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The 10 Best Dallas-Fort Worth Music Venues to Beat the Heat

Living in Texas during the summer is a real beating. When you can't just spend all day in a swimming pool, you'll have no choice but to seek out some air conditioning. But that shouldn't keep you from doing the things that make life worth living, like enjoying live music. So when you want to hit up a concert in Dallas but don't want to suffer from heat stroke in the process, where should you go? Try these 10 venues.
10. Crown & Harp

Crown & Harp isn’t known for fancy accommodations, but its cave-like interior is a great spot to escape the beating sun or thick nighttime humidity. The fact that this long, narrow British pub is sandwiched between storefronts means it’s short on windows — an occasion where the lack of natural light works in your favor. Grab a cold beer from the tap while you listen to the latest in Dallas underground music and you’ll be transported to cooler climates. Alaena Hostetter

1914 Greenville Ave., Dallas, thecrownandharp.com
9. Club Dada

With expansive outdoor and indoor spaces, Club Dada has all weather situations covered. The indoor space is well chilled, and when those Dallas breezes come through at night, the newly renovated patio is quite pleasant. Groove to popular touring bands on the main stage with an icy PBR or free cup of water to keep you company. Who needs a beach? You’ll be kept cool enough in a fully-clothed hipster paradise. AH

2720 Elm St., Dallas, dadadallas.com
8. Granada Theater

A few years ago, a new A/C system was installed in this restored movie theater-turned-concert venue. Since then, the Granada has been a pretty enjoyable place to see a show year-round, especially in the summer. Whether it's a blues legend, new wave superstar or an indie rock act with a great reputation, there are plenty of reasons to go there. Granted, like any venue, if the show is packed, cool air can be difficult to find around the huddles towards the stage. But for the most part, you can beat the heat in the place. And it helps that Sundown is next door with a spacious indoor area and a large patio. Eric Grubbs

3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, granadatheater.com
7. Double Wide

Double Wide may pride itself on being the trashiest little bar in Dallas, but when it comes to keeping cool its a triple threat, thanks to the separate concert venue, trailer-themed main bar and outdoor patio. The place knows how to partition its foot traffic and still keep the party going. If you just want to hit the cocktails hard at happy hour, visit the main bar where you can order the famously chilled Yoohoo Yeehaw or the Hurritang from burly-bearded bartenders. If you’re there to see a killer show, you still have access to a mini-bar and the ambiance of taxidermy hanging from the walls. Audrey Rodriguez


3510 Commerce St., Dallas, double-wide.com
6. American Airlines Center

God bless hockey. Seriously, if it wasn't for the Stars and their surging popularity, we probably wouldn't have seen the push to build the American Airlines Center around the turn of the century. The cooling equipment needed to keep ice from melting has made the AAC an exceptionally comfortable place to catch a concert during the six months of the year where the mere idea of walking to your car equates to journeying through the desert. It's so cool in the AAC you can catch ladies wearing sweaters and shawls in peak July heat. Jaime-Paul Falcon

2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, americanairlinescenter.com


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Jeff Gage
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