A lot of places could claim to be the Heart of Dallas. Bishop Arts is actually the start of Dallas. Literally ‒‒ this is where the entire city and everything that grew from it began.
For a long time, Bishop Arts suffered the problems a lot of urban areas face ‒‒ underuse, decay, crime. But over the past decade, Bishop Arts has revitalized and reinvented itself. Like its name implies, the neighborhood is a bubbling arts and culture epicenter that rivals anything Brooklyn or San Francisco neighborhoods can put up against it.
There are more than 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, theaters, and art galleries in this neighborhood in the heart of North Oak Cliff. And its shopping district is one of the few legitimately historic shopping districts in the state. The vibe is big on independently-owned shops and eateries with erratic hours. Most stay open late, giving Bishop Arts a flavor distinct from any other neighborhood in DFW. It is, quite simply, energy in itself.
For the young and social, there’s no end of places to meet, hang, grab a drink, and talk the night away. For those not looking for those kinds of hangouts, Bishop Arts offers things like the Wine Walk, held quarterly times a year on first Thursdays of a given month. Next one’s in October, by the way.
There’s also a bevy of art galleries featuring every style, from moody and expressionistic to colorful and pop.
And lots of neighborhood events, like Pumpkin Fest and Small Business Day. In other words, if you’re looking for something to do in a vibrant neighborhood, visit Bishop Arts.