Gilley's Dallas

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Gilley's Complex
Address1135 S Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75215-1036
LocationCedar District
OwnerDonnie Nelson[1]
Capacity3,800 (South Side Ballroom)
1,500 (South Side Music Hall)
950 (Lone Star Room)
450 (The Loft)
450 (Pasadena Room)
450 (Federal Reserve Room)
250 (Brazos Room)
250 (Jack Daniel's Saloon)
OpenedJune 1971 (1971-06)[2]
Venue Website

Gilley's Complex[3], known as Gilley's Dallas, is a multi-purpose entertainment and dining complex located in Dallas, Texas. The complex offers nine venues with capacities ranging from 350 to over 3,000.[4] These venues are; the South Side Ballroom, South Side Music Hall, the Loft, Bonnie & Clyde’s, the Lone Star Room, the Brazos Room, the Saloon, the Pasadena Room, and the Federal Reserve Room. The complex was named for country music singer-songwriter Mickey Gilley, who performed at the club.


Former Gilley's owner Sherwood Cryer invented the mechanical bull[5] and the venue was featured in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy, in which John Travolta, Debra Winger and Scott Glenn take turns riding the mechanical bull.[6]

The bar was founded in 1970[7] after Cryer discovered Mickey Gilley singing at a club where he was "making so little money he could barely pay his three-member band." The club was named after Gilley who performed at the club, while Cryer was the owner and operator. Gilley's also hosted some of the biggest country music acts of the day, including Loretta Lynn.[5] Gilley's continues to host some of the biggest names in country music including Keith Urban and Travis Tritt.[8]

American President (then-Republican candidate) Donald Trump held a rally at Gilley's on the one-year anniversary of his presidential campaign launch.[9]


  1. ^ Scruggs, Newy. "Gilley's, Site of Trump Rally, Owned By Mavs' GM". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.
  2. ^ "Gilley's Dallas".
  3. ^ "Gilley's Dallas". Dallas Observer.
  4. ^ "Venue Rentals – Gilley's Dallas".
  5. ^ a b Ackerman, Todd (17 August 2009). "Former owner of Gilley's dies at 81". Houston Chronicle.
  6. ^ "Mickey Gilley: Cowboy Chic to Stay?". Reading Eagle. 30 November 1980. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  7. ^ Erlewine, Michael (1997). All music guide to country: the experts' guide to the best recordings in country music. Hal Leonard. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-87930-475-1.
  8. ^ "Keith Urban and Travis Tritt at Gilley's (19 Oct 2019)". Songkick.
  9. ^ Staff, NBC 5. "Donald Trump Speaks at Campaign Rally in Dallas". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.