The Blu Bar

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Type: Bar

1215 Cooper St
Arlington, Texas, 76010
United States

(817) 701-3200

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Added by assurbanipaul on 11-22-2005

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Reviews by SuperSpy:
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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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The selection is what really makes this place stand out. It's an oasis in the beer selection desert of Arlington. The entire back wall is loaded with taps (77 to be exact). Short of the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth you cannot find a better selection within Tarrant County, and if you live in Arlington (as I do) this is a lot closer to home. Unfortunately the manager told me that they will most likely be cutting the selection drastically unless beer sales pickup, because beer drinkers either don't know the place is there or just don't want to visit.

Price is another huge factor in my high score for this bar. They currently offer all beers on tap for $2 a pint from 7pm-9pm every weeknight. This "happy hour" special used to run from 4pm-9pm but again, the manager said no one seems to want come in and drink beer.

As far as atmosphere goes the decor is a little odd for a bar with such a great beer selection. The entire bar is silver, white or glowing blue. They don't have an overwhelming amount of televisions but the few they have are strategically placed so that there is no way you will miss your favorite game unless you are trying. Also, until about 10:30 the crowd is almost non-existant and made up of laid-back beer drinkers. After this time the 20-somethings from the college next door start crowding the place and more vodka starts sliding across the bar than beer.

Quality is surprising for how many beers are available and how few beer drinkers come through the doors. One would expect the beers to be old and stale but everything I had tasted fresh. For those keeping track I was there this Wednesday and our group had Dogfish 90-min, Fuller's London Porter, Rogue Dead Guy and some others. All were excellent.

The service is great. Even when busy the bar staff has never let my glass run dry for more than a few seconds.

Overall this is a great place to stop and get some high quality, very CHEAP (8oz of Framboise and pints of Chimay from the tap for $2!!! ) pints after work. Get there early and head out before 10:00pm though. After that time the college crowd fills every space of this bar and beer is back up to full prices.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Set out along a couple small stores, with "Blu Bar" above the door and dark tinted windows. Inside is a mostly black and metal interior. The couches are all black leather, and there are stools along a neon-blue lit bar. The tap wall has metal along it, along with 77 taps (for now, as of May 8th, 2007) as advertised on a banner outside the building. On the same wall there is an HDTV, but I'm not sure if they have an HDTV service. There is another screen on the north-side wall that's bigger. There are pool tables and there are nights where you can play cards.

The theme of the bar is just a bar between opening and about 9pm on weekdays, probably earlier on the weekend. After that, it turns into a college haven for getting smashed in a dance club atmosphere. The bar comes equipped with a DJ booth, but during the day they just play CDs automatically.

Between 4-9pm Monday through Thursday they have all taps available for $2 per pint, which is a great deal. A lot of the beers are common macro type beers, but there are several craft brews (don't expect anything rare though). They have some bottles available, including lambics, but those can run up to $6, as the specials don't apply to them.

The Blu Bar is a great place to go if you're in the UTA area, at least between 4-9pm. After that it turns into a dance club, which may be exactly what you're looking for, although the specials stop.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.94/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Up near UTA in Arlington, so this place definitely has a bit of a college-bar vibe (maybe more than a bit). Spacious, with plenty of diversions all around: pool, shuffleboard, darts (though the boards are in pretty bad shape), foosball, and with some nice couches set out. Music's not too loud, though I was there on a slow night and don't know how it goes when the DJ takes over.

The bar boasts 77 beers, and while a good chunk of the tap space is taken up by pretty generic domestics and imports, there's a very decent selection of less common stuff. They were out of a few things I would have enjoyed (Arrogant Bastard and Scrimshaw Pils among them), but I had a SN IPA and a Fuller's London Porter, each $4.75/pint. Lots of deals on macros, though dollar domestic draughts didn't seem to bring in much of a crowd on a Wednesday night. The bartender was prompt, friendly, and seemed competent enough, though I have no idea of the depth of his knowledge.

All in all, you can do much worse, and you probably can't do better in Arlington, at least in terms of selection. I'd return.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in for a few hours (7-9pm) recently while on business. Timing is key with this establishment in order to get the happy hour prices.

Atmosphere was a bit trendy. Warehouse like with lots of blue lights and neon. Crowd of about 20 very seriously into a poker competition. A few TVs, some pool tables, darts, and bar mounted video games were there for your amusement.

Quality of the beers I tried was fine. A winter seasonal (New Belgium 2 Below), a stout and an amber.

Service was fairly prompt and reasonably knowledgeable. Hard to see taps, but bartender was happy to tell me what a given tap represented and a little bit about the beer.

Selection was pretty good. 40 or so taps, most of which poured stuff we would be happy to drink. St. Arnolds, New Belgium, Affligem, Maredsous, DFH to name a few. Nothing to blow your mind, but a nice spread.

Food - pretty sure they didn't have any.

Value - get there during happy hour and your pints are $2. Good deal in my book.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This is a strange place, especially for beer knurds. Formerly the short-lived P 'n P's, one P bought out the other one and renamed/retooled it into a rather odd hybrid of a club and beer bar.

Located immediately south (walking distance) of the Univ of Texas at Arlington on the Cooper Street main drag, it's obvious customer base is college-aged kids. It's on the corner of a nondescript strip mall, nothing more in front than a sign and blackened windows.

Inside is über-chic, almost dance clubby. Backlight blue lights everywhere (hence the name), underlit acrylic bar, black leather furniture, very dark and trendy and too-cool-to-be-cool. Pool table on one side with some video games, large TV/audio area on the other, an obvious dance floor with the TV up. Quite spacious and comfortable.

Then there's the beer: One long bar with the back wall filled with 77 taps, probably a couple dozen in bottles. Everything I had was in excellent condition and, since they obviously make their money off liquor sales, the beer is dirt cheap. The night we were there saw $2 all pours with a $1 SN Celebration special. We were there for hours and I don't believe anyone spent over $10.

The one drawback is the crowd that hits later, a wave of clubby kids barely out of diapers. The flashing lights come out, the music is ramped up to destructive levels and the whole place becomes a writhing mass of people with a drink in one hand swinging their hips without moving their feet.

Get there early, enjoy the luxury and budget, then move on before the late-night crowd hits.

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