Posted August 10, 2020

Two Hours in Dallas’s Buzziest Neighborhood


We’re excited about the debut of our newest property, the Kimpton Pittman Hotel, opening this month in the former landmark Union Banker’s Building in the action-packed neighborhood of Deep Ellum, just east of downtown Dallas.

Originally designed in 1916, the historic building will maintain its Beaux Arts exterior as it’s transformed to include 165 stylishly modern guest rooms and art-filled common areas, 5,000 square feet of inspiring and flexible meeting spaces, a state-of-the-art fitness center and Elm & Good, our all-day eatery serving seasonal, American tavern-inspired cooking and elevated cocktails. Lounge poolside under a canopy of light-strung trees on our outdoor deck, or sip cocktails by the communal fire pit while you enjoy local live music.

Whether you’re traveling for business or juggling a full vacation itinerary, make time to sneak away to experience the bustling art and music mecca located just steps from your room.

Guest room at The Kimpton Pittman Hotel.

Tune In To The Scene

Deep Ellum, home to over thirty live music venues, is the biggest entertainment district in Dallas. Music is a huge part of its soul, as the iconic neighborhood where legendary ’20s blues musicians once played. If you find yourself with a free night, see who’s playing at one of the local hotspots — from the renowned, four thousand seat Bomb Factory to the more intimate Club DaDa. Don’t want to commit to a ticketed event? Drop into Off the Record, a bar and record store where there’s almost always a DJ spinning vinyl, or Adair’s Saloon, a honkytonk with a well-curated jukebox and live country music every night.

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Live music in Deep Ellum (Image credit: @clarissaclicks via Twenty20)

Toast To Your Health

There’s no shortage of bars in Deep Ellum, ranging from wild dive bars to high-end cocktail lounges. Visit Shoals Sound & Service for a step back in time thanks to retro interior design, a throwback soundtrack and classic cocktails. Nearby at Trick Pony, the cocktail bar inside Harlowe MXM, take a trip around the world with 80 different cocktails, each inspired by a different country. If beer is more your speed, head to Deep Ellum Brewing Company for a tour (which comes with three beers and a glass) or Braindead Brewing for creative craft brews like Party Pooper Pineapple Upside Down Cake Strong Ale.

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Beers on tap at the Deep Ellum Brewing Company (Image credit: @madiilafs via Twenty20)

Get a Taste For The Place

Several Texas culinary sensations got their start in Deep Ellum. It was here that Twisted Root Burger Co. began crafting customized burgers and Cane Rosso developed a massive fan following for its certified authentic Neapolitan style pizza pies before both restaurants opened locations across the state. And after spreading the good word of brisket at the farmer’s market, the couple behind Pecan Lodge opened their first brick and mortar here, drawing attraction and winning awards for their profound use of smoke. Even if you’re stopping in between meals, there’s never a bad time for a snack-sized slice of brisket.

Twisted Roots Burger Co - Le Wagyu and Kevin Bacon Burger

The Le Wagyu and Kevin Bacon Burger. Courtesy of Twisted Root Burger Co.

Become a (Street) Art Critic

Grab a camera and go on a self-led art walk through Deep Ellum. The neighborhood is known for having the highest concentration of vivid murals and street art, thanks in part to a project called 42 Murals. The Dallas Maps and Walks app offers a listing of some of the best but wandering aimlessly works just as well. While you’re at it, be sure to seek out the green, red and yellow neon sign welcoming visitors to Deep Ellum with a glowing streak of Southern hospitality. It’s one of the best spots in town to snap a Dallas selfie.

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Street art abounds in Deep Ellum (Image credit: @mdocous via Twenty20)