DEEP ELLUM, Dallas
I have been to Deep Ellum a couple of times. The first time was to see a band...Lifehouse, I believe. And the second time was to eat at the Angry Dog (which you can see in my restaurant tips). Both times I felt it was very low key. While I was in college it was the "place to be" but I believe shortly after I graduated it was getting lots of attention for being run down by the homeless and drug deals. My last year I believe I heard there was even a shooting. Since then I know there have been some fans and entrepreneurs who have tried to bring Deep Ellum into the club scene where it used to be a decade ago. I'm not sure how their mission has gone as I no longer live in Dallas.
When I was there in November of 2009 it had people around, Angry Dog refusing to leave, and there were some bars and clubs open. Nothing like the crowds I knew in 2001-2002. But I hope them the best...
And as for safety I didn't feel out of place or in danger. I hate when people scare you for no good reason...
Dress Code: Jeans and a nice shirt seemed to be the motto around me...
The Gypsy Tea Room is a well known favourite in the Dallas area and was voted 2000 Best of Dallas Scenes, by the Dallas Observer. No matter what kind of music you like, Gypsy provides it. The Ballroom is a 10,000 sqft area with room for up to 200 guests in banquet style, or up to 700+ in reception style. The Tea Room entrance is on Elm Street and The Ballroom entrance is on Main Street.
A very unusual place....it's a hookah bar, as the name suggests. In case you don't know what a hookah is, it is a device that acts as a pipe so that you can smoke tobacco from it. It is a popular way to smoke in the middle eastern countries. Anyway, you can get a hookah and your choice of tobacco for $10. The whole place is decorated as to resemble a tent with seating available only on the floor with big cushions and pillows strewn everywhere. Even the DJ is sitting on some pillows as he spins great mellow house music and acid jazz. They also have a full bar and kitchen so there's something for everyone!
Dress Code: Whatever your heart desires, except for shorts and flip flops, I'm sure.
I've never actually been to any of the Deep Ellum Film Festival screenings, but the friends of mine who have been enjoyed the festivities. I know that Sandra Bullock has shown up a couple of years as well as other folks like Bill Paxton when he had his directorial debut of Frailty. Dallas has amazing independent film support with not only groups like this one but an ever-growing number of independent film theaters such as The Angelika, Magnolia, Inwood, etc.
Deep Ellum Film Festival (DE/F2)
Now in its fifth year, the Deep Ellum Film Festival is Texas’ fastest growing film event and the premier independent film festival in Dallas. DE/F2 is unique in its mission of promoting the art of filmmaking while supporting the ongoing battle with cancer.
The USA Film Festival also takes place each year in Dallas. It's scheduled for April 22-29th, 2004. I've been to some of their screenings last year and it really is a cool experience to see a movie and then sit for a question and answer session with the director as is sometimes scheduled. It's fascinating to be that close to the creativity and to deconstruct the film into what it actually took to make it.
Tree's has been a favorite venue of mine for awhile. I guess I was more fond of it a few years ago when I was still in college, but I still don't pass up acts I want to see there.
It is a rather smokey joint with a decent sound set-up. It's one of those places that make you feel involved with the musicians. Another bonus is that I'd say about 80% of the time, you get the opportunity to meet the bands after the show. Just wait out around their bus until the crowd disperses and they'll usually come out and hobnob, chat, take photos, sign autographs, etc.
A few of the bands I've seen and met in Deep Ellum include:
Powderfinger (from Australia)
David Gray (From Wales)
Sister Hazel (US)
Kasey Chambers (from Australia)
30 Seconds to Mars (US)
Dress Code: * Hours are normally 8:30 - 1:00 On Weekdays (unless otherwise noted). 9:00 - 2:00 Fri and Sat
* Trees is open Wed. thru Sat., but will open Sun, Mon, and Tue for special events.
* You must be at least 17 years old to enter.
* You must be 21+ to drink (NO EXCEPTIONS, it's the law).
* You must have a valid (real) Drivers License to enter.
* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
* The Trees box office opens at 9:00 pm and does not sell hard tickets
* Tickets for select Trees shows are avaliable at , Good Records 214-7524663, CD World 214-826-1885, any Albertson's in Texas or by calling Star Tickets at 888-597-7827. Some other show tickets are available at most Ticketmaster outlets.
Dallas is an amazing place for some small cozy live music venue's. Some of my favorite's are in Deep Ellum. It's kind of a younger area, but when good music is involved, age is no object. It's also become a little more ghetto-ish in the last year or so, but it seems the police are trying to crack down and maintain a safe atmosphere there.
