Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Venue review: Three Links in Deep Ellum slings craft beer in rockin’ atmosphere
The former LaGrange space is now a cozy, arty music venue.
DEEP ELLUM Deep Ellum is at it again. A reliable music venue named Three Links opened in March on Elm Street, bringing eclectic bands and good drinks to the artistic neighborhood. The new venue took over LaGrange’s space at 2704 Elm Street, and is owned and managed by three local folks: Scott Beggs, former LaGrange manager; Oliver Peck, Elm Street Tattoos artist and owner; and Kris Youmans, owner of Tactics Productions.
If you visited LaGrange before it closed its doors, the layout of Three Links is identical: A few tables and chairs line the east wall, with the bar taking up most of the real estate on the west side. Thankfully, the bar received a much-needed facelift. Art reflecting a connection to the group the Independent Order of Odd Fellows adorns the bar mantle and stage backdrop, giving the small venue an identifiable trademark. Odd Fellows is a fraternity for community activists whose symbol is three links. The words “We Never Sleep” are shown with an owl throughout the bar; this is a symbol from the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans (AMOS), which is a private club within Odd Fellows.
Head to the back patio for even more vibrant art, with a floor-to-ceiling mural of the Three Links symbol painted by longtime Deep Ellum artist Frank Campagna. A few new picnic tables line the quaint space, with an area for bands to sell their merchandise.
One of Three Links' best attributes is its vast craft beer selection. On a recent visit, I ordered two very different beers -- Oskar the G’Rauch’s Smoked IPA and the Maui Coconut Porter -- with a little help from the friendly and knowledgeable bartenders.
Aside from the staggering amount of beers on hand, the magic behind this spirited venue is the sound quality. Even though the bar is lined with rocky, unforgiving walls, the sound quality is excellent. I recently saw a sold-out show featuring Quaker City Night Hawks, Foxtrot Uniform, and Dead Flowers, and every whine and moan was crystal clear, making for a roaring performance and a fantastic Friday night.
If you go: Click here for upcoming shows at Three Links, and be sure to quiz the bartenders about their beer selection.
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