Visited late afternoon on a Wednesday. Nice outdoor seating area and patio as you walk up, bit Irish style bar as you walk in. There are two long bars along with a lots of space to stand around. 24 beers on draft, 9 locals. Design is clean, yet feels broken in, nice balance. Service was friendly and gave me a couple of sample tastes without my asking. Not really a top notch beer destination, but a nice place to hang out and have a drink.
64 = ★★ (Just ok)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
A pretty mediocre spot thatís close to much better venues. It has a hyperreal Americanized Irish pub feel to it. Pretty dark with lots of wood. Plenty of space dedicated to food service. It was absolutely rammed when I visited, so it was tough to check out the beer selection and get served. I eventually ordered a Founders Porter then moved on to drinking at the Ginger Man. Overall, meh, this place doesnít offer much to visiting beer geeks.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 26, 2013
Visited December 2012.
Interesting set up here with a ton of people squeezing into the little outdoor area by the sidewalk. Luckily the bar and the booths are further into the building and werenít too busy. The kitchen is open late too. I sat at a booth in the back and ordered some weird fried mushrooms and got a beer. The service was friendly but busy with the customers outside. The food was pretty good albeit greasy and strange. The beer selection was good and featured a few Stone and other California-made beers in addition to the regular Texas-made offerings. It gets noisy so be warned in case you arenít into the popular bar scene.
Dark interior with a typical faux Irish Pub feel to it. The beer selection is pretty pedestrian. They donít change out the taps very often at all. The prices were fine, and I had no problem with the food. The service was quite poor on the multiple occasions Iíve been here. A complete waste of time beer-wise with Gingerman right down the street.
Place has an excellent patio, one of my favorites in Dallas. Very comfortable and right on McKinney. Whoever laid it out knew what they were doing.
Service is hit or miss. Sometimes itís fantastic (most of the time), but when itís bad it can be really bad.
Selection of beer is pretty safe, safe for the owner of the bar that is. Typical selection of "imports" (Guinness, Stella, Paulaner), but their Belgian seleciton isnít bad either. Some American craft can be found too. Nothing too crazy or "special" but I can usually find something good to drink.
Food is probably my favorite part of this place. Above average burgers, mostly pub food but well done nonetheless.
Pricing can tend to be on the high side of things, but not unreasonable either.
Overall a place worth visiting, but probably not the first place Iíd recommend to an out-of-towner looking for great beer.
Color me clueless, but I would never send a friend who was a beer lover to this place. Like the Dubliner and Old Monk (same owners) these guys carry the most pedestrian, safe, non-offensive beers you can carry. You know the dance - Boddingtons, Stella Artois, Sam Adams, Guinness . . . yawn! I went in and couldnít find an acceptable beer. The food was OK, and the service was only slightly better than self serve. There is ZERO reason to go here with The Gingerman a mere three blocks away.
Nice English pub atmosphere. Selection is reasonable with a few staples on tap and most of the bottles that you would want (if you really just want selection then the Ginger Man is a 2 minute walk - go there to experiment and here if you know what you want.) Seems like a larger selection than the Old Monk and Dubliner (the 3 share the same owner/managers), though it could be my imagination. Food is typical but fairly good quality pub grub. My favorite bar in Dallas because of the atmosphere and the simple fact that it has the best combination of beer and whisk(e)y selection around. (great for groups with mixed tastes between the two)
Checked this out on a Tuesday afternoon and it was lively but not at all crowded. Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. Nice atmosphere low light, big bar, lots of seating. Wide selecttion, that does not go very deep but does offer a good variety of countries and basic styles. Nothing rare or cutting edge but Iíll take an Aventinus any day. Food was solid.
Went on a Friday night when it was packed. Pretty nice interior with lots of tables and darts in the back. Bartenders are all very friendly. Beer list is actually unimpressive. Had a few interesting taps but they were out of everything that I wanted to try. DId not get a chance to try the food. Very smokey.
biggcb (29) Harleysville, Pennsylvania | April 15, 2008
Nice and quanit pub setting. Service was good (Jeanne). Very nice selection of on tap and bottled beers. French dip was quite tasty.