Yes, Dallas is very cosmopolitan, and yes, it’s very upscale in spots. But this is still Texas, and that means it’s still native turf for country-western music. Drop into a few of these joints for a genuinely Texan good time.
Katy Trail Ice House
Settled in the middle of Uptown’s portion of the Katy Trail is this Austin-influenced beer garden. The 50-plus beers on tap and the wide, bustling outdoor seating areas are enough to lure anyone already. But when the country-western kicks in, it’s a block party. It’s one of the best patios in Dallas and one of the best places to wander into a show to remember.
Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
In Far West Dallas, on Technology Blvd., sits Gas Monkey, which offers two premium music venues. Live music is the pulse of this place. Everything from hard metal to honkytonk. It might not be a tradition country-western venue, but plenty of Texas country gets played here and its always worth a look on the schedule.
House of Blues
In the shadow of American Airlines Arena is the apex of Dallas’ country-wester and blues scene. House of Blues is a lively restaurant and bar where live music and southern-inspired cuisine are always on the menu. From exotic décor to the best food and drinks, it’s already a place to be. But the music acts at House of Blues are top-notch. Try to find a bad show here and you’ll be looking for a long time.