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The Best Bars In Denton

15 spots for good, cheap drinks

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Denton is home to two universities, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's Unversity. So it make sense that with all those students, there’s a whole infrastructure of bars to explore. Here are 15 worth visiting on any bar crawl, with plenty of cheap drinks on the menu — because college town vibes means college town prices.

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1. II Charlies

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809 Sunset St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 891-1100
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II Charlies is the ultimate Denton bar away from the square, located right off University Drive. There’s a dining room downstairs, with a more relaxed balcony bar area upstairs. The food alone is worth the trip, and cheap drink prices doesn’t hurt either.

II Charlies

2. Backyard On Bell

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410 N Bell Ave
Denton, TX 76209
(940) 243-4990
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One of Denton’s newest players, BackYard on Bell feels like it has been here for years. There are two bars, one that serves the inside seated area and the other that serves the enormous backyard space. Food trucks, a pizza kitchen and as many cold beers as the day’s long, BackYard on Bell is easily one of the best spots in Denton. The bar is family friendly and hosts live music almost every night.

Backyard On Bell

3. Cool Beans Bar & Grill

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1210 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 382-7025
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Cool Beans has been Denton’s finest dive bar since 1992. It’s the only business on that side of the 100 block of historic Fry Street that remained during the renovations. Hell, it even survived after the Fry Street Fire in 2007. For those who aren’t into the bar’s divey interior, there is a patio to the side that faces the two bars across the street, Lucky Lou’s and Riprocks, and there is also a rooftop patio. Beans has a prime selection of bar food options; get the burger.

Cool Beans Bar & Grill

4. Crossroads Bar

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1803 N Elm St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 808-1177
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Karaoke six nights a week and a weekly drag show? Yes, please. The drinks are cheap (less than two bucks for a domestic long neck) and the night can get wild pretty easily. Aspiring singers, or those who’ve just had a few too many pony neck beers find that Crossroads is the right spot to let out their inner Lady Gagas. There are rumors of the bar moving to strip where the late Mable Peabody’s is located.

Crossroads Bar

5. Dan's SilverLeaf

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103 Industrial St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 320-2000
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Dan’s Silver Leaf is the “Cheers” of Denton. Home to one of the best programmed music venues in town, Dan’s also provides a fair selection of spirits. Drinkers are in for a treat when bartender Kate brings homegrown goodies from her garden, including fruits and herbs, to accompany a hand crafted drink. No matter what day it is, there is probably live music accompanying the evening hours at Dan’s. Pro tip: always get the popcorn at happy hour.

6. East Side Denton

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117 E Oak St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 218-1401
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Anyone who goes out in downtown Denton most likely stumbles upon East Side. There’s approximately 90 beers on tap — 60 of which are from Texas — at any given time and a system to track which beers drinkers have tried. There is a spacious patio out back with wooden tables as far as the eye can see. Bonus: the bar backs up to the Austin Street Food Park. What’s better than beers and food trucks, right?

East Side Denton

7. Game Changers Arcade and Sports Grill

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122 W Mulberry St #100
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 591-6520
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Yes, Denton has a barcade. Game Changers is a great spot to have a few and brush up on classic arcade games, air hockey, or grab a bite to eat. With more than 21 games, including Ms Pacman, Game Changers is a nice alternative to sitting and watching friends drink. Now watch them drink and play skeeball. Game Changers hosts weekly giveback nights and donates a percentage of the day’s sales to a cause in Denton. Their daily special is $3 everything, so what could possibly go wrong?

Game Changers

8. Hickory Street Lounge

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212 E Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 387-2221
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This candle-lit lounge is one of the best-kept secrets in Denton, located right off of the square. The seasonal rotation of cocktails is nothing to sleep on, especially the surprisingly spicy Bluegrass Cocktail with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Luxardo liqueur, fresh lemon and pineapple juice, and a rosemary garnish. Another summery drink? The Watermelon Lemonade, made with freshly sliced watermelon.

9. Lucky Lou's

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1207 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 484-5550
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The Denton OG college bar: Lou’s is where students go for $2 margaritas, or maybe three mind erasers and six tall boys of PBR. Within walking distance from the University of North Texas, Lucky Lou’s is a local favorite. Find three bars, plenty of seating and a spacious outdoor patio.

Lucky Lou’s

10. Mulberry Street Cantina

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110 W Mulberry St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 808-1568
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This industrial-chic tequila bar prepares signature margaritas and complimentary chips and salsa. With more than 90 different tequilas available, Mulberry Street Cantina is home to the best Mule in Denton, doesn’t matter the combination. All drinks are made with locally sourced fresh fruit that adds that extra Denton taste to every sip.

11. Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

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308 E Oak St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 435-0404
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Longtime Denton residents probably knew someone who lived in this historic house before it became a bar in 2012. The home the bar occupies is the third oldest in Denton, built in 1886. Owner John Williams opened up East Side a year after opening Oak Street. Both bars are within walking distance of each other. Perk: Komodo Loco is across the street, for those in need of lunch, dinner or even a quick snack.

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12. Paschall Bar

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122 N Locust St
Denton, TX 76201

The speakeasy-esque bar that is hidden in plain sight, Paschall Bar embrace post-prohibition style drinking. Newly reopened, the bar added some extra space, an attractive new wooden bar, a pool table, but the draft beer options are no more. Despite the renovations, it still feels like the same bar regulars know and love.

Paschall Bar

13. Tom's Daiquiri Place

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1212 W Mulberry St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 383-2325

Tom’s Daiquiri is located around the corner of Fry Street in the building that used to house art supply store HMS Art & Frame. Opened in 2015, this New Orleans-style daiquiri bar usually has a decent selection of flavored frozen drinks and a nice little patio out back. Darts, pool tables, bras hanging from the rafters - this is everything a college bar would be, and more.

Toms Daiquiri

14. The Loophole Gastropub & Ale House

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119 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 565-0770
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Owned by the same folks as II Charlies, this Americana-style bar is a staple to downtown. The pub also offers a great selection of bar food including fried pineapple stuffed jalapenos - don’t question it, just go for it. Loophole has sixteen craft beers on tap and an array of bottles and liquor.

The Loophole

15. Wine Squared

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110 W Oak St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 384-9463
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Besides being the best wine bar in Denton, Wine Squared offers Build-Your-Own-Charcuterie. Enjoy your spirits and selections in the historic 19th century building or grab a blanket and picnic on the courthouse lawn. Wine Squared has been in Denton since 2005 and offers wine tastings, glasses, bottles, and an array of other option beverage options.

1. II Charlies

809 Sunset St, Denton, TX 76201
II Charlies

II Charlies is the ultimate Denton bar away from the square, located right off University Drive. There’s a dining room downstairs, with a more relaxed balcony bar area upstairs. The food alone is worth the trip, and cheap drink prices doesn’t hurt either.

809 Sunset St
Denton, TX 76201

2. Backyard On Bell

410 N Bell Ave, Denton, TX 76209
Backyard On Bell

One of Denton’s newest players, BackYard on Bell feels like it has been here for years. There are two bars, one that serves the inside seated area and the other that serves the enormous backyard space. Food trucks, a pizza kitchen and as many cold beers as the day’s long, BackYard on Bell is easily one of the best spots in Denton. The bar is family friendly and hosts live music almost every night.

410 N Bell Ave
Denton, TX 76209

3. Cool Beans Bar & Grill

1210 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201
Cool Beans Bar & Grill

Cool Beans has been Denton’s finest dive bar since 1992. It’s the only business on that side of the 100 block of historic Fry Street that remained during the renovations. Hell, it even survived after the Fry Street Fire in 2007. For those who aren’t into the bar’s divey interior, there is a patio to the side that faces the two bars across the street, Lucky Lou’s and Riprocks, and there is also a rooftop patio. Beans has a prime selection of bar food options; get the burger.

1210 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201

4. Crossroads Bar

1803 N Elm St, Denton, TX 76201
Crossroads Bar

Karaoke six nights a week and a weekly drag show? Yes, please. The drinks are cheap (less than two bucks for a domestic long neck) and the night can get wild pretty easily. Aspiring singers, or those who’ve just had a few too many pony neck beers find that Crossroads is the right spot to let out their inner Lady Gagas. There are rumors of the bar moving to strip where the late Mable Peabody’s is located.

1803 N Elm St
Denton, TX 76201

5. Dan's SilverLeaf

103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201

Dan’s Silver Leaf is the “Cheers” of Denton. Home to one of the best programmed music venues in town, Dan’s also provides a fair selection of spirits. Drinkers are in for a treat when bartender Kate brings homegrown goodies from her garden, including fruits and herbs, to accompany a hand crafted drink. No matter what day it is, there is probably live music accompanying the evening hours at Dan’s. Pro tip: always get the popcorn at happy hour.

