Best of Dallas — 2015 Guide
Change Language:
Nightlife & Music

Best Dance Club Couture

Red Light Lounge

Every Thursday night, the rooftop deck of two-floor Red Light Lounge comes alive with music from The Guild, a group of Djs who have played at Burning Man. The real show, however, is the crowd of regulars who show up in wild-ass wigs, feathers, leather, sequins, tutus, body paint and other outrageous disco costumery. How much time should you put into your couture for this club? They enforce a “no effort, no entry” door policy. Adorn yourself accordingly.

2911 Main St., 214-826-4769, redlightdallas.com

Best Dive Bar

Velvet Elvis

If you’re going to give yourself a name like Velvet Elvis, you better be tacky in your execution. And if there’s anything that Velvet Elvis does well, it’s bad taste. It’s everything that a holein- the-wall dive located in a strip mall should be: dark, grungy and full of bad art, with no beers on tap (bottles and cans only) and drinks that will knock you off your feet. Like any selfrespecting dive, Velvet Elvis is the place to get away from other people, but if you want to hate yourself a little more, there’s always karaoke.

3720 Walnut Hill Lane, 214-358-0897, facebook.Com/pages/velvet-elvis-dallas

Readers’ Pick: Lee Harvey’s

1807 Gould St., Dallas, 214-428-1555, leeharveys.com

Best Rock Bar

Club Dada

Club Dada’s patio gives it a bit of an unfair advantage in this category. Sure, shows indoors at Dada kick plenty of ass; moshing along to Total Trash just wouldn’t be the same in the fresh outdoor air. The dingy, don’t-reallygive- a-shit decor is a nice touch, and the bathrooms are, shall we say, very rock ’n’ roll. But Dada’s patio puts it over the top, making it an untouchable Deep Ellum double-threat. There hasn’t been a better outdoor show this year than Courtney Barnett’s, and shows like that only happen at Dada.

2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com Readers’ Pick: Trees 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, treesdallas.com

Best Live Music Venue

The Bomb Factory

When was the last time hype paid off so gloriously? The return of The Bomb Factory, out of commission as a concert venue for 20 years, had been publicized for over a year when the doors finally opened in March. And boy, did it ever live up to expectations: The chic decor, great sight lines and crisp sound quality are hallmarks of a renovation that spared no detail. After the pomp of Erkyah Badu’s opening night performance, shows like Jesus and Mary Chain and D’Angelo built on the buzz. Best of all, those lines around the block have continued, suggesting The Bomb Factory and Deep Ellum are truly back.

2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501, thebombfactory.com

Readers’ Pick: Granada Theater

3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933, granadatheater.com

Best Local Music Release

Coming Home by Leon Bridges

The feel-good story of Dallas music in 2015 has undoubtedly been the rise of Leon Bridges, who used a contract with Columbia Records to spring onto late-night TV shows, but still takes the time to go busking in Deep Ellum. Listening to Coming Home, it’s easy to understand what all the fuss is about. More than a throwback, the album demonstrates strong songcraft, a painstaking attention to detail and a hell of a lot of talent. Coming Home soars highest on the title track and “Better Man,” while “Twistin’ and Groovin’” and “River” are its most grounded songs.

Readers’ Pick: Coming Home by Leon Bridges

Best Erykah Badu Moment

Montreal Jazz Festival

We’ve been blessed with a steady stream of Erykah Badu updates this year. Some of the things that have kept her busy: She busked in Manhattan, appeared on the local news when her flight was delayed, performed an epic hip-hop medley with the Roots, headlined opening night at The Bomb Factory, dissed the Black Eyed Peas and released a mixtape to save the world. (We’re nearly out of breath.) But best of all, Badu won the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Award at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. It’s an honor shared by Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin, and it perfectly befits our own Queen of Neo-Soul.

Best Jukebox

Lakewood Landing

A jukebox — a real, honest-to-goodness one with Cds or records and pages that flip — is most at home in a dive bar. And if any bar in Dallas gets it right, it’s Lakewood Landing. Put in $1 and you’ll get three songs, but why would you do that when $2 gets you seven? Cue up some Ernest Tubbs to go with ELO, Fleetwood Mac, the Pixies or Big Star, grab a Lone Star and celebrate your impeccable taste in music from the comfort of the patio, because hell yes the music plays outside too.

