The Essential Bar-Crawl Guide to Greenville Avenue

Photo courtesy of 504 BAR & GRILL
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By Ilene Jacobs, Dallas Local Expert

Not only is Greenville Avenue (between SMU Boulevard and Ross) home to many of the city’s trendiest eateries, it's also where you'll find some of the best neighborhood bars, pubs and watering holes.

Within a six-mile strip you can sip cocktails on the rooftop at Sundown at the Granada; sample craft beer at Dallas Beer Kitchen, drink spiked punch in a tree-house at Truck Yard and hone in on your pool skills at Seven Five Patio Bar.

Want to catch the latest game on TV? Then you’ve got options for that too. You can get in on all the Premier League action at the Dubliner, Dallas’ longest running Irish pub. Or for general sports watching fun, there’s Stan’s Blue Note, a cozy neighborhood dive that’s been around since 1952. Speaking of dives, Single Wide has the trailer park concept down pat, with wall-to-wall hillbilly clutter and quirky drink concoctions like Boone's Farm martinis. The place also hosts everything from live gigs and DJ nights to Humpday Bingo on the first Wednesday of each month.

Oh, and did we mention that Greenville Avenue throws the largest St. Patrick’s Day block party in Dallas?

Need more suggestions for a night of boozy fun? Then check out the rest of our guide, your home-away-from-home is probably on this list.

10. 504 Bar & Grill
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Sporting a rustic industrial-style interior, a massive four-sided bar and garage-style doors that open up to Greenville Avenue, this New Orleans inspired restaurant/bar makes a jovial place for game-watchers, craft beer drinkers, cocktail sippers and even families to gather. For those looking to cheer on their favorite team, 504 delivers with 20 hi-def flat screens streaming every possible sports network available. But you don't have to be a sports fan to get into the spirit here. Along with a kitchen cranking out the best Creole-fusion fare this side of Louisiana, (think crawfish tails, oysters and fried shrimp BLTs)-- the bar slings out around 25 types of beer, as well as wine and tasty tipples like mint juleps and metro mules.

9. Dallas Beer Kitchen
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Eclectic brews and upscale pub grub have clearly made this beer den a very popular place for Dallas hopheads to hangout. Opened a few years back by a couple of beer geek bloggers, this slot-shaped space is decidedly minimalist in decor with exposed brickwork and utilitarian seating. But what it may lack in aesthetics, it makes up in food, fun and a dynamic craft beer selection featuring 30 brews on tap and around the same number by the bottle. The roster changes regularly – but expect to find high rated suds ranging from local favorites like Lakewood Lager to one-of-a-kind finds like De Proef Surly Long of Tooth Ale. There's also a full bar serving libations if beer's not your thing. Another reason you want to come here is for the events-- which include everything from trivia nights and special tappings to comedy pint nights and beer dinners.

8. Single Wide
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A wall of hub caps, a multitude of taxidermy animal heads and a laid-back, unpretentious vibe make this delightfully dive-y haunt a favorite with a diverse cross-section of locals. Just like its popular Deep Ellum sibling Double Wide--Single Wide also embraces the trailer park culture with its wall-to-wall hillbilly clutter and trashy drink concoctions like Yoo-Hoo Yee-Haws and Boone's Farm martinis. Along with cheap booze, Single Wide offers everything from guest DJ nights (Mondays/Saturdays) to Wednesday night bingo and a Sunday "Hangover Cure Karaoke" that features a massive selection of songs to sing to and Slim Jim Bloody Marys for those who might need some booze-fueled courage to belt them all out.

7. Seven Five Patio Bar
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Part restaurant, part bar and all-around neighborhood hangout, Seven Five has it all: Pool tables? Check. Flat-screen TVs? Check. Karaoke? Check. Weekend DJs? Check. There's also a massive wrap-around patio to take your outdoor imbibing to the next level. Speaking of imbibing, the bar whips up killer cocktails plus boasts around 16 different beers on tap. As for food, expect to find an eclectic menu that covers everything from fried pickles and loaded fries to burgers, sandwiches and pizza. Best of all, they offer drink and food specials galore, including an all-day happy hour on Mondays.

