The Fifteen Restaurants and Bars in DFW That Play the Best Music

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Tried and True has a record player behind the bar, and sometimes they let you pick out an album to play.
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.

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.

See also:
- "The 10 Best Jukeboxes in Dallas"
- "The 10 Most Mind-Blowing Acts in DFW"

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The picnic tables and wooden crate-made stage at The Foundry and Chicken Scratch


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19 comments
Gomez4
Gomez4

Upsetters 14 (Blackboard Jungle Dub) album was on at Spiral Diner a few years ago, i couldn't believe it...

doofUSA
doofUSA

Hmmmm last time I was at Tried and True it was play the same three Black Keys songs over and over again night

Allan Skippy Wise
Allan Skippy Wise

Heard some Burning Spear at the FW Torchy's the other day, while my mouth was burning from the hot sauce.

dlf0093
dlf0093

Aw, this list actually makes me miss Dallas. You left off Lee Harvey's, though. Also, LH's burgers are by far the best burgers.

Steve
Steve

Aw, kiddo, you left out the Inwood Lounge, spinning great vinyl since before you were born.

Shawn Slaughter
Shawn Slaughter

Is like to add "Twilite Lounge" jukebox to the list.

erasethesun
erasethesun

The last time I was at Holy Grail they played nothing but late-nineties angsty Nu-Metal - sounds like they changed it up. 

Matt A Hale
Matt A Hale

This sounds more like "15 places the author frequents."

Winston Rivas
Winston Rivas

Taco Cabana plays the best Music. Always spinning the best in Latin Indie, Cumbia, Fania. Almost makes up for their cold flour tortillas.

xuco1
xuco1

Ships has an awesome jukebox as well.

Elaine Liner
Elaine Liner

I rather like the showtunes played by the pianist at Highland Park Cafeteria in Casa Linda.

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