Just east of Downtown, Deep Ellum offers nightlife where you don’t have to wear a dress and heels or an oxford and wing tips to fit in. Once a thriving Blues arena in Dallas, this area has experienced a rejuvenation of music, restaurants, and nightlife. Deep Ellum is home to a wide variety of experiences and more delicious meals than you will ever eat.
A great day activity is visiting Deep Ellum Brewery where you can get a tour, try several beers (I recommend the Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout), and get a pint glass – all for $10! On your way out, hit one of the food trucks that frequent the parking lot nearby.
If you are looking for a dinner experience, there are endless options. For authentic Neapolitan Pizza, head over to Il Cane Rosso. If grass fed burgers are more your style, you can try Twisted Root. If you like home cooking, All Good Cafe is your spot (with live country and folk music on weekends). For sushi, Deep Sushi is your spot. If you are looking for some post-concert late night slams, check out Buzz Brews or Cafe Brazil for some delicious crepes or migas and some of Dallas’ best coffee.
After dinner, you can catch a show at Prophet Bar or Trees or head to my personal favorite, Dallas Comedy House (DCH). DCH is a comedy venue with shows five nights a week. They specialize in improv comedy, with many local and national troupes playing weekly. They also have stand-up open-mike nights, teach improv classes (which I have taken), and host corporate events. The shows are irreverent, off-the-cuff, sometimes vulgar but always funny, and no two shows are the same! This is a must-see in Deep Ellum.
Deep Ellum, which is a corruption of Deep Elm street (who knew?), is just east of downtown and very accessible, with a DART Station nearby and plenty of parking. If you are looking for something against the grain but still tons of fun, you can’t miss it.