Five Dallas Music Venues We Wish Were Still Open

hotklub1982.jpg
Steve Pataki
The late, great Hot Klub, circa 1981
In any major city, musical venues come and go. Some closures are well-deserved: bad sound, weak promotions, etc. But other times, a place shutting its doors is a kick in the teeth for any local music fan. Here is my list of five long-gone musical establishments I wish were still open.

Agora Ballroom
Located at the corner of Northwest Highway and Abrams, the Agora Ballroom was a cool place in a cool part of town. After its demise, the area never saw another venue.
Best show I saw there: Psychedelic Furs

Arcadia
Sadly, fire demolished the Arcadia in 2006, but the venue was a shining star on Greenville Avenue for many years.
Best show I saw there: The Replacements

Gypsy Tearoom
Yes, I know that this venue just changed names and is now called The Door, but the vibe is not the same. When the Gypsy was on a roll, there was no other venue that booked better talent.
Best shows I saw there: Gang of Four reunion and Yo La Tengo
Worst show: Ryan Adams yelling at everyone for talking.

stickmen32.jpg
Stick Men With Ray Guns at the Hot Klub
Hot Klub
A dirty, dimly lit dive that was a punk rock heaven in the early '80s. I used my brother's ID to get in because I was a minor. With absolutely no ambiance, the music had to do the talking. Thankfully, the local and national talent did just that.
Best show I saw there: Hüsker Dü

Bronco Bowl
A bowling alley and a concert hall? Yes, and it worked out fine. The sound wasn't that great, but the Bronco Bowl was the perfect mid-sized venue for acts that were a bit too big for the club scene. Demolished in 2003, the site now hosts a Home Depot.
Best shows I saw there: Talking Heads and The Clash



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
48 comments
gene.vacant
gene.vacant

Anybody remember THE WINTERGARDEN BALLROOM? Saw my very 1st show there, The Ramones / The Romantics (April 1980), also saw Devo there in '81.  STUDIO D -- Misfits / Stick Men With Ray Guns / Hari Kari (February 1983), & Dead Kennedys / MDC / Stick Men With Ray Guns / Butthole Surfers / Hugh Beaumont Experience (August 1982).  TWILITE ROOM (a/k/a LIBERTY HALL a/k/a CIRCLE A RANCH a/k/a THE (OB)SCENE) -- GG Allin / G-Spot / Model 12 (August 1985), The Exploited / U.K. Subs / Stick Men With Ray Guns (April 1985), & Black Flag / Meat Puppets / Nig-Heist (March 1984).  THE HOT KLUB -- Circle Jerks / Mohawk Mike and the Metros (June 1982)...

Pamela Ruyle
Pamela Ruyle

Deep Ellum Live and Bomb Factory...but miss Gypsy Tea/Ballroom.

parker
parker

bronco bowl......the smiths......'nuff said

Willy Evans
Willy Evans

Bronco Bowl was really too cool for school!!

Jonathan
Jonathan

The Door and Prophet Bar are no consolation for the Gypsy Tea Room.  I really miss that place and Deep Ellum Live.  Heck, even Trees, Liquid Lounge, and Curtain Club used to be places I loved to go.  La Grange and Dada have pretty good shows.  Mostly thanks to Parade of Flesh.

Clancy Manuel
Clancy Manuel

Dave's Art and Pawn Shop, Chumley's, The Main Bar, Dunebuggy Headquarters (both locations), The Orbit Room..

DallasRnB
DallasRnB

Your missing "On the Rocks" and most importantly THE BASEMENT!!!!

Kort Peters
Kort Peters

Oasis at Bronco Bowl. Miss that place. Also agree on Tea Room. You missed Deep Ellum Live on the list. Our Lady Peace was amazing there. And Trees in the heyday. I saw Third Eye Blind there

Judy Jones Rotzoll
Judy Jones Rotzoll

Since I had never been to The Hot Klub, I cannot agree or disagree, but I'd expand the list by including Twilight Room & Bomb Factory (before they starting using it for all night raves). Saw a lot of the same shows you did. I am still in mourning for several of these venues.

Barry Boyd
Barry Boyd

10 cent drinks on Monday at the Basement. Living Daylights on Tuesdays at the original Prophet Bar. Wednesday open mic at the old Poor Davids. Sneaking out of my parents house to got to Thursday night punk shows at The Twilight Room. Friday was always Club Clearview night.

Benn Allen
Benn Allen

The Ritz, the Basement and Tommy's Deep Ellum (in all its various names) are some of the venues I miss. Gotta agree about the Arcadia and Bronco Bowl, though.

rogernorthup
rogernorthup

I'm old:

Bronco Bowl - Depeche Mode, Thomas Dolby, Big Country, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, etc.

Arcadia  - The Cure

McPhail
McPhail

Bronco Bowl - Red Hot Chili Peppers, w Smashing Pumpkins & Peal Jam  

Arcadia - The Ramones

Tommy's / Deep Ellum Live - Ministry w KMFDM

Club Clearview - Sonic Youth

tommygypsy
tommygypsy

Husker Du , Redd Kross, Flaming Lips (when they were just a 3 pc rock band) and many more at TG in the mid to late 80s...Twilight Room was a dump, but when I was a kid I thought it was the coolest place ever...the last real DKs show in Dallas.

