Fun Things to Do In Deep Ellum, Dallas

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Allison Harper

Deep Ellum is a thriving artist community in the heart of Dallas with many quirky shops and restaurants to explore. This edgy neighborhood has a personality of its own, with its colorful murals, distinctive thrift shops and people from all walks of life. From weekly restaurant specials to once-a-year festivals, there is always an event going on that will make for an unforgettable time on the town.

Go Treasure Hunting At Lula B’s Antique Mall

Deep Ellum is a great neighborhood to shop for gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures. One place that stands out is Lula B’s Antique Mall. This shop is full of eclectic antique furniture, old collectibles and vintage accessories for a retro home décor. The walls are lined with road signs and advertisements out of the 1950s, and novelty furniture hangs from the ceiling. It’s like a museum that a person could wander through for hours. With the slogan “cool stuff for cool people,” this shopping experience is not one to be missed.

Have A Brunch Cocktail At Anvil Pub

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On the morning after a night on the town, many people crave the sustenance and booziness of Sunday brunch. For those people, Anvil Pub is a favorite option. This Irish biker tavern offers a classic brunch menu with a twist. If you like your brunch with equal booze and breakfast, order one of four famously adorned cocktails that combine the two. Try the Bloody Mary – it’s topped with the traditional celery and olive garnish, but also in the mix are piles of meats, cheeses and a slider. It is a great place to recharge with friends while sipping on unique breakfast creations.

Explore Outdoor Arts And Murals

One of the first things that stick out about Deep Ellum when passing through is the colorful murals splashed across the old brick buildings and quirky, steam-punk statues that line the side walk. Each shop has its own memorable designs that give the neighborhood its funky, artsy personality. One of the largest events in Dallas is the Deep Ellum Arts Festival that occurs three days each April. This event attracts artists from all over to share their work with the community, but art is an everyday event in Deep Ellum, so get out the camera and go tour the streets.

Laugh Out Loud At Dallas Comedy House

Dallas Comedy House is a fun addition to the Deep Ellum scene. Stop by any night of the week for happy hour and a stand-up routine or sketch show featuring Dallas’s most hilarious aspiring comedians. For those feeling brave who are looking to test out their jokes, Tuesday nights are for stand up open mic night. For those with little ones, Saturday nights are reserved for a family-friendly show. You can even sign up for seven-week improv courses for students of all levels.

See A Show At Trees

Dallas is known for it diverse music scene that appeals to all kinds of fans. If indie rock and roll is your vibe, then go rock out to a show at TREES. This nightclub is known as Deep Ellum’s most famous concert venue. It lives up to the hype, as it draws crowds weekly with its wide range of popular and indie musical acts and special events. It is the ultimate venue because it’s large enough for concert-goers to dance and intimate enough to connect with the band.

Browse The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

Once a month, local artists, business owners and musicians come together to showcase their talents and products to the community. The vendors of Deep Ellum Outdoor Market set up booths and tables on the streets for shoppers to leisurely browse. There are vendors of all kinds, from glassblowers to jewelry makers to painters. After a day of shopping for unique treasures, nothing is more satisfying than stopping by one of many fabulous food trucks and relaxing by the stage of a live band.

Curl Up At Murray Street Coffee

A favorite among the locals, Murray Street Coffee Shop offers a homey atmosphere for reading a book, catching up with friends or simply enjoying one of their delicious cups of coffee. The rich mocha colors and cozy décor of the building makes it like being invited in to someone’s home. The shop is small and intimate, with two upstairs overhangs for additional chill space. On every other Thursday night, you can sip a cappuccino while jamming out to a live DJ set, and on any night you can find studious scholars, people on first dates and lively gamers.

Enjoy Craft Beer At BrainDead Brewing

DFW is a destination for beer lovers and brewers around the nation, and one brewery in the heart of Deep Ellum that should not be missed is BrainDead Brewing. On sunny days, thirsty locals can hangout on the spacious outdoor patio and people watch. Inside, you can see sit by the bar or by the brewing tanks and see where your drink was made. Their seasonal brews include something for everyone, from cream ales to stouts. BrainDead is a community favorite for their unique brews, specialty snacks, and friendly atmosphere.

Dance At Truth And Alibi

Upon first glance, this speakeasy looks like a miniature, old-fashioned candy store. By night, a secret door opens up into a gothic style cocktail bar. To enter the club, you have to follow Truth and Alibi on Facebook, where a new password is announced each week. The club features upbeat DJs, colorful chandeliers and regally adorned furniture for those ordering bottle service. It’s a great last stop after a night of barhopping to dance the rest of the night away.

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