Dallas' Five Best Beer Bars

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Beer: It's why we were created. Our parents made us after having too much beer, and they nurtured us so that we could one day grow to love beer as well.

And it's a great time to be a beer drinker in Dallas. While local craft breweries continue to flourish, the places that serve their brews are increasing as well. Beer bars are offering wide selections that rotate regularly and keep your beer palate engaged. You'll never get bored with beer now. (Not that you ever were in danger of such a thing.)

Here are the best beer bars in Dallas. Before you dive in, let your boss know you'll be knocking off early today, and invite him along if you can stomach it. Beer is how promotions are born, too.

Goodfriend (pictured above)
If you have any doubt as to Goodfriend's status as a premier Dallas beer bar, look to the first birthday party they recently had with Lakewood Brewing Company. Despite stifling heat, hundreds of beer nerds came out to swill everything from light summer pilsners to heavy double IPAs aged in oak.

If you missed that party, don't worry: Special events are commonplace here. In the meantime, drink till you're hungry, and then pound a burger to pad your stomach before you get back to drinking. There are plenty of taps to explore here.

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Craft and Growler
Just look at those shiny guns. You could mainline beer here. Craft and Growler's unique dispensing system grants you access to 30 brews, and the fact that they fill up to-go buckets for for customers on the run means they cycle through their inventory fast. The high turnover leads to a quickly rotating list of beers and also guarantees ridiculously fresh suds.

You also get a space that's filled with serious beer nerds. If you're the type to geek out on IBUs and ABVs, you'll likely meet your new best friend here. Maybe, if you're lucky, he or she will take a shine to you and you can get started on the next generation of beer drinkers.

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The Common Table
If you're in Uptown and you need a fix, The Common Table sports a respectable offering on the taps. Follow their Facebook page to see what they've tapped today. They're always offering new beers, often with a visit from the brewers responsible for the keg. And when the weather is nice, they have one of the nicest decks in Uptown. Bask in the warm sun and sip on a chilly Community Lager. Wait, what do you do for a living again?

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Location Info

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

1154 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Craft and Growler

3601 Parry Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Common Table

2917 Fairmount St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Strangeways

2429 N. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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Kelly Tomlinson
Kelly Tomlinson

Can't take a joke, eh, BTBF? It's not funny if i have to explain it. You must be in Houston or something.

ooozooo
ooozooo

Jack Mac's Swill and Grill off of Preston and George Bush Turnpike, only Texas Craft Beers on Tap.  New Texas local beers every single week.  

mavery1
mavery1

A "Top Five" will definitely leave out some good places.  Flying Saucer.  Gingerman.  The Filling Station.  Libertine.  And a number of other worthy contenders.


One that isn't quite there yet but is very promising is one that I stumbled into in Bedford.  Ron's Corner Tavern.  I was there a recent Sunday afternoon.  It was quiet.  The bartender was friendly. 31 well selected taps.  As the Moth used to brag, "If you've seen an ad for it, we probably don't have it."  A decent selection of local beers.  Decent, but not earth shaking, pub grub.  Well worth a visit.  Sadly, there's a LOT of construction in the area, so it's not easy to get there.  Still, worth the drive.

jharris214
jharris214

Strangeways and Goodfriend definitely. 

ONBO
ONBO

No Libertine? I can see a 'our five favorite last' but five best with this many exclusions is pretty bold

Colin68
Colin68

No bottle shop? C'mon man! I'd take them over goodfriend... other then that, good list!


dallas_paul
dallas_paul

No Ginger Man, the granddaddy of all these other Dallas beer bars?

Gipson
Gipson

The Holy Grail Pub in Plano is the best beer bar in "Dallas", but don't go there. It's hard enough for me to get the seat I want. (And in my humble opinion, the food blows away these other options, too. The gravy fries are bar none the best cheese fries in DFW, although they're closer to a poutein than Texas-style cheese fries).

Great rotating draft list changing weekly or almost weekly, a nice emphasis on local brews and Texas brews, huge regular draft list, knowledgeable staff, friendly staff, and reasonable prices. $4 Texas drafts, including y'alls beloved Hammer, during Happy Hour, M-F, 4:00 - 7:00.

(Okay, you can come, but don't take my booth. I'm the surly dude with the very pregnant wife who just put back his fifth 9% ABV beer.)

doofUSA
doofUSA

but any time I see the term "aged IPA" I cry a little bit inside

doofUSA
doofUSA

My top 3 right out the gate.  Don't really go anywhere else anymore

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

If only there were a bar serving a glass of whiskey with a short draft back. Throw in some pickled eggs in a five plus gallon jar and that would be some bar.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

@mavery1 The Filling Station? You just invalidated your entire post with that one. Get out much?

doofUSA
doofUSA

@ONBO it's a very good list.  no one else in town has a tap program like these five bars.  I've heard great things about Holy Grail, but that's Plano

Actually - I could take or leave Meddlesome Moth, gorgeous place and a nice tap list but I have gotten some bad pours there

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@primi_timpano  I was telling somebody at Tried and True, you really want that retro look, put a big jar of pickled eggs on the bar.

mavery1
mavery1

Nope, I don't get out as often as I'd like,  However your comment made me examine my fading memory.  I was wrong.

I'm pretty sure it was The Fillmore, not the filling station.

It had a decent set of taps, good service, not too shabby pub grub, and a nice (if somewhat rustic) ambiance.

My dad and I spent a very pleasant afternoon there 3 or 4 years ago.  It's not really in my neck of the woods, so I haven't been back, even through I talk about going back. Someday.  Soon.

ONBO
ONBO

@doofUSA Agreed that it is a good list. I'd be stoked to sit down and have a pint at (pretty much) everywhere on here. My only point was that if you're going to give a 'best of' list as opposed to an 'our favorites' list, a bit of explanation breaking down the criteria and disclosing any bias (not always bad as long as it is fully disclosed) would give a bit more legitimacy.

SCamp
SCamp

And don't forget the Penrose Sausage and Pickled Pigs Feet!!

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