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We Outside: A Guide to DJ Residencies in Dallas

Don't be afraid to go out on Sunday, because nightlife is back.
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Last updated: 5/12/22

It all started with the DJ. Specifically, DJ Baby G, who put Dallas on the map when he won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1990.

22 years after his historic win, DJing is alive in Dallas. Every night, there is a DJ behind a turntable or controller, expressing themselves through a profound love of music. A love that prompts DJ to spend hours, crafting mixes, troubleshooting issues on serato, and making edits to elevate their craft.

DJing is not the playing of a well executed playlist (please go to Spotify for that), but a profession. Thankfully, Dallas has an abundance of DJs who understand and respect the profession as such. The city has DJs who specialize in Afrobeats, house, hip-hop, global music and so much more.

This listicle is not a comprehensive guide of every DJ residency in Dallas, but an initiation point for readers to broaden their musical tastes. Here are my picks for the best residencies in Dallas.

For Sundays and beyond, below are your best options.

(If you want your residency to be featured or have a recommendation, please feel free to shoot me an email or invite me out…TO THE STREETS. This post will be updated as necessary, so bookmark it.)

DJ Christy Ray

DJ Christy Ray has not only one, but three residencies for you to pop out at! For a mid-week twerk session, stop by The Pool Club at Virgin Hotel Dallas on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Where else you can enjoy $1 Champagne with views of the Dallas skyline by the pool? To start the weekend off right, catch her at the Twilite Lounge on Friday from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Then, back to Virgin Hotel Dallas for a Saturday night cap at The Commons Club from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Work It! at Alice

DJ Sober and DJ House Funatik bring the golden eras of Disco and House to Alice Dallas, a Pan-Asian intimate restaurant and lounge in Old East Dallas. If you need another incentive, outside of Sober and Funtaik’s curated music selection, the restaurant’s sushi menu is available all night. Stop by Alice’s Dallas on August 15 from 8:00 – 12:00 a.m. to relive the golden eras.

Jamz at Ruins

Sundays are the new Saturdays. DJ Blake Ward’s rotating lineup of DJs makes you want to call out on Monday morning. The award-winning DJ curates a weekly showcase of the city’s best for attendees at Ruins in Deep Ellum.

Meet Me Underground at Curfew in Fort Worth

*Cue Stefon’s voice from SNL* Fort Worth’s hottest dance party is Meet Me Underground. This Monday night party has everything: ’90s deep house, techno, country, and an anime club. Actually, I’m not sure if they have an anime club (someone report back to me). But their rotating lineup of local and national DJs are worth the late night drive over to Curfew on 350 W. 5th St in downtown Fort Worth.

DJ Rizkilla

Friday belongs to DJ Rizkilla. Get in the Friday night vibe with her at the Commons Club in Virgin Hotel Dallas from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Grace her with your presence at the Living Room at the W Hotel from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sadie Hawkins Dance at Charlie’s Star Lounge

The Sadie Hawkins Dance / In my khaki pants / There’s nothing better. May the immemorial words of Relient K, an unsung icon of the mainstream pop-punk era, guide you to DJ Ursa Minor’s Sunday weekly at Charlie’s Star Lounge in Old East Dallas. Minor, the “undisputed king of R&B,” transforms the renovated dive bar into the sensual, romantic, and fun dance of your middle school dreams. I know, because when Minor played Pretty Ricky’s “On The Hotline,” my inner preteen screamed! Order a frozen cherry limeade from the bar and sing your heart away to classics of the past, such as Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk?”

Imperial Nights

Show me what you’re working with on a Friday and Saturday night!  DJ Imperial D takes over Club Dada and The Nines Bar in Deep Ellum for a back to back weekend turn-up. Get your knees ready for a lot whole twerking and possible WAP on the dance floor?

Stick Together Thursdays 

If you haven’t been to a DJ Save Aves set, have you been outside? The official DJ for Das Glue transforms Ruins in Deep Ellum into her personal dance party. Doors open at 9:00 p.m.

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