5818 Live Oak St., 214-823-2410, Lakewood-landing.com

Best Use of Star Power

Garth Brooks

In your face, Jerry Jones. The Cowboys owner may have built the biggest indoor concert venue in the state of Texas, but when Garth Brooks decided to make his big North Texas comeback, he took his business elsewhere. And boy did it pay off: Brooks, who hadn’t played Dallas since 1998, made the sensational decision to play seven — yes, seven — shows across five nights at American Airlines Center, and the country legend sold over 100,000 tickets in the span of a few hours. It wasn’t just Brooks’ ego that benefited either; with floor seats costing less than $70, the fans were the real winners.

Best Concert

Sleater-Kinney at Granada Theater

Sometimes it’s best to let the music do the talking. When Sleater-Kinney visited Dallas in the spring, they answered questions about whether their reunion tour could capture the old fire in the simplest way possible: by kicking ass. The trio barely spoke throughout the show, preferring instead to ratchet up the energy with every song, as though Corinne Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein wanted to see who would break first. In the end, they just about burned the Granada down with the apocryphal “Modern Girl.” This wasn’t the best feminist show in Dallas this year, or even the best punk or rock show. It was the best show, period.

Best All-Ages Venue

The Kessler Theater

When you think of an all-ages venue you might think punk music and kids waving middle fingers at their parents and the establishment. But cultivating a great all-ages audience is really about respect for elders. The Kessler Theater, an always-all-ages venue, is nothing if not reverent toward music’s past, and it’s the perfect place for young music fans to gain an appreciation for history. To say The Kessler books “legacy acts” would be to give it short shrift; catching the Mavis Staples or Zombies of the world in a 400-person theater is once-in-a-lifetime stuff and a chance for those under-18 music-heads to experience music the way it should be.

1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346, thekessler.org

Best Roving Music Venue

Vice Palace

What’s more do-it-yourself than not having a fixed address? Local artist Arthur Peña flipped the script on the DIY venue model by doing away with the actual venue (and the overhead) to set up a roving DIY space, Vice Palace. Peña has always liked things weird (witness a George Quartz show or Dezi 5’s crucifixion), but his best and battiest trick yet may be the new, city of Dallas-funded Vice Palace cassette label, for which he recorded live shows at Aqua Lab Studios to release as one-off tapes. Peña proves you can do anything with enough imagination.

Vicepalace.tumblr.com

Best Recurring Music Night

Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions at The Crown & Harp

If Lower Greenville has increasingly come to resemble Uptown with its rooftop bars and valet parking, then at least one bar, and in particular one weekly music showcase, has been keeping the neighborhood’s creative spirit intact. That bar is The Crown & Harp, and thanks to Stefan González, who curates the Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions each Monday, it’s one of Dallas’ most vital hubs for experimental and noise music. From free jazz to noise rock to one-man bands, Outward Bound’s guiding principle is to toss rules out the window. Local music doesn’t get more wild or inspired than this.

1914 Greenville Ave., 214-828-1914, thecrownandharp.com

Best After-Parties

16Bars.xxx

Hip-hop is booming right now in Dallas ( just ask Noisey), but if you really want to know what makes the scene tick you have to go underground. No one in North Texas has a finger on the pulse of hip-hop, both local and touring, like the folks behind 16Bars.xxx, who specialize in late-night, DIY after-parties. They set up camp at places like Ash Studios or random Airbnbs, and it’s not uncommon to catch rappers such as Vic Mensa and Travi$ Scott mingling with the Outfit, TX or Blue, the Misfit at these packed parties. You might even catch a world premiere, such as when Scott debuted “Antidote” this summer.

16bars.xxx

Best BYOB Club

R. L.’s Blues Palace #2

This should be a two-horse race. Where else in Dallas would you want to BYOB (or technically speaking, BYOL) other than Ships Lounge or R.L.’s Blues Palace? The answer is, “Nowhere, you idiot.” Sadly, Ships’ recent (though, God willing, temporary) closure means there can only be one, Highlanderstyle. R. L.’s is an utterly unique experience in Dallas. The club is only open for a few hours a week, and it’s a slice of life that hearkens back to the juke joints and blues clubs of yore. So bring along some liquor, grab a bucket of ice and sit back and enjoy the Hen Dance.

