Visit our 13 entertainment districts all within a short distance of downtown each with their own local history and flavor offering a unique mixture of arts culture shopping dining and fun.
Bishop Arts Districtwww.bishopartsdistrict.com The best kept secret south of downtown Dallas. This historic Oak Cliff neighborhood has been restored to its former glory with a mix of restaurants retail and art galleries. In this one-of-a-kind district you will find great restaurants such as Hattie’s American Bistro and Cosmo Rouge hotels such as the new Belmont and various shops with vintage treasures and more.
Dallas Arts Districtwww.artsdistrict.org The largest urban arts district is composed of an area in downtown dedicated to the arts with a total of 19 blocks and more than 60 acres devoted to a variety of festivals performances museums and local arts organizations including the Dallas Museum of Art the Crow Collection of Asian Art the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear Opera House and the Nasher Sculpture Center.
A center for blues musicians and artists in the 1920s Deep Ellum today offers avant-garde cuisine galleries retail bars and live music. Popular by day for business lunches and bustling at night with club patrons Deep Ellum has broad appeal. The Angry Dog restaurant is a local favorite for hamburgers chilidogs and hot wings and its brick walls and dimly lit setting make it an ideal lunch hideout. Izmir Mediterranean Tapas has a dramatic atmosphere and offers tapas and Turkish coffee which adds an eclectic element to diverse Deep Ellum. It has been voted “Best Live Music Venue” several times by various local publications. Among the live venues The Green Room has some of the best views of downtown and a great selection of upscale cuisine that patrons can enjoy on the rooftop patio.
Fair Parkwww.fairpark.org Each year more than 6 million people visit Fair Park and its nine museums. The Park has the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the country. The educational facilities range from the Age of Steam Museum to the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future to the African American Museum. Fair Park is also the location of the annual Texas State Fair. Held every fall the Fair attracts almost 3 million people in 24 days.
Upper and Lower Greenville
The Greenville Avenue dining retail and entertainment districts attract a young funky crowd to its “lower” block nestled in a 1920’s residential area as well as young professionals seeking trendy casual elegance in its “upper” region. Don’t miss Lower and Upper Greenville for their reasonably priced homegrown restaurants pubs and boutiques. Nero’s is a Dallas favorite for Italian cuisine and is known for its pink garlic bread and checkered tablecloths. Cafe Nostra is open late and is an ideal place to stop after a long night out. Stan’s Blue Note another Greenville favorite has 100 types of bottled beer and 50 draft options outside patios and a shuffleboard court. The Blue Goose Cantina draws a distinctive crowd from college students to bikers. Patrons can unwind on the patio and enjoy the sights of Greenville Avenue. For more than 27 years Dallas locals have stopped at Snuffer’s Restaurant for one of the city’s best burgers and their famous cheese fries. A Dallas favorite for 15 years Terilli’s specializes in Italian food and great service in a cozy and distinctive atmosphere. Enjoy live jazz Thursday through Saturday evenings.
For antique shops dining and quaint boutiques visit the popular two-mile district straddling North Central Expressway near Downtown Dallas called Knox-Henderson. Visitors can tour the Henderson side east of Central Expressway for antiques and one-of-a-kind boutiques. The Knox side on the west features popular bars restaurants and additional shopping. Fireside Pies a gourmet pizza hangout offers inventive toppings from local merchants and delicious salads. A popular Knox stop is Tei Tei a restaurant with modern Asian design an impressive bar and an extensive sushi menu. La Duni is a funky favorite for Latin American dishes and The Old Monk a traditional bar with a loyal following has exceptional fish and chips and serves an extensive collection of imported beers. On-the-go travelers can grab hot dogs and hand-dipped frozen custard from Wild About Harry’s on their way to the Knox Street Market for charming home furnishings with Texas flair.
