The 10 Best Hip-Hop Venues in Dallas-Fort Worth

Bobby Sessions helped christen the revived RBC, which is a newcomer to the hip-hop fray in DFW.EXPAND
Bobby Sessions helped christen the revived RBC, which is a newcomer to the hip-hop fray in DFW.
Roderick Pullum

Getting booked to play hip-hop in Dallas clubs hasn't always been easy. But times have changed and the number of venues regularly booking hip-hop has grown throughout DFW. These 10 venues stand out as the best of the bunch.

Yes, there really is hip-hop in Fort Worth.
Yes, there really is hip-hop in Fort Worth.

10. 1912 Club

Despite its reputation as a punk venue, 1912 Club on Hemphill in Fort Worth is the ideal place to see above-average hip-hop in its rawest and most intimate forms. The watering hole for the Southside's underground music scene holds hip-hop nights at least a couple of times a month, usually on Fridays, thanks to the work of Cowtown-based emcee B-NO. The rapper holds it down for lesser known local artists such as Tornup, Coyote, D-Mar and others who are just starting to make a name for themselves and build their street cred. Pablo Arauz

1912 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, facebook.com/1912club

Not just a punk venue, Rubber Gloves is bringing more hip-hop options to Denton.
Not just a punk venue, Rubber Gloves is bringing more hip-hop options to Denton.
Matt Martinez

9. Rubber Gloves

One local Denton venue that has begun to host more hip-hop shows is Denton’s iconic Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. One of the most versatile clubs in Denton, Gloves programs hip-hop shows more regularly than just during downtown festival times. The club brought in Busdriver last month and will host Astronautalis later this month, two completely different types of rapper who have played Hailey’s Club in the past. It's well worth the visit, especially if you haven’t been in awhile. Sara Button

411 E. Sycamore St., Denton, rubberglovesdentontx.com

The Door and The Prophet Bar don't always come to mind first for hip-hop in Dallas, but Wednesdays are a no-brainer.
The Door and The Prophet Bar don't always come to mind first for hip-hop in Dallas, but Wednesdays are a no-brainer.
Rhombi Survivor

8. The Prophet Bar

Wednesdays at the Prophet Bar have been the linchpin of Dallas hip-hop for nearly a decade, in a city where a lack of venues threatened to scrub the music out of the city. House band RC & the Gritz churn out a savory blend of grooves and harmonies punctuated by stuttering, knocking mixes of DJ Jay Clipp that slap around the bar. Bandleader RC Williams is a card-carrying member of the Cannabinoids, Erykah Badu’s outré soul collective, and not shy about pulling off cameos from Badu, Bun B and '90s favorite Stokley Williams of Mint Condition.  Caleb Wossen

2548 Elm St., Dallas, theprophetbar.com

Park Avenue prefers to go big.EXPAND
Park Avenue prefers to go big.

7. Park Avenue

Resurrected in the spirit of Beamers, this newly renovated space on Dallas’ northwest industrial side is one of the newest venues on this list. Park Avenue is also the only nightclub, and it's quickly established itself as the marquee destination for people in Dallas to see hip-hop artists in an upscale, club environment. In just the last year it’s hosted performances by Future, 2 Chainz, Jeezy and more. It’s common to see local professional athletes like Dez Bryant in the club as well. Mikel Galicia

11035 Ables Lane, Dallas, parkavedallas.com

Andy's Bar may be the busiest hip-hop booker in Denton.
Andy's Bar may be the busiest hip-hop booker in Denton.
Ed Steele

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6. Andy's

With Hailey’s having closed its doors at the beginning of this year, other venues have absorbed some of the local hip-hop programming. Andy’s Bar is one of them. Typically the programming at Andy’s is a hit or a hard, hard miss, but as of late the hip-hop and rap shows have found a home on the stage at Andy’s. Although the majority of the music booked during any given week is usually harder rock and “other,” the local festivals seem to consistently book hip-hop during their respective times. Andy’s is a great venue for hip-hop, especially being right on the square in downtown Denton. SB

122 N. Locust St., Denton, andyslivemusic.com


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