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Blackberrys: An upscale multicultural dancehall thats just the place for those looking to get dressed up and get down and boogie. Caribbean and Latin music a specialty, with some progressive dance and 70s funk thrown in for good measure. 15203 Knoll Trail, 972-490-3284.
The Blarney Stone: The friendliest of Irish pubs, the Blarney welcomes a slew of regulars whether post-rugby game or for Wednesday-night beer specials. Most of the time, the jukebox serves for musical entertainment, but the occasional DJ set or acoustic act makes for a welcome change when the juke goes stale. 2116 Greenville Ave, 214-821-7009.
Boars Nest: Surprisingly, for a bar named after Boss Hoggs base of operations on The Dukes of Hazzard, this countryish upscale dive is packed with yuppies. No Bo and Luke, not even Coy and Vance. 2008 Greenville Ave, 214-824-1169.
The Bone: As the name suggests, this is the sort of club that cock-rocks it up. Downstairs is standard head-nodding music, and a bar adjacent to a fairly whup-ace poolroom. The rooftop patio is where you find and try to act like a cool breeze. 2724 Elm St, 214-744-2663.
Borrowed Money Saloon: Another Fort Worth boot-scooter that has the details down, knowing that the C&W crowd only needs a big dance floor (got it) and a bigger cooler full of beers (oh, yeah). 2413 Ellis Ave, Fort Worth, 817-378-0250.
Brickhaus Cafe: Just off Dentons historic town square, its a restaurant with a small stage in the back by the bathrooms across from couches, arm chairs, book shelves and chairs and tables for its weekly open mikes. Its also a regular tour stop for Wally Pleasant. 219 W Oak St, Denton, 940-566-6690.
Carsons Live: Every Wednesday at Carsons is Emerald City Band night, which is a pretty sweet deal for those of you who have enjoyed the group at Mavs games (theyre the house band at the AAC). If that doesnt lift your skirt, the club also has Texas Thursdays, featuring the best of Lone Star country. Or, at least, whomever they could get. Also, the bartenders dress like a combination of the Joker and the Riddler. 17727 Dallas Pkwy, 972-931-9111.
The Cavern: Upstairs, the best jukebox ever presides over the cozy booths and cocktails. Downstairs, shows are packed, loud and fun--just like its namesake and original venue for the Fab Four. 1914 Greenville Ave, 214-828-1914.
Club Clearview: Four clubs to suit your musical tastes in one Deep Ellum location. Inside, theres dance, retro and live rock, and outdoors theres a roof-deck with an amazing view of the skyline. Check out art showings, the occasional karaoke night and finger paintings by local and national bands. 2806 Elm St, 214-939-0077.
Club Dada: Along with a cozy atmosphere, bizarre artwork and three stages, Dada has plenty of tables, both inside and on the patio, for just chatting over cocktails or taking in some tunes. Cover bands and an open-mike night are a mainstay. 2720 Elm St, 214-744-DADA.
Club DNA: The new home of KDGEs long-running Sunday-night retro shindigs, Club DNA has, slowly, started to gain a foothold. The dance floor is smaller than youd expect at a place that offers nothing but; on the other hand, it makes up for it with a lively staff and plenty of shelters from the DJs storm. 2610 Elm St, 214-760-9255.
Cool River Cafe: The finest aged cheese in North Dallas can be found packed in this bar-restaurant every night, either giggling into their apple martinis or adjusting themselves in their Hickey-Freeman gabardine trousers, depending on their gender. 1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, 972-871-8881.
Cowboys Red River: Mostly a Western warehouse that brings in young country studs (such as Chris Cagle) and offers three nights of dance classes to teach you how to move to em, Cowboys also has straight-edge night for the tweens (every Sunday) and a college night (every Wednesday, with DJ Howie Black from Wild 100.3) for their older siblings. 10310 W Technology Blvd, 214-352-1796.
Curtain Club: Sit outside and people watch, or find a smattering of local acts inside. Curtain gives baby bands their first shot, and the granddaddies of Texas music get a nice stage to come home to. An interesting detail, the walls are covered with local artist Cabe Booths portraiture of headlining artists. 2800 Main St, 214-742-2336.
Dans Silverleaf: Dans Bar: The Sequel has the homey familiarity of the original, plus its rugged wood and woven-blanket atmosphere. Tricky to locate between the square and assorted warehouses, Dans still hosts the best of Dentons rootsier bands, such as Slobberbone and Centro-matic. 108 N Industrial St, Denton, 940-320-2000.
Deep Ellum Live: As big and spare as the tire in the trunk of an Escalade, this no-frills room consistently brings in national acts on their way up--and sometimes, down--the ladder. Warning to hangers-on: Guest lists dont always materialize here. 2727 Canton St, 214-748-6222.
Dicks Last Resort: The service is bad. The grub is good. And thats the point. You need a tough skin and a big stomach for a night at Dicks, so prepare yourself. On the plus side, you can peg the rude waiters with napkin balls and not get kicked out. 1701 N Market, 214-747-0001.