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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by assurbanipaul:
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a good Irish-style pub in a very metropolitan part of Dallas. Located at Mockingbird Station among and above several trendy shops, restaurants and a theatre, this is also a main stop on the DART rail line and convenient to the highway and major cross-roads. An "urban village" is the intended design.
And this, I feel, is its major shortcoming. Don't get me wrong, this is an excellent place with excellent brews. But there's just something oh, I don't know, a bit too.... sanitary about this place. It's new, its vogue, the clientele is young and pretty and oh-so middle- to upper-class, especially this close to SMU. Seems a bit too planned (I prefer my pubs to have that organic, just-grew-here look and feel).
OK, impressions are out of the way. This pub is very well decorated, well lit and a good layout. Decor is Irish library with lots of dark woods and bookshelves. Second story location, patio overlooking the shops, parking garage conveniently nearby/underground. Nice place to see and be seen, although it's a bit too compact for a band (could do without that).
Somewhere around 50 bottles, 15 taps. What is served on tap is served very well, proper glassware and all. Most of the British and Irish majors, along with macros and select micros, plus wine and a wide selection of whiskeys. Staff is very good and seems knowledgeable. Didn't try the food but the place smells great. Can be pricey for some things.
Overall, not as commercial as a Bennigans but not what I would call an "Irish" pub. A good place, nonetheless.
Edit 03/04/2006: While I've blown through here a couple of times in the past, this was the first time I've stayed for any extended length of time. I had to bump up a few numbers because of my recent experience.
Food, very good. Taps, pristine. Forget the useless servers, the owner came out to talk with us several times, even donated a couple of 12-oz bottles of new stuff for our group to sample. He's extremely generous, especially to his regulars. While this place still does suffer from Yuppie Fever, beerwise it has few equals in Dallas.
04-04-2004 08:58:08 | More by assurbanipaul
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Lots of dark wood that may or may not be overly lit (depends on the night and who is doing what). They do have areas in the back that are a bit quieter so you can actually talk to others at your table without having to speak louder than the music. One thing to note about the location, they have underground parking where the elevator comes out right next door - but you do have to know how to get in to that parking (it is worth the work once you figure it out).
They do a good job of keeping some taps rotating (plenty of local selection) and the bottle selection is better for those looking to try different beers (stop in for whisky too if you like - they keep quite the selection on hand). The staff knows what they carry and does not mind getting more information if they don't (quite rare for a number of bars/pubs around here as of late).
They regularly host a whisky tasting and support local craft beers as well. They used to do the monthly beer tasting but that seems to have faded to event only based tastings (still worth the time).
The food is good but a number of the plates are quite large in portion so the price matches the portion but does not change how much you can drop on a couple of plates of food.
Worth the time - yes
Worth the money - yes (at least for Texas suffering bars)
12-11-2011 22:51:38 | More by txbrewer
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in with the girlfriend, was nearby and wanted a beer. Was nicely greater with a sandwich board with rotating tap list with real ale 15 and lagunitas lucky 13 alt... along with 512 one, Franconia alt, and a couple others.
Order the 15 and lucky 13 alt... menu description inside said the lucky 13 alt was amarillo rich, with dark malts to give a smokey flavor... pointed out to the waiter this was incorrect and he didn't seem to believe me... and didn't care.
Got a curry chicken sandwich... not much curry at all, but very big.
Ambiance is nice, Irish pub style with many smaller sections and open bar islands...
Beer was pricey...6.50 for a pint of lagunitas, which is 4.50 a bomber. But good selection in Dallas... worth a quick stop in for a beer, which is what we did.
08-07-2011 00:23:20 | More by crusian
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Good local bar, presenting itself as an Irish bar: nice selection of brews, good service, fair food, and cogent pub decor and atmosphere.
Visited during the last trip to Dallas. This is the go-to local place for my host and I can see why. Relaxed, and good quality, it makes for a nice casual stop over.
They offer a nice selection of taps, not too extensive, with half comprised of regular suspects, and the other half with nice rotating offerings, and a good range of serving sizes. The bottle menu while not enormous is rich enough, with quality stuff and some dedicated rarities, for instance with quite a few Brewdogs prominently featured.
The atmosphere is a bit cut and paste Irish pub decor, which works ok, and a nice if perfunctory outdoor terrace.
