Live music on the weekends can be hard to find in the DFW area. I had a friend playing at the  Cool Rivers Cafe so I decided to check the place out. This is an establishment where you can eat, drink, play, or just watch live entertainment.

I didn’t eat in the restaurant, but it was nice and had a rustic feel. It is finished out in the style of a mountain lodge. Large beams line the ceilings, fireplaces are covered in river rock, and the lighting sports antler adorned chandeliers. It has a nice relaxed atmosphere with low lighting that is perfect for romance, but also has a casual feel for friends and family too.

On the opposite side of the restaurant is a bar with a cigar lounge, sports area, pool hall, and a stage for live music. The cigar lounge sets encased by glass to one side of the bar. There are booths and tables in the bar area with the stage on the far side. Behind glass sets another area with four large pool tables.

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On Friday night, August 27, 2016 they hosted the band Big City Outlaws.

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Just as I expected, the music was great. It was a modest crowd, lots of people were there, but you could still sit and enjoy the music while having a drink or meal. The food from the bar was excellent and the service friendly and efficient. On the down side, there was the cigar smoking in the bar, but that is fazing out. They are moving all smoking to the cigar lounge beginning Sept. 1, 2016. I did leave smelling like cigar smoke. Being a millennial, my daughter, who went with me, was shocked by having been exposed to smoke. Thank God for all those smoking bans.

The atmosphere was nice in each section of this establishment. This chain has several different locations in the Dallas Fort Worth area. The location for this posting is 1045 Hidden Ridge Irving, Tx. The live music is every Friday and Saturday night from 9:30pm to 1:00am. The parking lot is well lit if you’re leaving late at night. Check it out and see if your favorite artist is playing there, or go in and see if you can find a new favorite!!