3100 Grand Ave., 214-421-9867

Best Swing-Dancing Video

Mark Cuban at The Standard Pour

Say this much for Mark Cuban: He has a sense of humor. Or maybe he just doesn’t give a damn. When the Free Loaders perform each week at the Standard Pour, band leader John Jay Myers makes the same joke: “If you like what you heard, put $100 in the tip jar,” he says. “Unless you’re Mark Cuban. Then put in $1,000.” Lo and behold, one night last winter, Cuban — of Dancing With the Stars fame — was there, swing dancing his ass off for all the world to see. It may not have been a cash contribution, but it sure was priceless.

2900 McKinney Ave., 214-935-1370, tspdallas.com

Best Punk Venue

Three Links

Three Links is punk to the core. Having an owner who’s a world-class tattoo artist is a good start, as are the one-of-a-kind, handdrawn show posters. But everything about this club smacks of a no-bullshit approach that places the emphasis on the music, man. More important, Three Links is a venue that consistently punches above its weight, bringing in punk icons such as Sham 69 and Cheetah Chrome on such a regular basis you’d think they have a non-compete clause with the rest of North Texas. Maybe they do, because even though everyone is welcome, there’s no one who can hang.

2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com

Best Pop-Up Concert

J. Cole at House of Blues

Every once in awhile, a concert winds up being more notable as an event than as a pure live-music experience. Case in point: J. Cole’s secret concert at House of Blues. The North Carolina rapper announced the latest round of his ongoing Dollar and a Dream tour would kick off in Dallas at a location to be disclosed the day of the show. Sure enough, on Sunday, June 21, about 4,000 people converged on downtown in hopes of getting in. Police showed up, unaware of what was happening, and social media was flooded with photos and videos. How’s that for inspired promotion?

2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583, houseofblues.Com/dallas

Best Viral Song

“White Iverson” by Post Malone

Local rappers have gotten their fair share of shine in 2015, thanks to collaborations with Dr. Dre and shout-outs in Noisey. But the most unexpected success story was that of unknown Grapevine ex-pat Post Malone, whose clever song “White Iverson” had Complex and XXL singing his praises. An ode to Allen Iverson’s notoriously careless spending habits ($40,000 at a strip club was no big deal), the track was a left-field hit and an inadvertently perfect anthem for Dallas, the city of $30,000 millionaires.

Best Jeopardy! Cameo

Old 97’s

“I’ll take ‘Rhett Miller’s White Jeans’ for $100, Alex.’” OK, that wasn’t the category that got everybody’s favorite cow punk — uh, altcountry — band from Dallas onto Jeopardy!, but we can dream, can’t we? The real $64,000 question (or, in this case, $800 question) asked, “The Old 97’s are a part of the musical genre known as this-country.” It was a fun 15 minutes of fame (well, 10 seconds) for Miller and the boys, who found out about it thanks to “book-smart fans.” No word on whether Trebek rocks out to Old 97’s, but Jeopardy! Is Jeopardy! — even your grandparents can tell you that’s a big deal.

Best Country Bar

Love and War in Texas

Texas country is somewhat different from red dirt country, quite different from alt-country and a whole hell of a lot different from brocountry. Texas country is real; it’s not full of glitz and glitter, and it’s not about trucks or bass fishing or taking shots or dancing. It’s about living in this nation’s greatest state and all that entails. That’s why Love and War in Texas is Dallas’ best country bar. It ignores everything else and just gives you the best in Texas country on as many nights of the week as possible.

2505 E. Grapevine Mills Circle, Grapevine, 972-724-5557, loveandwarintexas.com

Readers’ Pick: Adair’s

2624 Commerce St., 214-939-9900, adairssaloon.com

Best Sports Bar

Ojos Locos

This is the best bar to watch soccer in Dallas. This is also the best bar to watch the Cowboys play, which you might find hard to believe because it’s not located in some posh neighborhood or in an old rundown building. The clientele is 99 percent Latino, but gringos, don’t be shy. When a local team is playing, Ojos Locos is always packed out and it’s an amazingly good time. Really, there’s no better place to watch any game in Dallas.

10230 Technology Blvd. E., 972-354-5626, ojoslocos.com

Readers’ Pick: Henderson Tap House

2323 N. Henderson Ave. 972-677-7947, hendersontaphouse.com

Best Gay Bar

Round-Up Saloon

This cowboy-themed bar is a Cedar Springs legend, and for good reason. In addition to the frequently cheap drink specials, cute boys (and girls) dressed in western wear and RuPaul’s Drag Race watch-parties, Round-Up is the place every celebrity in the world heads to when he or she visits Dallas. Lady Gaga is known to frequent the spot, and you can see plenty of Drag Race faves just enjoying cocktails and dancing to country tunes. Their karaoke night is also widely considered one of the best in the city, so don’t be afraid to bust out your best rendition of “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” after a few Long Island iced teas. Maybe Gaga will discover you and you can ride her coattails all the way to stardom.

