The 10 Best Jukeboxes in Dallas
Jukeboxes serve a simple yet critical role in bars everywhere. They can help you cope after a breakup, relax you after a long day of work, remind you of what you love most or fire you up and give you something to dance to.
Rachel Watts Sammy's Bar-B-Q in Dallas has a jukebox that is more than 50 years old, and it still plays 45s
A jukebox used to be the imprint of a bar's spirit, hosting a select set of albums and songs that shed light on that bar's personality, the character of its regulars and ultimately the soul of the place. While they certainly aren't what they used to be, with digital jukeboxes playing anything you could possibly want, a few gems with lovingly hand-picked selections remain. Here are the 10 best in Dallas, Texas.
10. The Windmill Lounge
Rachel Watts The jukebox at The Windmill Lounge on Maple Avenue
Stats: The jukebox, which is at least 20 years old, according to the bar owner Charlie Papaceno, holds 100 CDs.
Bartender says: "It has Tom Petty in there, which I loathe, but when people get drunk, they wanna hear Tom Petty."
Music includes: Jennifer Lopez, Love?; Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Windmill Lounge Presents, Windmill Picks (a collection of customers' favorite tunes) featuring The Sopranos theme song, Beastie Boys, Santigold and Digital Underground.
Rachel Watts The Londoner Uptown's jukebox
9. The Londoner Uptown
Stats: Although you might first mistake it for a newer internet jukebox, look again and you'll see that it's simply an updated CD jukebox. If you go to The Londoner in the early afternoon, the staff often has the jukebox set to "free" mode, and let customers pick songs to play.
Staff says: "This is pretty much our staple. We prefer to use it over our Pandora station, although people come in and play the same songs over and over."
Music includes: Fitz and the Tantrums, Pickin' Up the Pieces; Eric Clapton, 461 Ocean Boulevard; The Verve, Urban Hymns
Rachel Watts The jukebox at The Ginger Man in Uptown
8. Ginger Man
Stats: This beer- and wine-only bar in Uptown has a jukebox that is a little more contemporary than most CD-holding bars in Dallas, which means that the staff changes it out more than most.
Customer says: "This is the jukebox you can use if you want to impress a girl with your taste in music."
Music includes: The National, Boxer; Misfits, Static Age; Bob Seger, Greatest Hits
5320 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX