Live Music on the Menu
While these venues can certainly stand on their own for the bites or the beats, we think they’re better together. Here are a few of our favorite venues to dine, drink and/or dance the night away.
THE BOMB FACTORY
2713 Canton Street, Dallas
The Bomb Factory is aptly named given its history. The building began as a Ford automobile manufacturing plant in the early 1900s and was repurposed during World War II to manufacture bombs and ammunition for American military installations. The original walls of the factory still stand; the rest of the facility underwent a multimillion-dollar renova- tion and features state-of-the-art sound and light technology. Situated in the heart of historic Deep Ellum in down- town Dallas, the 50,000-square-foot facil- ity is now one of the trendiest Metroplex live music destinations. The venue has played host to a variety of musicians and bands ranging from Erykah Badu, The Lumineers and Ludacris.
Dining at The Bomb Factory consists of a full menu by Barrister BBQ and a variety of onsite food trucks. You can also belly up to five full bars located throughout the venue. The dress code is anything goes, so wear that tank top and flip-flops, or get completely decked out. Some people even wear costumes in trib- ute to the band playing. The only dress code requirement is that costumes must not block the view of people behind or around you. Otherwise, get as wild and crazy as you want!
The Bomb Factory is an all-ages club, but patrons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or over. Those age 16 and up are admitted with- out supervision, and all ages must pur- chase a ticket to attend concerts. When the show is over, you could Uber back home or stay at a local hotel such as the Omni or Hotel Indigo.
You don’t need to leave the bubble to experience an authentic pub atmosphere. The Ginger Man is just the place to kick back with a cold one and kick off your evening. The premium beer bar features more than 60 unique beers from around the world on tap plus about 75 in bottles. This summer, check out rotating seasonal beers including Dogfish Head Beer To Drink Music To ’17, Rahr & Son’s Summertime Wheat and Saint Arnold Summer Pils.
If Belgian beer is your thing, don’t miss the pub’s annual Belgian tast- ing on July 15 in celebration of Belgian National Day. You can sample eight different beers perfectly paired with various menu items, which, at The Ginger Man, range from classic bar fare such as soft pretzels to up scale bites like the Bratwurst and Ale Onion Flatbread. The house favorite is the Beer Companion, a cheese and meat plate with hummus, fresh apples, toasted pita bread and French baguette slices.
Every Saturday night, The Ginger Man is the place to be in Southlake for live music. The pub plays host to a variety of one-man acts and bands that play cover songs as well as original content. Get ready for hands-in- the-air-sing-along sessions—but just don’t spill your beer.
THE FREE MAN CAJUN CAFÉ AND LOUNGE
2626 Commerce Street, Dallas
If you’re hungry for some authentic Cajun cuisine along with fantastic live music, take a jaunt over to The Free Man Cajun Café in Dallas. The restaurant aims to provide great food, music and atmosphere to make it worth the trip every time. Whether you’re into jazz, swing or Dixieland music, The Free Man will get your toes tappin’ seven days a week from 7 to 10 p.m. If you prefer your set list filled with rock, alt rock, country, folk or hip-hop, check out the venue earlier in the day. The restaurant showcases a live mixture of these genres from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.
A favorite among regulars is a group called The Free Loaders, a six-piece blues/ jazz/swing band fronted by The Free Man’s owner, John Jay Myers, who plays drums for the group. The house band plays every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m., and about twice a month on weekends. There is never a cover charge, and the restaurant/sound stage is an all-ages venue until 10 p.m. There is no enforced dress code, so come as you are and check out the famous Free Man experience for yourself.
THE FLYING SAUCER
There’s more than one Metroplex location of Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, but the Fort Worth location, situated in the ever-popular Sundance Square, happens to be our favorite. The taproom features a full pub menu and an impressive selection of 200 craft, draft, imported and domestic beers. Drink all 200 and you’ll be heralded as a Beerknurd, the emporium’s equivalent of a frequent diner, or in this case, drinker. You’ll get a “flying saucer” plaque on the wall with your name on it along with well-deserved bragging rights.
We also like that there is always something exciting going on at the Flying Saucer. Take, for example, Tuesday Trivia, which occurs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Two games are played back-to- back, each with three rounds, with cash prizes for the winners. There are also chess matches (times of matches vary month to month, so check Flying Saucer’s website for details). As for the food, Flying Saucer serves everything from classic bar bites—hot wings, nachos, cheese fries and more—to gourmet pub fare, such as a house- smoked salmon sandwich and goat cheese salad.
The Saucer’s most popular attraction, though, is the live music that plays Friday through Sunday year-round. Head to this Cowtown hotspot for some of the area’s best live music plus food and drinks that just keep flowing. Music genres vary by act, so check the online event calendar for the most current listing of performing bands. The Saucer admits all ages until 9 p.m. Cover charges vary by band, but the average cost is $5 per person.
1151 E. Southlake Boulevard
Taverna Rossa is not your average pizza and beer joint, not by a long shot. Founders Preston Lancaster and Tony Smith grew up in the Metroplex and are proud of the unique and creative atmosphere they have created. The two entrepreneurs recognized the value in the pizza and beer tradition, but wanted to take it to a whole new level. The handmade, Italian-inspired dishes at Taverna Rossa are made with locally sourced ingredients, and the distinctive menu has been created in collaboration with Brian Luscher, a culinary consultant and the owner/head chef at The Grape in Dallas. One bite and you’ll be convinced: Taverna Rossa is onto something great when it comes to gourmet pizza.
Pizza cannot stand alone, however; the beverage component must not be overlooked. At Taverna Rossa, it certainly has not been. In fact, the restaurant has taken beer to the next level with a remarkable craft beer selection. If a pint of cold suds is not what you had in mind, perhaps one of Taverna’s expertly mixed, one-of-a-kind cocktails will tempt you. You can also select a glass from the restaurant’s sensational wine list, which is sure to impress even the most discerning vino connoisseur.
Once you have a slice and a cold one, settle in for some rockin’ live music. The restaurant features live bands every Friday and Saturday night.
Whether you like to jam to blues, country or rock, there’s a band to suit
every musical preference. When the founders partnered up for this adventure, they set out to create something spectacular, and it’s safe to say