Photo by Larry Gayao, for the artist, House of Pannek
One of Dallas’s earliest neighborhoods, this formerly industrial area just east of downtown has a long history as an entertainment hub, from its days as a hotbed of blues and jazz clubs in the 1920s, to the 1980s, when local bands like the New Bohemians, Butthole Surfers, and Old 97's were launched from its clubs. Today, the area is not quite as counterculture as in the past, but it’s still got an indie steak, with vibrant street murals and public art providing the backdrop for a host of independent galleries, shops, bars, breweries, cafés, tattoo studios, and over 60 restaurants and 30 live music venues. Among the most iconic music spots are Club Dada and Trees, both of which have been revamped in recent years, as well as The Door, the Prophet Bar, jazz/blues favorite the Free Man, and the century-old Sons of Hermann Hall. As it has grown, the area has also become more family friendly, particularly during events like the annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival, which features stalls from around 200 juried visual artists, and five stages hosting 100 musical acts.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas
Amazing street art around Deep Ellum, a hip/fun area to hang around in for the day. Brick oven pizza, a local brewery, and random curiosities shop make this area a must see.
Art and a Drink?
Deep Ellum, is THE upcoming area in Downtown Dallas. Ditch the over priced drinking holes downtown and head to the Deep Ellum area. Drinks are great, food is fresh and youthful art is in the air.
The area known as Deep Ellum, near downtown Dallas, is slowly turning back into one of Dallas' best places to watch live music, and, in addition to listening to tunes, there is plenty of good shopping and eating to be had as well. I met Ryan, the gentleman pictured above, outside of Lula B's (a boutique, second-hand store), who had just done a bit of shopping. He told me it is tough to take in all that Deep Ellum has to offer in just a day, so plan to make this area a repeat visit. From downtown you can reach Deep Ellum using the DART light rail system. In terms of eats, I highly recommend Serious Pizza which serves hand tossed pizza along with locally crafted beer (perfect combo) and Lemongrass, an Asian fusion eatery where all dishes are sure to please.
Unity Thru Music
The area known as Deep Ellum, near downtown Dallas, is slowly turning back into one of Dallas's best places to watch live music and in addition to listening to tunes there is plenty of good shopping and eating to be had as well. In terms of eats, I highly recommend Serious Pizza which serves hand tossed pizza along with locally crafted beer (perfect combo) and Lemongrass, an Asian fusion eatery, were all dishes are sure to please. I'm a music lover and after seeing the Unity Thru Music tag I immediately wanted a picture of it, I put my camera on a small tripod and took a couple of frames lending the scene another element. From downtown you can reach Deep Ellum using the DART light rail system.
Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX, USA