After three months of darkness, Austin bars will be allowed to turn the lights on beginning this Friday.
Texas bars are allowed to reopen on Friday, May 22, as part of second phase of the state’s reopening program. Bars can only operate at 25 percent indoor capacity and full outdoor capacity while also adhering to novel coronavirus mitigation and social distancing requirements and recommendations. This includes sticking to table service (rather than have customers order at the bar), using disposable glassware, and discouraging dancing.
Austin Nightclubs Currently Open
- Rose Room
- Vulcan Gas Company
- Tipsy Alchemist: The Austin branch of the Dallas bar is reopening for service on Friday. (70 Rainey Street, Downtown)
- Parker Jazz Club: The downtown bar and music venue is reopening on Friday through reservations only, with performances by its house band. The band will play for 90 minutes, and the club will be cleared after each set for cleaning purposes. (117 West Fourth Street, Downtown)
Austin Bars Currently Open
- 77 Degrees: The rooftop bar is reopening on Friday. (11500 Rock Rose Avenue, Domain Northside)
- B.D. Riley’s: The Mueller location of the Irish pub is reopening its indoor space and patio on Friday. There’s what is referred to as a “full time health captain,” and employees will wear masks. (1905 Aldrich Street, Mueller)
- Barton Springs Saloon: The South Austin dive bar is reopening on Friday. (424 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)
- Austin bar owner Bob Woody’s downtown bars — Shakespeare’s Pub, The Ranch, Buford’s Beer Garden, and Buckshot
- Broken Spoke: Now that the honky-tonk is able to legally reopen because of its license type, it is opening its doors this Friday, per Austin 360. Staffers will wear masks and owner James M. White will wear one, but will take it off if a guest wants to take a photo with him. (3201 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
- Celis Brewery: The North Austin brewery is reopening its taproom this Friday. (10001 Metric Boulevard, North Burnet)
- Friends and Allies Brewery: The East Austin brewery is reopening its indoor (max of 25 people at a time) and patio space this Friday. It’ll use disposable cups and accept contactless payments, while still selling to-go beers. (979 Springdale Road, Govalle)
- Half Step: The downtown bar is reopening just its patio on Monday, May 25 with table service and a special cocktail menu. (75 1/2 Rainey Street, Downtown)
- Haymaker: While the Cherrywood sports bar could’ve reopened its space earlier this month because of its license, it chose to wait until phase two to reopen this Friday at half-capacity. There’s no bar service, but drinks will be served in glasses unless disposable cups are requested. Menus will be available through QR codes and physical disposable versions are available by request. (2310 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
- Hops & Grain: The East Austin brewery is maintaining its to-go service while also reopening its patio right now for people who want to drink on the premises. Orders can be placed through its website or the in-person counter, drinks will be served in disposable cups, and there will be hand sanitizer stations. The taproom will reopen on Friday through reservations only via the website or email. The brewery plans on only seating 25 people in total in the indoor space at a time. (507 Calles Street, East Austin)
- Icenhauer’s: The downtown bar is reopening on Friday. (83 Rainey Street, Downtown)
- Jack & Ginger’s: The Rock Rose Irish bar is reopening on Friday. (11500 Rock Rose Avenue, Domain Northside)
- Kung Fu Saloon: Kung Fu Saloon: Both locations of Kung Fu Saloon — downtown and Rock Rose — are reopening immediately on Friday as of midnight.
- P6: The rooftop bar at the Line Hotel is reopening on Friday. (111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Downtown)
- Posse East: The campus-area bar is reopening its outdoor space for dine- and drink-in service, while still offering to-go food. (2900 Duval Street, Central Austin)
- Red Horn Coffee & Brewing Co.: The Cedar Park brewery and cafe is reopening its outdoor area for dine-/drink-in service. (13010 West Parmer Lane, Suite 800, Cedar Park)
- Sellers Underground: The downtown bar is reopening on Friday. Masks will be required for guests (except when seating and for drinking purposes). (213 West Fourth Street, Downtown)
- Seven Grand and Las Perlas: The downtown whiskey and mezcal bars are reopening on Monday, May 25 with table service. On-site taco truck Asador will serve food from the shared patio. (405 East Seventh Street, Downtown)
- South Austin Beer Garden: The beer garden and dive bar is reopening on Friday. (10700 Menchaca Road, Far South Austin)
- Vista Brewing: The Hill Country brewery is reopening its beer garden on Friday through required reservations, while still offering takeout/curbside service and operating its market. Everything will be served in disposable packaging, and flights and pitchers aren’t being sold. Children are welcomed and included in party numbers (six or less), but the playground is closed. Masks are required when guests aren’t sitting down. (13551 Ranch to Market Road 150, Driftwood)
- Warehouse Billiard Bar: The South Austin bar is reopening on Tuesday, May 26, and the temperatures of both staffers and guests will be checked. (509 East Ben White Boulevard, East Congress)
- Wonder Bar: The Instagram-geared Rock Rose bar is reopening on Friday. (11500 Rock Rose Avenue, Domain Northside)
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After three months of darkness, Dallas bars will be allowed to turn the lights on beginning this Friday.
