Lowest Greenville after Dark: A Welcoming Hub of Laid-Back Nighttime Diversions

Photo courtesy of Erin "Bumblebee" T. Yelp
Photo courtesy of Ships Lounge
Photo courtesy of 504 BAR & GRILL
Photo courtesy of The Crown and Harp
Photo courtesy of Bottle Shop-World Beer Company
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Photo courtesy of Single Wide
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Photo courtesy of Truck Yard
By Ilene Jacobs, Dallas Local Expert

Although it maintains a laid-back vibe, Lowest Greenville doesn’t slow down just because the sun goes down. Whether it's a date night, a friendly outing or just a place to chill out after work, the area offers some of the city's best spots to sip, savor and unwind.

For a fun and funky night out, head over to Truck Yard, a sprawling urban playground filled with food trucks, mismatched lawn furniture and a bar perched up in a tree.

Perhaps even funkier is Single Wide, a delightfully dive-y haunt adorned with wall-to-wall hillbilly clutter. Here you can drink Boone's Farm martinis and rock out with resident DJs. Folks also flock to The Old Crow for cheap drinks and a friendly game of pool. And when it comes to dive bars, Ships Lounge beats out all the rest.

For live music and a game of darts, head over to the Crown and Harp, a combination Irish pub and British pub in one. Or if you fancy a cocktail and craft brew, then the Libertine Bar is for you. Speaking of craft beer, Dallas Beer Kitchen and Bottle Shop-World Beer Company are veritable hop havens for beer lovers.

504 Bar & Grill is a classy spot that draws in everyone from game-watchers, craft beer drinkers and cocktail sippers to parents with their kids in tow.

Before the night is out, be sure to stop in at Mudsmith, a hipster coffee haven that serves stellar java as well as craft beer, wine and specialty adult concoctions.

10. The Old Crow
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While much has changed along Lowest Greenville in recent years, this neighborhood haunt has remained essentially the same for decades, with the exception of a new outdoor patio. And that's exactly how the Crow's loyal following of fans want to keep it. Along with reasonably cheap libations, the place stays hopping with everything from Karaoke nights on Wednesdays to occasional DJs or live music acts. There's also TVs usually broadcasting a game and a jukebox filled with all kinds of music. If you're looking to get your game on, you'll find a couple of pool tables along with video games and dart boards tucked away in the game room in back.

9. Mudsmith
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This coffee haven has been a hit with locals ever since it opened in 2013. It's easy to see why. From the rustic hunting lodge decor, decked out with reclaimed wood and taxidermy animal heads to its assorted seating areas, free WiFi and tasty sandwiches, it's a very pleasant place to while away the day. But Mudsmith is more than just a daytime hideaway, it's also a popular nightspot that stays open until 11 p.m. for those who want to sip, savor and unwind. Along with a slew of flawlessly executed java options, Mudsmith also offers a lineup of craft beer and wine, as well as specialty adult concoctions. Their kombucha mimosa gets rave reviews, but if you really want to catch a buzz-- go for the Fracker Bomb, it's a heady combination of espresso and stout.

8. 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.

7. 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.

6. The Crown and Harp
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Not only is this place a popular music venue, it's also an English and Irish pub combined into one. The bottom level is the Irish pub, (a.k.a. The Harp)-- fitted with comfy booths, a fireplace and several TVs for game watching. The upper level is The Crown, a dark wooded British pub sporting dartboards and a jukebox that churns out local favorites. Regardless of which level you go to, both manage to pack in the fun with a weekly lineup of everything from live bands and guest DJs to open mic and karaoke. Of course, you can expect to find an ample selection of local and imported brews. Or if you fancy something less hoppy, there's wine, spirits and cocktails in full supply. And just so you don't go hungry, they offer baskets of fish, chicken or shrimp and chips from Daddy Jack's Lobster House next door.

5. Bottle Shop-World Beer Company
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This cozy brick-lined bar-cum-beer shop is a veritable hop haven for beer lovers. The place boasts over 200 bottles of imported and regional brews, and offers another 24 rotating selections on tap. Everything can be purchased to take away, but there's plenty of things going on here that make it well worth delaying your departure. Along with pairing dinners, beer tappings and chili-cook-offs, WBC offers a special almost every night. There's free pizza on Monday; 1/2 price Texas craft beer on Tuesday; Wednesdays feature a new beer with a collectible keepsake glass; half-price wine and cheese pairings are offered on Thursdays, and you can snag a can of beer for $3 all day on Sundays.

4. 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.

3. 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.

2. 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.

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.