Where to sip
Many of the best watering holes also have good eats.
Braindead Brewing (pictured above) churns out mighty fine ales, wheat beers, and stouts on-site. It also serves sublime beer-friendly food such as a dipping skillet filled with queso, spicy ground beef, and guacamole; and the aptly named Coma Burger, incorporating bacon, onion jam, and other goodness. 2625 Main Street; 214-749-0600; braindeadbrewing.com.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s Taproom and Kitchen pours its own brews, including a popular Dallas Blonde and Deep Ellum IPA. The IPA jalapeño hummus is addictive, as are loaded tots and pulled pork tacos. They’re best enjoyed on the patio, where you can often catch live music. 2823 St. Louis Street; 214-888-3322; deepellumbrewing.com.
The sister company, Deep Ellum Distillery, is winning fans for its Friday-Sunday happy hour, serving cocktails crafted with its new All-Purpose Vodka. 2880 Clover Street; 214-888-1256; deepellumvodka.com.
Newcomer The Sandbar Cantina and Grill brings the beach to this urban setting. The tropical escape offers 10 sand volleyball courts, local music, drinks like the Sunburn and the Skip and Go Naked, as well as noshes such as cucumber-crab salad, avocado fries, and half-pound burgers with all the trimmings. 214-647-1424; 317 S. Second Avenue; sandbarcantina.com.
High and Tight Barbershop is a 1920s barbershop up front and a cocktail lounge with live music and dancing in back. Bartenders whip up originals such as Mayahuels Awakening, which blends tequila and mescal with vanilla-laced cold-brew coffee, bourbon bitters, and cinnamon. 2701 Main Street, Suite 180/190; 214-741-1744; highandtightbarber.com/pages/bar
Then there’s triple-threat Adair’s Saloon, a grungy 1970s throwback dive, where Jack Daniels on the rocks and PBRs are the go-to-drinks, the cheeseburgers speak of a well-seasoned griddle, and the live music is always free. 2624 Commerce Street; 214-939-9900; adairssaloon.com.
Where to stay
In the district’s heart, Deep Ellum Hostel is a new boutique hostel with private suites and dorm rooms; amenities include a communal kitchen and complimentary breakfast, and there’s an adjacent bar and snack joint, Booty’s Street Food. Dorm rooms from $33; two-person queen, $119; four-person en-suite, $139. 2801 Elm Street; 214-712-8118; deepellumhostel.com.
Nearby is Hall Arts Hotel, a lovely, new 12-story hotel brimming with original artwork. From $299. 1717 Leonard Street; 214-953-1717; hallartshotel.com.
How to get around
Consider taking DART to Deep Ellum and exploring the district on foot. dart.org.
Parking in Deep Ellum is free until 6 p.m. at most parking meters, and some streets aren’t metered. Surface lots scattered around the neighborhood fill quickly in the evening.
For more info
Visit Dallas, 800-232-5527, visitdallas.com.