Big Beat Dallas brings live music, 24-hour dining and more to Las Colinas

You may have heard the buzz about a new music and food venue coming to Las Colinas. Meet Big Beat Dallas.... who will bring you live music every single day of the year (with many free concerts), elevated restaurants, a night club and a ranchers market. Excited yet? We sure are. We stopped by for a tour of the new entertainment district located adjacent to Toyota Music Factory. Take a look!

From barbecue to Southern-inspired recipes, tacos and tequila and more, Big Beat Dallas showcases five concepts with a range of food and craft drinks. What's really cool is that they have an open liquor license. Yep... you can carry your drink anywhere around the complex! The Texas Lottery Plaza, right in the middle of the center, includes two stages for live music and two outdoor bars. There are also five more smaller music stages within the complex.

 

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This delicious Frito Pie bag comes topped with shredded brisket, jalapenos, cheese, peppers and sour cream. You can find this and more finger-licking BBQ menu items at Highway 61 South, located on the first level. The restaurant is named after the "blues highway." So guests can catch local blues artists performing every night inside the restaurant.

 

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24-hour dining will soon begin at Big Beat Dallas at its southern-inspired restaurant called Texas Jam House. Pictured above is a sample of the meatloaf, and all meats on this entire property come from Billy Bob's family ranch in Texas. A breakfast menu is served here all day, and some of the menu highlights include Chicken Fried Steak, Cheesy Grits and a huge bloody mary that comes with a small glass of Shiner Boch as a chaser or mixer.

 

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You can never go wrong with a margarita in Texas! This one from Bar Manzanilla, on the first floor of the complex, is flavorful and strong. Cheers!

 

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Bar Manzanilla also offers small plates and tapas, such as the shrimp sample pictured above.

 

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One of the upstairs restaurants, called Texas C Bar, has a space to smoke cigars. We met a professional Cuban cigar roller and went home with some cigars!

 

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Also at Texas C Bar, guests can wine and dine from nearly 300 wine choices and a handful of chef-driven entrees to pair with your glass. Here, Executive Chef Roberto Madrid shares with us the menu plan for this concept. On the other side of Texas C Bar, scotch lovers can taste from 88 different scotches from around the world!

 

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We ended our menu sampling with a sweet finish - a parfait made in-house by the Big Beat Dallas pastry chef.

 

Don't miss the Grand Opening Weekend, March 29 - April 2. Here's a list of activities taking place: https://bigbeatdallas.com/events/

Thursday, March 29:

6 – 9 a.m.: The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show live on the Main stage

6 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Rancher’s Market in the Texas Lottery Plaza

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch hour live music by Ryan Berg Duo

4 – 4:30 p.m.: Official ribbon cutting ceremony on the Texas Lottery Plaza

5 – 8 p.m.: World’s largest Social Hour with Billy the Kid (106.1 KISS FM)

8 – 9 p.m.: DJs spinning tunes on Stage 2

9 – 11 p.m.: Live music by country and rock ‘n’ roll band The Texas Gentlemen ($10.50 admission after 9 p.m.)

11 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Late night party; DJs on Stage 2

 

Friday, March 30:

6 – 9 a.m.: The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show live on the Main stage

6 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Rancher’s Market in the Texas Lottery Plaza

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch hour live music by Danni + Kris

3-7 p.m.: Bring In the Weekend Live Remote with Lone Star 92.5 FM

5 – 8 p.m.: World’s Largest Social Hour

8 – 9 p.m.: DJs spinning tunes on Stage 2

10 p.m. – midnight: Live music by blues artist Ruthie Foster ($12.50 admission)

Midnight – 2 a.m.: Late night party; DJs on Stage 2

 

Saturday, March 31:

6 – 9 a.m.: Live music in BB’s Alley with Cody Jasper

6 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Rancher’s Market in the Texas Lottery Plaza

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Complimentary Easter Bunny photos and candy

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch hour live music by Cody Jasper

5 – 9 p.m.: Live music by various acts throughout Big Beat Dallas

10 p.m. – midnight: Live music by Texas musician Joe Ely ($12.50 admission after 9 p.m.)

Midnight – 2 a.m.: Late night party; DJs on Stage 2

 

Sunday, April 1:

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch hour live music

4 – 11 p.m.: Sundays After Sunset concert featuring blues artist Nikki Hill (free admission)

11 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Late night party; DJs on Stage 2

 

Monday, April 2:

6 a.m. – 9 a.m.: The Musers, from 1310 The Ticket, live on the main stage

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch hour live music by Chant Duplantier

5 – 8 p.m.: World’s largest Social Hour with Billy the Kid (106.1 KISS FM)

9 – 10:30 p.m.: FREE Concert Mondays featuring Americana singer-songwriter Parker McCollum

Concert Note: All concerts on Mondays are free of charge. There is a $10.50 cover fee at 9 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is a $12.50 cover fee beginning at 9 p.m.

Additionally, an Adult Easter Egg Hunt will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the grand opening weekend beginning at 9 a.m. 15 eggs will be hidden around Big Beat Dallas. 14 of them will include complimentary appetizer or dessert certificates. One egg will include a $50 Big Beat Dallas gift card.

Big Beat Dallas is located at 340 W Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75039.

 

(Disclaimer: My menu sampling was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)