The live music scene in Dallas/Fort Worth is more diverse than it’s ever been, with exciting new venues offering a variety of concerts and entertainment, as well as tasty food and drink choices. Here’s a guide to some of the best new hot spots.
Spoilt for Choice in Irving
Located in Irving, Toyota Music Factory comprises three venues: a movie theater, an indoor theater, and a boutique amphitheater. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers a variety of blockbusters, as well as beer and other drinks, snacks, and hot dishes. Thanks to The Pavilion’s flexible seating capacity, concerts there can feel cozy and intimate or be massive affairs. And at the third venue, Texas Lottery Plaza, bars and restaurants are arranged around an outdoor stage. Check out the events calendar to see what’s on.
Food offerings include a Brazilian steakhouse, a Salvadorian–Mexican restaurant, and a bar with signature martinis and DJs on Fridays. The Hilton Garden Inn Las Colinas is conveniently close to both the Toyota Music Factory and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The Latest Addition to the DFW Live Music Scene
Texas Live! is next door to Globe Life Field, the home of the MLB team Texas Rangers in Arlington. But the venue also hosts concerts and festivals across many different genres of music.
The nearby Sports & Social Arlington’s two levels offer great food and entertainment options (shuffle puck, anyone?). Dining choices include traditional Texas barbecue, a full bar with two mechanical bulls, a family-friendly pizza place, and a bar with signature cocktails and live music.
A Relaxed Patio in the Suburbs
The Box Garden is an outdoor concert venue and beer garden attached to the Legacy Hall in glitzy Legacy West, Plano (the box refers to the reclaimed shipping containers used in its construction). Sit at the picnic tables or relax in one of the Adirondack chairs and enjoy live music or a watch party of the English Premier League or other sporting events.
The Box Garden has five bars and barbecue stalls. If that’s not enough, you can bring food from the food hall, which features 24 food stalls, two cocktail bars, a wine bar, and a brewery. Grab a seat and eat, drink, dance, and sing – and when you’re done, the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park hotel is a three-minute drive from the Legacy Hall.
The Colony’s Liveliest Music Spot
Lava Cantina offers live music and dining at a more intimate scale. Local and national artists let it rip on the rooftop patio and the outdoor stage. Other events include a live jazz brunch every Sunday, reverse happy hour with live music on the rooftop, and Margarita Mondays to wash down with tasty Creole-Mexican food.
Live Music Under the Oak Trees Uptown
The Rustic, a casual spot in Uptown, offers craft beers, Texas wine, and unpretentious food made from locally sourced ingredients. Grab a picnic table under the oak trees at Pat’s Backyard and listen to some local and regional acts.
Drinks, Fried Chicken, and Tunes in South Dallas
Pick up some buttermilk fried chicken next door at Chicken Scratch, then grab a draft or something stronger and sit down to live music at casual and intimate venue The Foundry. The added bonus is that you’ll cross Dallas’s latest landmark, the Margaret Hunt Bridge, to get there.
Don’t forget to check out our Dallas/Fort Worth destination guide to explore the Big D like a local.