Although it isn’t the music capital of Texas, Dallas is a city known for its variety of concerts, music genres and music venues. Like most things in the Lone Star State, some of these venues were built to be Texas-sized. The Culture Trip has put together a list of the nine most popular music venues in Dallas you should check out.
Formerly known as the Palladium Ballroom and Gilley’s, the South Side Ballroom is a venue with a 1,500-person capacity. It’s well known for its frequent and popular music events, with many up-and-coming artists making their stop here including Coheed and Cambria, The Chainsmokers, and Tori Kelly. Live Nation is the exclusive booking and promoting company for this location.
South Side Ballroom, 1135 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214 421 2021
Known as ‘The World Famous Lizard Lounge,’ this venue frequents DJs, touring bands and other live music events. With its two stages, a balcony overlooking the main stage, three bars and a patio with a view of the Dallas skyline, the venue can pack up to 1,000 people. The venue is known for playing electronic dance music. It’s a great spot for a weekend out with friends.
Lizard Lounge, 2424 Swiss Ave, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214 826 4768
Established in 1990, Trees has hosted some of the biggest leaders in the music world including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Deftones and Radiohead. The venue has a more intimate setting with a capacity of 650 and a standing room-only sloped floor allowing guests to see the stage from all areas of the room. Trees is renown for being a part of the Deep Ellum music scene. Check it out after a day of vintage shopping and craft beer in the neighborhood.
Trees, 2709 Elm St, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214 741 1122
The venue gets its name from its past as a place where bombs and ammunition were manufactured for the military during WWII, but in the mid 1990s, it was converted into a music hall. Located in the heart of Deep Ellum and its music scene, The Bomb Factory has hosted PHISH, Dave Matthews Band, The Ramones and more. The venue recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to accommodate more guests. If you and your friends are looking for a place with a little more breathing room, The Bomb Factory has you covered.
The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214 932 6501
In the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Winspear Opera Center acts as a music center for this section of the community. The 2,200-seat performance hall doesn’t limit its guest to opera; it has hosted many other genres for its well-known quality of acoustics. Of course, if opera is your thing, you can catch performances like Manon, Show Boat, and Carmen. Each season follows a theme guaranteed to win over opera novices.
Winspear Opera Center, 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX, USA, +1 214 880 0202