The Fifteen Restaurants and Bars in DFW That Play the Best Music
Many moons ago, I worked at an Applebee's Bar & Grill. It's been a while since I threw in the apron, but to this day I still cannot listen to a handful of songs that were on a torturous loop at the neighborhood bar and grill, including "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, "Joy to the World" (known to many as the "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog" song) by Three Dog Night, or "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood.
Tried and True has a record player behind the bar, and sometimes they let you pick out an album to play.
Maybe if I'd had this blog post when I was first applying for jobs, I could have been spared. Without further ado, here's a list of places to eat or drink that don't play shitty music.
15. Amruth Cafe in Irving
Amruth Cafe in Irving: The mango-colored walls that line the Indian restaurant and buffet have not a single thing on them except a printed-out sheet of paper that reads "Please Don't' Waste Food" and a giant flat screen TV that plays nothing but Bollywood's best soundtrack hits while you eat from their delicious Indian buffet. (The samosas there, man.)
14. The Libertine Bar
The Libertine Bar: Somewhere between their annual corn dog battle, the lavish beer dinners and half-price food Tuesday nights, the Libertine manages to fit in awesome local tunes (last year's Toys for Tots Benefit featured Cutter & J. Charles & the Trainrobbers). If they're not booking good bands, they're serenading you from the speakers with countless rock legends.
13. The Cedars Social
The Cedars Social: Expect to hear some Frank Sinatra or some Zero 7 to be played inside of The Cedars Social's secret agent-themed bar and restaurant. The swanky music mixed with a combination of the understated theme of danger, sex and cocktails make The Cedars Social the best place to go for non-shitty music if you're on a date.
Bryan Street Tavern
12. Bryan Street Tavern: An East Dallas favorite, you should go to Bryan Street Tavern for the giant pizzas and stay for the pool, life-sized Jenga and dueling stages. Good music is everywhere at the tavern, where you can take your pick between listening to live local music, putting a dollar in the jukebox or humming along to BST's pandora station.
The packed out patio at Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House near Lakewood
11. Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House: With 16 American taps, five locals and more than 60 bottled beers, there is plenty of incentive to go to Goodfriend's kitchen and bar near Lakewood, but the cool thing is that when you get there, you'll be in hog heaven if you're a folk or Americana nerd. Bands like Wilco, Ryan Adams and Father John Misty dominate the PA over at Goodfriend, so you've got some pretty reflective tunes to hear while you sample a gazillion beers and munch on the restaurant's delicious pigs in a blanket with mustard dip.
The picnic tables and wooden crate-made stage at The Foundry and Chicken Scratch