Under Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas bars could reopen for business May 22 at 25 percent of capacity. The guidelines also allow nightclubs, craft breweries and wine tasting rooms to reopen.
Dallas Nightclubs Currently Open
- Truth & Alibi Dallas
- Punk Society
- Concrete Cowboy Dallas
- Tipsy Alchemist
- Bottled Blonde Dallas
- It’ll Do Dallas
- One Sette Dallas
- Stars and Spirits
- Stereo Live Dallas
- Felix Culpa
Dallas Bars Currently Open
- Alice Dallas, the small restaurant-bar on Ross Avenue, reopened its dining room on May 6 with single-use menus and seatings spaced out in 1.5-hour waves starting at 5:30 pm, with spacing between tables.
- Anvil Pub in Deep Ellum has reopened with staff wearing masks and gloves, disposable menus, and disposable vessels for drinks and food. They’re observing temporary hours in which they’re closed on Tuesday-Wednesday.
- Barcadia will reopen, and is encouraging reservations for those who want to be part of the 25 percent that gets in.
- Bowen House will reopen and say they are still strongly encouraging reservations, and to call 214-484-1385 to reserve your spot.
- Dibs on Victory at Victory Plaza is reopening with food, TVs, new drinks, and plenty of social distancing given their massive patio.
- Felix Culpa on Henderson Avenue is happy to take reservations and has altered its policies to accommodate the 25 percent occupancy requirement.
- Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ was still open doing food to go but now you can go enjoy their expansive patio.
- Gallery Rooftop Lounge at the Cedars District’s Canvas Hotel will welcome guests back to its stunning views of Dallas, plus drinks and small plates.
- Happiest Hour is opening with extended hours on Memorial Day from 11:30-12 am, serving lunch, dinner, and drinks.
- Harris’ House of Heroes
- High Fives reopened at midnight on May 22 and will observe capacity requirements.
- Ill Minster Pub will be taking reservations and observing the state guidelines regarding crowd size and other requirements.
- Katy Trail Ice House reopened at 11 am. The Uptown bar is noted for its teeming patio but vows that social distancing will be observed.
- Kung Fu Saloon seized the opportunity to open on May 22 and did so at the stroke of midnight. They’ll be open at 11 am on Saturday-Sunday and 12 noon on Memorial Day.
- Lakewood Brewing Co. will open their taproom on Tuesday May 26.
- Lakewood Landing serves enough food that it was able to reopen before May 22.
- Lee Harvey’s also jumped on the May 22 opportunity by opening at midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning. They’ll resume their 11 am opening and will space out their outside picnic tables for social distancing.
- Liquid Zoo Bar and Grill is opening with limited seating including parties of 6 or less. They’ll have no bar seating or bar service so customers will be seated and served at the table. They will not have Karaoke until they feel it is safe to do so.
- Marty’s Live on Maple Avenue says it succinctly: “See you all on Friday!”
- Parliament will reopen May 25 with limited hours: 4 pm to midnight.
- Sidecar Social in Addison reopened earlier in May since they also feature food.
- Tiny Victories in Oak Cliff will be reopening with a heavy dependence on their patio since they’re so small. “If we do go on wait, please be patient with us,” they say.
- Urban Cowboy Saloon will have a soft opening on May 22 with an invite only event. May 23 will be by reservation only, with limited hours.
- The Whippersnapper is another bar that also jumped right into it on May 22 with a midnight opening. Reservations can be made by emailing Mitchell@thewhipdallas.com and they recommend you arrive early before they hit capacity.
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For decades, Dallas has long been home to one of Texas’ best LGBT bar scenes. From “the Strip” on Cedar Springs Road to an iconic Fort Worth watering hole, the city is home to an incredibly diverse array of bars that welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Whether you’re looking for a laid-back jazz bar with craft cocktails or a clubby spot with music perfect for dancing, Dallas-Fort Worth’s gay bar scene has a spot that will suit your needs. Many of these bars are located in Dallas’ famous “gayborhood” Oak Lawn, but you’ll also find more off the beaten path options.
