Eight Affordable Entertainment Options in Dallas

Where to snack, drink, and spend less dough in Big D

afforable fun in dallas!

Grab your calculators: The cost of living in Dallas is 5.7 percent above the national average, according to the numbers nerds at Forbes. We’re not here to tell you what that means in terms of your savings account (to each her own), but we do have some deals for your downtime.

1. Dive into the weekend a bit early with karaoke at the Double Wide (pictured above). Happy hour lasts until 10 p.m. on Thursday nights, at which point the mic comes out and the gloves come off.

2. Catch a movie throwback at Galaxy Drive-In, where a double feature costs a measly $6. Hit the old-school snack bar for tamales ($2.25, to share) or giant pickles ($1, not to share).

3. Keep the retro feel rolling at White Rock Skate. Open since the early ’70s, this joint is more Roller Boogie than Boogie Nights, but its authentic disco ball is a thing of wonder. Afternoon sessions are $6, evenings are $8, and skate rentals are $3.

deep ellum brewing!

4. Deep Ellum Brewing Company hosts tours for $10 on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons (but act fast — the price goes up a few bucks this weekend!). The cost includes a souvenir glass, samples, and live music. If you’re on a super-tight budget, Four Corners gives free tours on Saturdays at noon and 1 p.m.

5. Freshen a furry winter face with a visit to Eye Candy Brow Salon. The hair removal experts razor ($8), tweeze ($6), thread ($8), or wax ($10) your caterpillar twins into submission, so you can ditch the beanie and let your forehead see the light.

6. Send grateful vibes to your hard-earned cash during an hour-long meditation at Cosmic Cafe. Tuesday evenings (7-8 p.m.) are for active meditation (i.e., move around, then sit still); Sunday mornings (10-11 a.m.) are reserved for dynamic meditation, when you can jump, scream, and shout all you like. Suggested donation is $5.

7. Stop by Del Frisco’s Grille and order the honey badger ($7). Vanilla citrus Tuaca and fresh sweet and sour and pineapple juice blend for a light but luscious sip that takes you into spring and summer.

8. You can count on food trucks to be cheap, but most of them don’t have anything you’d eat right before bikini season. New kid on the block Vegan Noms doles out baked goods free of dairy, eggs, and other animal products. Munch on muffins ($2.25; pictured below), cupcakes ($3), and cookies ($1.75) such as the Gator, made with oat flour, mashed bananas, and vegan chocolate.

vegan noms!

Photos: David Wilson / Courtesy of Double Wide; Sara Kerens / Courtesy of Double Wide; Courtesy of Deep Ellum Brewing Company; K. Catalini / Courtesy of Vegan Noms

13531 Montfort Dr
ste 116
Dallas, TX 75240
3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
2823 St Louis St
Dallas, TX 75226
White Rock Skate
10055 Shoreview Rd
Dallas, TX 75238
3510 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
2912 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
423 Singleton Blvd
@ Trinity Groves
Dallas, TX 75212
Galaxy Drive-In Theatre
5301 N Interstate Hwy 45
Ennis, TX 75119