Trinity Hall


35 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

5321 E Mockingbird Ln
Ste 250
Dallas, Texas, 75206-5183
United States

(214) 887-3600 | map

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Photo of Perdue125
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Perfectly decent "Irish" Pub. They keep about of half dozen locale rotating taps and and a half dozen UK beers. Good bottle selection but nothing special. Food is good, slightly overpriced. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is one of those bars that used to be (and still is) in those “beer places to visit” in BA. But let me tell you outright: this ain’t it. From the location to the selection, Trinity Hall disappoints. Located in the Mockingbird mall complex, the bar can be hard to find, in a second floor next to the Angelika movie theater. Step inside to find a thoroughly fake-but-authentic Irish pub, with a bar that looks freshly transported from Ireland and annoying Irish tunes playing on the stereo nonstop.

There are only eight craft taps here that rotate, and seven permanent taps of blah stuff (Guinness, Hoegaarden, Smithwicks). The crafties include Alaskan Smoked Porter, Deep Ellum Darkest Hour, Big Eddy Cherry, Great Divide Hibernation, Oasis Texas Buff Sisters… I went for a bourbon, which they serve through a strange contraption that opens the spirit up and is then hit with four drops of water from a small bottle.

Besides this whiskey show and the nice, friendly barkeeps, everything else about Trinity Hall was utterly forgettable. Except for those horrible Irish tunes that are still stuck in my head.

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Photo of txbrewer
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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)

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Photo of crusian
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of air
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of skillerified
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in 5/29. As others have noted, parking can be a challenge. Best bet is to head for the parking garage behind the shops.

Atmosphere included lots of dark wood, plenty of small tables and bar seating. Band near the front door. A very cool looking main bar to the right. Large, projection TV showing the other kind of football on what appeared to be a European sports channel. In general, a little too clean and well lit for a true pub feel. Nothing wrong with it at all, just not an Irish pub atmosphere IMO.

Quality of the beer and food was fine. No issues.

Service was prompt and friendly. No problems.

Selection was impressive based on the bottle list, but I didn't really test it. Draught list was OK, but nothing to get really excited about. You will easily find good beer here to drink, but nothing to write home about.

Food was tasty. I enjoyed the corned beef and cabbage.

I would come here again, if I was in the area. For me, it is an equal distance to here or the Saucer, and I will probably be going to the latter in the future.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's a typical "Irish" pub, with all the right touches, like a gazillion others all over the US designed by the Irish Pub Company--well-designed, quaint, cozy, with lots of dark hardwoods. A bit loud at night, but one great thing it has going for is it's smoke-free. The owner does a good part to support local Irish music as well as groups like the Dallas 1759 that gather at his pub, which adds a really nice friendly touch to the thing. Service can be a mixed bag. On a recent crowded night, I waited about 45 minutes for someone to come take my order for another beer. Other times, someone has been there soon every time I got down to a quarter glass full. It depends on the night and serving crew.

Draught beer selection is somewhat limited--about 12 items, and often they're out of one or two. Nothing really great on the lineup, but most of them are solid session choices. Selection in the bottle is very good, but prices are marked up a bit high for a night of drinking.

Decent selection of food, most of which is of high quality. The mussels are as tasty as at the Old Monk/Idle Rich, but a little pricey for the amount you get. The burgers are large and delicious. Fish and Chips are excellent. I liked the lamb curry a lot too. You expect to find curry in just about every pub these days in the UK, but it's uncommon to find it at UK-styled pubs in the US.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This upscale, clean, Smoke-Free establishment is owned and run by an Irishman who made sure this bar has the best maintained taps in Dallas. With a high keg turnover rate, you get some really fresh beer on tap.

The draught selection are standard European macros due to the pub theme and ex-Pats make up 25 to 50% of the crowd at any given time. The bottle selection is quite large and features many selections from around Texas and U.S. craft brewers. The best part is they don’t have Coors or Miller Light here.

Trinity Hall is in a ritzier part of town and the décor meets the standard as the bar, shelves, cabinetry and décor items came from Europe. There’s a side patio where nicotine fiends can engage in their habit. A large projection screen is used for soccer and rugby matches as well as play-off sporting events.

The staff is friendly and accommodating but due to the heavy traffic of the location [movie theater in the same complex], they can become overwhelmed.

The food menu is large – featuring UK style pub food as well as steaks and hamburgers. Vegetarian items are also available.

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Photo of 1759dallas
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Smoke free! May annoy a few people but I like it. They have a nice patio for all the smokers. Its a good pub for having a few pints and a bite to eat. Bottle selection is now great! Owner is a BA so he really pays attention to the brews. Guinness is good here and the staff know how to pour. Staff also know a little about the new beers they get in which is a good idea. Some pubs get new beers and don't know anything about them.

