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Open: The newest member of the Club Clearview family, Open has style to spare (dig the 1960s airliner theme) and more NYC-cool than youd have a right to expect. DJs fill in the blanks in the conversation without overpowering it, and seriously, if you cant leave with a pocketful of numbers at the end of the night, youre doing something wrong. 2805 Main St, 214-747-OPEN.
Ozona Grill & Bar: Lunchtime destination, college hangout, whatever. Ozona is a comfortable, laid-back joint that offers everything from weekend brunch to comedy troupe performances every Tuesday and Friday night. 4615 Greenville Ave, 214-265-9105.
Palm Beach Club: Beats, rhymes and life rule at whats becoming a Deep Ellum institution; you wont find a busier club on the weekends, with more people waiting to get in than some places get all week--and its been that way for a while now. If you want hip-hop and reggae--and you do, even if you dont think so--look no further. 2816 Main St, 214-742-IRIE.
Petes Dueling Piano Bar: The name pretty much says it all. If youre looking for a good-time, sing-along crowd, Petes is the place. Especially if bawdy, off-color humor is your thing. And it should be. 4980 Belt Line Road, Suite 200, 972-726-PETE.
Poor Davids Pub: Born March 15, 1977, and still going strong, Poor Davids is a Texas legend. Texas musicians such as Jerry Jeff Walker and the original Dixie Chicks have made this Lower Greenville spot a favorite. 1924 Greenville Ave, 214-821-9891.
Popolos: Trivia: This Italian restaurant is where piano princess Norah Jones got her start. Soak in the atmosphere so you can lie and say you saw her there. 707 Preston Royal Shopping Center, 214-692-5497.
Pour House: A solid neighborhood bar, with a side patio for those nights the room gets too crowded. Problem is, if youre outside, you cant drop coin in its stellar jukebox, play Golden Tee or watch Mavs games on the big screen. 1919 Skillman St, 214-824-1170.
Red Blood Club: Tucked into a blink-and-miss location on Commerce Street, this small-fry spot is home to the creative musicians in the, um, Dallas Creative Music Alliance, as well as a long list of DJs and a 64-count Crayola box of local acts, from punk to country to metal and all the spaces in between. Sorta hard to find, but worth the effort. 2617 Commerce St, 214-653-1641.
Reign Entertainment Complex: Playing to the frat boys and sorority gals surrounding Dentons University of North Texas campus, the REC tries to be all things to all people, with live acts on Fridays and DJs on Thursdays and Saturdays. With its ample dance floor, the latter works better than the former. Of course, the well-stocked bar evens the playing field considerably. Still kind of feels like a sports bar, though. 1131 Fort Worth Drive, Denton, 940-898-0500.
Reunion Arena: What AAC-lovers call small, we call intimate; what they call antiquated, we call venerable. In other words, still the best arena in town when you want to see-them-feel-them-touch-them, not just hear them, whether its Bob Dylan or U2 or...Barney. Also: the new home to the Arena Football League, which indicates the venues new status as white-trash hang. 777 Sports St, 214-800-3000.
Ridglea Theater: The renovated movie palace tends to intimidate bands with its huge open room with theater seating and the tall wall behind the stage where the films used to be projected. But fans can expect plenty of seats, multiple bars and an improved sound system. 6025 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, 817-738-9500.
The Rock: If you think acid-washed jeans went away, you havent spent much time at a Wal-Mart or The Rock, the latter of which is soaked in more acid than the late Ken Keseys Merry Pranksters. Long hair and leather are more important than proper ID at this kick-ASKA bar. If you know all the words to any Skid Row song besides 18 and Life, welcome home. 2815 Main St, 214-698-9401.
Royal Rack: More pool tables than a Color of Money marathon and domino games like a back porch in the back woods, all set to a soundtrack thatll make you think youre an extra in a remake of The Harder They Come. And P.S., you can get a contact high just walking by the open door of the club. You know, if youre into that sort of thing. 1906 Greenville Ave, 214-824-9733.
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios: An indie-music lovers paradise. If its never on the radio, its probably live here. This venue is for the die-hard fan, but the reasonable cover charges make it worth the 45-minute drive and the limited seating. 411 E. Sycamore, Denton, 940-387-7781.
Sambuca: Sambuca offers a great blend of jazz, food and good service. The crowd is mature, and the atmosphere is a welcome change from teen-riddled nightclubs. 15207 Addison at Belt Line Road, 972-385-8455; 2618 Elm St, 214-744-0820.
Seven: Dont bother showing up here until at least one in the morning, but plan on staying late. Past the main bar and the dance floor full of hard-trance devotees, theres another, quieter spot to imbibe and impress the person you just bumped into (probably literally). Good for people watching, too, since Seven caters to the beautiful-people set. 2505 Pacific Ave, 214-887-8787.