The Libertine Bar

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Type: Bar, Eatery

2101 Greenville Ave
Dallas, Texas, 75206-7125
United States

(214) 824-7900 | map

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Added by beerdiablo on 11-13-2006

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Photo of zizouandyuki
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Chill bar with a very warm and inviting interior. Selection isn't the greatest in town, but it's far from the worst. Service is typically great, although there seems to have been a bit of a revolving door for servers compared to other establishments over the same term.

Food is good, but I wouldn't go here just to eat.

Still a good joint, and a place I'll continue to frequent.

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Photo of charrel
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jmryan8
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

I really dig the Libertine's atmosphere and decor- it looks like a grand old cafe in Brussels or Madrid. Those old Tiffany-style lamps and all the wood are damn fine and I swear they're part of why we kept lingering there (despite how busy it was).

The beer selection is only alright, but the cocktails make up for it. Only 9 taps: Brooklyn Naranjito, Old Chubb nitro, Revolver Blood & Honey, Unibroue Fin du Monde, New Belgium Pumpkick, Brooklyn Blast, Pedernales Hefe, Anchor Liberty... the bottle selection is similarly weak (lots of macros and stuff you can find at Walmart).

Service ain't great either- those hipsters have the perfect look, but they are as aloof as the Queen of England and it is damn hard to get their attention.

Food- we had the smoked salmon plate and loved it. This is not your typical sliced chilled salmon but Seattle-style salmon, a whole piece of it. And it comes with a ton of accoutrements.

Plus food is half-off on Tuesdays so we lucked out!

I would come back for the cocktails and the ambience and the food, but not the beer. Sadly.

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Photo of jkanavel
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

A: The playlists are great usually. I like a busy bar, makes me feel like I'm part of something important, less like I'm just getting wasted.

Q: They have decent stuff, nothing mind bending.

S: Service is decent, a bit slow when its busy obviously. A few cute and pleasant waitresses.

S: Selection is solid, but kind of stagnant. They keep a lot of same beers in stock year round. They stock a few of my favorites though, so that's nice.

F: I know people love the food. I get it. Gastropub! DERP DERP! Its whatever, take it or leave it. I tend to leave it when you dump something that tastes like warm ranch dressing all over my oxtails. Also, if you write something up as "wild mushroom" this or that on the menu, and its only a 14 dollar entree, we all know you're lying.
The kitchen staff has changed since i started going there, somewhat to the detriment of the bar.

The Hog Wings are great, the mussels are great, the cheese plate DESPITE being the same five or six cheeses on EVERY bar in Dallas's cheese list, are solid selections for casual dining.

V: A little pricy, especially the food, but its an electric atmosphere, interesting whiskey selection, and hell...for all my griping I keep coming back.

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Photo of crusian
3.4/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Ok, for transparency, I got the chicken and rice... and it came with sausage. I kept asking if it had beef in it, didn't occur to me to ask about pork. huge pet peeve of mine is having a description of food, and being delivered something that was not mentioned... especially if it is substantial, like beef or pork... so points off there. she did try to comp my entire meal, which was awesome, but not really fair, still had an app and a beer. And speaking of beer, only 9 on tap, and they are all typical Texas crafts,nothing special save southern star pro am... aka, ham in a glass. service was great though. ...

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Photo of JamesC7625
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As others have said, doesn't have the tap selection that other beer bars may have, such as flying saucer or the gingerman. But the atomostphere makes up for this as it feels more like a bar than a restaurant. Good number of beers, both on tap and in bottles. Also, for those among you who may not have the taste for beer, or if you just wanna change things up, they also have a full bar with some really good whiskies available. The food is great, more than I would expect from a business like this, and thats a good thing. The Libertine also offers monthly beer dinners with 3-5 courses of some wonderful food. I suggest attending one. Prices are very reasonable and for the selection is quite nice compared to other businesses.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really like this place. There are only nine taps, but they rotate frequently and always include several beers that are very good. In addition to the taps, there is a nice bottle selection. The food is above average pub grub that also has some more exotic items such as mussels and exotic cheeses. There are televisions, but this is not a sports bar. It can get somewhat busy and loud, but overall it is a nice pub with great atmosphere. It doesn't have the selection of some of the other larger, chain beer bars but the atmosphere is much better.

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Surprised that the Libertine hasn't been reviewed in over a year I figure I should update it with what information I can give. I go here at least once every 2 weeks, but generally I am here once a week. It's only about 5 minutes from my house, and easily my favorite in that distance.

A: I absolutely love the Libertine's atmosphere. A long, narrow "shotgun style" bar. You enter and on the left is a very long bar which spans 80% of the length of the entire place so bar seating (also my favorite) is abundant, and rarely are there no seats for me and my wife. Dark woods and old charm abound in this place with cool artwork on the walls. I love to be able to smoke in a bar (for another month in Dallas anyway) and the smoke smell is never overpowering here either which is good.