3912 Cedar Springs Road, 214-522-9611, roundupsaloon.com

Readers’ Pick: Grapevine Bar

3902 Maple Ave., 214-522-8466, grapevinebar.com

Best Dance Club

Station 4

If you’re really trying to shake your groove thing, Station 4 is the only place to go in Dallas. This massive club on Cedar Springs is al ways playing pulsing techno, and the dense crowd means you won’t have to be self-conscious about your moves. In addition to the five-plus dance floors, you can also get tips on dancing from the drag queens performing in The Rose Room. If you’re the type who has to be really, really drunk to dance, you can a) accomplish that, or b) just stand in the corner and observe as people of all walks of life dance the night away. Don’t be surprised to see a few in full-on furry costumes grinding on the stage or a Lady Gaga impersonator getting it on with a guy who looks like an Abercrombie model. Anything can happen at Station 4.

3911 Cedar Springs Road, 214-526-7171, station4dallas.com

Readers’ Pick: S4

3911 Cedar Springs Road, 214-526-7171, station4dallas.com

Best Metal Bar

Reno’s Chop Shop

You know the satisfaction of walking into a bar and realizing you’ve found exactly what you’ve been looking for? For Dallas metal heads, that feeling comes as they step through the doors of Reno’s Chop Shop. It has been an institution of the Dallas metal scene for years. The bar keeps things simple, which is a large part of its appeal. Not much legwork goes into planning for a night parked at Reno’s. The drink? Beer. The attire? Black. The music? Heavy. Plus, the attached venue hosts some of the wildest bands on earth, solidifying Reno’s metal credentials.

210 Crowdus St., 214-744-1200, renoschopshop.com Readers’ Pick: Trees 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, treesdallas.com

Best Club DJ

DJ Red Eye

DJ Red Eye holds down a multitude of roles at It’ll Do Club, including promoter, host and, most important, resident DJ. He has over two decades of experience controlling dancefloor vibes, with residencies at some of the most notable dance clubs in Dallas clubland history, from Club One back in the day to It’ll Do and Beauty Bar today. Red Eye brings to the table a savant-level knowledge of classic club tracks (many of which he owns on vinyl) and a firm grasp of the latest tracks with underground buzz. Red Eye can read a crowd like few others and uses his deep knowledge and extensive technical skill behind the decks to get any crowd to shake their shoes.

4322 Elm St., 214-827-7236

Readers’ Pick: DJ Sober

Best Bartender

Benj Pocta

The craft cocktail movement has done wonders for booze enthusiasts, but it has also muddled the drinking scene with pretension and overpriced drinks. Benj Pocta could chew your ear off about obscure bitters, but he’s much more likely to ask you about your personal tastes and then actually listen to your response. The drinks he serves at Small Brewpub are straightforward and refined, but they also boast enough inventive ingredients (smoked tea, for example) to keep the drinking interesting. Bonus: Each of his creations only costs $8, and he can also pour you one of the city’s best local pilsners.

Small Brewpub, 333 W. Jefferson Blvd., 972-863-1594, smallbrewpub.com

Readers’ Pick: Gabe Sanchez, Black Swan Saloon

2708 Elm St., blackswansaloon.com

Best Karaoke Night

Good Luck Karaoke at Twilite Lounge

If we’re being honest, every other karaoke night in town is pointless in light of Good Luck Karaoke. Imagine the Joker seizing control of a bar once a week to make people sing songs for his twisted entertainment and you’re pretty much there. Every Thursday night, Twilite Lounge offers a peek into the mixed-up world of Deep Ellum’s OG residents — the ones who’ve been there through the bad times, the good times, the new bad times and now the yuppie times — who don’t take too kindly to outsiders coming in and turning their playpen into something it’s not. So beware: It’s a madhouse, but you’ll have a hell of a time.