As an added bonus, most of the spots on this map of Dallas’ most iconic gay bars offer dirt-cheap drink specials on various nights. Go forth, and consider this map your new nightlife bucket list.
The Tin Room
2514 Hudnall St
Dallas, TX 75235
This dive-y delight features plenty of attractive go-go dancers, and the booze is constantly flowing. Make conversation with some of the scene’s friendliest bartenders, drink heavily-poured cocktails, and dance your ass off. Just remember to bring plenty of dollar bills to tip the entertainers.
4011 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
Showtunes, sports, karaoke, and a lot of beer collide at Woody’s, an LGBT-friendly sports bar. On Tuesdays, the bar hosts a showtunes-themed party complete with $3.50 wells from 9 to 11 p.m., which will make it so much easier to belt Broadway’s biggest hits. Definitely try the Mother’s Frozen Margarita, which packs a powerful boozy punch.
3014 Throckmorton St
Dallas, TX 75219
A name in the local lesbian bar scene since 1989, Sue Ellen’s remains one of the city’s best places to drink and dance. Take in performances from burlesque dancers and drag kings, all while drinking jello shots and cherry bombs. On Fridays, check out the bar’s Facebook page for a passcode to skip out on paying the cover.
5740 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75235
As the city’s only bar for leather enthusiasts, Dallas Eagle is also one of the friendliest watering holes in town, accepting of folks of all kinds. Most notably, though, it also offers up a solid array of drink specials, including $1 draft beer and $4 you-call-its on Tuesdays and $1 wells on Sundays.
Round Up Saloon & Dance Hall
3912 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
A favorite of celebs like Lady Gaga, Round-Up Saloon makes both cowboys and city slickers feel right at home with its laid-back honky-tonk vibe. Looking for cheap drinks? Stop by on Thursday, when it’s happy hour all night long.
The Grapevine Bar
3902 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
At the Grapevine drinkers can shoot pool, hang out on one of the couches, or perch on the rooftop deck for an excellent view of the city. The laid-back atmosphere and strong-ass drinks attract people of all stripes, which makes for killer people-watching, especially when the Everclear-spiked peach bellinis are flowing.
Station 4 (S4) Club
3911 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
This multi-story bustling Cedar Springs nightclub, known to locals as “S4”, is a Dallas icon. Every week, it plays host to some of the world’s finest drag queens (including the locals who take to the stage four nights a week) in the legendary Rose Room. Drink specials vary by night. Pro-tip: on weekends, Station 4 charges a cover, but check the club’s Facebook page for a password to get in for free.
5025 Bowser Ave
Dallas, TX 75209
Opened in 1979, The Hidden Door is one of the city’s best neighborhood bars thanks to its dedicated crowd of regulars and ridiculously friendly bartenders. As an added bonus, score a 75-cent beer all damn day long on Sunday Funday and a list of other specials throughout the week.
Out hoping to find the hottest EDM clubs in Dallas? Then you’ve come to the right place. Dallas has become one of the hottest music scenes in the country, hosting a diverese array of clubs and bars known for great music. EDM clubs have began sprouting throughout the great city, as eager fans of the genre revel in the option now offered. For those visiting or researching where to go on your next night out, we hope this article helps. With that said, lets get to it!
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It’ll DO Club
The best dance spot in DFW. Period. It’ll DO Club has been attracting locals, many of whom claim the club has unchanged, which many find perfect. Come for the dancing, stay for the people. If you’re looking for top 40 tracks with DJs talking between every single track then this is not the place. If you want to dance your feet off to the best house/deep house/ techno then this is the spot. If looking for bottle service, this place has also got you covered.
Stereo Live Dallas
Stereo Live Dallas is one of the hottest spots to catch your favorite EDM DJs! The music is known to be some of the loudest one can find, as some have described it as louder than ear splitting loud. Which is exactly what you want when partying to your favorite artists. The light and video system is pulsing, strobing, and immersive, which is on of the high the point sof the EDM experience. The combination of music and light is a spectacle. To see upcoming events at Stereo Live Dallas, click here!
Many express their love for this venue. Lizard Lounge has two stages (main and smaller stage for breaks) and tend to play non-mainstream DJs come through and that’s perfectly fine with because you’re close to the stage but never too crowded. Some of the best raves/parties have gone down right here. The patio is also awesome with a lot of seats and its easy to mingle with people if desired. The bartenders move quickly, which makes it easy to get water or beer (Thank God). Click upcoming events at Lizard Lounge to see who’s next!
