On Rangers' Opening Day, a Guide to Pre- and Post-Game Eating and Drinking in Arlington
JR Bentley's "Chain Restaurant Hell" could have easily described Arlington for ages. But with Cowboys Stadium, the Super Bowl and record admissions at UTA, it's finally got a few places with character. Well, OK, a lot of them are still chains, but not in the fast-food sense. If you want to head over early or stay after a Rangers game, we've put together a few solid options.
At J.R. Bentley's English Pub (406 W. Abram St.) the floors are sometimes sticky and it smells funny, but the dark wood and huge booths are comforting when you want to hide behind a cold beer. Each room in this old house has a TV and it's a fun place to watch a game. The menu has English pub fare and check their page for daily specials.
Grease Monkey's (1253 Main St.) probably has the best bar and patio in Central Arlington. Owned by some locals who went to high school and college together, it has a neighborhood-chill feel. There's a huge screen inside that plays only sports, and the bar, which takes up half the restaurant, opens up to a deck and an outdoor bar. They usually run a shuttle to games on weekends ($7 to ride), but always call in advance to confirm (817-665-5454).
Old School Pizza and Suds (603 W. Abram St.) opened last year and is owned by a couple ex-Marines. In a converted old house, it has some charm, the pizza is thick and gooey, the beer is cold and they have more than 35 different flavors to choose from. There's a cool patio in back, and they draw in a mix of college kids and a neighborhood crowd.
At Flying Fish (300 E. Abram St.), the walls are lined with photos of random customers showing off red fish and trout they snagged down at the bay along the Texas coastline. It conjures mixed emotions for me: jealousy and pride. They offer up some pretty strong 'ritas in addition to beer and the patio is about as big as the dining room inside.
Twisted Root (310 E. Abram St., next door to the Flying Fish). This particular location has a trailer-park theme, with an entire (small) '70s RV serving as a backdrop for the bar. Coolers make up a lot of the seating and the "adult" shakes are pretty awesome (they'll make anything you can come up with). The garage-style retractable doors open up to a patio area, which, again, are great when the weather is pleasant.
Hooligan's (310 E. Abram St., behind Twisted Root) just opened a new spot -- the original is on Cooper. It's decked out in dark wood and stone and it feels like you're walking into a cave, but in a this-cave-has-style sort of way. Small outside area for chilling.