The Best Patios in Dallas That Host Live Music
Prime patio weather might have passed us by in, oh, May, but people in Dallas still love drinking their booze outside. Fortunately for us, the weather gods have seen it fit to bless us with a respite from the heat in the form of a summertime polar vortex. That means that for one brief, shining moment local happy-hour connoisseurs have their chance to shine.
Catherine Downes This scene + live music = polar vortex bliss
They're not alone, though: A great patio offers the comforts of your favorite bar as well as the musical stylings of the city's best bands. Dallas bars are pretty skilled at booking good up-and-coming acts, and these patios are some the best places to unwind with your favorite adult beverages and a great show.
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2702 Main St., Dallas
Everyone's flocking to Pecan Lodge for the great barbecue, but the live music on the restaurant's Back Porch is a great way to eat your way into a meat coma while enjoying some good tunes. There's live music on most Friday and Saturday nights, and you can verify whether or not there's going to be a band on the Pecan Lodge website. Order a beef rib, down a few pints of the restaurant's signature Four Corners Boss Lady beer and enjoy the typically rootsy musical stylings at this Dallas dining institution.
Sundown at Granada
3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas
Being next door to one of the city's most beloved music venues makes listening to up-and-coming bands on the chill patio at Sundown at Granada a no-brainer. There's something different going on every day at Sundown, and you'll find musicians of all genres on the schedule, including indie, blues, rock and reggae. There's also a full menu of healthy, organic food to make you feel a little better about all those beers you're going to drink.
2917 Fairmount St., Dallas
Sure, Uptown may not exactly be your scene, but the Common Table has a little something different than your average dude-bro infested bar. Indie bands are usually on the bill, but you can hear plenty of local variety like upcoming acts Rania Khoury and Vanessa Peters on Thursdays and Saturdays. There's also a very good possibility that the Common Table will be tapping some rare or new-to-the-scene beer, which is the best kind of added bonus.
2303 Pittman St., Dallas
This Bishop Arts bar's patio stage is constructed almost entirely from wooden pallets and is easily the coolest patio stage in town. Oh, and that's before considering that some of the best local and national indie acts play it regularly. It may be technically more of a music venue, but these small and intimate shows coupled with great booze and food from Chicken Scratch make it worthy of inclusion on this list.
5624 Sears St., Dallas
Practically all of Truck Yard is a patio, even if you're sitting indoors, and there are few places that are better set up for thirsty music fans to sit back and enjoy some great tunes. The concert schedule here is a little erratic and difficult to track down, but you can check out their Facebook page to see who's playing when. Besides, maybe it's best if music just spontaneously appears when you're heading down there for one of those epic cheesesteaks or a Frozen Trash Can Punch daiquiri.