West End Historic District
Whether you’re a local looking for fun things to do in Downtown Dallas or a visitor wanting to experience the best of the Big D, the West End Historic District is the ultimate destination. Located in the northwest corridor of Downtown Dallas Texas, our 67.5 acres district is full of restaurants, shops, museums, and entertainment. Our streets combine historic charm with modern elements and an authentic atmosphere to provide you with an experience unlike any other. From world-famous attractions like the Dallas World Aquarium and the John F. Kennedy Memorial to gourmet wild game dinners and horse drawn carriage tours, no one does Dallas like we do.
Bishop Arts District
Located in the heart of North Oak Cliff, the Bishop Arts District is home to over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and art galleries, making it one of Dallas’ most unique neighborhoods. The Bishop Arts District is a neighborhood rich in history, and was the site of Dallas’ busiest trolly stop in the 1930s. Since the area’s revitalization, the Bishop Arts District has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and The Daily Beast for its small-town feel, hidden-gem appeal, and close-knit community. The Bishop Arts District is made up of many independently-owned shops and eateries that maintain various hours. While many of the shops stay open late on the weekends to provide a fun shop, stroll, and eat environment for visitors, the Bishop Arts District is populated with many independently-owned businesses, so please contact them directly for their hours of operation. Wine Walks are held 3-4 times a year and on 1st Thursdays of a given month.
On the streets beneath one of the nation’s most famous skylines is a world of opportunity. By day, it’s business as usual with professionals rushing between meetings and power lunches. Once the sun goes down, the urban epicenter comes alive with cosmopolitan choices and an energy that’s truly electric. Check out the 100-year-old Adolphus hotel on Commerce Street. Every Wednesday and Thursday during summer, hear live local music and grab lunch from food trucks at one of downtown’s oldest parks, Thanks-Giving Square on Pacific Avenue.
The Dallas Arts District is the largest arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks. The district is comprised of museums, performance halls, corporate offices, residences, restaurants, churches and even a school. We’ve been a thirty-year plan in the making and now boast buildings by four Pritzker Prize-winning architects within a span of several blocks. Our district’s architectural richness extends however, with examples of significant buildings erected as far back as the late 1880’s, just 40 years after Dallas’ founding. We’ll explore the history of the buildings and the culture of one of Dallas’ most interesting neighborhoods. Our 90-minute architecture walking tour is led by a trained tour guide and examines buildings from the 1890’s to the present day. You’ll explore the architectural detail of the district as well as the institutions, individuals and visionaries who are a part of this fascinating story. This area has been transformed into the largest urban arts district in the U.S., which includes the Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theatre, the Myerson Symphony Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, a lush little spot of Zen in the zoom and bustle at the edge of downtown.
Uptown Dallas is a walkable, urban neighborhood in the heart of Dallas. A vibrant district with a celebrated history and modern amenities. Here you will find luxury residences, world-class office space and endless shopping, dining and entertainment options. Uptown offers the finest residential options from high-rise apartment living to luxury houses and townhomes. Looking for a night out? Uptown is home to award winning restaurants and Dallas’ hottest bars. Jump on the McKinney Avenue Trolley and explore our shopping options including home-grown retail to coveted national stores- all mall free. The neighborhood also connects to the Katy Trail, Arts District, Klyde Warren Park and American Airlines Center. Whether shopping in the West Village, seeing a film at the Magnolia theater, sipping a pint at the Idle Rich Pub, or riding the free trolley up the cobbled streets of McKinney Avenue, you’ll find something that appeals. There are more great restaurants here than can be listed, including Baboush, Fearings, and Fat Rabbit, all on McKinney Avenue. This is truly city living at its best.
Deep Ellum, which is Southern-ese for Deep Elm (the area’s original name) use to be a mecca for jazz and blues artists back in the 1920’s. Now this eclectic enclave, located just a few blocks east of downtown, is Dallas’ hippest hood– boasting a thriving nightlife scene, delectable eateries, art galleries and one-of-a-kind shops. Culture and creativity make up Deep Ellum’s core, and no where is this more evident than in its attractions. Not only is the area home to some of the city’s most iconic outdoor art, it also offers a variety of performing arts venues like the Dallas Comedy House and the Undermain Theatre. Deep Ellum also hosts year-round events and festivals, including the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, a 3-day neighborhood-wide party– featuring over 100 bands, art and great food. Deep Ellum is famous for its nightlife, especially when it comes to live music venues– where countless music legends have graced the stages of places like The Prophet Bar, Trees and The Bomb Factory. For dancing there’s the Lizard Lounge, and for artisanal cocktails in chill surrounds, check out the Black Swan Saloon. And no night out in Deep Ellum is complete without a visit to the best dive bar in the country, Double Wide.
In a city full of fascinating neighborhoods and trendy developments, the Dallas Design District has carved out an identity all its own. Eclectic yet upscale, the Design District is a key piece of Dallas’ cultural fabric comprised of its namesake interior design showrooms, art galleries, fine dining establishments, and most recently, luxurious apartment homes with a vibrant live-work-play community. But the Design District has grown to become much more than the design industry, the area is now seeing its first apparel retailers who are selling everything from custom tailored men’s suits to women’s fashion. Art galleries have been migrating to Dragon Street and the farthest corners of the Design District for nearly a decade, making the area the epicenter of the gallery scene in the city, and a place for art lovers to find everything from French Impressionism painting to contemporary installation art. Slocum Street, sandwiched between Dragon to the west and Hi Line to the east, is internationally renowned for its antique shops which still define the street, but Slocum too has diversified in recent years away from predominantly French and classical antiques (although there are still plenty of those to choose from) to also include mid-century modern furniture and just steps away on Howell Street, some of the coolest vintage and thrift shops in the city!As the Design District continues to expand to the west over the next few years into the new and old Trinity Districts that abut the Trinity River, look for more residential and mixed-use development. Entertainment options have diversified with the recent addition of a bowling alley and plans for a large outdoor entertainment facility on Irving Blvd. Long term plans originally called for a boutique hotel and the District will finally host their first, Virgin Hotel, to be open by 2017.