The Best Live Music in Dallas

Photo of Shyla Watson
12 December 2015

The Lone Star state is known as a place where everything is bigger and better. Though more often than not this refers to the size of hair and cowboy hats, it also applies to their music scene. Read our list to discover the best places in Dallas, Texas to check out live music.

Performance at Opening Bell Coffee | ©tribalicious/Flickr

Opening Bell Coffee

Coffee bar with music

This Dallas coffee shop isn’t just a place to grab your morning coffee. Five-time winner of ‘Best Coffee Shop’ by Channel 8 WFAA, Opening Bell creates a cozy atmosphere for java lovers. By day, it’s your average neighborhood coffee shop, serving up delicious coffee, pastries, and other small bistro eats, but by night, it transforms into a trendy lounge for acoustic jam sessions. Stay late to enjoy Songwriter Mondays, Open Mic Tuesdays, or other live music performed throughout the week. This place is ideal for students or friends looking for a place to work or spot to hang out spot, but also for aspiring musicians to perform.

The Balcony Club | ©bhenak/Flickr

The Balcony Club

Live jazz lounge

Open for over 25 years, the Balcony Club is one of the few places in Dallas where you can hear live music seven nights a week. The popular bar and lounge mostly hosts jazz performers, but also blues, rock, and R&B. Though Texas is probably known best for their country music, The Balcony Club is a great place for those who are looking to mix it up. Order a cocktail, curl up in one of the cozy booths, and listen to some amazing music. Be on the lookout for two performances per night, and a small cover charge on the weekends.

Performance at Double Wide | ©Neff Conner/Flickr

Double Wide

Fun honky-tonk

Cheap drinks, live country music, and karaoke nights are what you’ll find at this old-school dive bar. A DJ spins classic chart toppers most nights during the week, but on the weekends, check out live performances from local up and coming artists and even a few out of town performers. The music is so good that you’ll be rockin’ in your cowboy boots on the dance floor the whole night. If you need a little liquid courage to get moving, Double Wide offers one of the best happy hours in Dallas, with drinks at just $2. Be sure to check out some of their special event nights as well, such as Bingo Sundays and karaoke nights.

Performance at Trees | ©ThunderKiss Photography/Flickr


Cutting edge music venue

How many places are there where you can see a live death metal performance? Probably not that many, but Dallas’s Trees is one of them. This is a venue where you can hear it all: metal, rock, funk, indie, country, and more. Though they serve cocktails and some food here, it’s more of a small concert venue than a bar. Purchase tickets online to attend one of their smaller or large events. All ages are permitted, so this a great place for those under 21 looking to check out some live music that isn’t at a bar. On their website, you can also purchase Trees apparel and merchandise, or listen to their radio station that plays tunes from upcoming featured artists.

Performance at the Granada Theatre | ©Jim Whiteley/Flickr

Granada Theatre

Large concert hall

Opened in 1946 as a movie house, this fantastic venue has been converted into a popular concert hall and theatre. Attend a concert performed by one of your favorite artists, or discover a new sound that you might enjoy. Utilized as a multi-purpose facility, the Granada also shows movies and premiers and finales of popular TV shows. Instead of buying popcorn and an over-sized soda as your snack, pop over to the Sundown at Granada restaurant located next door. Munch on anything from a flatbread to a vegan sandwich wrap, and then wash it down with an ice-cold beer.

By: Shyla Watson

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