The Bomb Factory
The Bomb Factory is the place know for making unforgettable experiences! The balcony seating is spectacular…some claim buying balcony tickets was one of the best decisions of their lives! The upstairs bar area is very clean, usually uncrowded, and shockingly enough, there are practically never any lines for the restroom. I know what you’re thinking, and yes a line-free bathroom is perhaps the most important thing adressed in this paragraph.
Taboo Lounge is a hidden gem. Not wildly popular but perhaps one of the most fun EDM spots in Dalals. The place has great music and a unrivaled energy and feel to it. Do not be intimidated when approaching, as the venue is incredibly welcoming and impossible to miss with the giant pink letter signaling to those looking to party where to go. This place is known to be artsy with an amazing ambience.
One cannot begin to express how much they love their experiences at Legacy VNYL! There is an umistakble and immediate “wow” factor with the mysterious and sexy vibe, upscale details such as the wild lighting and a beautiful balcony. The bartenders are known to be friendly and effeicient, making your night that much easier and enjoyable!
The bar is huge and shaped like an L so it’s able includes lots of party goers. The DJs tend to play a mix of hip hop and EDM tracks that are really fun. Yet perhaps the most wonderful aspect of VNYL, is drinks are priced reasonably and are strong! With all that it becomes hard to imagine going anywhere else.
Trees is a great venue, serving up fun times day in and day out. The place feels reminiscent of clubs in LA like The Troubadour or The Roxy, which are some of the all time great venues. Many have expressed the love for the fact that you get great view of the stage from pretty much anywhere.
Drink prices are reasonably priced and the bartenders are knonw to be super friendly. If I were you I wouldn’t hesitate to see a show here the next time I come in town. Also fair warning, this is not a huge EDM club, but they have had very famous EDM artist preform here so we recommend seeing who’s performing next. If your a fan of hip hop or rock, this place should have you covered, but again, check to see if your favorite DJ/artist is performing next.
This weekend ushers in a new era of poolside glamour downtown when Secret Sundays // Waterproof begins at the Statler Hotel, which opened officially in February after a long and much-awaited renovation. Atop the 19-story Dallas landmark is a small pool crowned with a statue of Statler mascot Llinda Llee Llama where a helipad used to welcome the rich and famous.
Each Sunday DJs Luchianni and Blake Ward will align the afternoon with “Saint Tropez” vibes as described for about 100 people at a time on an RSVP-required, first-come, first-served basis. There’s a bottle service and cabana option, too. Those interested can get situated here. Regular admission is free. The day runs from noon to 6 p.m.
That series was set to begin last week but rain intervened. It would have scooped The Stoneleigh, which starts a new series called Stoneleigh Splash! on Sunday in the same time slot. Tickets are $10, but include special events like swim-up movies, fashion and art shows, and concerts on the lawn. Partiers hoping for cabana reservations can make them here.
To be seen is one of Sisu’s primary pleasures. All the things we seek out in dark clubs in the wee hours of the morning are here, stripped bare by the sunlight, and the communion of bacchanalian bliss is on full display. Bottles of vodka are ceremoniously carried out by women in skimpy bathing suits. A guy in a tank top floats on his back, wearing sunglasses that have the words “love” and “trap” on each lens. A crew rolls in led by a woman who looks like a Hong Kong pop star, with short cropped black hair and long, flowing pants. In their walk to a VIP cabana, they have somehow grabbed everyone’s attention. They look like they could be the heirs of a Shanghai bankster. And yet, they could be anybody.
Previous to the resort property’s creation of the weekly poolside day club AQUA, A-list DJ talent was limited to Southside and Deep Ellum neighborhoods. Sisu’s opening will forever mark the era when these top tier DJs returned to Dallas’ Uptown/Downtown area. How was this accomplished by one venue? The answer is in the team consisting of resident DJ/Entertainment – Director Wade Randolph Hampton, and his promotional partnership with the Dallas arm of global concert powerhouse SFX and Disco Donnie Presents/Full Access. AQUA has played host to superstar DJs Paul Oakenfold, 12th Planet, Destructo, Cedric Gervais, Dev, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Hardkiss Family and Sliink. Continuing in the tradition of Sisu’s trademark ‘Malibu surf house’ design, the makeover will include a stylish interior ensemble within the 4,500 square foot Spanish home. The new design, created by Hampton, features dramatic changes to the dining room seating, lighting, and sound. Upstairs has transformed into a secluded skybox overlooking the main room, and is outfitted with both a billiards room and a private dining / bar area. Rounding out the second floor is private smoking balcony with a beautiful view of Sisu’s massive pool area. Book a cabana with bottle service for Sisu here.