Oak Lawn Neighborhood Guide

As one of the most accepting and tolerant neighborhoods in the country, Oak Lawn takes pride in its stately neighborhood that literally paints its crosswalks with rainbows.

Charming · Noteworthy · Welcoming · Accepting

Oak Lawn, a neighborhood full of contrasts, thrives on its colorful atmosphere and lush locale. It sits nestled between Highland Park, Uptown, and Turtle Creek, and its Rosewood Mansion is the only five-star hotel in Dallas. The area also brought Tex-Mex to the masses with the opening of the very first El Chico in the 1940’s.

Today, bars and nightclubs fill the neighborhood, some DJ-driven, others centered on good-time karaoke and vivacious drag shows. The folks who live here enjoy the good life with hiking and biking trails running alongside the beautifully landscaped greenspace of Turtle Creek and Oak Lawn Park. For those who love to throw a good bash, Arlington Hall events venue provides the perfect space.

For adventurous adults, the Annual Pride Parade and famous Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party on Cedar Springs Road are the see-and-be-seen social events of the year. Other high notes include charming duplexes and condos, as well as luxurious apartments and townhomes with prime views of Turtle Creek.

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Neighborhood Life

A unique mix of high and low characterizes this place. You’ll find yourself in dark dives one minute and luxe bars the next. But the best part? It’s always a party in Oak Lawn! People love living here for this very reason, not to mention its idyllic location.

Local Hangouts

Rosewood Mansion wins, hands down, for the most luxurious place to stay in Oak Lawn. The Round-Up Saloon is one of the most action-packed clubs in town with a massive footprint that includes a game room and outdoor patio too. For a hip nightclub feel, head to Station 4 and imbibe at over 15 drink stations, complete with a private theatre and lounge. Other hot spots include Sue Ellen’s for lively concerts, Woody’s for memorable karaoke nights, and JR’s for the most fabulous drag queens in town.

Things to know

Oak Lawn is so much more than its reputation for clubbers and partygoers indicates. Those who reside in this beautiful place take pride in living life to the fullest. A variety of home styles, from single-family residences to chic condos, add to the appeal.

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What is Oak Lawn Dallas known for?

Oak Lawn is commonly referred to as one of the most tolerant neighborhoods in the DFW Metroplex. Known as the area's LGBTQ+ center, Oak Lawn is home to many bars & clubs, as well as an area with many biking and hiking options.

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