9 of the Best Nights Out in Dallas

9 of the Best Nights Out in Dallas

From vibrant nightclubs to world-class restaurants, music festivals to ballet, Dallas offers a diverse range of nightlife to suit all age groups and tastes. Here, we explore a selection of the highlights.

1. Parliament

Open Monday to Saturday, Parliament is a bourgeois cocktail bar boasting a menu of more than 100 craft concoctions. Its plush lounge and laid-back ambience are the perfect environment in which to sip signature cocktails like Killing Thyme, the Cupcake list programs Martini or the Pistachio Flip.

2. Lights All Night

Lights All Night is a dance event which takes place each New Year’s Eve weekend. It features some of the biggest names in dance music, such as Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, Marshmello, AC Slater, Seven Lions and Tokimonsta. The two-day party features two stages and 200,000 square feet of dance floor, attracting more than 30,000 attendees every year.

Lights All Night
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Staged at Dallas Market Hall, Lights All Night’s Supernova Stage features a wall of LED panels, lighting up the entire space. Incorporating fog machines, laser lights, and confetti cannons, Lights All Night draws visitors from all over Texas to dance their way into the New Year.

3. Winspear Opera House

Named after Bill and Margot Winspear, this 21st century opera house with a characteristic horseshoe shape offers optimized acoustics and viewability. With stages equipped for all types of dance, including ballet, Opera Magazine cited the establishment as one of the finest opera houses in all of the United States.

With seating for up to 2,200 patrons in the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, its principal performance space, this award-winning opera house attracts visitors from across Texas and beyond. The Winspear Opera House’s program of performances for 2019 include La Boheme and Falstaff.

4. Dos Equis Pavilion

Dos Equis is a lodestone for music lovers, attracting over 6 million patrons since it opened in 1988. Dos Equis is the region’s largest and longest-running outdoor live music facility. It has featured internationally-acclaimed artists such as Tina Turner, Elton John, The Police, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Oasis, Santana, Coldplay and Black Sabbath.

Acts scheduled to perform at Dos Equis in 2019 include: Jimmy Buffet, Hootie and The Blowfish, Iron Maiden, Dead & Company, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

5. Dallas Theater Center

Founded in 1959 by Paul Baker, the Dallas Theater Center is one of America’s most celebrated producers of classical and contemporary entertainment. For more than half a century, the playhouse has had a significant impact on the local community as well as American theater.

From classic, epic productions to intimate new scripts, the fixture hosts a diverse and dynamic catalogue of performances. Its 2019 titles include: Sweat by Lynn Nottage, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López, Penny Candy by Jonathan Norton, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

6. House of Blues Dallas

A celebration of soul music and food, the House of Blues draws an array of world-class acts, entertaining patrons with vibrant performances in a laidback atmosphere. From VIP experiences and private parties to the establishment’s Laid Back and Local event, the House of Blues makes for an unforgettable evening of live entertainment.

Dallas House of Blues
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7. Dallas Summer Musicals

Formerly known as Opera Under the Stars when established in 1941, Dallas Summer Musicals is the leading presenter of Broadway musicals in North Texas. This nonprofit organization promotes year-round performances of live musical theatre.

It attracts diverse audiences of all ages and brings the magic of musical theatre to the area’s young people. The nonprofit provides community education and outreach programs throughout Dallas, Texas and the Southwest Region.

Some of the nation’s leading entertainers have graced this establishment’s stages. Performers have included George Hamilton, Barry Manilow, Kathleen Turner, Morgan Fairchild, Liza Minelli, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2019 program includes: The Book of Mormon; Anastasia; Hamilton; Miss Saigon; Aladdin;  Fiddler on the Roof; and Dear Evan Hansen.

8. Panther Island Pavilion

Set beside the Trinity River with Fort Worth’s stunning skyline as a backdrop, Panther Island Pavilion boasts multiple stages, including the only waterside stage in Texas. The venue caters for a host of events, including festivals, concerts, bike rides and much more.

9. Dallas Ballet Center

Dallas Ballet Center covers a 10,000 square foot area. It encompasses seven spacious dance studios, each featuring a specifically engineered, Styrofoam-padded floor to reduce the risk of injury to dancers.

As well as classes and workshops, the organization hosts a number of performances throughout the year. Each December, the Dallas Ballet Company stages its annual Nutcracker performance, regarded by patrons as the highlight of the ballet year.

Immersed in elaborate sets and scenery, visitors join the protagonist, Clara, on her journey through the Snow Kingdom with her Nutcracker Prince. The performance includes battle scenes of mice and men as well as a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets and Clara’s introduction to the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Over 200 students take part in the performance. Tickets sell out quickly, so advance booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

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