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A Night on the Town in Dallas

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New York might have a reputation as the city that never sleeps, but Dallas isn’t far behind. There’s always something to do after dark, from bar crawling on the Uptown trolley to taking in some sweet tunes at one of Deep Ellum’s famed music venues.

If you’re staying with us at Magnolia Dallas Downtown, it might be tempting to order room service and spend the night chillaxing with satellite TV and a glass of wine. While that’s always an option, the city’s bustling nightlife scene inspires many guests to spend at least one night on the town. If you’re wondering what to do after dark, here are just a few of our favorite late-night stops in Dallas.

  • The Lounge

Visitors looking for Dallas nightlife often beeline for the neon-lit red flying horse atop Magnolia Dallas’ historic building. There’s plenty to do here besides snapping pics of the iconic Mobil logo. Visit The Lounge inside Magnolia Dallas for “Pegasus” wings, flatiron steak, all-day omelets and other nibbles offered in a sleek, modern setting. Take some quiet time in the library area, or chat with fellow travelers over a refreshing cocktail at the bar. There are also plenty of flat-screen TVs if you’re looking to catch the news or watch the Cowboys tackle your favorite home team. Dinner is served until 11 p.m. daily. Check out the full menu here. 

  • Opening Bell Coffee

Located in the basement of the historic Sears building on Lamar, this quirky coffeehouse is known as one of the hottest acoustic venues in town. Grab a latte, a glass of wine or the new house kombucha and enjoy free Wi-fi and other perks of late-night snacking here. The vibe is chill, so you won’t have to deal with the thumping bass or elbow-to-elbow crowds of a typical nightclub. Plus, there’s live music nearly every night. Pop in on Tuesdays to catch Opening Bell’s long-running open mic night, or head over on a weekend to see local songwriters and national touring acts take the stage. Click here for full event calendar.

  • Dallas Museum of Art

If you’re big on visual art, it’s a bummer that most museums shut their doors by dark. Every third Friday of the month, however, Dallas Museum of Art delights the culture crowd by staying open until midnight. For $10 per person (free for kids!), guests can stroll the galleries and enjoy live music, performance art and more. Tip: There’s no Late Night in December, but Dallas visitors can get in on the museum’s combination birthday and New Year celebration on Friday, January 19.

  • Pocket Sandwich Theatre

Opened in 1980, this is the last remaining dinner theatre in Dallas. It’s more modern than most, with a deli-style menu and full restaurant service, rather than the typical dinner theatre buffet. The atmosphere and the dress code are casual. There’s also a longstanding tradition of booing the bad guys in every melodrama — guests can spring an extra 50 cents during these shows for a bag of popcorn to toss at the actors! Upcoming performances include a holiday rendition of Scrooge and a Hercules spoof that runs into the New Year. The theater also hosts late-night comedy and variety shows; click here for a calendar of 2017-2018 events.

With tons of nightclubs, restaurants, sporting games and evening performances, downtown Dallas has one of the best nightlife scenes in the country. Our convenient location in the heart of the city allows guests to easily walk or take a rideshare to your favorite destinations. Contact us at 214-915-6500 or book your stay at Magnolia Downtown Dallas online today and get the party started!