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

"Northwest Highway and Abrams,  a cool part of town."

 

Sorry, I can't make it past this absurd statement to read the rest of the garbage you wrote afterward!

CherryBomb
CherryBomb

Oh Bronco Bowl, you dirty sleazy mess...........How I miss you!

 

Among the acts I recall seeing there:

Bonham

Kings X

Ace Frehley

Motley Crew w/Axe

Ratt w/Twisted Sister

Soundgarden w/Pearl Jam

Joe Satriani

The Black Crowes

txmuzik
txmuzik

Where to begin, at the Agora we saw The Pretenders and the original English Beat, at the Arcadia we saw Steve Earle & The Dukes open for Los Lobos in a show went way past curfew, at the Hot Klub I saw the Go Go's (couple months later they played Reunion), Bronco Bowl ? how 'bout Dylan (awesome band!) and Springsteen (solo!),  and Gypsy Tea Room ... Wilco a few times - all awesome, Patti Smith twice, My Morning Jacket a few times (once in the Tea Room!), sooooooo many others .... the days before HOB and Verizon, sigh ...

nick.rallo
nick.rallo moderator

AHhhhh, I saw Wilco at the Gyspy Tea Room. They played "Immigrant Song." It was fucking awesome.

Barry Kooda
Barry Kooda

Nairobi Room, Studio D, Manhaten Clearing House, Random Scam, Theater Gallery, DJ's, Twilight Room.....I can't pick just 5

darrylrs
darrylrs

I did, however, leave off a few contenders such as the Twilight Room, Zero's Lounge and Studio D. Anyone remember Studio D? What a dump. I remember showing up for a gig by San Antonio's Marching Plague and the place was a mess from a show the night before. The audience actually cleaned up the place before the show! Saw the Big Boys there. One of the best shows ever.

BabyArm
BabyArm

This article could be revised to a top 6 if Three Teardrops was added.

MikeDunlap
MikeDunlap

The Bomb Factory and Deep Ellum Live.

aacom
aacom

Orbit Room didn't make the list?

TerryBamBamGordy
TerryBamBamGordy

Once, before you were born, there was a magical place called Reunion Arena.

PaulRiddell
PaulRiddell

I'd have to add Bar of Soap to this list as a subset of The Hot Club, mostly because of the number of Hot Club folks who were later involved with BoS. And now its old space is the site of a hipster bike shop. Blues.

darrylrs
darrylrs

@1morereason2carry why all the hate? go drink a beer. at that time, it was a cool area and now it is certainly not that bad. business is back (she new Jc Penny, etc.) when i was 17 and got to drive from west fort worth, that area seemed like heaven.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

 @CherryBomb

 The Clash

REM

Bruce Springsteen (really)

Echo and the Bunnymen

Elvis Costello, Terence Trent D'arby, Stray Cats, Chris Isaak

Mervis
Mervis

 @CherryBomb

 Smashing Pumpkins

Stone Temple Pilots

Audioslave

Linkin Park

darrylrs
darrylrs

@txmuzik I know what you mean about HOB and Verizon. Since a lot of my son's favorite bands hit HOB, I am forced to go. Love being searched just for the sake of bad sound. At least I got to see Van Morrison at Verizon.

Barry Kooda
Barry Kooda

 @darrylrs We used to have to squeegee the water off the dance floor at TG before we played. I loved those nasty ass places.

darrylrs
darrylrs

@TerryBamBamGordy before I was born? you got to be kidding? caught The Who at Reunion in 82. I saw Dylan there about two months before it was closed for good. Don't miss it. Don't want it back.

CavePaintings
CavePaintings

 @PaulRiddell 

You're confusing the Hot Klub with the Twilite Room. HK was owned and operated by Mark Lee- who went on to start 462 Productions with Danny Eaton- and they put most of the amazing shows at Bronco Bowl during the 80's and 90's. BoS was owned by Charlie Gilder, who also owned the Twilite Room.

keeponcarryinon
keeponcarryinon

 

Not everyone is an alcoholic incapable of dealing with life without alcohol.

 

Whewwww JC PENNY! Biz is back! Lets all take a trip to cool town!

PaulRiddell
PaulRiddell

@CavePaintings You're right. The confusion was mostly due to the number of BoS regulars who talked up the Hot Klub constantly. In my case, though, it was way ahead of my time: hell, I wasn't even able to get to Tango before it closed because Texas changed the legal drinking age in 1986 without a grandfather clause, so I had to wait just short of a year before I could get back into clubs with a firm "legal age only" restriction.

darrylrs
darrylrs

@keeponcarryinon @Anon what an ugly, stupid comment. All from me writing about some clubs that I missed. wow. you should ask yourself why you are such a hateful, ugly person. I can't imagine what horrible things have brought you to your current state of being.

Anon
Anon

ask @keeponcarryinon about his parents' alcoholism

darrylrs
darrylrs

@keeponcarryinon if anyone needs a drink, it's you or your mate. so bitter. even though i can deal with life without alcohol, you would drive me to drink!

will
will

 @keeponcarryinon haha! so THAT'S where all the anger comes from. all of the "Obama voting illiterates". shouldn't you be on theblaze.com, or trolling CNN?

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

 @PaulRiddell Unless something has changed in the past month or so the old Bar of Dope location is empty again after briefly trying to be a post/mail box center.

 

 

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...