Formerly the Medieval Inn, Bens is now more of a sports bar though there are still some of the old medieval decorations around. Bens has approximately 40 beers on tap available in standard pints or namesake half-yard glasses for the extra thirsty customer. Bens offers a full menu, though the quality is that of standard bar fare. They seem to do more activities these days with karaoke nights, trivia nights, etc. Parking is usually readily available unless its a big sports day/night when the place can get very crowded. Bens is outside of the Dallas smoking ban and is also cigar-friendly.
I remember when this place was called the Medevial Inn. Always loved coming here as there was plenty of pool tables, dart boards and usually a game on TV with the sound turn down. They prefer the Jukebox. Usually have a beer of the month special for a good price but lately they have only offered the Macros which suck. Dallas bars go through cycles where they are really popular or dead. This is a dead year I think as they seem to have Karoake every night and the place is only half full (or empty...). I'll give them until football season before I write them off my list of hangouts.
This has always been a fun place to hang out on the weekends. Good atmosphere, friendly people...never once felt out of place here...not at all stuffy or uppity like some bars in Dallas. Pool tables, ample number of TV's...dedicated parking lot. One of the better selections in this area of town, and of course you can't argue with the ability to get the half-yard of beer. Food has always been decent as well...slightly better than your typical bar fare, and service has been nothing but excellent. If I lived closer to town, it's a place I would visit a lot more often.
Ben's is one of those establishments that has been around forever and has survived several iterations and owners. I recall being here in college when it was the Medieval Inn, a theme-pub with servers in costume. Little has changed, besides the name.
It's a nice place, suffering a bit from age and a mix of competing legacy styles. Is it a medieval public house? Is it a sports bar? Is it a trendy beer hall? Is it a novelty dive with a gimmick? Could be all of these.
Lots of well-worn wood decor, high ceilings, hints of its medieval past are still present. New are the sporting styles with the big screen televisions and faux-goal netting, in and among the banners advertising cheap macros and drink specials. The big draw here is the infamous "half-yard" of beer, an elongated glass serving vessel with a bulb at the bottom that holds something like 32 or 36 oz. Supposedly a throwback to the Dark Ages but now more like a draw to get people inside.
All that aside, it's a quality beer place. 42 beers on tap, some cheap macros, some very good micros. (Didn't spy any bottles, but who needs 'em with a half-yard in front of you?) Full menu, full bar, some games and pool tables, a great place to get loud and sloppy with a few mates. Its location on Greenville Avenue also makes it a good starting/stopping point on a pub crawl.
I have only been once, but I definitely plan on going again. It was a few months ago that I was at Ben's Half Yard House, so I will try to review this to the best of my memory.
The atmosphere definitely set tens apart from other brewpubs. Several tables and a nice bar to sit at. TVs (including several big-screen projections) were everywhere and showing plenty of sports. There were very interesting and entertaining signs and memorabilia on the walls and around the bar.
I don't remember how big the food menu was, but I do remember trying to decide between a few interesting sounding selections. I was very happy with the burger that I finally settled on.
The beer selection is good, but I don't remember if they had any standouts. The service was great, and even though it was my first time there I felt like I was a regular.
Overall it was a good place to hang out, get some good food, and enjoy a few beers. If I lived any closer it would probably be one of my regular places for football games on Sunday and Monday.