LGBTQ Weekend

Dallas, home to the nation's sixth-largest LGBTQ population, is bursting with bars, restaurants and neighborhoods that celebrate diversity. The Oak Lawn area, at the center of the LGBTQ community, is worth a trip all on its own.

Rise and shine at Lucky's Cafe

This Oak Lawn neighborhood hotspot serves comfort food in a retro-themed space where everyone feels like a regular. Pour yourself some coffee at the bar (or request something more potent) alongside an order of banana pancakes, and flip through the Dallas Voice, the premier source for gay and lesbian news and entertainment.

Check retail therapy off your list

2.5 hours

Head to the Bishop Arts District, another popular Dallas gayborhood where funky and chic dominate. Pick up a hand-printed map of Dallas, or a set of stamped leather coasters with a Texas motif, then find irresistible tchotchkes like a solar-powered Queen Elizabeth doing her trademark wave at Fete-ish.

Lunch and cocktails


Stop for lunch at Eno's Pizza Tavern. Enjoy a casual meal at this local favorite, serving pizzas, fresh salads, pastas, sandwiches and soups! They even have gluten-free and vegetarian options too, as well as craft beer flights. 

Browse the best galleries

2 hours | Directions

Head to the Dallas Design District to browse through chic art galleries, trendy restaurants and antique stores along Dragon Street. Don't miss the Christopher Martin Gallery, the namesake gallery of the artist known for his signature practice of verre églomisé. 

Dinner at Cedar Springs Tap House


Have a meal at Cedar Springs Tap House for a relaxed dinner and drink or two. The Tap House offers a range of craft brews and specialty cocktails in a sports-bar inspired pub atmosphere. They offer drink specials every night of the week to enjoy on their perfect patio setting. 

Nightlife in Oak Lawn


Make it a night to remember in Oak Lawn, the heart of the Dallas LGBTQ+ community and nightlife for more than three decades. Get your boots scooting with dance lessons at the Round-Up Saloon, boasting the best-looking cowboys for 34 years. Ready for round two? Join the rollicking dance party and drag shows at Dallas Woody's or enjoy live music at Sue Ellen's.

Run (or walk) on Katy Trail

1 hour | Directions

Burn some calories from last night's revelry on the Katy Trail, a 3.5-mile multi-use trail linking the Uptown and Downtown areas and fabulous bars and restaurants along the way. Stop at the Katy Trail Ice House for a quick break before brunch.

Make it a patio brunch


Grab a cozy patio table at Toulouse and indulge in French-influenced brunch, with strong coffee and an elegant list of morning libations. Share New Orleans-style beignets with the table before digging into the orange French toast, a sweet blend of mascarpone cheese and berries on top of melt-in-your-mouth French toast.

Need a Ride?

Check the schedule for Dallas’ light rail system DART and the free M-Line Trolley for convenient rides through the Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas. After 6 pm, call or text Efrogs, a free golf-cart rideshare program that gets you going without the hassle of a car.

See the Arts District

2.5 hours | Directions

Head to the Dallas Arts District, the nation's largest urban arts district, spanning 19 contiguous blocks and home to eye-popping architecture and incredible museums. Wander through the Dallas Museum of Art, where you can step into five rooms recreated with furnishings and art from Coco Chanel's 1927 Mediterranean Villa La Pausa. Walk to the Nasher Sculpture Center, where the quiet ambiance of their outdoor sculpture garden will provide a moment of escape and relaxation.

Lunch at ArtPark Trinity Groves


Go for a low-key lunch at the laidback ArtPark in Trinity Groves. Grab a table on the patio and challenge your friends to numerous lawn games as you sip on a local brew. Loser buys the next round!

Pampering time

2.5 hours | Directions

Treat yourself at The Spa at the Joule, indulging in a Fire & Ice stone massage incorporating cool jade crystals and warm volcanic stones to rejuvenate the body.

Catch a show

2 hours | Directions

Score tickets to the Turtle Creek Chorale at Dallas City Performance Hall. The 35-year-old group is the world's most recorded men's chorus with 38 albums.

Top off the night with Texas cuisine


Dine at Fearing's, home to celebrity chef Dean Fearing's restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Enjoy "Elevated American Cuisine" in one of the seven indoor and outdoor dining spaces and grab a drink at the Rattlesnake Bar to try Dean's Margarita.

Drinks at Happiest Hour


After dinner, walk off your meal and head to Happiest Hour in Uptown. It's the largest outdoor patio bar in Dallas, with rooftop views that are too good to miss. Order the Dallasite cocktail to sip on while you overlook the skyline. 

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