Sample a few local speakeasies
There are plenty of great rooftop bars in Dallas, but sometimes you need to forgo fresh air and have a strong drink below ground level. Take a mini speakeasy crawl through Downtown starting at Midnight Rambler beneath the Joule Hotel, then moving to Bourbon and Banter at The Statler Hotel (dial the code in the phonebooth to enter through the false wall).
The deep end of Elm Street (Deep Ellum, get it?) is the live music epicenter of Dallas. Dozens of restaurants, music venues, and bars make up this area steeped in blues music history. Cocktail enthusiasts will enjoy HIDE, while the craft beer nerds should check out Braindead Brewing. Local and nationally renowned artists perform in Deep Ellum practically every night of the week, so see who’s playing at The Bomb Factory (formerly a real bomb factory during WWII) or Three Links.
Shop local in Bishop Arts District
Bishop Arts District
The Brooklyn to Dallas’ Manhattan, Bishop Arts District across the river in Oak Cliff has undergone a rapid transformation in recent years. Enjoy the quaint and locally focused shops like We Are 1976 and Spinster Records that line Bishop Avenue. Restaurants and bars have also made this once quiet corner of Dallas certainly worth exploring. Check out Eno's Pizza Tavern for dinner, Emporium Pies for dessert and finish the night at Revelers Hall with some live jazz.
Ronald Kirk Bridge
If you’re dying to get the perfect picture of the Dallas skyline, make your way to the Ronald Kirk Bridge. This cool retrofitted pedestrian park sits right next to the gorgeous Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and makes for some great photos. When you’re done, walk to Trinity Groves for a bite to eat.
American Airlines Center
It’s an exciting time to be a Dallas Maverick basketball fan: After 21 years of greatness with Dirk Nowitzki, we are now privileged to be living in the Luka Doncic era. Go see the young phenom in action between the months of October and April, and say hey to Mark Cuban for us.