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The 10 Best Dallas-Fort Worth Patios That Host Live Music

OK, so Dallas tends to get a little hot in the summer. And by hot we mean "so goddamn hot we're starting to hallucinate; please hand me another beer." But don't let that obscure one key perk to living here: year-round patio season. That's right, whether it's the dead of "winter" (say, 50 degrees out) or peak summer death march, there's always a patio with your name on it. Better yet, there's almost always a patio with live music happening. These 10 venues are the best spots to catch music and a little outdoor time all at once.
10. Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

Situated way far out on I-35, it's easy to forget about Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, what with its bigger, fancier younger sibling, Gas Monkey Live!, right across the street. But the original Bar & Grill (or GMBNG, if you prefer mouthful acronyms) has one thing going for it: its patio. Situated on an I-can't-believe-it's-man-made lake, it's as picturesque a patio as you're liable to find hosting live music in DFW. And, like its sibling, it has a kick-ass sound system too. Jeff Gage

10261 Technology Blvd. E., Dallas,

9. Sundown at Granada

There is something going on at Sundown at Granada every night. DJs, bands, movies, dating games, drunken shenanigans — everything is happening at this Greenville Avenue spot, and that’s just the way the crew at the Granada likes it. Pro tip: When your show at the Granada ends, head directly to Sundown; they do a hell of a job programming acts to correspond with whomever you just saw play. Who knows, you might just discover your next favorite band. Jaime-Paul Falcon

3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas,
8. Harvest House

Harvest House burst onto the Denton scene in March 2015, during the return of 35 Denton, and quickly made a name for itself as one of the most exciting aspects of the festival. The patio brings to mind Dallas’ The Foundry, with a heavy dose of Austin’s The Mohawk thrown in, and it’s quickly become the spot to catch a band and a beer in Denton. Much like Denton’s thriving downtown, there’s really nowhere to go but up for Harvest House. JPF

331 E. Hickory St., Denton,
7. Lee Harvey's

A friend of mine recently recounted a story where she was with some friends catching a band perform on the outdoor stage and a rather confused older lady walked up to her to ask if she was at a — clutch your pearls — “GAY BAR.” To which my friend responded, “No, it’s just a bar.” That sums up Lee Harvey’s perfectly: It’s just a bar, with just a stage, with just some of the best live music in town. JPF

1807 Gould St., Dallas,

6. The Rustic

The Rustic’s patio offers a lot more than just live music. Co-owner and Texas country singer Pat Green billed the establishment as a restaurant first, a bar second and a music venue third, which has made it a hot-spot in Dallas any day and time of the week. Whether you’re in for the family-style Sunday brunch or the locally sourced menu, boasting their twist on Southern classics and a choice of 40 beers on tap (most of which are local breweries), while taking in local music on most nights of the week and even the occasional large national act that comes through — The Rustic and its patio have it all covered. Mikel Galicia

3656 Howell St., Dallas,

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Dallas Observer Music Staff