Location is good for anybody living on 75. Right on Mockingbird station, this is a good pub to start at. Its a good meeting spot for people who don't know the area very well. Have a few then jump on the Rail and go down to CityPlace. From there an easy walk to McKinney Ave and all there is to offer there.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really, really love this place...from watching a big football match to just stopping by for a pint, this is a lovely place. The beer selection is typical of a pub, although larger than a traditional pub. There's more than Guinness and Murphy's but you just feel like drinking an Irish beer when you walk through the doors.

The last time I was at Trinity Hall, I has some of their Shepherd's Pie and boy was it delicious. It was a perfect meal for the place. The bar is beautifully appointed, having been imported from Ireland. It just feel s right. Final evidence of excellence: An Irish girl, just off the plane from Dublin, accompanied me to Trinity Hall and told me she felt at home in the place.

I can't wait to go back!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of RasputinsRevenge
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Trinity Hall has a great atmoshere. It has an (appropriate) Irish feel to it, but it's not over-the-top or gaudy like a Bennigans, for example, that tries so hard to appear Irish, that it's really kind of pathetic more than anything else. They have live music several times a week I think, so that definately adds to the appeal too.

The service is generally good, though there was one occasion where no one came to our table for a good 10 minutes after we sat down, so I ended up just going to the bar, only to have the waiter show up as I came back, Guinness-in-hand. But, the waiter recognized the problem and apologized for the delay. Nothing huge, and certainly nothing that would keep me from going there again.

The selection is about on par (if not a little above) with what you would expect for an Irish pub. Not sure if there is anything to brag about in this department, but then again, this is not supposed to compete with others in the area like the Gingerman or the Flying Saucer in terms of selection.

Food is great, yet the only thing I don't like about it. Let me elaborate. I go to the Hall, intending to have a few beers and enjoy some traditional music. But the waiter hands you that menu, and it's usually too much of a temptation to resist, and I often end up eating there, which of course leaves me with less room for beer (in both my stomach, and my wallet) - a dilema for any beer drinker ;-)

Location is also an attraction. It's still a good 20-30 minutes drive for me personally, but it's also conveniently located at Mockingbird Station, so if you don't feel like driving (or shouldn't because you've had too many), the train is a nice option, especially for people like me (I live just a couple miles from a DART rail station).

Whether you have Irish heritage or not, I would highly recommend Trinity Hall.


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Photo of tang214
4.04/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This Irish pub is situated right in the Mockingbird Station shopping center. Its a nice place. They have good beers and the bartenders can pour an excellent black and tan. The atmosphere is not so great only because it is a popular hang out for yuppies from Highland Park and some from Lakewood. I never had the food there. It looks good but is way overpriced. Their beers, while good, are also kinda overpriced. They also have a Irish band that plays on Thursday nights, (and the weekends too, I think) but it is usually the same one. Overall this place is not half bad but I only go if me and my friends have the money to spend.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Trinity Hall Pub is an excellent place to go and get very good Irish food and a good pint. The service is exceptional. Our office has a happy hour there every couple months. They bend over backwards to seat us together and keep the food and drinks coming. The food is very good but is rather pricey. Do not go there expecting Bennigans. The managers come by the table regularly to check on your opinion of service and quality. It is located right next to the Angelica Theater and makes a great place to drop in for a drink before and after. I like it because I can take the light rail directly to the pub AND HOME.

Dress can be sort of upscale particularly right after work, but jeans or sports attire can be found all the time. I would recommend this as a place to take a date or the spouse for a special night out.

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Photo of Morris729
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Self-proclaimed as “The closest thing to Dublin in Dallas,” this is a nice place to stop by for lunch or after work to grab a few beers. They have a nice selection of about a dozen beers on tap and about twice that in bottles with a good amount of rotation of bringing in new beers to add to the menu. They also have a nice selection of Irish and Scotch Whiskeys. The beers are served in generous 19.5oz pints, but it is a bit expensive relative to other bars in the area. The food is average to good with lots of traditional Irish foods (Shepard’s pie, lamb stew, etc.), but is also a bit on the expensive side. Service is also very good here and the wait staff is always very friendly. It has a very cozy layout with much of the décor being in the form of bookcases filled with old novels and reference books. From their website, the layout is “based on Dublin's famous university, Trinity College and celebrating the culture & heritage of those that have been a part of this institution's history.” A patio is available which is nice due to the fact that the bar is located in an upscale area and overlooks a shopping area that usually provides some quality eye-candy. One projection TV is available, but is normally only in use for soccer games. Basically, I enjoy stopping by for a beer or two and possibly a bite to eat, but I never stay here too long due to the prices.

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