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Dallas Nightlife

There's no shortage of choice when it comes to letting your hair down in Dallas – hardly surprising given it's the city that gave the world the frozen margarita. McKinney and Greenville Avenue are the main places to go, although Victory Plaza isn't short of a bar or two. Most are open until 2am – and don't forget to bring your ID if you're planning to drink.

The weekly Dallas Observer (www.dallasobserver.com), the weekend entertainment section in the Dallas Morning News (www.dallasnews.com) and D Magazine (www.dmagazine.com) all list nightlife and cultural events in Dallas. Look also at up-to-the-minute website sources such as Urban Daddy (www.urbandaddy.com/home/dal) and Culture Map Dallas (dallas.culturemap.com).

Bars in Dallas

Double Wide

A bar that couldn't be more Texan if it tried, Double Wide is famous for its Western-themed cocktails and icy cold beer. Unsurprisingly for a bar that promises 'drinks that hit harder than yer dad', there's no shortage of hard liquor – including favorites such as bourbon whisky.

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Telephone: +1 214 887 6510.
Website: http://www.doublewide.com

Lee Harvey’s

A low-key bar named after the city's most infamous son, Lee Harvey's is a burger and beer joint much-loved by its loyal and longstanding clientele. Don't let that put you off though – those who step inside the old house in which it sits are guaranteed a warm welcome and some delicious locally brewed ale.

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Telephone: +1 214 428 1555.
Website: http://www.leeharveys.com

Quarter Bar

Located in the hipster heartland of McKinney Avenue, Quarter Bar is a laid back affair decked out with fairy lights and possessed of an open roof deck that is heaven on sultry summer nights. Open until 2am at weekends, it also has an excellent wine list and very good-looking staff.

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Telephone: +1 214 754 0106
Website: http://www.quarterbardallas.com

Clubs in Dallas

Avenu Lounge

A favorite with Dallas' resident hipsters, the vibe at Avenu Lounge is more Austin boho than big money Big D – but minus any irritating pretensions. Offering bottle as well as bar service, drinks don't come cheap but taste darn good. Don your glad rags before heading out – Texas might be casual but at Avenu, it's glamor all the way.

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Telephone: +1 888 369 1411
Website: http://www.avenulounge.com

Cowboys Red River

Want to learn how to do the Texas Two-Step? This is your best bet. There's a huge dancefloor for practising your steps and plenty of country music to do it to, although the DJs do occasionally venture into club tunes instead. For non-dancers, there's a mechanical bull to ride.

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Telephone: +1 214 352 1796.
Website: http://www.cowboysdancehall.com

Lizard Lounge

One of the biggest clubs in Dallas, the Lizard Lounge is spread over two floors and multiple rooms. The main room has two dance floors, while the back room has a more chilled out vibe. Paying extra for VIP admission gives you access to the less crowded balcony and a birdseye view of the action below.

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Telephone: +1 214 826 4768.
Website: http://www.thelizardlounge.com

Live music in Dallas

Billy Bob’s

It isn't actually in Dallas but Billy Bob's is well worth the 30-mile drive to Fort Worth for the bullriding alone. A rare venue that combines 32 bars with a rodeo and a dance floor, Billy Bob's also pulls in some of the biggest names in country music and has a Texan-style restaurant on site too.

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Telephone: +1 817 624 7117.
Website: http://www.billybobstexas.com

House of Blues

It might be part of a franchise but this Brewery District live music spot pulls in the heavy hitters and has its own restaurant to boot. Past performers include Usher, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry and B.B. King. If you like your live music in the morning, the Sunday Gospel Brunch is very popular.

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Telephone: +1 214 978 2583.
Website: http://www.houseofblues.com

Winspear Opera House

Home to the Dallas Opera, the striking Winspear Opera House is open all year round and features a revolving roster of shows. Not all of it is opera either – the Winspear's repertoire also includes Broadway shows, dance performances, lectures and concerts.

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Telephone: +1 214 880 0202.
Website: http://www.dallasopera.org

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Hotel Lumen

Unusually minimalist by Dallas standards, Hotel Lumen is an oasis of soothing colors and ergonomic furniture. The hotel also has a heated outdoor pool, a hosted wine reception every evening and an on-site fitness centre. Off the lobby, the Front Room is a casual-chic restaurant serving three meals daily.

The Highland Dallas

Ultra-modern and possessed of a lobby decked out with gold seating and blinging chandeliers, The Highland does Dynasty chic reworked for the 21st Century. Rooms are large and the beds supremely comfortable, while bathrooms come stocked with Diptyque toiletries.

Hyatt House Uptown

On the northern edge of downtown, the Hyatt House Uptown sits amidst a bustling business district very close to Cedar Springs and Maple, an area dense in art galleries and antiques stores, as well as dozens of good restaurants. Rooms are a businesslike affair but there is a complimentary breakfast.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas

Just around the corner from City Hall, the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown couldn't be more central. A stone's throw from city center attractions, rooms are comfortable and clean, if fairly uninspiring. No matter – there's a pool onsite, guest parking and you get a free buffet breakfast in the morning.

W Dallas - Victory Hotel

If JR branched out into hotels, the W Dallas Victory would be it. Overlooking the sports venue of Victory Plaza, the hotel offers 252 oversized rooms and suites in categories named Wonderful, Cool Corner, Spectacular, Fabulous, Mega, Fantastic, Marvelous, Wow and Extreme Wow. There's also a great spa and onsite restaurant.

The Joule

Set in a lovely 1920s art deco skyscraper, The Joule is Dallas at its most patrician and boasts a lobby crammed with art – all themed around local moneyspinners, oil and gas. Rooms are slickly decorated and come with enormous ensuite bathrooms, and there's an enormous, well-appointed gym.