Getting Your Drink On At Whole Foods

Categories: Drinking

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On a recent weekday evening the Whole Foods bar in Lakewood had considerably more customers than the nearby Cock & Bull.
When Whole Foods announced it was installing bars in many of the chain's grocery stores, I thought the idea would never catch on. Grocery stores are for grocery shopping, bars are for boozing and the two could never happily exist under one roof. The parking alone at most grocery stores is enough to discourage drinkers.

Over the past few months, though, I've been seduced by the model and spent some time talking to the bartenders who work these small bars and the customers who drink at them. After a couple glasses of wine and numerous beers at three different locations, I have to say the idea is definitely working.

The bars at the Lemmon Avenue and Park Lane stores do significant business with the post-work crowd. Customers stop in for a quick beer on the way home for many reasons. I grab a beer because -- well they have beer, but one gentleman told me he was more comfortable grabbing a quick drink inside Whole Foods before he went home to see his family because there was less of a stigma associated with hanging out in a grocery store. He could also come home with a gallon of milk easily should a request from home arrive on his cell phone.

While the Park Lane Whole Foods offers more beers than any other location, the Lakewood bar is by far the best place for a drink, and customers have noticed. Stop in during the week around 6:30 and you'll see more people drinking wine and beer there than the nearby Cock and Bull at the same time.

Their square bar lends itself to socialization, and there's the old adage that grocery stores are a great place to meet singles, but if you think you can pick up a date here you'll be disappointed. The single (mostly middle-aged) women I talked too across several visits love the bar specifically because they can hang out and not get hit on. These bars are filled with neighborhood locals who just want to relax with a decent beverage and chat with their neighbors before they pick up a loaf of bread.

The beer lists slant local, with Dallas based breweries featured heavily at most locations. You can get a Velvet Hammer from Peticolas, or a hoppy pale ale from the folks at Deep Ellum or a handful of other beers from around the country. If that's not enough, the Lakewood location is also promoting dinners with beer pairings. Maybe it's time to rethink your favorite Dallas watering hole.

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The Lemmon Avenue Whole Foods bar is the smallest, but that doesn't stop Highland Park residents from finding their swerve.

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The Park Lane Whole Foods bar is small, but still caters to nearby office workers...

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It also has the most beer taps out of all the Whole Foods bars.

Location Info

Whole Foods

8190 Park Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Whole Foods

8190 Park Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Whole Foods Market

2118 Abrams, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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18 comments
GorgeousGeorge
GorgeousGeorge

There is something inherently wrong about enjoying a beer in a goddamn grocery store, especially a Whole Foods.

jmgscott1
jmgscott1

Incidentally, Park Lane just replaced their tin foil crappy barstools with proper wood ones - so much better experience.

EliotLandrum
EliotLandrum

Count me in as a fan of drinking & shopping.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

I like the little bar where I shop at the Highland Park Whole foods on Lomo Alto.

Knowledgable and helpful staff and convivial ambience. 

G_David
G_David

Meh, at least this leaves more room for me at Cock and Bull.

yourbarisstupid
yourbarisstupid

why would I want to hang out with people who think there is a stigma around going to real bars?  this sounds boring and stale.  nice job white people.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

It's not really a bar if there's no pool table.

Derek
Derek

Yea, it's not a bad thing at all. I'd seen it on the west coast a bit and in Chicago. I think it's a kind of a European thing. At least having a casual beer in "public" or in a large market or venue. Not necessarily hunkered over a dark bar. I feel it promotes simple, non-excessive drinking and as the father said, it's very convenient.

 

Personally, I've found the Lakewood staff to be awesome every time. Even peeling off some cheese samples on a whim. Quite nice!

steve.sandwich
steve.sandwich

Gotta disagree with you here.   The staff at Lakewood is surly, and it seems to really put them out to have to do their fucking jobs.  The sniff-and-eyeroll as you hand them your growler makes you want to snatch it back so they can't infect your beer with their bad hygiene and hate-funk.

 

HP (Lemmon) had a great staff, both stocking the beers and behind the bar.   Amazing ass at this location as well.

 

But Park Lane, with its massive double-barrel beer aisle, frequent tastings, and prolific taps, wins by a mile.   18 beers on tap, great wines, and a staff that looks you in the eye and cares about your beer.

 

Just replace those tinfoil chairs!

 

 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

You can get beer to go in Growlers and they have chair massage.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @GorgeousGeorge 

 

methinks, there is some inherently wrong sitting at a dank, darkened pub while while your life is frittered away like Archie Bunker-just saying.  get a pet? 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @jmgscott1 

 

 

drinking is NOT about sitting; drinking is about drinking...........I don't give sh+t iff'n the stools are made of thin paper.  Too much sitting leads to rampant +ss expansion.

 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @Twinwillow Convivial ambience? Is that anything like clandestine drug deals in the bathroom?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @yourbarisstupid 

 

not everyone wants to drink ,and fight.....sometimes just having a drinky drink while yer shopping is just good. 

kyndbrah
kyndbrah

 @steve.sandwich the park lane bar does have the best selection but the one time i went there for a growler fill it was $10.99 for peticolas.    Lakewood charges $6.99 for fills.  

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

 @steve.sandwich "Just replace those tinfoil chairs!"

^ This ^

 

Best selection and service. Most uncomfortable layout of them all.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @Sharon_Moreanus 

 

Generally when I'm "laying" a Growler, I don't like to have my back massaged......now a hot towel treatment when I'm done-sure! I generally read "like the dickens" when said act occurs. The other day I had like 8 beers and sloppy BBQ, and I darn near read half of war and Peace. 

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