Dallas Nightlife

Dallas nightlife is known for being lively, and there are many different options when it comes to having fun after dark in Big D. When North Texas residents and tourists aren't hanging out at one of the many Dallas bars, they can venture into the surrounding cities to see what they have going on when the sun goes down. Fort Worth, for example, can more than satisfy nightlife enthusiasts with its numerous after dark hotspots.

While downtown Fort Worth boasts a healthy collection of bars and clubs, those who are looking for a more unique nightlife experience might prefer Billy Bob's Texas. Dubbed as "The World's Largest Honky Tonk," this country and western nightclub has been a Dallas nightlife fixture since it first opened its doors in 1981. In addition to being a great place to catch some big name music stars, Billy Bob's Texas also offers bull riding events, and right next door is the Cowtown Coliseum. Adding a Cowtown Coliseum rodeo to the itinerary is always worth considering when looking for things to do at night on a Dallas-Fort Worth area escape.

In Dallas proper, there are a few country western-style bars where visitors can hop on a mechanical bull and feel comfortable in boots and ten-gallon hat. Most of the Dallas clubs and bars, however, are of the highbrow variety, especially when it comes to the trendy Uptown District. The Victory Park development features some of the best Uptown Dallas bars and clubs, with the W Hotel being home to one of the local spots for late night carousing. The Zaza Hotel also offers an Uptown bar that is worth keeping on the radar when some Dallas nightlife is in order. When it comes down to it, the bulk of the downtown Dallas hotels have at least one bar that can be ideal for getting some drinks and maybe even some light fare.

In addition to heading Uptown, those who are interested in finding some good Dallas clubs and bars might see what the West End District has to offer. This historic district isn't all about older buildings and the Sixth Floor Museum. The bars and clubs in the West End mostly cater to tourists and business people who are entertaining clients. To the near south, the rising Reunion Tower boasts a bar that looms large over the city, and it can be an excellent place to stop for some drinks in the West End area.

There is something for everyone when it comes to Dallas nightlife, and sports enthusiasts can expect to find plenty of establishments that cater to them. As you might expect, the Dallas sports bars support the local teams. These teams include the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. Both of these professional sports franchises play their home games in Arlington, and while watching them play on TV at a sports bar can be fun, actually heading to a game is worth considering. Coincidentally, Dallas is also home to professional basketball and hockey franchises, and they play plenty of night games as well.

Whether it's some Dallas adult nightlife that you have in mind, or something more tame like the performing arts, there will be no shortage of interesting things to do in Dallas once the sun goes down. Area venues such as the American Airlines Center double as sports venues and concert venues, and you never know what they might have on tap when you're in town. As for the Dallas bars and clubs, they are usually hopping throughout the year, offering nightlife enthusiasts a verifiable bevy of attractive places to cap off a good day.

The Dallas clubs tend to have relatively strict dress codes. As such, visitors who are interested in doing some dancing will want to pack accordingly. This doesn't mean that a tuxedo or an uber-expensive party dress is exactly needed. You'll just want to avoid wearing tank tops, t-shirts, flip-flops, and other blatantly casual garb. Dress to impress is the best advice.

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