The Best Places in Dallas to Try on a Beer Before You Buy One

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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During one of my meals at Union Bear (pictured above), downstairs at the basement bar, I sat next to two bros who were swilling suds between repeated runs to their truck out front to smoke a joint. They were characters, and after every beer they finished they spent a less than optimal amount of time deciding what their next optimal brew would be.

The bartender working that evening was completely professional, pouring sample after sample of beer, listening to tasting preferences and doing his best to pair these brew-bros with their desired beverage. He was a patient man.

Here are some other bars in Dallas where I've found the bartenders willing and enthusiastic when trying to help you pick out your drink. There's no better way to find your new favorite beer.

*****

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Eno's
It makes sense that beer explorations is just as enjoyable at Eno's, the Oak Cliff pizza restaurant owned by the same group that opened Union Bear. If you don't want to sit in an Uptown basement, check out Eno's upstairs bar and ask one of the bartenders what looks good tonight. The resulting procession of amber tumblers will have you on your way in no time.

*****

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Goodfriend
In addition to being one of the best bars in Dallas, Goodfriend has a great selection of beer. Have a seat at the horseshoe and engage your neighbors. If you don't find a friend in your glass you can always find one sitting next to you.

*****

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The Ginger Man
Here is a bar that's built in a house that keeps Uptown lubricated. The music that plays out back is most often terrible, but the beer selection is decent, and they have a great front porch. On quiet evenings the Ginger Man is a great low-key place to drink beer.



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strathound
strathound

Again, you guys aren't hip to Jack Mack's Swill and Grill. Greatness.

SundayFunday
SundayFunday

Obviously Scott isn't a quality beer nerd :( Of worthy mention is World of Beer.

George Platt
George Platt

Not only can you get a sample at Fox & Hound, but on Tuesdays ALL pints are $2. That was the day I'd try out different beers.

Sean Stanfield
Sean Stanfield

No World of Beer?? Is 500 different beers not enough to make the list...weak indeed...

Mason Ice
Mason Ice

Surprised the Whole Foods at Park Lane didn't make this list. All the best local brews on tap and cheaper than most bars, growler fills, and they tap a rare keg every Tuesday. Happy Hour till 7 too.

Rudy Cruz
Rudy Cruz

I thought it was Austrian. :/

Melissa Velez
Melissa Velez

I sowwy! :( But dis guurl going to da beach! :D lol! I'm liking the Russian!

Melissa Velez
Melissa Velez

I'm leaving to SC for like a week and a half, but I wanna go to one of these when I gets back!

Melissa Velez
Melissa Velez

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AllTeam
AllTeam

Have you been to Jack Mac's Swill and Grill? They allow you to taste what is on tap. They only have Texas Beers on tap and their food is amazing. 

bill.holston1
bill.holston1

Goodfriend is my go to spot. You describe the place perfectly above by the way. 

 

steve.sandwich
steve.sandwich

Common Table is great if you like arrogant prick bartenders and abortion clinics.  #yahtzee

elbuenonobueno
elbuenonobueno

Foundry will let you taste too. Good, friendly chaps they are

Coleman Chance
Coleman Chance

Strangeways on Fitzhugh is amazing too! they bring in tons of unique beers from all over the place as well, including some harder-to-find stuff like mead

Coleman Chance
Coleman Chance

The Bottle Shop on Lower Greenville is one of the most under appreciated craft beer bars in Dallas. You wanna talk about people who know beer? Stephanie Roethlisberger and Chris Hanks can pick out the perfect recommendation out of their hundreds of beers, and they're constantly bringing in new beers on tap.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Ive enjoyed a few nights at the gingerman.  good place

todd
todd

@AllTeam Another vote for Jack.  Knowledgeable staff and the douche factor is near nil, which is pretty good considering the part of town it's in.   

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