103 Industrial St
Denton, TX 76201

6. East Side Denton

117 E Oak St, Denton, TX 76201
East Side Denton

Anyone who goes out in downtown Denton most likely stumbles upon East Side. There’s approximately 90 beers on tap — 60 of which are from Texas — at any given time and a system to track which beers drinkers have tried. There is a spacious patio out back with wooden tables as far as the eye can see. Bonus: the bar backs up to the Austin Street Food Park. What’s better than beers and food trucks, right?

117 E Oak St
Denton, TX 76201

7. Game Changers Arcade and Sports Grill

122 W Mulberry St #100, Denton, TX 76201
Game Changers

Yes, Denton has a barcade. Game Changers is a great spot to have a few and brush up on classic arcade games, air hockey, or grab a bite to eat. With more than 21 games, including Ms Pacman, Game Changers is a nice alternative to sitting and watching friends drink. Now watch them drink and play skeeball. Game Changers hosts weekly giveback nights and donates a percentage of the day’s sales to a cause in Denton. Their daily special is $3 everything, so what could possibly go wrong?

122 W Mulberry St #100
Denton, TX 76201

8. Hickory Street Lounge

212 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201

This candle-lit lounge is one of the best-kept secrets in Denton, located right off of the square. The seasonal rotation of cocktails is nothing to sleep on, especially the surprisingly spicy Bluegrass Cocktail with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Luxardo liqueur, fresh lemon and pineapple juice, and a rosemary garnish. Another summery drink? The Watermelon Lemonade, made with freshly sliced watermelon.

212 E Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201

9. Lucky Lou's

1207 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201
Lucky Lou’s

The Denton OG college bar: Lou’s is where students go for $2 margaritas, or maybe three mind erasers and six tall boys of PBR. Within walking distance from the University of North Texas, Lucky Lou’s is a local favorite. Find three bars, plenty of seating and a spacious outdoor patio.

1207 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201

10. Mulberry Street Cantina

110 W Mulberry St, Denton, TX 76201

This industrial-chic tequila bar prepares signature margaritas and complimentary chips and salsa. With more than 90 different tequilas available, Mulberry Street Cantina is home to the best Mule in Denton, doesn’t matter the combination. All drinks are made with locally sourced fresh fruit that adds that extra Denton taste to every sip.

110 W Mulberry St
Denton, TX 76201

11. Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

308 E Oak St, Denton, TX 76201
Oak St. Drafthouse

Longtime Denton residents probably knew someone who lived in this historic house before it became a bar in 2012. The home the bar occupies is the third oldest in Denton, built in 1886. Owner John Williams opened up East Side a year after opening Oak Street. Both bars are within walking distance of each other. Perk: Komodo Loco is across the street, for those in need of lunch, dinner or even a quick snack.

308 E Oak St
Denton, TX 76201

12. Paschall Bar

122 N Locust St, Denton, TX 76201
Paschall Bar

The speakeasy-esque bar that is hidden in plain sight, Paschall Bar embrace post-prohibition style drinking. Newly reopened, the bar added some extra space, an attractive new wooden bar, a pool table, but the draft beer options are no more. Despite the renovations, it still feels like the same bar regulars know and love.

122 N Locust St
Denton, TX 76201

13. Tom's Daiquiri Place

1212 W Mulberry St, Denton, TX 76201
Toms Daiquiri

Tom’s Daiquiri is located around the corner of Fry Street in the building that used to house art supply store HMS Art & Frame. Opened in 2015, this New Orleans-style daiquiri bar usually has a decent selection of flavored frozen drinks and a nice little patio out back. Darts, pool tables, bras hanging from the rafters - this is everything a college bar would be, and more.

1212 W Mulberry St
Denton, TX 76201

14. The Loophole Gastropub & Ale House

119 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201
The Loophole

Owned by the same folks as II Charlies, this Americana-style bar is a staple to downtown. The pub also offers a great selection of bar food including fried pineapple stuffed jalapenos - don’t question it, just go for it. Loophole has sixteen craft beers on tap and an array of bottles and liquor.

119 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201

15. Wine Squared

110 W Oak St, Denton, TX 76201

Besides being the best wine bar in Denton, Wine Squared offers Build-Your-Own-Charcuterie. Enjoy your spirits and selections in the historic 19th century building or grab a blanket and picnic on the courthouse lawn. Wine Squared has been in Denton since 2005 and offers wine tastings, glasses, bottles, and an array of other option beverage options.

110 W Oak St
Denton, TX 76201

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