Saying I like to try new restaurants and bars in the Dallas area is an understatement. I LOVE being able to recommend places to friends and family that show how cool a city Dallas is. And of course, quite a few of my favorite Dallas haunts also have amazing craft beer selection.
So why not help a fellow craft beer lover out and post my current favorite spots?
The list will be ever-changing as new places pop up in Dallas. So go ahead, bookmark this page. Here’s your cheat sheet to drinking craft beer in Big D.
Great burgers in East Dallas from the people who also brought you Good 2 Go Tacos and their newest joint Mot Hai Ba? 16 Taps with five of them reserved for local brews only and over 60 different bottled beers?
With a great patio/biergarten and garage doors that open up the inside area to the elements, Goodfriend’s a great, laid back spot on a nice day. If you want a casual place to enjoy a burger on the patio, you gotta try Goodfriend.
Enjoy a Loretta burger for me when you go.
If I want a beer I have never had before, the Moth is my spot. It’s probably the place with the most rare tap list in Dallas, and an endless wall of taps makes for some difficult decisions.
Food at Meddlesome Moth is jazzed up English pub fare, so be ready for a more gourmet share plates type of meal if you decide to dine here.
Head over on a Wednesday night for tappings of the rare stuff, and if you are into mussels, the Diablo ones are pretty amazing.
The Common Table has an extensive beer selection that touts craft beers from all over the country as well as your local favs. It doesn’t hurt that they also have food that really hits the spot — grilled cheese and turkey melt are my go-to’s.
If you can, check out their Pour Man’s Beer Dinner on Monday nights — four courses paired with four beers for $29. Can’t beat that.
Strangeways is everything you want in a bar — an old brick building with a hip but laid-back vibe, an amazing tap wall with bartenders that know their stuff, and great cocktails for your friends that don’t have our love for beer…if you call them friends…
I am a sucker for old brick buildings, but Strangeways delivers past the ambiance. Meddlesome Moth and Strangeways compete on my list for best tap wall, so if you are wanting to be adventurous, you have to check this place out.
Cracker-thin pizza in Bishop Arts with a beer list that selects from all that American craft beer has to offer. Need I say more? Probably not…but I will.
This place has a very cool ambiance — just the right setting that mixes casual pizza joint with gourmet gastropub. Plus, the pizza is divine.
The Libertine is what we all wish we had — that neighborhood bar that kicks their food up a notch.
They are active in the local and craft beer scene, so while their tap wall isn’t enormous, what they carry is good stuff and changes pretty often for special events.
Their monthly beer dinners are constantly rated as one of the best beer dinners in Dallas so make sure to check one out.
From the makers of Eno’s and Oddfellows, Union Bear is in the heart of Uptown but still keeps itself from conforming to the Uptown norm.
More than 35 taps make this place a craft beer haven in the Uptown area. And every beer is six bucks, which makes simply pointing at a tap to order a new beer just that much sweeter.
Talk about burger heaven, this Austin-based restaurant knows how to make a damn good burger.
Add green chile queso and fries to the mix and a pretty awesome craft beer selection, and I could rotate between Hopdoddy and Goodfriend everyday.
Seriously though, get the queso fries…
Overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard, you can’t get a better backdrop for a couple of cold ones.
Now granted, the food is your standard mix of American bar fare, but it’s solid bar food. Definitely not a reason to miss out on over 200 different beers — more than 80 on tap alone — and the amazingly scenic patio. Trust me on this one.
Now Cane Rosso may not have the most extensive beer selection of my picks, but they always have at least one beer from each of the major Dallas breweries on tap.
Combine a great local selection with their pizza, and I am all-in. I seriously have dreams about their pizza. Doughy, cheesy, deliciousness. Enough. Said.
Spicy food lovers should get the Che Chazzo. All food lovers go for a dessert pizzas. You will thank me later.
I am really loving what the Lowest Greenville area is shaping up to be, and The Bottle Shop is one of those reasons.
Rare bottles galore — it’s like a toy store for beer snobs. And that on top of the fact that their tap selection has great variety of beers that aren’t at but a handful of North Texas establishments? Sign me up. I’m sold.
Think picnic tables, fried chicken, great beers, Austin-like vibe, and a band playing on an old wooden stage. That is the best I can describe the amazingness that is this place.
Chicken Scratch is the restaurant, and they serve quite possibly the best fried chicken ever. Ever ever. The Foundry is the bar that serves up your craft beer and cocktails. Two different places, one venue.
Very cool place to check out when the weather is good and fried chicken and a cold one just sound perfect.
You know those days when you think, “Today would be an amazing day to sit outside and drink beers!”? Next time that pops into your head, get yourself to The Lot.
American style food with a twist — I suggest The Chicken — plus an expansive biergarten to hang out at equals my kinda place.
So you need a place to take a group that is kinda fancy pants but still emits that “I know a good beer when I see one” place? Well, Victor Tangos is your spot.
The shared plates style gastropub has signature eclectic cocktails for those friends that would prefer the hard stuff, a short but sweet beer list that has something for everyone, and all around mouth-watering food. Get the mac and cheese — it’s to die for.
Having over 200 beers on tap makes the Flying Saucer Addison a must in the North Dallas area. With taps constantly changing and weekly events like pint night and trivia night, Flying Saucer does a helluva job keeping up with the craft beer explosion.
If you really want to go on a beer adventure (over several weeks…months…years…), join their UFO club and try to make your way through 200 different beers to earn the right to be immortalized on their plate wall.
Bonus List!!!! Here are a couple of BYOB places that deserve a shout-out. Great food plus you can bring your favorite beer equals winning in my book.
The BYOB EXTRA
This seafood is legit — which is all you need to know. End of story.
It’s an order-at-the-counter-and-the-owner-will-bring-out-your-food kinda place, and they fully embrace their BYOB-ness with ice buckets ready and waiting for your six pack or growler when you order.
My favs are the po-boys. So much seafood piled into one fresh sandwich — you can’t go wrong.
I love me a good gourmet meal, but there are times when the bill at the end of the night is just ridiculous. Now think if you could find a place with the same caliber of food as your snazzy restaurants for about $20 to $25 per plate and BYOB…it’s too good to be true, right? WRONG.
Urbano is exactly that and does an amazing job at it. The tiny restaurant of maybe 10 tables reminds me of something in Manhattan and is packed night after night so make a reservation ahead of time on this one.