2640 Elm St., 214-741-2121, thetwilitelounge.com

Readers’ Pick: McKinney Avenue Tavern

2822 McKinney Ave., 214-969-1984, thematonline.com

Best Happy Hour

Lee Harvey’s

The atmosphere at Lee Harvey’s is already a local favorite, but the happy hour there should be a weekly stop for every Dallasite on a budget. In addition to the impossibly cheap drink specials, good company and divey surroundings, Lee Harvey’s food specials during happy hour cannot be beat. On Wednesdays, hot wings are half-price, and Monday nights mean half-price burgers. Sometimes there’s even free live music or other bizarre entertainment. Bring a few bucks for the jukebox and enough to tip your waitress handsomely and you could still get out of there with a full belly and a pretty good buzz for less than $20. If you’re truly hard up for cash, stalk the Lee Harvey’s Facebook page: Lucky people with quick typing-fingers can claim a free entrée and a drink.

1807 Gould St., 214-428-1555, leeharveys.com

Readers’ Pick: Gloria’s

Various locations, gloriascuisine.com

Best Patio

Harvest House

Since it burst onto the local scene in March during the return of 35 Denton, Harvest House has made a name for itself as the new place for young Dentonites to hang out. That’s mostly because of its giant patio and outdoor stage. Add in a relatively mild summer and a wide beer selection, and it’s no surprise the 20-somethings who make up North Texas’ hippest town have deemed this Denton newbie the place to drink away the week.

331 E. Hickory St., Denton, 940-218-6148, dentonharvesthouse.com

Readers’ Pick: Truck Yard

5624 Sears St., 469-500-0139, texastruckyard.com

Best DIY Venue

Pariah Arts

Pariah Arts is primarily an art space, but multimedia performance art and music are included under that banner. Musically it tends to lean toward bills with envelope-pushing acts and Djs who are less likely to be featured in the local bar scene. (They threw a whole three-day festival celebrating this kind of artist over the summer.) There has been a shortage of do-it-yourself venues in recent years because of the fly-by-night nature of such spaces. In the past year, Pariah has stepped up to the plate, curating and hosting unique underground events that are spaced out enough to make them a rare treat.

1505 Gano St., pariaharts.com

Best Latin Club

New West

Cumbia, tejano, reggaeton — you’ll hear it all at New West, aka Dallas’ top spot to catch Latin music and dance like you’re at your cousin’s quince. It also doesn’t hurt that no matter the day, you can get a shot of Jameson and a Lone Star tall boy there for just $6. While you may not have the rhythm or the talent to dance to the music that’s played at New West, order enough of that drink special and you’ll at least think that you do.

6532 E. Northwest Highway, 214-361-6083, newwestdallas.com

Best Farewell Concert

Centro-matic at Dan’s Silverleaf

All good things must come to an end, but boy can it hurt like hell. It was with a heavy heart that Denton gathered to watch their beloved Centro-matic bid farewell over a three-night stand at Dan’s Silverleaf at the end of 2014. Nary a voice was heard or an eye dry after three nights of singing along and drinking heavily in honor of an almost 18-year career It was a fitting sendoff for one of the era-defining groups of Dallas’ music scene.

103 Industrial St., Denton, 940-320-2000, danssilverleaf.com

Best Music Tweeter

Sachse Dad

No one knows who he is (OK, we know who he is, but we’re not tellin’), but the scion of the suburbs is frequently found tweeting about local music with wild abandon. He’s at every local show, he’s buying merch and drinks and he’s tweeting about it the whole time. He tweets about local music on a plane, he tweets about local music from the high plains, he tweets about local music from locales that don’t fit the rhyme scheme. Anyway, he tweets a lot, and all of it’s positive, and he’s now having local bands play his birthday party because they know he genuinely cares about them. Really, the rest of us are failing to live up to his standards.

@sachsedad

Best Music Radio Station

  1. 7 KXT-FM

For fans of local music, it doesn’t get better than KXT. Tuning in, you’ll hear local legends like Calhoun, Sarah Jaffe and Rhett Miller. The independent, listener-supported station also rotates in more widely known acts such as REM, the Rolling Stones and Violent Femmes. In an era when mainstream radio stations struggle to stay relevant, 91.7 keeps current. Instead of goofball Djs’ banter about “funny” cat videos on YouTube, KXT’s hosts direct you to their Live Sessions page online, featuring stripped-down live performances in their studio. Specialty shows like The Paul Slavens Show make the station a real stand-out. Their Barefoot at the Belmont summer concert series (Hello, Leon Bridges!) Is also in its sixth year, and tickets always seem to sell out instantly. Bonus: The spellbinding voice of Music Wrangler/ Host Gini Mascorro is a thing of beauty that your iPhone’s music shuffle will never be able to compete with.

