Milo Butterfingers opened in 1971 as a small neighborhood honky-tonk at the northwest corner of Skillman Street and
Abrams Road in Dallas. Founded by Ned Smith and three of his buddies, Milo's soon became one of the city's go-to
venues for live music. The early years at Milo's included popular house band Bowley & Wilson hosting such music
greats as Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and B.W. Stevenson, just to name a few.
By 1974, Ned became the sole owner and moved Milo's to Greenville Avenue at the site of "The El Toro Club," which is
now home to Prego Pasta House. Because of a legal issue over the name, Milo's was renamed as "Dr. Beard's Leather
Balls Saloon" in honor of all the local rugby players who came by after games and practices. As home to Dallas' first
real beer garden, the bar thrived in this location for roughly eight years.
In 1980, Milo's went back to its original name. There are many different stories about how the Milo Butterfingers title
originated, but no one knows for sure. One popular version is that Ned and his friends were having a fun night when
they began talking about a fellow named Milo who was quite the screw-up. At the same time, one of Ned's friends was
eating a Butterfinger candy bar. When they woke up the next morning, the night before was a cloudy memory but the
name Milo Butterfingers remained. If you ask Ned to retell the story, expect to get a different answer each time.
In 1982, Ned moved Milo's to its current location on S.M.U. Blvd. (formerly Yale Blvd.) and the house band Bowley &
Wilson started their own club up the street. The building Milo's now occupies originally was a house that was moved
to the property in 1942 before being converted into a billboard and sign company.
After relocating, Milo's quickly became the favorite sports bar and grill for local college students, including many from
nearby Southern Methodist University (Go Ponies!). It also was a hot spot for movie and television shows, with director
Oliver Stone filming scenes at Milo's with Tom Cruise for the Oscar-winning movie "Born on the Fourth of July." Milo's
also was featured in several episodes of the popular TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger," starring action hero Chuck
The funky-chic décor at Milo's includes a wide variety of autographed memorabilia featuring the biggest stars in
sports. The impressive collection owned by Milo's general manager Tommy Donahue is constantly changing from one
sports season to the next. It must be seen to be believed.
Milo's is known as the last (and best) stop on the route for the annual Dallas St. Patrick's Parade & Festival, where
thousands of revelers gather to celebrate in a giant parking lot party. Over the years, Milo's and other local businesses
have helped make the Dallas parade one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day events in the country.
Milo Butterfingers - 5645 SMU Blvd - Dallas, Texas 75206 - 214.368.9212