Music, more music, dancing, and good times with friends and family. You asked for it – and Arlington delivers. Let’s look at some of the best Arlington venues for toe-tapping live tunes:
One of the coolest things to do in Arlington is the Levitt Pavilion, an outdoor performing arts venue located in the heart of Downtown Arlington. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready for 50 top-notch concerts each year, in genres ranging from world music, gospel, and home-grown country to indie rock, classic pop, and so much more. Oh, we almost forgot to mention – all of the Levitt concerts are free. It just doesn’t get any more awesome than that! Find out more about the Levitt Arlington.
On Saturday nights, this Arlington Highlands destination for delicious Latin cuisine transforms itself into a Havana-worthy salsa music venue, where the drinks are cold and the rhythms are smokin’ hot. Dress to impress and come ready to dance, dance, dance.
To the unschooled, an upscale Italian restaurant like Piccolo Mondo may seem out of place on a rundown of live music venues. But the fact is that much like Gloria’s (above), Piccolo Mondo is a wonderful “something different” music destination - especially when you’re in the mood for something quiet and elegant. Stop by evenings to enjoy some gorgeous piano music and a classic cocktail or after-dinner coffee, and maybe a slice of Cappuccino Pie. (Or two. Go ahead, we won’t tell.) More about Piccolo Mondo.
Another Downtown music destination is the historic Arlington Music Hall, where you can catch some of the best tribute acts in rock, pop, and country, as well as performances by music legends like Rick Springfield, Willie Nelson, Wynonna and more – plus an annual Christmas show that’s a perennial Arlington favorite. See who’s playing next at Arlington Music Hall.
Arlington Music Hall is also the home concert venue for Symphony Arlington, a 90-plus member orchestra that features artists from all over the planet, a world-renowned conductor, and internationally-acclaimed soloists. Discover Symphony Arlington.
The legendary J. Gilligan’s is not only a fave destination for game-watching and classic American fare (the Irish Nachos are an absolute must), it’s also one of Arlington’s prime destinations for live music. Any given week, you’ll find college-friendly dance acts, rock/pop bands, singer-songwriters, open mic nights and more, all in a laid-back, no-cloth-napkins-allowed atmosphere that’s equally welcoming to families, 20-somethings, business meetings and couples on their first (or 101st) date. Get the lowdown on Gilligan’s.
- Stumpy’s Blues Bar:
This west Arlington bar may look like an ordinary neighborhood watering hole, but for the last 20 years it’s enjoyed a secret double life as one of the best live music venues in town. At Stumpy’s you’ll have the chance to enjoy blues bands, classic rockers, indie acts and more – and well as throw some darts, shoot some pool, or down a few of Stumpy’s oh-so-wallet-friendly daily drink specials.
Why let the party end at Louie Louie’s when you can stroll over to Sherlock’s for some late-night munchies and even more live music? This old-school-library-styled pub features dance bands, rock/pop/funk groups, live band karaoke, and more – and when you’re ready to take a break, you can curl up one of the Sherlock’s cozy nooks and enjoy a creative cocktail. Investigate Sherlock’s.
- Grease Monkey
If you like live music on the patio, served up with the juiciest, best-est burgers in town, you’ll want to head over to the Grease Monkey, yet another must-do Downtown Arlington destination. Frequent Grease Monkey performers include some of the most popular live music acts in the region, including the Velvet Love Box, Clayton Gardner, The Turnpike Troubadours, and many more.
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