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Barley House

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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

5612 SMU Blvd
Dallas, Texas, 75206-5098
United States

(214) 824-0306 | map

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of ruzzal
3/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of mikerrobes
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Westyn
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Barley House looks like a college-bar-meets-small-town-watering-hole, and that alone makes it interesting enough. It is dark inside, and the place looks like it has been opened for 400 million years at least. There is a long bar and lots of tables plus a small scenario for a live band.

On a hot summer Wednesday at 3pm, though, only a couple of die-hard locals were perched at the bar. Bartender is attentive but not too engaging or interested, but it is fine.

Some reviewers mentioned a poor selection of beers, but I guess this has changed. I saw Boulevard Tank 7, Rahr Gravel, 512 Wit, Moose Drool, Revolver, Dale's Pale, Lakewood Temptress and Deep Ellum IPA,plus 3 or 4 macros including Guinness. Not bad at all!

They have specials every single day, such as $3 Texas beer. Didn't try their food but I overheard the bartender saying their burger is better than the famous Twisted Root Burger Co. across the street. Maybe next time...

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

A fun place.

Nice retrofit bar in a 1950's style architecture warehouse-looking block. It's tucked away from the beaten path. It's raw and kind of dirty and nods to the description hole-in-the-wall. When I was there there were a bunch of people, many watching basketball. Nice atmosphere.

Can't complain about quality. My pint was fresh and well-poured.

Staff was very friendly and helpful. I was there when it was busy and had to wait a good time before the 2 staff members waded through the onslaught of customers. So it goes.

Limited beer selection, but I found a tap of Extra ESB, selling for $3.50/pint. If you find something you like, it'll be well-priced.

Didn't try the food, but it looked good.

For a bar named Barley House I would have expected a wider beer selection with more beer-friendly customers. I saw many more mixeds get sold than beers, and the beers were your typical macros.

The vibe was right. If I were to become a regular somewhere, I'd look for a place like this.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.48/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

On my last trip to Big D, I got a chance to stop by for a visit to the new location. It's literally located down by the tracks nestled between the N. Central Expy & Greenville Ave. It seems a bit more upscale, but I'm still partial to the old dive down on N. Henderson Ave. which was located near The Old Monk & the now defunct Yegua Creek Brewpub. This is a great neighboorhood/college (SMU's nearby) bar with a friendly staff. This place is certainly plugged into the local music scene... if you're into that. The draught selection is limited, but the beer is fresh & served appropriately. There's not much besides megaswill in a bottle, but I can report seeing some bottles of Chimay, Duvel, & Rahr's Red. The food menu has some variety, but fairly typical. I enjoyed the Barley House Classic (sirloin burger) & onion rings with some spicy ketchup. Stop by for happy hour if you find yourself in the neighborhood but you better be a Mustang fan.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Mitchel
4.31/5  rDev +27.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I get there on a Saturday afternoon and the place is packed! I mean packed! They had a live band (‘Hard Night’s Day’, an awesome Beatles cover band) and they were having a crawfish boil outside. We opted to go inside to check out the band and the beer as they were only offering macro stuff outside. Inside they had something like 16 taps and most of them were pretty good offerings. They had standards like Newcastle and Guinness, but they had a few that surprised me like Hoegarden, Red Hook, Sierra Nevada, and Stella. Nothing really mind blowing, but a nice selection. Even though the place was crowded, the bartender caught my eye quickly and offered me a beer. They sold me a pint, yes a pint of Maredsous 8 for only $6. That is good times in my book! So, needless to say, I had another beer….or three. How could I not with that selection and those prices?

The décor and ambiance don’t have much to offer, but you aren’t really there to look at the art and architecture, now are you? I understand that they have about 35+ bottles to offer as well. I didn’t try the food but what I saw looked like standard pub fare……plus the crawfish. Again, the music was fantastic!

The Staff was courteous, beer prices were superb and parking was ample. Two thumbs up! So, from me to you: when I get home, the two of us will tell all of our friends and we will get back anytime at all.

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Photo of briman
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Haven't been here in a little while. As the other reviewer notes, this place has slowly gone downhill. Used to have a decent selection, and a fun crowd. Last few times I've been, the selection has dwindled...and honestly, the atmosphere suffers due to the layout.
The long thin main room gets crowded easily, and a lot of the bands that play are so loud that you can't hear yourself think in such a small place. Parking is also quite a challenge...I just think there are too many better options in town compared to the Barley House....for instance The Old Monk right down the street...

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Photo of willgro
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

The bar is reasonable, but they don't have as many beers on tap as they used to. They also used to have a better crowd. Now the crowd is a bit lame. They still have some good beers on tap, but not a ton. And the beers they do have are underwhelming. Could be so much more. Expect miller, bud, coors, etc. Nothing special. Shame. The Guiness needs to be poured more, but that's only b/c Dallas people would rather drink domestic brews. Need more beers in the bottle from around the world and mabye a few bizarre newcomers. Not overall terrible, though.

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Barley House in Dallas, TX
Place rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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