Main Streetwww.downtowndallas.org Downtown Dallas’ Main Street is anchored by the Neiman Marcus flagship store and the historic Adolphus and Magnolia Hotels. This entertainment district has been revitalized over the past several years and is now alive with new entertainment options. Stone Street Gardens an urban oasis in the middle of downtown provides spaces for dining and entertainment including seasonal concerts on Pegasus Plaza. Also clubs keep the area active at night. And nearby Gilley’s is a true Texas experience with live country music a mechanical bull food drinks and plenty of room on the dance floor.
Mockingbird Stationwww.mockingbirdstation.com Located at Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway Mockingbird Station is served by the North Central segment of the DART Rail Red and Blue Lines. This cutting-edge development features metropolitan loft living above street front dining and retail. This area is truly a local favorite that is known for its coveted boutiques popular restaurants nightlife and Angelika Theater.
Oak lawnwww.oaklawncommittee.org Known for its elegant high-rise condominiums along historic Turtle Creek Oak Lawn also features shopping eclectic restaurants and a diverse nightlife scene embracing all lifestyles. This area boasts nightlife hot spots such as Station 4 The Brick Woody’s J.R.’s Sue Ellen’s and The Round Up Saloon most of which are located along Cedar Springs Road. Oak Lawn is also contiguous with the Dallas Design District and so much of the area conveys a very “artsy” and upscale feeling.
Uptownwww.uptowndallas.net To travel from downtown to Uptown visitors can hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley for a FREE ride. The trolley is operated by volunteers and is one of the largest volunteer trolley systems in the United States. This 125-year-old neighborhood blends historic homes with new high-rise residences. Uptown boasts 40 art galleries and antique shops 85 restaurants four exclusive hotels three bed and breakfasts three performance theaters one movie theater and four historic cemeteries. Unique hotels include the urban resort Hotel ZaZa with its individually themed suites and restaurant Dragonfly. Others are Hotel Crescent Court Hotel St. Germain The Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Stoneleigh Hotel all of which have their special niche and unique history. Stanley Korshak the award winning privately owned specialty store is located inside The Crescent and offers an extraordinary shopping experience. Uptown Bar & Grill is a karaoke destination in the evenings and an entertaining lunch option during the day. With a spirited wait staff great burgers and bar-wide trivia games Uptown Bar & Grill is a fun change of pace.
Victory Parkwww.victorypark.com The Victory Park project began with the American Airlines Center home of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars and the project has expanded to include dining shopping and living space. The 72-acre district includes Dallas’ first W Hotel & Residences—topped out with the ultra-lounge Ghostbar. There are two five-story retail buildings with eight movable HD video screens in the “plaza.” The screens move on rails somewhat like roller-coaster rails showing a customized program of sports entertainment and select cultural events. Victory Park boasts urban residential units above street front retailers distinctive dining coveted boutiques and endless entertainment; an urban park; state-of-the-art office space; WFAA-TV (ABC) television studio; and light-rail connection to the Dallas Convention Center. Restaurants in Victory Park include many coveted dining establishments. Victory Park is one of Dallas’ most impressive visitor destinations.
West End Historic Districtwww.dallaswestend.org The West End Historic District in downtown transformed a multi-block area of turn-of-the-century storefronts and warehouses into shops restaurants and nightclubs. Accessible by DART light rail and minutes from the Dallas Convention Center and Victory Park the area is home to the annual Taste of Dallas Event the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza honoring the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy the Dallas World Aquarium the Holocaust Museum horse-drawn carriage rides outdoor cafes retail and restored loft apartments.
Within Uptown and along the McKinney Avenue Trolley M-Line is the new West Village entertainment area—an eclectic mix of shops from home décor and clothing stores to restaurants bars and clubs. Residential lofts overlook busy streets giving an urban feel to the Village. Crú Wine Bar is a must-see where patrons can sit outside and enjoy premium wines and cheeses. For a more casual option Taco Diner offers Mexican dishes in a sleek and modern atmosphere. Cowboy Cool is a true blend of Texas with custom-made western wear including cowboy hats boots and other distinctive garments.
Source: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau