Your Guide to Deep Ellum

  • Overview
    • Brimming with giant robot sculptures, breweries, art festivals, Deep Ellum is the quirky step-child of the Dallas nightlife. With constantly changing murals, a great food and bar scene, and live music everywhere, this is one of the coolest neighborhoods to spend a night on the town.
  • The Neighbors
    • Deep Ellum attracts young professionals, artists, musicians, hipsters, and anyone looking for a fun, unassuming night.
  • Lifestyle
    • Food
      • Pecan Lodge
        • Texas barbecue is serious business, and Pecan Lodge has won awards galore. Wear comfy kicks, since lines are loooong!
      • Harlowe MXM
        • This is more than a mere bar or restaurant. It’s a self-described “drinking and dining complex” with three separate spaces ranging from laid-back to upscale. Don’t miss the massive rooftop bar, which offers a spectacular view of the Dallas skyline.
      • Oni Ramen
        • This tiny restaurant is generally considered to be the best ramen place in Deep Ellum, so it’s sometimes standing-room-only. Try the Oni Reaper, a super-spicy dish–if you dare.
      • Uncle Uber’s
        • In the mood for something cheap, quick, and delicious? An Uncle Uber’s “sammich” may be the answer to your culinary prayers, although you’ll have to brave the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere.
      • Monkey King Noodle
        • Even if you don’t know what legitimate Northern Chinese night market food tastes like (and we admit we haven’t had the pleasure), you can try it right here. Everything, even the hand-pulled noodles, is fresh and made-to-order.
      • Serious Pizza
        • If you want New-York-style pizza, this is the place to be. People put up with the long line and downscale décor because this is the real deal. It’s practically a Deep Ellum tradition to grab a slice here after a night out.
      • Drink
        • Green Room
          • As you’ve probably gathered by now, Deep Ellum has plenty of rooftop venues—and this one’s one of our favorites! With a pool cue and a cocktail, you’re set for a fun evening. Cheers!
        • Twilite Lounge
          • This place is beloved for its authentic, old-school vibe and amazing live music. If there’s no show going on, pop some money in the jukebox instead.
        • Dot’s
          • If craft beer is your thing, you’ll love Dot’s. With a 10,000-square-foot patio and more than 100 beers on tap, you can’t go wrong.
        • Braindead Brewery
          • Known for its burgers, amazing beer selection and quirky atmosphere, this place sums up all that’s great about Deep Ellum. Be sure to check out the patio!
        • High and Tight
          • This speakeasy is hidden away behind a working barbershop. Toast your fresh fade with one of their special cocktails—described as “works of art.”
        • Trick Pony
          • Visually striking, this cocktail bar is more than just a pretty face. Themed cocktail menus rotate every few weeks, so you’ll always find something new.
        • Black Swan Saloon
          • This bar doesn’t have a sign, so it might be hard to spot at first. There are also no menus, so order something traditional or ask the bartenders to whip up something on the spur of the moment. Just tell them what kind of drink you’re in the mood for, and they’ll make something especially for you.
        • Entertainment
          • Bomb Factory
            • This former car assembly factory has been converted into a legendary live-music venue with world-class acts.
          • Trees
            • A live-music venue with a storied history (Nirvana, anyone?), Trees is a destination for any music lover.
          • Dallas Comedy Club
            • Whether you want to see a stand-up perform or take a class yourself, you’ve found your new home-away-from-home. This club hosts acts five nights a week and offers classes in improv, sketch, stand-up, and storytelling.
          • Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
            • Write your song request on a napkin, and the entertainers will play and sing it from memory. Louie’s is musician-owned, so all the performers are multi-talented.
          • Living
            • Schools
              • You can check out Deep Ellum’s private and public schools here.
            • Park
              • Deep Ellum Dog Park
                • Your canine companions can get lots of outdoor time here.
              • Sandbar Cantina
                • As a former industrial area, Deep Ellum may not have as many parks as other neighborhoods, but at the unofficial “Beach Ellum,” you can pretend you’re at the ocean. You can also play on “sandbar” league teams; choose from sand soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, and ping pong.
              • The Style
                • Deep Ellum is very walkable, so it’s always busy with foot traffic.
                • Everyone fits in! You’ll see eclectic styles from preppy to punk.
                • It’s a destination for BBQ and other foods
              • Transportation
                • The DART Green Line connects to the Deep Ellum and Baylor stations.
              • Why You’ll Love It
                • There’s plenty of nightlife, with fantastic dining options.
                • You can always find great drink prices and happy hours.
              • Why You Won’t
                • Deep Ellum has a certain 21st-century grunge vibe that may not appeal to everyone.
                • There aren’t many options for living directly in the neighborhood other than lofts (yet).