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Five Dallas Music Venues We Wish Were Still Open

The late, great Hot Klub, circa 1981
The late, great Hot Klub, circa 1981
Steve Pataki

In any major city, musical venues come and go. Some closures are well-deserved: bad sound, weak promotions, etc. But other times, a place shutting its doors is a kick in the teeth for any local music fan. Here is my list of five long-gone musical establishments I wish were still open.

Agora Ballroom Located at the corner of Northwest Highway and Abrams, the Agora Ballroom was a cool place in a cool part of town. After its demise, the area never saw another venue. Best show I saw there: Psychedelic Furs

Arcadia Sadly, fire demolished the Arcadia in 2006, but the venue was a shining star on Greenville Avenue for many years. Best show I saw there: The Replacements

Gypsy Tearoom Yes, I know that this venue just changed names and is now called The Door, but the vibe is not the same. When the Gypsy was on a roll, there was no other venue that booked better talent. Best shows I saw there: Gang of Four reunion and Yo La Tengo Worst show: Ryan Adams yelling at everyone for talking.

Hot Klub A dirty, dimly lit dive that was a punk rock heaven in the early '80s. I used my brother's ID to get in because I was a minor. With absolutely no ambiance, the music had to do the talking. Thankfully, the local and national talent did just that. Best show I saw there: Hüsker Dü

Bronco Bowl A bowling alley and a concert hall? Yes, and it worked out fine. The sound wasn't that great, but the Bronco Bowl was the perfect mid-sized venue for acts that were a bit too big for the club scene. Demolished in 2003, the site now hosts a Home Depot. Best shows I saw there: Talking Heads and The Clash


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