As part of our series on DARTable Gems, we’re highlighting some of our favorite local clubs and bars. Each has its own unique style and personality: from urban to country, modern to historic. And all of them are easily reachable via DART Rail, so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space or taking a taxi home.
Sandaga 813 is a small venue that brings in big-time talent. Located less than a block from the Fair Park Station, this club offers a steady stream of live jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and more. Weekly features include Organic Soul Saturdays and Tuesday night live jazz jam sessions. Sandaga 813 claims to be one of the best places in Dallas to see “Grammy winners present, past, and future.”
How to get there: Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station. Sandaga 813 is at 813 Exposition Ave., just west of the station.
Sons of Hermann Hall
Just a few blocks away, Sons of Hermann Hall has been a cornerstone of the Deep Ellum neighborhood for more than 100 years. Besides holding concerts, the old hall’s hardwood floors play host to swing dance lessons and karaoke every Wednesday and an “electric campfire jam” each Thursday night.
How to get there: Take the Green Line to Baylor Station and walk east on Elm Street, or take the 060 or 076 buses to Elm at Second Avenue.
The Rustic is a unique mix of Uptown and down-home and serves up everything from calf fries to cactus (also fried, of course) in its Texas-sized backyard patio. Most ingredients are locally sourced, including the 30 local craft beers on tap. Live Texas country and southern rock performances can be enjoyed most nights in Pat’s backyard, named for co-owner and country music star Pat Green.
How to get there: Take the Red, Orange, or Blue Line to CityPlace/Uptown Station. The Rustic is right next to the station, on the west side of North Central Expressway.
Hidden on a side street in a mostly residential neighborhood, Lee Harvey’s is a friendly dive bar that makes you feel at home. Those in the know love Lee Harvey’s for its burgers, onion rings, laid-back atmosphere, and dog-friendly digs. (Most of the seating is outdoors, and Sunday is officially “dog day.”) Enjoy live bands on Friday and Saturday nights, and make sure to say hi to Bacon, the resident cat.
How to get there: Take the Red or Blue Line to Cedars Station. Lee Harvey’s is to the east, at the corner of Gould and Beaumont streets.
Located in downtown Plano, inside a building officially recognized as a historical landmark, Vickery Park is a neighborhood bar that’s just as good to visit early as it is late. Its wide-ranging menu includes brunch favorites, pizza, barbecue, grilled cheese, charcuterie, mussels, nachos, and more. It’s not just about the food, though; the bar carries more than 60 types of beer, and the back room provides a fun place to hang out, play shuffleboard, or watch a game on the big screen.
How to get there: Take the Red Line to the Downtown Plano Station; Vickery Park is just steps away on 15th Street.
You can learn more about local nightlife (and daytime) entertainment options at DART.org/dartable.