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Jun 29, 2009 08:29 AM

DFW - Beer Joints

Stealing a little from the Lounge posts. I'm curious if I'm missing and "Beer Joints" in town. I'm not talking about the Gingerman, Flying Saucer ect. (which are great) I'm talking about the Club Schmitz, Time out Tavern, Adairs type. I'm a Dallas native, but want to make sure I'm not missing some. Lets here it.

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  1. Just to clarify before I make any suggestions: if I'm understanding correctly, are you looking for more of a honky-tonk or dive bar rather than a pub or craft beer bar?

    1. You'll have to come to the 'burbs...... I know Wilhoite's and I think the BP is open during the afternoon.

      The Yacht Club - Euless

      The Back Porch - Grapevine

      Wilhoite's (biker friendly) - Grapevine

      1. Cottage Lounge
        Inwood Tavern
        Little Indians Athletic Club
        Ships Lounge

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        1. re: Scagnetti

          Love the Wilhoites. I get by there once a month or so. Usually pair it up with a visit to Tolbert's across the street which has excellent bands and chili.

          Been to the Cottage, it's a bit rough even on my lax standards (have enjoyed a few brawls in my day).

          There's a place called the Red Lion on Harry Hines that on Mondays they have 49 cent cocktails and dollar long necks. I have not been but a few friends have.

          I still enjoy the Step Up Lounge once a week. Lot of nice people in the evening and bands every Friday and some Saturdays. Cheers sort of place. No food, lots of brewy buffoonery.

          OMG, I remember the Yacht Club from many years ago. I knew a few of the waitresses and they had me up there once in a while.

          I go for the bands and brew at the Barley House once in a while. I saw where Laura Bush mentioned it at the recent SMU commencement, don't let that scare you off. I tool my boat up the shores of Sneeky Petes and Pier 121. They have some nice bands and suds. Accessible via dry land as well. Coaches is a nice hole, located across the street from Fox and Hound at Midway and the Bush. Love Inwood Tavern too! Nice fish tanks to look at, and erm, and the women too.

          Guess I drink more than most.

          1. re: DallasDude

            Cool little dive bar in Plano called Bullwinkles.
            i second the Sneaky Pete's rec.
            Our absolute fave place is in McKinney, The Londoner. The owner is a good friend, and the atmosphere is a lot of fun. Good burger and killer fish and chips.
            Nick's in The Colony is fun. As is Stan's.

            We usually hit Angry Dog in Deep Ellum if we are in the area.
            We also used to go to Dick's in the West End quite a bit.

            Haven't eaten at any of these but the Londoner, so no idea what cuisine is like.

            Guess I drink more than most, as well.

            1. re: joanna.mcmaster

              The OP is asking about Texas beer joints which is a class unto itself. The Londoner, Dick's, etc. are much closer to being theme bars than they are beer joints.

              1. re: Scagnetti

                Actually all of them are beer joints, minus maybe Dick's, which i only mentioned b/c it used to be a fun place to grab a beer. Just because the Londoner has a theme, does not rule it out as a beer joint, which is exactly what the location in McKinney is. I cannot vouch for the one in Addison, his ex-wife got it in the divorce and has killed it. Stan's, Nick's, Sneaky Pete's, Angry Dog are spot on beer joints. you must not have been to any of them.

                1. re: joanna.mcmaster

                  Dick's was so much better at the old location when downtown was still alive. Actually there was a nifty beer swiller next door called Down Under or some such place, and they had really good bands and decent bar food. I went to a Dick's fairly recently while at a Mav's game with a large group. it was suggested we hot Dick's after, and it was rather abysmal.

                  That whole area seems a let down from the hyper, but I see Hard Rock bought back into it and opens its doors soon.

                  Deep Ellum is another RIPer. What a wonderful area that once was. I was often at Blind Lemon and the other area haunts. Bands and beer, that's what makes a city thrive. Well, at least a bar.

                  1. re: DallasDude

                    That makes me sad, I haven't been to those places in years. I'm so sorry to hear that area isn't what it used to be.

                  2. re: joanna.mcmaster

                    <<Actually all of them are beer joints>>

                    No maam, they're not.

                    A beer joint won't have a hostess station, blender drinks, or a lot of dudes sitting at the bar with sunglasses perched on top of their heads. And if the majority of the patrons, women included, ain't drinking canned or draft beer, then it ain't no beer joint.

                    I'm a Yankee, and even I know the rules.

                    1. re: Scagnetti

                      Bingo. Particularly the perched sunglasses!

                      1. re: J.R.

                        Well, I am sure I will be at Step probably Friday. No perched glasses, except the ones meeting thirsty lips. They sell a small variety of beer including Lone Star. We like jager shots, but no red bull. Be happy to buy you a beer if you ask for Steve.

                        1. re: DallasDude

                          Ha, well I know a few that have accepted my Step Up offer had a great time. I can call 'em I tell ya.

                          I was reminded of a place I haven't been to in a few years, the Cockpit. A real divey dive, its beer only. You can buy a 12 pack in advance and if you do not finish them they mark your name on a card so you can finish them another day. Upside to that the beer is cheaper by the dozen.

                          You can also bring in your own liquor and just buy a set up for a buck and a half. The juke box is bad, the bartenders are an eye sore, but if you bring in friends it can be good times. Harmless place with a Brawl Factor of 1.7 on a scale of 8.

          2. North: Lochrann's Irish Pub on Main St. in Frisco
            South: Barley house, the Loon or TABC
            West: Back Porch in Grapevine
            East: avoid at all costs! :)

            1. Ok, let me refine my request a little. No burbs. too much effort to get home. As Scagnetti say, I'm looking for the the dive bar/texas beer joint, but the Angry Dog works, but I go there with my kids. Love me some Old Monk, but I'm talking a little seedier. Need more info on the Cottage Lounge, Ships (lakewood?) and LIAC. Barley House, TABC are a little young and trendy. Not my scene. I like a place that welcomes all comers.

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              1. re: J.R.

                Cottage Inn or Cottage Lounge. They are teo different places. The Cottage in is on NW Hwy near Bachman. Its a mix of bikers and others. They have some decent bands, and once in a while do some jam sessions which I love and find amazing.

                Barley House has great music, decent bar food, and is pretty inexpensive. last weekned they had Doors and Red Hot Chili Peppers cover bands. Good tunage. they often host the Beatles Hard Night Day, but they start early on a Friday and charge a cover. Normally no cover. gets a good crowd. The crowd is mixed young and older. I go there and I am not 20.

                I really like Step Up. Can't stress that enough.

                1. re: J.R.

                  Ships is a cash only, beer only, jukebox joint with only about 8 tables and a bar where you gotta pay for your beer in cash when they serve it to you. (at least that is my experience) Also don't get loud or curse or they'll kick you out. No lie. Located at the intersection of Ross and Greenville next door to El Monterey Restaurant. This may be the quintessential "beer joint" around. Lots of regulars, old timers and day drinkers. I think they close at midnight (maybe earlier).