Q: Everything about this place oozes quality. Comfortable bar stools, very nice product display, blackboards detailing their newest bottle offerings and what's on draft. My only knock on the place is the lack of larger televisions and they are only on the far ends. Some would say this is a benefit.

S: The service is SOMEWHAT hit or miss, but so long as I can sit at the bar I almost always get exceptional service. Tavy is a fantastic bartender, and Nathan is good as well. Sitting at a table I get good service, but not great like at the bar.

S: The selection of beers for a Dallas bar is outstanding. Lots of Belgians (read: my favorite) to choose from both on draft (which rotate regularly) and in the bottle. There is also plenty of German and American Craft beers here as well. They bring in new beers more frequently than anyone I know locally (aside from the Flying Saucer and Gingerman) and usually have some unique items as well. One of my favorite selections in DFW for a bar.

F: The Libertine has the best bar food of any bar I know in DFW. The Loon is close, but some of the Libertine selections are out of this world. Noteworthy are the pork chops, steak sandwich, chicken pot pie, and Cuban sandwich. All highly recommended, but you literally cannot go wrong on their menu.

V: I really don't think this place is any more expensive than any other Dallas bar (less so compared to other Greenville locales) but I always spend $30 by myself or $50+ with my wife along so I guess it just feels expensive :)

Easily my favorite beer bar in Dallas. It's never over-crowded but always has enough people to make it feel lively. The bar service is great. Thursday nights where you get a free glass is my favorite night to come here, and the monthly beer dinners are expensive, but worth it and ridiculously good. I have done them twice and will definitely have it again. Highly recommend The Libertine!

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Photo of ballewblake
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Libertine usually becomes my hang out when the fair wrecks havoc to the Fair/Expo park area. Very similar to Meridian room (sister bar of said,) with the exception that it is ultra bright in the place at night, due to large picture windows, a 7/11 and liquor store across the street. Perk or negative you decide. The bar service is usually excellent and I've rarely seen the place bursting at the seams busy, sure sometimes it hard to walk or get a seat, but never impossible to quickly go from one end to the other. The staff and owners all have likable personalities and good humor. The beers are similar to Meridian and the weekly (more like monthly) specials featuring two new draughts and bottles that aren't typically on the menu. The taps usually change slightly with the season. The food is above par for bar food, prepared by a chef for what thats worth. The bar staff is usually pretty educated on the beers (I should emphasize 'usually') and can help with pairing and suggesting.

They have your typical happy hour ending at 7 I believe with a discount on draughts. Once a month they do a beer pairing dinners, five course meal, each serving paired with an individual beer, usually from a single brewery, but sometimes by styles.

During football season they pull down the big screen and display Cowboy games on Sunday. I've noticed this changes the vibe of the place on Sundays... :)

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Nice small bar on lower Greenville, across from Whole Foods. Lots of hard wood, well-polished. Seating is about an even mix between bar stools, tables, and 5 or 6 cozy booths. There was only one waitress working the place and service from her was rather slow, but stepping up to the bar was usually all that was required to get the bartender's attention and a fast serve out. Selection is small but high quality, with several good Belgians (served in appropriate glassware), several micros including an offering from Real Ale, which is somewhat uncommon for a small Dallas pub. There were a variety of bottles as well, including the newly returned-to-Texas Koeningshaven. Prices were decent.

The food menu was quite high quality for what's mainly a bar. Cheese plates with a selection of good cheeses were available. Seared tuna that looked wonderful. I got a sirloin w/ fries for the reasonable price of $12, ordered medium rare. And they cooked it properly, with the inside deep red and just slightly warm. Very tasty.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A crisp, clean upscale bar with visible parking is a rarity on Greenville. Add to that an excellent tap system from Europe[Vervenne & Van Belle] -probably the first in Texas, a food menu that’s beyond simple bar fare and you have a pub that easily will become part of the regular rotation.

This is not a cutting-edge bar for beer daredevils, so leave that to the Gingermans and Flying Saucers of the world. The Libertine Bar is great place to hangout with friends for drinks or meet for dinner.

They feature an expanded [compared to say…Chili’s] beer menu of approximately 15 taps and 35 bottles. You’ll find the usual offerings from Belgium, England, Ireland and Germany, along with some more well known U.S. craftbeers with major distribution [Sierra Nevada, Anchor] served in proper glassware according to brand and style.

Their tap system, I had only seen in a video for Stone’s new bistro, is unique. Prior to pouring, all glasses get a water rinse from a special spout. This not only cuts down on excess foam/head but also chases out any contamination from bleach/cleanser for a fresh pour. I was there late afternoon, so it would be interesting to see how the bar staff keeps up with this extra step when the house is packed with thirsty patrons.

You’ll find a superior food menu that is at times, eclectic. How so? How about mussels fixed 4 different ways? You’ll also find a Mediterranean tapas-style plate, a cheese board and anything you want grilled. Mac’n’cheese? They’ve got that too.

Miscellaneous: Full bar and wine. No dart boards but they mention that free Wifi is coming.

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The Libertine Bar in Dallas, TX
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