The service was nice, knowledgeable of what they offered, and honest, as to their genuine take on the different choices without ever disrespecting the brews.
Food was ok, not that we tried much, but from the little we had and what we saw around it served nicely as a casual bite.
And price wise, while not particularly cheap it was sitting in relatively middle bracket for this kind of places.
If I were passing by, or within living distance, I´d sure make this a regular stop.
02-16-2011 15:11:26 | More by Daniellobo
3.61/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A sort-of-Irish-pub. It has some classic Guiness decorations, but it's too brightly lit and the overall furniture/decore scheme reminds me more of a Lubys cafeteria than a pub.
Bottle selection is impressive. Taps are numbered, but they sell full pints, half-pints, or 6oz tasters of any tap. Even better they have a wide selection of nice glassware.
Staff is friendly and helpful (i.e. "I really wouldn't recomend this - it's highly over-priced because it's rare, and its ABV isn't even that high".
Food looks good, I'll have to try it someday.
I'll definitely go back once I've given their taps time to rotate.
05-25-2009 20:37:15 | More by MrHungryMonkey
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The Mockingbird Station location offers both positives and negatives. While the upscale area shows in the clean and smoke free interior, parking is a pain. One good alternative is taking the DART, as the station is a short walk away. They have an excellent, large setup for watching sports, and Arsenal supporters often gather to watch matches. The 1759 society is another group which uses this pub as a meeting ground. All in all, the pub itself is very comfortable. Fortunately, I have not experienced any encounters wtih the typical Mockingbird Station/SMU types.
You won't find Coors or Miller Lite here, as the selection consists of basic European macros. Good service with prompt and friendly staff, who answered questions about both beer and food. My personal pick for their food is the curry and chips, I have to get it whenever I visit!
09-18-2007 23:42:01 | More by air
3.58/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday night for a meal and brew. Nice atmosphere. No smoking, which is nice. There happened to be no band booked that night, so the place had just the low din of any restaurant. You could have taken kids in without any problems. Comfortable seating, a good general swathing of that semi-rich wood that seems typical of these faux-Irish pubs that are sprouting up all over.
The service was good, prompt. The server seemed fairly knowledgeable about the events and menu. And he seemed to be a genuinely nice guy.
The beer selection was a little thin, but I don't think we even saw the bottle menu that others have mentioned. Other than the smallness of it, I had no complaints with the menu. Some good choices here.
Had the shepherd's pie. Tasty. Matched pretty well with the pils that was the special at the time too.
Seemed a little pricey, but not too bad. You could certainly do worse.
I'm not really fond of the Dallas side of town, but if I was out there and it was convenient I'd certainly stop in again.
08-23-2007 01:42:09 | More by skillerified
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally got a chance to visit before hitting a movie at the Angelika next door. Live in Carrollton and have 2 small kids so trips down here are pretty infrequent but gonna have to make much more of an effort after this visit. The wife loved the place as well so that makes it easier.
It's your average upscale American Irish pub with the usual decorations, heavy wood panel and booths and giant screen TV playing soccer or in this case Gaelic football. It's on the higher end of decor for the pubs I've visited recently. Not covered by cheap metal beer tackers like Irish Rover in Frisco. Reminds of Claddagh which is a small chain of Irish pubs in the Midwest that has the concept nailed.
They have a pretty impressive beer list - mainly in bottles but good choices on taps. They had Live Oak Hefe on tap so I was pretty excited to try it on clean tap lines as opposed to the Saucer's. Gingerman and Saucer have more selection but I view them as beer bars that happen to serve some food instead of a true pub like this so outside of those best selection around. They have beer tastings every 2nd Tuesday of the month as well.
The service was exceptional. It's seat yourself but the server found us before we even hit the table. Very knowledgeable on the beers and had some good recommendations but on styles I liked. Food was prompt and had several follow-ups visits as well.
The food was excellent. I had the fish and chips - my initial order anytime I try a new Irish pub. There was excellent and again 2nd only to Claddagh. My wife had the wurst platter and it was awesome. Ending up trying 3 different beers between us before the movie and all tasted great.
Overall, an excellent pub that you gotta try. I just wish it was closer to me so I could visit more. Guess once they open the Dart line from Carrollton, we'll be riding the Dart to it since it is located in Mockingbird station.
08-15-2007 18:06:13 | More by TexIndy
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