Hate Your Family? 10 Dark Bars to Find Joy In Dallas

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Ten Bells Tavern is always happy to see you.
If you'd like to tip your hat to the English for taking that whole religious-oppression thing so seriously, head out to the British-inspired Ten Bells Tavern (232 W. 7th St.) in the Bishop Arts District. Ten Bells Tavern will pour its first pint of Peticolas' Royal Scandal at 6 p.m.

Then you can hop across the street to play a little pool or watch football highlights at The Oak Cliff Social Club (238 W. Davis St.). Who knows what shenanigans they'll be up to, but the bar opens at 8 p.m.

A close runner-up in the Best of in the general dark bar categories, The Libertine (2101 Greenville Ave), will surely be available to help you take that edge off on Thursday evening. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Location Info

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Ships Lounge

1613 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Cosmo's Bar and Lounge

1212 Skillman St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Oak Cliff Social Club

238 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Libertine Bar

2101 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Adair's

2624 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Idle Rich Pub

2614 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

BlackFriar Pub

2621 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Fillmore Pub

1004 E. 15th St., Plano, TX

Category: Music


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21 comments
greasybritt
greasybritt

as a cliff dweller it surprises me that Tradewides was beaten about by two Bishop Arts johnny come lately's.   Not that they aren't great, cuz they are..but Ten Bells actually has an outside area and OCSC is a bit visible.   Tradewinds is all about the dark.

figgotron
figgotron

taking a picture in Cosmo's during the day is pure sacrilege.

michaelfoley99
michaelfoley99

2 dollar Wells at the Cavern Now the Crown and Harp (lower greenville across the street from Taco Cabana)

halldecker
halldecker

You left out The Hidden Door,  Lemmon at Mahanna.   Open 7a-2a,  if you need an early start before you go to the relatives.

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

I don't hate my family, such as it is, but I do hate myself.  I presume the same rules apply.

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

Happy Thanksgiving, LDD.  Don't spend too much time in the bars!

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Go somewhere ? And get caught in the no refusal weekend crack down ? I would much rather enjoy sitting in the living room Laz-E-Boy Glaring at the merrymakers while drinking double shots of cheap West Indies Rum .

Herbert Hughes
Herbert Hughes

Well it is not a dark bar, but both Buttons locations have Thanksgiving night live music...Blues in Fort Worth and R&B in Addison. This is our first year opening this night, but so many people asked we decided to open for the evening.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @Blahblahusername 

 

It's not always easy to fill a blog/weekly mag. I imagine poor Eric Nicholson gets the brunt of the "lame" assignments.....in which NO ONE is pleased. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @danielslauren 

I didn't think that CS EVER closed-wow!  It's like that place over by the old Lipstick Cabaret;  I think it's the  Red Lion Pub? You drive around back to park, and there in a common outside area amongst scattered tables are hookers, truckers, up all nighters, strippers and regular folk.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

   @Blahblahusername 

 

Okay, now let's be Christian during this time of our lord's, uhmmm, celebration of capturing the Indians?  Can I say Christian without the ACLU or some other liberal group getting mad and dumping paint on my fur coat? 

 

I give thanks on this day that the Indians didn't annihilate us when we got off at Plymouth!   Speaking of Plymouth, I once wanted to take an inflatable boat down the Cape Cod Canal, and get shot out down by the old Horizon's Restaurant. 

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