There's nothing quite like an icy cold beer on a hot afternoon. Or a rainy evening. Or with a platter of huevos rancheros during Sunday brunch. Really, is there any occasion when a pint or two isn't in order? Lucky for beer lovers in Dallas–Fort Worth, we have an abundance of fantastic restaurants and bars serving everything from locally crafted brews to imported ales from all over the planet. We've made it easy for beer lovers of all types to hook up with their perfect pour.
The Craft-Beer Aficionado
You may not be a card-carrying cicerone (the sommelier of beer), but you could probably give them a run for their money. That's how much you enjoy craft brews. Working your way through beer lists with enthusiasm, you appreciate the skill it takes to make a truly great beer. At any of the area Flying Saucer Draught Emporium locations, you'll find hundreds of beers to choose from (more than 350 at the Fort Worth outpost alone), including rare finds and limited releases. Also in Fort Worth, BREWED is part coffee shop, part beer emporium with more than 60 craft selections. In Addison, Ron's Place is unique because every bartender is cicerone-certified to guide you to the perfect beer. If you're into sours, Victor Tangos has one of the widest selections, though many are off-menu so make sure to ask what's available. Meddlesome Moth in the Design District is an excellent place to sip on one of two live ales in addition to more than 40 crafts on draft. For a huge selection of beer to-go, create your own six pack after you grab a sandwich at Goodfriend Package in Lake Highlands or take home some draft beer from Craft & Growler across from Fair Park.
The Drink-It-Where-They-Make-It Beer Lover
Housemade is an adjective that's always splendid to find on a food menu, but it's much rarer to find that as a description for beer. But there are some standout spots in town that have handcrafted brews that make them as destination-worthy as their food. Small Brewpub in Oak Cliff whips up everything from fruit beers to spontaneously fermented pale ales for one of the most unique ever-changing lists in the city. At Malai Kitchen's West Village and Southlake location, it's all about southeast Asian-inspired beers, including one flavored with lemongrass and their signature Thai-P-A made with galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Deep Ellum's first brewpub, Braindead Brewing, is home to plenty of beer-friendly food and a slate of house beers. And, of course, housemade is the name of the game at every local brewery, including Grapevine Craft Brewery, Texas Ale Project, Community Beer Company and Lakewood Brewing Co., each with tasting rooms to sample their creations.
The Dive Bar Regular
When you're not in the mood for pretense, there's nothing quite like a good old dive bar to enjoy a good cold beer, even if it's just a PBR, Lone Star or Miller Lite. It doesn't get much divier than Double Wide in Exposition Park or its tiny Lowest Greenville sibling, Single Wide (pictured above). In Lakewood, The Goat has what could be the coldest beer in town (as well as killer live blues) while Lakewood Landing serves up beer by the pitcher to go with its fantastic burgers. The Grapevine Bar may serve its cocktails in mismatched glassware, but you can at least count on a proper pint glass for your beer. Unless, of course, you just want it right from the can.
The Beer-Drinking Gourmand
Beer lovers cannot live on snack mix or bar peanuts alone. If you love food as much as beer, some eateries are whipping up dishes that pair well with beer. The best example has to be LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen) at Trinity Groves where everything on the menu is designed to be joined by a hoppy companion. Many dishes are made with beer, too, like the Bierocks (pictured above), those little pockets of meat and cheese served with a beer-cheese fondue. LUCK is also home to special events where you can get flights of craft beer paired with flights of doughnuts, bacon and Girl Scout Cookies. Meanwhile, Pakpao is serving up pairings of local beer and housemade beef jerky. Many of the Southern-influenced plates at Wayward Sons pair just as well with beer as they do wine, too. For a top-notch burger and beer, look no further than Rodeo Goat in the Design District or Fort Worth. Finally, there's the old favorite duo of beer and pizza. For excellent pies and beer offerings to match, head to Taverna Rossa, Vivo 53 or Cane Rosso for your fix.
The Outdoors Enthusiast
We're about to hit peak patio season in North Texas, which means fresh-air-loving people (and pups) will be flocking to beer gardens, patios and rooftop bars for their springtime brewskis. In Uptown, Mutts is as popular with the canine set as it is the bipeds while next-door sibling The Rustic is all about live music and soaking up rays in its massive backyard space. Near White Rock Lake, The Lot has multiple family-friendly patios with outdoor games and Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House always has a festive outdoor scene. Near Downtown, the view doesn't get much better than those from the two rooftop patios at Vetted Well, which is the place to be for beer-and-whiskey lovers thanks to a substantial boilermaker section on its drink menu.
The Cider Nut
Even though ciders are rapidly growing in popularity, Dallas has only one spot dedicated to crafting the crisp, sweet elixirs. Bishop Cider Company offers more than three dozen types of international and domestic hard cider in bottles, cans and on draft. Its housemade ciders are the biggest draw, of course, and with names like Crackberry, Cideways, Suicider and the jalapeño-infused Cat Scratch Fever, they're as fun to order as they are to drink. With the cidery's huge success, it wouldn't be surprising to see a little competition pop up in the near future.
The Pub Dweller
If you like a more traditional setting for your hops and barley imbibing, head into the cool retreat and dark wood interiors of a European-inspired pub. Dubliner is Dallas' oldest Irish pub and one of the best places for a Guinness or Harp while making up a limerick or two. Trinity Hall is another local favorite for a pint and some lively conversation. You'll also find some hard-to-find craft beers in addition to Irish favorites at The Old Monk (pictured above), Capitol Pub and The Idle Rich Pub. In the heart of Uptown, British Beverage Company lives up to its name with lots of English brews among its 50 taps.
Beer and bowling are one of those rare combinations that are just meant to be together forever. And much like the so many beers have been elevated, we have a handful of bowling alleys that take food and drink very seriously. So if you like to get a tiny bit of cardio and a pretty nice one-arm bicep workout while you drink, these places are scoring big. Splitsville (pictured above) in Fairview, Bowl & Barrel in Dallas (pictured at top of story) and PINSTACK in Plano are three prime examples of entertainment venues that are serving up delicious food and one great beer after another. By your second pint, you won't even care about that last gutter ball.