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A New Irish Pub Debuts in the Dallas Arts District Next Week

The Playwright Irish Pub brings all-day dining and drinking to the neighborhood

Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

The Playwright Irish Pub, a new bar inspired by traditional Irish watering holes, will soon open its doors in the Arts District.

The bar is set to kick open the doors at 1722 Routh Street in One Arts Plaza next week, bringing pints, plenty of whiskey, and classic pub fare to the neighborhood. It’s taking over the space formerly occupied by upscale (and pricey) restaurant Proof and Pantry, and its owners are hoping that the more casual vibe (and reasonable price points) will attract drinkers to the Playwright.

“I’ve spent a lot of time and care making sure this is a traditional pub like one might find in my hometown of Dublin,” Playwright owner Alan Kearney said in a statement. To that end, the cozy space is outfitted with antiques and historical artifacts, including a few pieces of decor from the ill-fated Titanic.

As far as the food is concerned, diners can look forward to Irish favorites like fish and chips, Scotch eggs, and shepherd’s pie. Brunch options like corned beef hash skillets and poached eggs over grits await, and the restaurant will make its own Guinness-spiked ice cream. At the bar, drinkers will find 50 beers on tap, including plenty of Irish options, and “hundreds of whiskey and scotches,” according to a press release.

The Playwright Pub opens on Wednesday, November 14. The bar will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.