The 10 Best Jukeboxes in Dallas

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Rachel Watts
Sammy's Bar-B-Q in Dallas has a jukebox that is more than 50 years old, and it still plays 45s
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.

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.

See also:
-The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List
-The Ten Most Badass Band Names in DFW
-The Best Bands in DFW: 2012 Edition
-Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

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Rachel Watts
The jukebox at The Windmill Lounge on Maple Avenue
10. The Windmill Lounge
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.

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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

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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

Location Info

Venue

Map

Windmill Lounge

5320 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Londoner Pub - CLOSED

2929 Thomas Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ginger Man

2718 Boll St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Lee Harvey's

1807 Gould St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Cosmo's Bar and Lounge

1212 Skillman St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Crown & Harp

1914 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Ships Lounge

1613 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Adair's

2624 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Sammy's Bar-B-Q

2126 Leonard St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
centuryhouse
centuryhouse

Good writeup, makes me want to check a few out that I hadn't heard. 

grannybunny
grannybunny

The Metro Diner at Hampton & Davis in Oak Cliff has one of the most eclectic jukeboxes around -- George Strait, the Spice Girls, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, you name it -- and is heavy with Stevie Ray Vaughan, since it is within walking distance of his alma mater, Sunset High School.  An awesome jukebox for Spanish-language music can be found at the laundromat on 7th ST between Beckley and Zang, also in Oak Cliff.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Ships has always had a great jukebox going back 25 years or more.

When The Gingerman opened we used to all wonder why there were two or three Frank Sinatra CDs in there and then we learned it was the guilty pleasure of the Manager, Pete.   

I remember nights at Adair's when all you would hear was Merle Haggard's Silver Wings and Eddy Arnold's The Cattle Call over and over.  And that's a good thing.    

dgmga
dgmga

"Surprisingly, for a bar that hosts exclusively country, Southern and rock 'n' roll bands".????

Obviously, you have never been to Lee Harvey's.

in the last two weeks, the bands were: Hunter Sullivan's Big Band, The GOREHOUNDS, Graceland Ninjaz, and just so you can make a point that you where there, maybe once, Leigh Cates.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

nice post, and I've played a couple of these jukeboxes. I wish bars would turn off the tv screens, but then people would just stare at their phones.

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

Best thing about Lee Harvey's is the diversity of music and its free

amandacobra
amandacobra

Pretty sure that the first album listed for the Landing is actually Barbecue Drugs by The King Bucks not a self titled album by a band called Barbecue Drugs.

Jon Jackson
Jon Jackson

Lee Harvey's, you made number seven. Seth Smith, yo dude...

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

ships does have a bad ass jukebox and one of the friendliest bars Ive ever been to

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