Readers’ Pick: 91.7 KXT-FM

Best Place to Get “Hammered and Nailed”

Beauty Bar

Come sundown, Beauty Bar throbs with sweaty people and DJ-spun tunes, but you’ll find a different scene from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. That’s when those in-theknow take advantage of their $10 “Martini and Manicure” special. Ms. Pattycakes the manicurist will take good care of you while you bask in the retro glory of the glittercoated digs. See the bartender first and he’ll give you a drink/manicure menu. You’ll choose a creatively named cocktail, such as the “Shameless Hussy” (a dirty martini), and a nail color. For an extra $10, Ms. P. will even do nail art. It’s worth the splurge — if you can dream it, she can do it.

1924 N. Henderson Ave., 214-841-9600, thebeautybar.com

Best Use of Classical Music

St. Vincent with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

When musicians in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra donned white jumpsuits for a concert in May at the Winspear Opera House, they probably knew they were in for something exciting. The sold-out audience, on the other hand, could not have predicted how magical it would be to see Dallas-raised singer-songwriter Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, take the stage with the DSO led by assistant conductor Karina Canellakis. With the support of new orchestrations, Clark’s music was elevated to heavenly heights. It was part of the inaugural Soluna International Music & Arts Festival, planned by the DSO to blend the performing, musical and visual arts. This auspicious and audacious night successfully united two different musical worlds.

2301 Flora St., 214-670-3600, mydso.com

Best Emerging Music Neighborhood

North Dallas

The area north of LBJ Freeway is supposed to be no-man’s-land for anyone seeking culture or a good time. North Dallas may technically be part of Dallas, but it may as well be Plano for all we care. Well, that’s how we used to feel. But then something odd happened: North Dallas got really cool. Blame it on the affordable housing, but once Josey Records went in, the signs became clear. All of sudden making the trip to Velvet Elvis didn’t seem far-fetched, and the compound emerged as one of Dallas’ most exciting DIY spaces. It may not be Deep Ellum, but it sure ain’t the ’burbs either.

Best Vinyl Record Store

Josey Records

Dallas benefited from an influx of top-notch record stores at the end of last year, with Off the Record and Spinster throwing out some fresh twists on the tried-and-true brick-andmortar concept. But it was Josey Records that really raised the bar for North Texas record stores, and they did so by focusing on the fundamentals — namely, a massive inventory hand-picked by some of the most respected crate diggers around. The addition of live music and seal of approval from no less than DJ Shadow helped, but the array of used and $1 vinyl were all any record head needed to fall in love.

2821 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Suite 100, 972-243-2039, joseyrecords.com

Readers’ Pick: Good Records

1808 Greenville Ave., 214-752-4663

Best Place to Get a Pre-Show Buzz

Good Records

Pregame: It’s the name of the, uh, game when it comes to “pro” concert-going. If you have real-ass adult responsibilities — like a kid you’ve arranged to be babysat — when you go to a concert you want to make a night of it. And knowing where to get a beer and a buzz before the show is a crucial part of the plan. Good Records has you covered there and then some, bringing in bands like TV on the Radio, Sylvan Esso and Waxahatchee for free in-store performances ahead of their in-town gigs as part of their Live from the Astroturf series. Oh, and they offer free craft beer and sometimes even free food — which (almost) creates a whole new problem: Why go to the show when you can go to Good Records?

1808 Greenville Ave., 214-752-4663, goodrecords.com

Best Bar Staff

Twilite Lounge

Twilite has had legions of devoted patrons almost from the day it opened more than two years ago. How is that, one might wonder? Besides the award-winning jukebox selection, the down-homey patio, the comfy couches and the weekly costume party that is Good Luck Karaoke, we mean. Those things are nice luxuries, but there’s something more important happening here. It’s the friendly, attentive and oh-so-cool staff, which includes talented singer-songwriter Madison King and lumbersexual dreamboat Andrew Thompson. No matter how many people deep the bar is, they greet customers warmly and with zero pretension. Even if you’re not at the bar, the roving servers seem to know when you want another drink before you do yourself. These people have the patience of saints, and they deserve your tips.

2640 Elm St., 214-741-2121, thetwilitelounge.com

VIEW ALL ARTICLES
Message
SEND