6. Stan's Blue Note
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If you fancy a quiet drink in a trendy bar, this is not the place to come. However, if you're in the mood to down some cold ones, cheer your favorite sports team on TV and perhaps listen to some live music, then this beloved local haunt will be your happy place. Going strong since 1952, Stan's is always hopping with daily drink specials, karaoke, trivia contests and everything from shuffleboard to pool to darts. And did we mention that there's around a 100 types of bottled beer and over 50 different options on tap? They also churn out phenomenal food, which includes dishes from popular restaurants such as Maple and Motor's fried baloney sandwiches, Jimmy's Food Store's spicy Italian sausage sandwiches and Gene Street's famous chicken fried steak. Best of all, most everything on the menu is priced under $10. Keep an eye out for Meatball Monday, when you can score Gabe Nicolella's spaghetti and meatballs for $6.99.

5. The Dubliner
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If your idea of a good night includes knocking back a cold one, playing a game of darts and catching the latest Premier League match on TV, then look no further than the Dubliner, a welcoming, no-frills Irish pub, owned and operated by a native of Dublin. There's Guinness on tap as well as an impressive selection of craft beer, Irish whiskeys and top-notch pub grub. And you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, when they go whole hog with Irish tunes and Irish classics like shepherd's pie and Guinness beef stew.

4. The Libertine Bar-Lowest Greenville
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This popular Greenville Avenue stalwart offers a laid-back buzz, great people-watching and a host of events, ranging from Texas beer & wine Wednesdays, Thursday pint nights and special tappings to pairing dinners, game-watching parties and occasional live music. For beer drinkers, Libertine's brew count runs the gamut from local crafts on tap to imported ales and lagers. And it doesn't skip a beat with its selection of wines, infused spirits and signature craft cocktails. We're especially keen on the wild hibiscus Pisco sour with homemade wild hibiscus simple syrup, lime and bitters. Libations aren't the only draw-- the folks behind the bar place as much emphasis on food as they do on drinks. Bar snacks include items like cheese boards, flatbreads and hog wings made of pork shanks. While more substantial offerings include everything from oxtail tacos to apricot glazed tenderloin kebabs and vegan quinoa burgers.

3. Sundown At Granada
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Located next to the historic Granada Theater (one of Dallas' best small music venues), this beer garden restaurant has all the bases covered: Daily drink specials, excellent farm-to-table food, and a welcoming vibe that immediately makes you feel at home. Which is probably why Sundown is one of the most popular hang-outs along Greenville Avenue. No to mention, you can also find live music (think rock, folk, funk, R& B and hip-hop), most of which is free and on offer after 11 p.m. every night of the week. Oh, and they also host free movie nights on the rooftop patio as well.

2. Ships Lounge-Lowest Greenville
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While many bars lay claim to being a dive, this cozy, nautical-themed watering hole is the real deal. And it has all the essential divey prerequisites to prove it. From the year-round Christmas decor and duct-taped booths to its killer jukebox churning out classic Motown and country tunes, Ships Lounge has remained the same since opening its padded blue door back in 1954. It's this no-frills, low-keyed vibe that keeps everyone, from twenty something hipsters to working stiffs and old-timers, coming back for more. The cheap booze certainly doesn't hurt either, and neither do the free chili dogs offered on Wednesdays. Keep an eye out on Twitter for drink specials and events such as free pool days and DJ nights.

1. Truck Yard
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For nights when being surrounded by four walls don't quite cut it, this 15,000-square-foot urban playground of food trucks, flatbeds and mismatched lawn furniture might be exactly what's on order. The place is so popular that it even landed a spot on the Travel Channel's "101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown." And chow-down you can: there's cheese-steaks on offer at Steak Me Home Tonight, the yard's permanent eatery-- plus there are 3-4 rotating food trucks that stay parked at all times. But there's more than food that meets the eye. The Yard features several bars, including one perched up in a tree and another inside of an old Airstream trailer. And to mix things up a bit, the Yard hosts everything from beer tappings and game watching parties to live concert performances on a flatbed truck stage.