Keep in mind, this hasn't kept me from eating or seeing shows in the area. There is usually a large police presence during the busy hours there and the only situation I might feel uneasy in is if I parked down a dark secluded alley-way somewhere and had to hike to the clubs.
Deep Ellum boasts not only some of the greatest small music venue's such as Gypsy Tea Room, but also events such as The Deep Ellum Art's Festival and The Deep Ellum Film Festival which draws a hip crowd each year. Also, some of the coolest lofts and apartment's in Dallas can be found in this area.
Dress Code: Interesting historical information:
Deep Ellum is an entertainment and arts district on Elm Street east of downtown Dallas in Dallas County. The area was settled as a "freedmens' town" by former slaves after the Civil War; its location on Elm Street, just east of the Houston and Texas Central tracks near the depot, was too far from downtown Dallas to be desirable. The area was called Deep Elm or, as early residents pronounced it, "Deep Ellum."
This information was found on found @ http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/DD/hpd1.html
Deep Ellum is the arts and entertainment area of Dallas. It was a former warehouse district and many of the buildings have been transformed into loft apartments and night clubs.
Many famous jazz and blues musicians have played in this neighbourhood since the 1920's which music was introduced here. It was also at one time a red light district and many murders took place around the nightclubs. It is a lot safer of course these days but like anywhere, precautions should always be taken.
Trees is one of the premier live music venues in Dallas. I have played here with several bands and it has a good atmosphere and sound system. Local as well as national acts play there nightly. I saw The Donna's there a few months ago and the place was jumpin'!
Dress Code: There is really no dress code but most people do try to look nicer than the average, everyday garb.
Located very close to downtown, Deep Ellum is one of the main areas of Dallas nightlife. You will find several bars and clubs with various themes - 80's, House music, jazz, etc. Deep Ellum is also the good place to see live music. Two good places for this include The Gypsy Tea Room and Trees. You can also find several restaurants, like Momo's or Monica's, where you can get some good food.
Deep Ellum is one of the better places for nightlife in Dallas - lots of bars and clubs. Trees in Deep Ellum is a great place to see bands (saw Reverend Horton Heat here.) Deep Ellum Live is another good live music venue (and saw Nine Inch Nails here.) In a musical sense, Deep Ellum started as an area for blues music clubs...famous musicians such as Robert Johnson played there. In the late 1970s and into the 80s, Deep Ellum was the place for punk rock clubs and that kind of stuff. Then, in the late 80s and then into the 90s, the area started being developed and is now more of a trendy/yuppie area with apartment buildings and bars that sell $5 beers popping up all over the place.
Deep Ellum is a pretty cool place to go to... The people you will see here represent all of Dallas, so to speak, not just your typical Northern Dallas Socialite.... People definitely let loose here... I've been to a few places here... I would try to avoid a bar called the Bone though when you come here.. It's pretty much just a pick-up meat market and the bartenders are really rude... I usually leave very generous tips for the bartender, but not here...There are lots of tattoo shops, piercing shops and a really great restaurant called Cafe Brazil...
Some other spots for nightlife are Lower Greenville, the West End, and I highly recommend a place I went just recently in the Arts District called Ad Libs... It's a comedy club (improv) very similar to the show 'Whose Line Is This Anyways?' I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time...
Though a shadow of it's former self (or more precisely, a Universal Studios sanitized set of it's former self) Deep Ellum continues to thrive as Dallas' ecclectic live music club district of choice. Up and coming nationally touring bands come through here as well as the occasional esoteric local act that makes an impression. Ironically, the area got its start in the 80's as a collection of underground warehouse venues that featured punk/goth/fringe bands. Commerce intervened and, alas, Starbucks encroached on what was a nice little secret. After the New Bohemians and Ten Hands phenomena of the late 80's the lid was off.
Dress Code: Anything goes these days as it's been homogenized but original period garb was black. Simply black.
Deep Ellum used to be a warehouse district East of downtown Dallas but evolved into a district of nightclubs, bars and late-night dining.
Hear some live music, do a couple shots, and dance the night away... then eat breakfast at a 24 hour diner.
Dress Code: Dress however you like. Deep Ellum is a little on the alternative side with more leather, tattoos and piercings per acre than elsewhere in the generally conservative 'big D' but, with very few exceptions, most places accept you however you are. Photo: Dallas' own Speedealer live at Galaxy Club.
I rember this place as a grungy rock n roll hang out, but it's been cleaned up a little since I was in college. There are a couple of clubs that let under 21 in (specifically The Trees) and there are lots of live local bands and a couple of breweries. Cover charges can be pricy and can discourage bar hopping.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
The Curtain Club is a very good spot to see live bands. It has a balcony overlooking the stage and a good sound system for the ultimate musical experience.
Dress Code: No dress code, just look cool!