The Kessler Theater | Oak Cliff/South Dallas | Bars and Clubs, Movie Theaters, Music Venues | Music
Mike Brooks

The Kessler Theater

The Kessler Theater, which is a Dallas icon as big as some of the legends who grace its stage, has had more iterations than Diddy’s had stage names. For the past few years, under the vision of current owner Edwin Cabaniss, it’s become a concert destination for music stars and up-and-coming locals alike. While the venue’s bar is not open independently of show dates, it’s worth praise just for the stellar drinking experience. First of all, there are two bars, and the little one upstairs has a particularly cool backstage feel; the bars are open long before show times, giving patrons ample time to get their chattiness out of their systems before sitting down to enjoy a show. This is likely the explanation for the infamous viral incident a few years back when a fringe-booted woman and her friend were kicked out of a LeeAnn Womack show for refusing to stop speaking loudly during the performance: Maybe they just didn’t get there early enough to pre-game and get all their obnoxious banter out of the way.