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Beer, beer everywhere, and so many good places to drink.
Beer, beer everywhere, and so many good places to drink.
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12 Essential Dallas Beer Bars

Where to enjoy the city's finest suds

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Beer, beer everywhere, and so many good places to drink.
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Much has been rightfully made about the rapidly increasing number of breweries Dallas now has to offer. A positive correlation to the local brewery boom is the wealth of top-notch brewpubs and beer-centric bars dotting not only the typical trendy locales like Greenville Avenue or Deep Ellum, but that of the sprawling Ikea-loving suburbs also.

Just two years ago, it seemed as though anyone living north of 635 had to plan a day trip in order to have their growlers filled with fresh local drafts. But now, residents of Dallas proper aren’t the only ones with more growler-filling options than even the most discerning beer lover truly ever needs.

And pub grub, once a name for deep-fried mozzarella sticks and buffalo wings, is now an inviting notion where progressive concepts and genuine innovation are as important as knowing which beer to pair with a dish. Without further ado, feast your eyes on your guide to Dallas' essential beer bars.

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Oak Street Drafthouse

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In its own right, Denton is experiencing a beer-soaked renaissance, and this immaculately restored historic house and its fine selection of craft beers and cocktails is proof. More than 70 brews are on tap here, so you can visit several times without drinking the same beer twice.
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The Holy Grail Pub

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This Plano gem doesn’t have the largest tap selection, but it’s an expertly curated one with brews that can satisfy nerds and newbs alike. And the special holiday menus featuring bacon-injected brisket are not to be missed.
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Lone Star Taps & Caps

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Owned by the folks behind Lone Star Beverages and the finest bottle shop in town, this 50-tap growler filling station was the first of its kind in the northern ‘burbs and is worth the trip for its expert assortment.

Jack Mac's Swill & Grill

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Tucked away in a nondescript North Dallas neighborhood, there’s more than the addictive namesake mac n’ cheese to look for here. The stellar beer list focuses on Texas-brewed and the carefully looked after wine and spirits selection is dominated by the Lone Star State too.
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Ron's Place

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This cozy Addison spot is proof not all strip-centers are created equal. The high-quality 32 draft selection is almost as impressive as the massive antique beer can collection housed inside.
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The Common Table

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Since 2010, Common Table has been an area leader in food and beer pairings. Head over on a Tuesday for a weekly special tapping where seasonal and rare beers are featured.

Meddlesome Moth

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Owned and operated by the brains behind the Flying Saucer fleet of bars, this is the trail-blazing place that made the Design District a surprising hotspot. The menu suggests beers to pair with dishes and the rare kegs tapped here are always worth a shot.
The name says it all, almost. This “Local Urban Craft Kitchen” indeed offers scratch dishes not to be missed, but with 40 taps offering only local beers, there’s not a better spot to enjoy genuine Dallas flavor.

Braindead Brewing

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For beer lovers, the Deep Ellum revival wasn’t complete until a killer brewpub opened up. Braindead has quickly become a true beer destination with a tasty selection of house brews and plenty of rotating taps for craft beers from the outside as well.

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

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In a city where decent Burger ‘n’ Beer spots are as prevalent as Baptist churches, this is the holiest of them all. The massive beer garden out front is an ideal spot for a craft beer and a truly sinful slab of 80/20.

Strangeways

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There’s not a lot of curb appeal to this East Dallas spot, but no worry, there’s plenty to love about what’s behind the bar, where Smiths album covers adorn the exposed brick. Over 40 taps offer an exciting and sometimes odd selection of beers from across the globe and the special weeks where all the taps are devoted to stouts or only to sours are impossible to beat.
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Craft and Growler

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Upon opening in 2012, this Fair Park bar introduced Dallas to the joys of growlers. Pick up an artisanal ceramic growler to put something from one of the dozens of taps into — it's definitely worth the investment, because you're going to keep coming back.

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Oak Street Drafthouse

In its own right, Denton is experiencing a beer-soaked renaissance, and this immaculately restored historic house and its fine selection of craft beers and cocktails is proof. More than 70 brews are on tap here, so you can visit several times without drinking the same beer twice.
Oak St. Drafthouse/Facebook

The Holy Grail Pub

This Plano gem doesn’t have the largest tap selection, but it’s an expertly curated one with brews that can satisfy nerds and newbs alike. And the special holiday menus featuring bacon-injected brisket are not to be missed.
Holy Grail Pub/Facebook

Lone Star Taps & Caps

Owned by the folks behind Lone Star Beverages and the finest bottle shop in town, this 50-tap growler filling station was the first of its kind in the northern ‘burbs and is worth the trip for its expert assortment.

Jack Mac's Swill & Grill

Tucked away in a nondescript North Dallas neighborhood, there’s more than the addictive namesake mac n’ cheese to look for here. The stellar beer list focuses on Texas-brewed and the carefully looked after wine and spirits selection is dominated by the Lone Star State too.
Jack Mac's/Facebook

Ron's Place

This cozy Addison spot is proof not all strip-centers are created equal. The high-quality 32 draft selection is almost as impressive as the massive antique beer can collection housed inside.
Ron's Place/Facebook

The Common Table

Since 2010, Common Table has been an area leader in food and beer pairings. Head over on a Tuesday for a weekly special tapping where seasonal and rare beers are featured.

Meddlesome Moth

Owned and operated by the brains behind the Flying Saucer fleet of bars, this is the trail-blazing place that made the Design District a surprising hotspot. The menu suggests beers to pair with dishes and the rare kegs tapped here are always worth a shot.

LUCK

The name says it all, almost. This “Local Urban Craft Kitchen” indeed offers scratch dishes not to be missed, but with 40 taps offering only local beers, there’s not a better spot to enjoy genuine Dallas flavor.

Braindead Brewing

For beer lovers, the Deep Ellum revival wasn’t complete until a killer brewpub opened up. Braindead has quickly become a true beer destination with a tasty selection of house brews and plenty of rotating taps for craft beers from the outside as well.

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

In a city where decent Burger ‘n’ Beer spots are as prevalent as Baptist churches, this is the holiest of them all. The massive beer garden out front is an ideal spot for a craft beer and a truly sinful slab of 80/20.

Strangeways

There’s not a lot of curb appeal to this East Dallas spot, but no worry, there’s plenty to love about what’s behind the bar, where Smiths album covers adorn the exposed brick. Over 40 taps offer an exciting and sometimes odd selection of beers from across the globe and the special weeks where all the taps are devoted to stouts or only to sours are impossible to beat.
Strangeways/Facebook

Craft and Growler

Upon opening in 2012, this Fair Park bar introduced Dallas to the joys of growlers. Pick up an artisanal ceramic growler to put something from one of the dozens of taps into — it's definitely worth the investment, because you're going to keep coming back.

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