Shit List: The Worst Venue Bathrooms in Dallas

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Public restrooms are never pretty. At best, they're clean, utilitarian, and stocked.

Concert venues are, in particular, hot spots for awfulness in the public restroom arena. Even the cleanest, most well-stocked loo can turn into a soggy mess after visits from a few particularly intoxicated patrons.

We sympathize with venues. We really do. Those drunken hordes are quite the chaos element, and they can throw a wrench into even the most well-planned cleanup operation. 

But  we think we've stepped over enough piles of puke-soaked toilet paper to earn some bitching rights. And we've certainly been to enough foul facilities to formulate a list of the worst venue bathrooms in the Dallas music scene. See our list in full after the jump.

For the record, your humble reporter is female, so these are all women's rooms. And let's face it: If the ladies' room is bad, the men's room has to be worse.

Reno's Chop Shop Saloon. Sloshing through an inch of water on the floor and maneuvering around the mountainous piles of toilet paper is just the first step. Odds of being cornered by a crying drunk girl who wants to tell you the whole story of her latest breakup while you're trying to locate paper towels to dry your hands? Two to one. Odds of actually finding paper towels to dry your hands? Ten to one. That's because they're all in a soggy pile on the floor. Wipe your hands on your jeans and run before the crying girl starts trying to hug you.

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Brandy Lemmon Owen
Brandy Lemmon Owen

I must disagree with the comment--" And let's face it: If the ladies' room is bad, the men's room has to be worse."

The chicks bathroom is always the worst. My husband was a well known bathroom guitarist in topless bathrooms for a while and then onto management in night clubs and after-hours parties.

And myself in charge of monitoring RR quality at 5 story nightclubs with a facility on each floor. From Plush to SKYEE to topless bars to UT after-hours in Austin ..The chick bathrooms are always worse than the guys. ALWAYS!

Chicks use way more toilet paper and always have at the least 2 clogged up toilets per restroom per night because of tampons and crazy drunk toilet paper usage. And I think in general girls throw up more in the restrooms than guys. At clubs dudes usually throw-up in trash cans or outside. Just saying I have spent thousands of hours watching people defile toilets in clubs and chicks toilets are always worse than the guys.

Shelley
Shelley

the ice house should be at the top of the list.  especially since anyone walking around the back of the building can be eye level with you while you're squatting and wondering why there is a window in the bathroom...a window with no curtain/blinds.  also, even though you can't beat their $5 pitcher, you may want to make sure its not growing mold, and that the rag they "wipe it clean" with is not the same rag they use to wipe down the bar!

Bigmac Tony
Bigmac Tony

You seem like a prissy spoiled little girl.

And when is Dada ever crowded? 

Anon.
Anon.

I'd like to throw the bathrooms at the Lakewood Landing in the mix...

Willile
Willile

I tended bar waaaayyy back in college, and the the crap that women would do was unbelievable, and I agree about the stuff they'd try to flush down the toilet.  But I gotta say the funniest was the day a bunch of alumni came in at lunch, drunk as pigs (as they should be) and one guy actually took a crap in the urinal.  I'm still not sure how he hoisted himself up there.  Sorta impressed ...

Bellyupdallas
Bellyupdallas

Cornerbar...you cannot move in those cubicals

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

This is a waste of space on a pretty decent blog. Shame

the LZA
the LZA

can't stand advertisements in a dirty club bathroom. if you are generating revenue from the add on the stall door keep the place clean

ralliart2k4
ralliart2k4

If you think that's a bad restroom at Lee Harvey's, you need to go check out the men's room at the inside bar there.  Actually, none of those look too horrible.  The men's room at all those places is funkier.

Eeeeeew
Eeeeeew

PROPHET BAR/THE DOOR. Gypsy was able to keep the doors attached and the plumbing in good repair, which makes me think this stems from either cheap owners, or general laziness. Either way, it's effin' gross.

dlcole76054
dlcole76054

There used to be a C&W Honkeytonk off Lemmon near the Toll Road that served lone Star via the pitcher.  The guys would just piss in the sink because they had to go so badly... then there is the old fashioned Drive In movie with the long metal tray.  Just mosey up and let er rip... ;-)

Eddie
Eddie

I see Deep Ellum is well represented in this list, but it also has the oldest buildings in the city.

