While Uptown is the upscale neighborhood of Dallas that attracts young professionals and sorority kids from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and Deep Ellum still maintains a bit of grit with plenty of live music venues, Lower Greenville is the cool aunt or uncle of Dallas, hosting a crowd of people from all ages and backgrounds. While restaurants and bars attract plenty of visitors to this favorite Dallas neighborhood, there’s many unique things to do in Lower Greenville, and Culture Trip shares them all below!
HG Sply Co. is a popular American restaurant in Lower Greenville with a stunning rooftop bar that offers great views of downtown Dallas day and night. Enjoy the views and the rustic environment by signing up for one of their yoga on the roof events. Sometimes the fee includes brunch, but other times, it’s used as a form of donation for a local charity. All you need to bring is your yoga mat — and maybe your phone to take pictures with new friends after.
Truck Yard is a restaurant that has a small indoor area with a bar and restaurant serving Philly cheesesteaks and an expansive patio filled with truck parts. Stylized as an old “truck yard,” hence the name, guests can order a drink or food from a local food truck set up in the patio, and hang out in an old truck bed or among other rustic truck items. It’s a vibrant atmosphere and one that offers a unique dining and social experience.
Single Wide is a local dive bar that attracts visitors with its cheap drinks, small patio, and quirky décor. Though they host plenty of events like karaoke and vibrator races (it’s exactly as it sounds), Hump Day Bingo is especially beloved at this dive. Held on the first Wednesday of each month, Hump Day Bingo involves 10 games throughout the night with drink specials and prizes for winners.
Lower Greenville is rocking when it comes to tattoo parlors. Gold Dust Tattoos & Fine Art operates out of a storefront on Greenville Avenue, while Death Or Glory is located in a blue house just off the main drag. Hold Fast Tattoos is in a small shopping center near Blue Goose Cantina. With top notch artists, its not hard to get a stellar tattoo in Lower Greenville.
Those with a sweet tooth will fall in love with the delectable desserts sold in Lower Greenville. In the mornings, start at Boulangerie, a French pastry bakery and coffee shop for a morning pastry. If you’re gluten-free you’ll want to head to Unrefined Bakery. Grab cheesecakes at Val’s Cheesecakes and S’mores at Halcyon next door. Dude, Sweet Chocolate will take care of your chocolate needs, while Steel City Pops provides the best organic craft Popsicles, perfect for a hot Texas day.
The St. Patrick’s Day parade is famously held on Lower Greenville every year, and will celebrate its 40th year in 2019. With a 90-float parade going down a two-mile stretch and an attendance of more than 125,000 people, it’s the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southwest. Bars are packed after the parade with visitors tapping green beers and cheering “slainte!”
There’s not many metaphysical stores in Dallas, so it’s a fun experience to explore The Labyrinth, a metaphysical store located in a purple house in Lower Greenville. It’s run by two women — a psychic and a healer — and they sell everything, including candles, tarot cards, books, sage, gems, bath salts, statues, oils, and herbs. They also provide readings for those interested in learning a bit more about their present and future.
The Granada Theater has been alive and kicking since 1946, first as a music theater and now as an amazing music venue. It has welcomed acts like Bob Dylan, Adele, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, and Jeff Bridges, as well as up-and-coming bands and performers. They also have a free rooftop movie series and a farm-to-table next door, Sundown At Granada, which is perfect for pre-show dinner and drinks.
Buffalo Exchange is a hip and thrifty second-hand store selling men and women’s clothes in Lower Greenville. They buy and sell clothes that are fashionable, quirky, and in tip-top shape, which means some of the items may be a bit pricier than what you might find at a Goodwill. However, they love quality and uniqueness and want to bring that to everyone’s wardrobe.