As any music enthusiast knows, buying tickets to all those concerts gets expensive. Sure, those $10 bills at your favorite haunt get you through the week, but sometimes you don’t even have a Hamilton to pony up for your commitment to supporting local music.
Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to sit at home with your vinyl. Dallas is full of venues that offer up live music across a broad variety of genres every single week. Instead of shelling out your hard earned shekels on tickets, stop at one of these 10 venues and spend your limited dollars as God intended: on beer.
10. Poor David’s Pub
In addition to an incredible line-up of concerts (often ticketed), Poor David’s Pub is a great home for local musicians who are either learning the craft or figuring out exactly what they want their sound to be. Even the Monday open mic nights, a proposition that is always hit or miss, brings some damn fine live, local music every single week.
1313 S. Lamar Blvd., Dallas, poordavidspub.com
This Oak Lawn lounge combines the vibe of an upscale bar with the friendliness of your favorite dive, and just so happens to feature free live music almost every night of the week. The tunes here run the genre gamut — from acoustic to jazz to Cher-focused karaoke — which means that you’ll definitely be able to find something you like.
4026 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, alexandres.com
8. All Good Cafe
This Deep Ellum diner is the kind of place where musicians and artists like to congregate, so it’s no surprise that you’ll see them picking up their instruments to play in this ridiculously music-friendly environment. At least three nights a week, you’ll find DJs, bands and singer-songwriters setting the perfect auditory backdrop to that chicken fried steak you’re about to devour.
2934 Main St., Dallas, allgoodcafe.com
7. City Tavern
Just last year, this bar played host to country megastar Chris Stapleton — who is now selling out some of the country’s best theaters — just days before his star-making appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. Suffice it to say that City Tavern is the kind of place where you’ll see shows that you’ll end up telling people about years later.
1402 Main St., Dallas, citytaverndowntown.com
6. Lee Harvey’s
The patio stage at Lee Harvey’s is the kind of place that any band would hope for to find their footing. The crowd is friendly, the skyline provides a killer backdrop, and if the music sucks, everyone can just drown their sorrows in beer and tacos. Fortunately, though, the music rarely sucks, and it’s always totally free.
1807 Gould St., Dallas, leeharveys.com