Your Guide to Oak Lawn

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Neighborhood, Guide, Oak Lawn, Dallas

  • Overview
    • Oak Lawn is not up-and-coming – Oak Lawn has arrived. An older neighborhood full of a mix of urban professionals, upscale condos, and historic single-family homes, Oak Lawn can be a bit slower-paced than neighboring area Uptown, but otherwise has a similar feel. There’s a large variety of delicious food options alongside friendly, yet hip neighborhood bars. A vibrant part of Dallas, Oak Lawn also boasts some of our favorite nightlife spots in the city.
  • The Neighbors
    • You’ll be surrounded by younger professionals hot in pursuit of their careers. Oak Lawn tends to attract people who want to feel like they’re living in a small community inside the convenience of the big city. Your neighbors enjoy laidback days at Turtle Creek Park or Katy Trail and long nights out at upscale restaurants or a dive bar. Oak Lawn is also considered the epicenter of gay and lesbian culture in the Dallas area, with many fun events catering to that population and allies.
  • Lifestyle
    • Food:
      • Taqueria La Ventana
        • The popular taqueria has a location in Oak Lawn where you can enjoy the Mexico City-style street food on the sunny patio. The fresh ingredients, handmade tortillas and locally sourced produce will go down almost as smoothly as their refreshing margaritas.
      • Street’s Fine Chicken
        • Southern favorites and a lot of fried chicken options populate the menu of this binge-worthy Cedar Springs restaurant. The friendly staff and consistently high quality make this a crowd pleaser.
      • Mille Lire
        • If you feel the desire to go a little more upscale, Mille Lire is a sun-lit, delicious option. Defining itself as a “contemporary concept with traditional Italian values,” the evolving menu exposes eaters to a variety of different regional examples of Italian cuisine.
      • Pints and Quarts          
        • If your requirements are “casual but amazing,” then the burgers, fries, and beer selection at Pints and Quarts fit the bill. Sit on the patio and enjoy a retro dining experience (the concept mimics the 1950s) that won’t break your modern budget.
    • Drink:
      • S4
        • When you want to go out hard, look no further than S4, one of Oak Lawn’s most popular gay clubs. If you tire of the huge (and usually packed) dance floor, sound system, and light show, the upstairs Granite bar and outdoor patio let you hang out in a slightly quieter, but still cool venue.
      • The Grapevine Bar
        • Sometimes, you just want to hit up a dive bar. Grapevine encourages patrons to “check your attitude at the door,” and the rooftop deck and huge patio has no lack of TVs, leafy trees, and chances to grab drinks.
      • Round-Up Saloon and Dance Hall
        • Open since 1980, The Round-Up sure knows how to have a good time. Kick up your heels and dance at the famous establishment, known as the country’s best gay country western dance hall. Their heart is also in the right place, with the venue raising over $120,000 a year for a variety of charities through their events.
      • 18th and Vine
        • If you’re hankering for Kansas City-style BBQ in an upscale environment, then co-founders Pitmaster Mall Dallman and award-winning chef Scot Gottlich have got you covered. You can chow down on BBQ with one hand and enjoy a cocktail from the full-service bar with the other.
    • Fun – Entertainment and Social Events:
      • Turtle Creek Arts Festival
        • Spanning two weekends in the fall and spring, the Fine Arts Festival takes place in November, while the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival takes center stage in April. The events feature painters, fine artists and jewelers, among other disciplines, and there’s a play area for kids in addition to artist demonstrations for adults.
      • Halloween Block Party (NOTE: there does not appear to be an official site for this event)
        • If you want a real Halloween party, then you’ll have to come to Oak Lawn for this famous block party featuring a Costume Promenade with commentary. There’s a live DJ, food, and beer, and the party rages from 7pm to 2am on the Saturday before Halloween.
      • Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade
        • Oak Lawn is considered to be the epicenter of Dallas and Fort Worth’s gay and lesbian scene, and the Texas Freedom Parade plays a large part in celebrating that culture with a raucous parade each year during Pride month in June.
  • Living
    • Schools
      • Check out Oak Lawn’s options for private and public schools here.
    • Parks
      • Turtle Creek Park
        • This park, just north of downtown, is a runner’s dream with lovely trails and quick access to nature. For the non-runners among us, check out the turtles who lend their name to the park as you enjoy a picnic and/or treat your dog to a trot.
      • Katy Trail
        • Built on an old railway line, this beautiful natural spot in the heart of the neighborhood is brimming with possibilities, from biking on the well-maintained paths to strolling with kids and family. Best of all, as part of the Dallas Park system the trail is open and well-lit from 5am-midnight each day.
    • The Style
      • Oak Lawn is filled with varied possibilities for retail therapy, especially if you want to freshen up your new place. If you’re looking to make a day of it, explore Oak Lawn, then pop over to the neighboring Design District for even more furniture, vintage finds and home accessories

  • Transportation
    • DART Bus Stops
      • Oak Lawn is well serviced by public buses. You can use the DART trip planner for specific information for individual jaunts.
      • Light Rail
        • The blue line and the red line (the two original modern rail lines in Dallas) both stop right outside Oak Lawn at Cityplace Station, making it a good choice for people who like to combine public transit with driving.
      • Trolley
        • The charming McKinney Trolley is free to ride from Lomac and Uptown
    • Oak Lawn is certainly a walkable neighborhood, with centrally located restaurants and attractions such as Turtle Creek Park. One benefit is that a night out doesn’t mean an endless search for a parking spot
  • Why You’ll Love It
    • Oak Lawn offers a little of everything for everyone – if you want to go out on the town, there are a plethora of bars and restaurants. Whether you have kids in tow or are blissfully childless, outdoor events and amenities like arts festivals, parks, and trails are great for whiling away the days in the sunshine. And there’s such a large, varied food scene provided by area restaurants that you’ll never get bored.

  • Why You Won’t
    • Oak Lawn is certainly an established neighborhood at this point, so if you’re looking for a neighborhood where things are always changing and in flux, this may not be for you.

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