Dallas pub crawl

By Gregg Smith

From north to south start near the Addison Airport, the location of the Mucky Duck at 5301 Beltline near the tollway (in the mall and next to Neiman-Marcus) (214) 239- 6702 It's an English style pub with a wooden bar that features 7 taps and 30 different bottled beers. On Thursday thru Sunday they have live music which can be anything from dance to R&B to blues. Call for the schedule. Outdoor tables are available in nice weather.

For the second stop take a cab to The Barley House 2916 N.Henderson (214) 824-0306 near the intersection with the Central Expressway. It's a college type bar located near SMU with a mixed clientele of students, young professionals and homebrewers. It's worth a visit, especially during the quiet hours - as are others of this type. An interior of dark green walls and stained wood projects a pub image, and for good cause. There's a wood bar over which they sell from a choice of 27 taps and 70 bottles. If you're after sports they have a big screen TV, but on weekends it yields to live local bands spanning a range from country to R&B.

It's just under a mile to the third stop, Stan's Blue Note 2908 Greenville (214) 827-1977 - though this is the Lone Star State there are no lone taps, especially at Stan's. If you can't find a draft beer you like at Stan's you just don't like beer. Currently there are 50 options along the tap wall. However, if you want a wider range they also have a bottle selection of another 150 or so. Your non-beer loving companions can try the list of Texas wines. In nice weather try the outdoor bar.

Continue a mile to the London Tavern 2001 Greenville between Belmont & Ross (214) 823-7711 a bar with the feel of a pub with its dark interior, wood columns and deep hued bar. they have 10 taps and another 10 bottles. If you're hungry the menu will also remind you of a traditional pub with meat pies and curry dishes.

Yet another mile brings you to The Tipperary Inn 5815 Live Oak (near Skillman) (214) 823-7167. This is a classic Irish bar with an atmosphere that places its emphasis on conversation. They like to say that if you don't know anyone when you go in, you'll know everyone before you leave. It's one of those Irish places that not only claims it's Irish but it's run by Irish. Even better, they have 28 draft beers and 12 bottles available at a comfortable dark wood bar.

Why not save the best for last? The Gingerman 2718 Boll (214) 754-8771 at Howell is directly related to the bar of the same name in Houston. From the outside it appears to be a two story house, and once it was, but today it's a beer lovers haven. A long deep wood bar guards over 70 taps and more than 100 bottles on the beer list. Seating is available inside, but most of the year you may opt for the front or back porch, or the beer garden out back. There's live music on Sunday nights and they also host tastings for beer, wine and cigars

Gregg Smith


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