DFW may not have the rep of Austin, but we've got a strong collection of music venues here, too, from rock to jazz to honky tonk heaven. In Fort Worth, otherwise known as Funkytown, you'll find local music on stages large and small. In Dallas, regional acts and some national heavyweights share the spotlight with a mix of local acts.
Here is a sampling of some of our favorite musical haunts.
Billy Bobs Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com Country, rock or a seamless blend of the two, youll find both icons and unknowns taking the stage at the worlds largest honky-tonk, smack in the middle of the historic Stockyards.
The Grotto, 517 University Dr., Fort Worth, 817-882-9331; www.thegrottofw.com A grungy, funky and borderline claustrophobic space, located a stones throw from the tony West 7th entertainment district, this bar often plays host to some of the citys up and coming talents, with an emphasis on rock and hip-hop.
The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, 817-926-0968; www.theliveoak.com An intimate listening room, situated just off one of Fort Worths freshly revived and thriving streets (the bustling Magnolia Avenue), this acoustic gem books a wide array of local, regional and national talent. Cozy up and enjoy a bite from the restaurant located right next door.
Lolas Saloon Sixth, 2736 W. Sixth St., Fort Worth, 817-877-0666; www.lolasfortworth.com From the ashes of the Wreck Room, Brian Forellas eclectic sensibilities have a new home in the shadow of downtown. Urbane atmosphere and a dazzling variety of sounds can be found here.
Queen City Music Hall, 425 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817-332-4030; www.queencitymusichall.com One of the larger music venues in downtown Fort Worth, Queen City Music Hall brings a mix of local and national acts to its stage, which is nestled near a newly revitalized Sundance Square.
Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817-870-9100; www.scatjazzlounge.com A stylish throwback to the days of the speakeasy, this joint keeps the drinks and the jazz flowin until the wee small hours of the morning.
Shipping & Receiving, 201 S. Calhoun St., Fort Worth, 817-887-9313; www.shippingandreceivingbar.com A hip neighborhood watering hole, not far from the revitalized Magnolia Avenue, this former warehouse plays host to an eclectic line-up of local, regional and national talent.
White Elephant Saloon, 106 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817-624-8273; www.whiteelephantsaloon.com Traditional country acts, Texas singer-songwriters and Nashville newcomers constitute the bulk of the bookings here; a cozy dance floor and expansive bar are icing on the cake.
Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., Dallas; www.dadadallas.com. Part of the bustling Deep Ellum strip of clubs (echoes of its early 90s heyday), Club Dada is a cozy spot, and a great place to catch indie rock bands, especially up-and-coming acts before they graduate to bigger rooms.
House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar, Dallas, 214-421-1111; www.hob.com/dallas Boasting three performance spaces in one building, including a 1,600-capacity theatre, this venue traffics in quality tunes, be it legends or local acts.
The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, 214-272-8346; www.thekessler.org. A jewel tucked away in the revitalized Oak Cliff neighborhood, this listening room is one of the most intimate in DFW. From local artists to national artists presented in dramatic fashion, the Kessler is a must-hear destination for music fans.
Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas, 972-343-2444; www.thepalladiumballroom.com This midsize venue nabs plenty of high-profile touring acts. Occasional country acts come through under the Gilleys name.
Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-824-9933; www.granadatheater.com. This movie-theater-turned-midsize-venue welcomes local acts, heatseeking national tours and established stars with open arms.
Poor David's Pub, 1313 S. Lamar St., Dallas, 214-565-1295; www.poordavidspub.com Geared towards the singer/songwriter set, this is a perennial pit stop for troubadours on the road. Renowned for its acoustics.
Three Links, 2704 Elm St., Dallas; www.threelinksdeepellum.com. Another hip spot found along the busy, vibrant Elm Street in Deep Ellum, this bar features a stage mere steps from its beer taps and bottles which creates a vibe where it feels like the performers could step down and share a toast at any moment.