I remember back in the day the Meridian mens room was tough to handle and the ladies room having some of the funniest graffiti I've ever read.

nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

the old men's room at dada (prior to the renovation) was like a 3rd world country.  now they have a perfectly nice men's room.  a.  as in one single one.  for a crowded venue.

bigdtootall
bigdtootall

Anyone who takes a shit in bar deserves a shitty spot!

easily amused
easily amused

The most crowded restrooms at the big amphitheater the restrooms at the side of the hill, but most people forget that's there a restroom/food court area kinda behind the stage area (to the far right of the lawn/reserved seats if you're facing the stage). There's hardly anyone there during a show, but even during set changes you can get a hot dog and go to the bathroom really quick...no worse than a 3/4 full Rangers game--from your seat and back in 5-10 minutes maybe with virtually no line if any.

gabbahey
gabbahey

Laura, you mentioned the can at Lee Harvey's, but that's the women's room. The men's room is far worse for wear.

Nicolle
Nicolle

Not to worry ladies! Most of the venue is under construction and the bathrooms are top on the list of improvements! I'm a bartender here and a patron. Believe me, we try to keep it clean but Fri/Sat nights are busy. The remodel will be a great help!

Annie Williams
Annie Williams

The Roundup Saloon and Throckmorton Mining Company have disgusting restrooms. My most pleasant surprise has been the port-a-potties at Scarborough Faire (not the big pavillion restroom facility - this is a section a little bit hidden away that is all port-o-lets). Even in the blazing heat of late afternoon they did not smell and were fairly clean.

Emily Morris
Emily Morris

The ladies' room at Adair's is SICK. Even the toilet was scribbled on in Sharpie :(

bobbyv
bobbyv

Actually, it's been my experience that the men's room is cleaner than the women's restroom.  Women are pigs in the restroom. I think because they do so much "stuff" in there.  I waited tables and worked in a few bars when I was younger and after the places closed, I've seen and cleaned the restrooms and the women's potty was always the far worse of the two.  And after I got older and now have worked in several office enviornments, everyplace I've worked, I've heard women complain about how nasty their bathroom is.  It's an ongoing problem at my workplace now.  However,  the men's room here is always nice and clean.

Jim Suhler
Jim Suhler

The Goat on Gaston Avenue easily beats all theses crappers in the nastiness department. Positively vile.

Sthornton
Sthornton

Ditto for the girls' room. It was a travesty before, even with 2 toilets. 

Lee Harvey's Patron
Lee Harvey's Patron

Quit bitching and use the newer ones out on the covered patio, both of you!

Nicolle
Nicolle

I was speaking about Renos, by the way. ;-)

Laura
Laura

Roundup and TMC are pretty bad; we tried to stick to concert venues, as this is a music blog, but for the worst ladies' room in the gayborhood, I'd have to nominate JR's (no doors on the stalls - I'm fairly certain that the JR's women's room on Halloween is the seventh circle of hell).

Laura
Laura

The Allgood crapper is lovely!  The scented candles are a nice touch.

juan bobo
juan bobo

Right on: I was in the bar biz for 16 years, and the women's restroom was by far the worst at every venue.  I began to see it as them trashing it then complaining about, and don't even get me started about the things they tried to flush.

Laura
Laura

Good to hear!  Yeah, I totally sympathize, as I've worked in the service industry for years and I know how hard it is to keep stuff clean.  Can't wait for the remodel - keep us updated!

nakedlens
nakedlens

You guys are actually going to discuss the cleanliness of a bathroom at gay denim clubs?

You do realize that a lot of the patrons PREFER them that way, yes?

Laura
Laura

yeah, I worked at a coffee shop with a unisex restroom for many years, and although the guys pee all over the floor, nothing's grosser than having the toilet back up because some lady tried to flush a douche (true story - I didn't know what one looked like til I plunged, yelled 'what on earth is that', and a coworker enlightened me)

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