Deep Ellum is a thriving artist community in the heart of Dallas with many quirky shops and restaurants to explore. This fashion-forward neighborhood has a personality of its own, with its colorful murals, distinctive thrift shops, and people from all walks of life. From weekly restaurant promotions to festivals once a year, there’s always an event that will make for an unforgettable time on the town.
Go Treasure Hunt at Lula B’s Antique Mall
Deep Ellum is a great neighborhood to shop for unique gifts and treasures. One place that stands out is Lula B’s Antique Mall. This shop is full of eclectic antique furniture, antique collectibles, and vintage accessories for retro decor. The walls are lined with signage and advertisements from the 1950s, and new furniture hanging from the ceiling. It’s like a museum that a person could browse for hours. With the slogan “cool stuff for cool people”, this shopping experience is not to be missed.
Lula B’s Antique Mall, 2639 Main Street, Dallas, TX, USA +1 214 824 2185
Deep Ellum Antiques | © John Tornow/Flickr
Have a cocktail at the Anvil pub
The next morning, after a night on the town, many people crave Sunday brunch. For these people, Anvil Pub is a favorite option. This Irish biker tavern offers a classic brunch menu with a twist. If you like your brunch with booze and breakfast, order one of four famous cocktails that combine the two. Try the Bloody Mary – it’s topped with the traditional celery and olive filling, but also in the mix are stacks of meats, cheeses and a slider. It’s a great place to unwind with friends while sipping on unique creations for breakfast.
Anvil Pub, 2638 Elm Street, Dallas, TX, USA +1 214 741 1271
Bloody Mary | © T.Tseng / Flickr
Explore outdoor arts and murals
One of the first things that characterize Deep Ellum is the presence of colorful murals on the old brick buildings and weird steampunk statues. sidewalk. Each store has its own memorable designs that give the neighborhood its hip and artistic personality. One of the biggest events in Dallas is the Deep Ellum Arts Festival which takes place for three days each April. This event attracts artists from all over to share their work with the community, but art is a daily occurrence in Deep Ellum, so get off the camera and hit the streets.
2800 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 +1 214 855 1881
Wall painting | © Allen Sheffield/Flickr
Shop for Vintage Designers at Ellipse
Elluments is a vintage boutique that sources only the most fashionable styles of clothing and accessories. This treasure is especially worth a visit for its designer collections located in the bank vaults at the back of the store. Expect to find rare and special vintage designer pieces ranging from Prada to Louis Vuitton. With unbeatable prices and original parts, at Elluments you are sure to find a good flight.
Elluments, 2642 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75207 +1 214 704 9666
Laugh out loud at Dallas Comedy House
Dallas Comedy House is a fun addition to the Deep Ellum scene. Stop by any night of the week for happy hour and a stand-up routine or sketch show featuring Dallas’ most hilarious comedians. For those feeling brave and looking to test out their jokes, Tuesday nights are for open stand up mic night. For the little ones, Saturday evenings are reserved for a family show. You can even sign up for seven-week improvisation classes for students of all levels.
Dallas Comedy House, 3025 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226 +1 214 741 4448
Dallas Comedy House | © Allen Sheffield/Flickr
See a show at the trees
Dallas is known for its diverse music scene that appeals to all kinds of fans. If indie rock and roll is your vibe, then catch a gig at TREES. This nightclub is known as the most famous concert hall in Deep Ellum. It lives up to the hype as it draws crowds every week with its wide range of popular and indie music acts and special events. It’s the ultimate venue, as it’s big enough for the audience to dance to and intimate enough to connect with the band.
TREES, 2709 Elm St, Dallas, TX, 75226 +1 214 741 1122
See the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
Once a month, local artists, business owners and musicians come together to showcase their talents and products to the community. Vendors at Deep Ellum Outdoor Market have set up stalls and tables on the streets for customers to stroll around undisturbed. There are vendors of all kinds, from glassblowers to jewelry makers to painters. After a day of shopping for unique treasures, nothing is more satisfying than stopping at one of the many fabulous food trucks and relaxing to the sounds of a live band.
100-199 N. Crowdus St, Dallas, TX 75226
Market | ©Steve Rainwater/Flickr
Murray Street Cafe is a local favourite, the Murray Street Coffee Shop offers a cozy atmosphere to read a book, catch up with friends or simply enjoy one of their delicious cups of coffee. The rich colors of the mocha and the warm decor of the building are reminiscent of being invited into someone’s home. The store is small and intimate, with two upstairs overhangs for extra cooling space. Every second Thursday night you can sip a cappuccino while tuning in to a live DJ, and any night you can find studious scholars, first-dates and active gamers.
Murray Street Coffee Shop, 103 Murray St, Dallas, TX 75226
+1 214 655 2808 Relax with a coffee and a book | © Marco Verch/Flickr
Enjoy craft beer at BrainDead Brewing
DFW is a destination for beer lovers and brewers across the country, and one brewery in the heart of Deep Ellum not to miss is BrainDead Brewing. On sunny days, thirsty locals can hang out on the large outdoor patio and people watch. Inside, you can sit at the bar or by the brewing kettles and see where your drink was made. Their seasonal beers include something for everyone, from cream beers. BrainDead is a community favorite for their unique beers, specialty snacks, and friendly atmosphere.
Brewing BrainDead, 2625 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
+1 214 749 0600 Enjoy a pint | © Catalog Image / Flickr
Dance to the truth and the alibi
At first glance, this speakeasy looks like a miniature, old-fashioned candy store. At night, a secret door opens into a Gothic-style cocktail bar. To enter the club, you need to follow Truth and Alibi on Facebook, where a new password is announced every week. The club features dynamic DJs, colorful chandeliers, and regally ornate furniture for those who order bottle service. It’s a great last stop after a night of barhopping to dance the rest of the night.
Truth and Alibi, 2618 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226
+1 469 417 9660 Deep Ellum | © skeeze/Pixabay
By Allison Harper
Originally from Austin, Allison Harper earned a degree in environmental science from Texas A&M University. She now works as an environmental scientist in Dallas, Texas, by day. At night, she experiences all the great things the big city has to offer. Watch her travels by following her on
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