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Step into this legendary Dallas dive bar and step back in time, only don’t overdress for the occasion. Against the mid 70s backdrop, complete with ratty carpeting and torn ugly couches, the bulky-looking jukebox looks completely at home. Music here tends to be older stuff and a heavy mix of blues and country. You’re most likely to hear Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and even some sounds from way back in the 30s.

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Malone’s Pub
1303 Calhoun Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 332-5330
www.malonespub.com

Hours: Mon to Fri 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Malone’s, with its great beer selection and easy going staff may just be the friendliest neighborhood bar near Sundance Square. However, it’s the jukebox that sets the tone of this popular establishment, offering a wide variety of modern hits combined with classic funk, old school hip-hop and plenty of classic rock. The staff even polls its regulars for input on album selections. Overall, expect to hear lots of U2 and Cheap Trick, but also offbeat selections by Latin hipsters Mana and other indie alt-rockers.

Unbeknownst to Robert Stahl, his body is an empty shell, telepathically controlled by a brain in a jar which was buried long ago under the floorboard of his home in Dallas. Consequently, he can’t explain why his days are filled with the urge to write: stories, letters, and articles, whatever. His work can be found at Examiner.com.
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