It's Time To Hit Your Local Bar, Assuming You've Got One of Those

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I'm wrapping up my second week in Dallas. It's been a little booze-y, I'll admit. I've been dipping in and out of every bar and pub that grabs my eye, an attempt to find something that I fear might elude me. Certainly as long as I keep things framed as I'm used to.

The Grapevine is the closest bar to my apartment and office, but "bar" is a bit of a stretch there. Only three of four stools are available for sitting and the the ergonomics are off. I just can't get comfortable. Bryan Street Tavern is a cool bar with good food, but it's miles away. It's just not convenient.

I spent some time alone the bar of Mesa, and found it easy to meet friends. You can drop by for some tacos and a cocktail, but it's no bar-bar. The Double Wide though... Now that's a drinker's bar, filled with re-purposed furniture, toilet bowls and duct tape.

I wrote about the Windmill Lounge yesterday. If it were a little closer it'd be perfect, because that's really what I'm looking for. My local. A pub I can call my own and make friends with. A bartender who greets me with a cold bottle before my ass even lands in my stool.

I have some other candidates in Oak Lawn. I'll check them out in time. But my hunt made me wonder what the term "local bar" means to a native Texan. Or if the term even exists here. I used to walk to my local bar. It was a place I could stop by on my way home from work, have a cold Budweiser and a shitty burger, and then get out. I recognized familiar faces there often. I got a free round on occasion, signaled by two soft knocks on the bar. I miss that unspoken cue.

What makes you turn to a place again and again? Is it cheap beer, a jukebox, a cute bartender, or something else? Maybe you like to spread your beer money around, all over town. That's cool too. But where are you spending it? What makes for a good bar, and where are the gems? I'm as excited for the dive bars as I am for the barbecue.

It's Friday, if you haven't noticed. Time to sign those time sheets and shut down your computers. Monday will be here before you know it.


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12 comments
Allenmcgee2009
Allenmcgee2009

I love A Step Up Lounge at Marsh & Walnut Hill...

Tahini
Tahini

You're not too far from moth. Good place to lose a few hours at the bar though. 

Ms. T
Ms. T

My local bar is Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station...I commute by train every day so it's on my way home. Been going there regularly for about 5 years now. Everytime I go in I see lots of regulars and lots of new faces. Everyone is friendly. Great beer selection. Can't say much for the music, and the food isn't the best ever, but what it lacks it more than makes up for with its positive attributes. My other favorite bar is Louie's at Henderson & Ross. It's within a 15 minute bike ride, and I often go there and plop down at the bar with a book and drink a gin martini. The food is killer. Gotta check out the soups especially.

Phanatic
Phanatic

I think you might have to move. The Gingerman is a decent pub, as is the Loon. I'm from the east (Philly) and the closest I've found to divey shithole is the goat. full of irregular regulars and surly waitresses. 

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Indie coffee shops have replaced bars

matt
matt

landing.  but stay out!

LesliO
LesliO

The Stoneleigh P is just down the street. 

Dailyreader
Dailyreader

I long for the days of "The King's Room" that was on Industrial Blvd.  Now that was a dive.  Open the door and walk in, and the place reeks of stale beer and the cigarette smoke was so thick, you'd think they were BBQ'n in the place.   Cold cheap beer, good juke box, bar stools and tables.  Everyone knew each other and the occasional newbie got the once over .  Never found another bar like it again.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

This sounds compelling on many fronts. I love when a place is relaxed enough that you can concentrate on a paper or a book.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

You need to go here. Trust me

O'Malley's Clubmaps.google.com2720 South Zang BoulevardDallas, TX 75224-2800(214) 943-0164

Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

Louie's is great.  But, it's a haul for you, I would think.  The Loon is probably closer. 

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