The Best Smoking Patios in Dallas

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Mike Brooks
Smokers of the world unite!

Look, fellow smokers, it's probably for the best we can't smoke indoors at shows any more. It was pretty sad for everyone, and dry ice is much less life threatening, probably. If you want to have some of the ol' tobacco, there are many solutions around Dallas, all of which involve blowing smoke into the sky.

So what makes a good smoking patio? Well, it must be roomy enough that you're not making your non-smoking friends sad when they politely accompany you outside. It must be conveniently located near the actual concert. It must be shady, because the summer is no good. It should look nice, because smokers are fickle and need shiny things to entertain them.

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5. The Granada Theater

You'll always meet whoever you came to meet on the Granada Theater patio, conveniently located directly outside the front door of the venue and occupying the area from the doors to the road. It would extend further, only there are cars. There's an ATM, there are neon lights, sometimes there are randomly-placed chairs, and it's not cramped because it's just a very large sidewalk. Hurrah!

4. Three Links

Bench seating for a sense of community, a musician's shed, smoking patio merch tables, a door into Fuzzy's Tacos that looks surprisingly similar to the two doors back into the venue, newcomer Three Links has it all. Where else can you go from a punk show into a Tex-Mex restaurant by mistake? Really, if this smoking patio was a bit larger it would be an absolute winner.



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Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Gavin, will there be a weather forecast this weekend?   Did not see a forecast last weekend and couldn't make plans.


Hear the hotpocalypse is back. 

MattL11
MattL11

Having smoked often on all of these patios, I wholeheartedly concur as to all of them, especially Dada when the garage door is open (you don't have to miss any of the show). 


One of the worst, by the way, has to be South Side Music Hall. 

gavin.cleaver
gavin.cleaver moderator

@MattL11 I didn't want to be negative in the main review, but yes, SSMH doesn't even qualify as a patio. It's just a doorway with a rope across it.

MattL11
MattL11

@Nictacular @MattL11 Turn your back to the stage and walk straight until you find a door to a postage-stamp-sized area facing Lamar that looks like an Eastern European refugee camp. 

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