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Best of Denton: Bars and Nightlife

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Best Bar/Bartending Staff/
Beer Selection/Patio

East Side Denton

117 E. Oak St.


It hasn't taken long for East Side to win over the hearts of Denton residents with an all-encompassing approach to service that includes a friendly atmosphere, an unrivaled selection of craft beer, a must-see patio and a team of bartenders whose attention to detail is second to none.

Customers try to make a selection from the list of beers at East Side Social Club, a new bar located on Oak St at Austin St, just east of the Square, features 89 different beers on tap, Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRCDRC
Customers try to make a selection from the list of beers at East Side Social Club, a new bar located on Oak St at Austin St, just east of the Square, features 89 different beers on tap, Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

This local craft bar, which opened its doors four years ago roughly a block away from the downtown Denton Square, has an inviting and smoke-free interior with a comfortable patio out back to handle all your night-life needs with friends and family. If that isn't unique enough, East Side also offers a food truck with options to satisfy any pallet. And the mood of the bar as a whole is easy going and stylish.

Because East Side exclusively sells craft beer - 89 selections to be exact - the staff is constantly learning all it can about the industry and what it's pouring. That means customers receive the best possible experience.

Runner-up: LSA Burgers Co.

Honorable Mention: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

Best Bartending Staff

Runner-up: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

Honorable Mention: RT's Neighborhood Bar

Best Beer Selection

Runner-up: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

Honorable Mention: Harvest House

Best Patio

Runner-up: LSA Burger Co.

Honorable Mention: Harvest House

Best Drink Menu

Paschall Bar

112 N. Locust St., Suite C

Again Paschall Bar has proven to be the top pick for patrons for a relaxing time with friends.

Paschall Bar has become a popular stopping place for downtown visitors.

It is a cocktail bar filled with music and a classic decor and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Runner-up: East Side Denton

Honorable Mention: Mulberry Street Cantina

Best Happy Hour


3300 Wind River Lane


With a combination of great food and drinks in a fun atmosphere, Chuy's is once a top choice by Best of Denton voters.

The menu is composed of a combination of flavors made up of ingredients from across the southern United States and Mexico, Chuy's offers fresh Tex-Mex food. In addition to the great food, Chuy's offers an unbeatable happy hour Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. With great deals on nachos, house margaritas, Texas Martinis and domestic beers, Chuy's is the place to go for those happy hour get-togethers.

Chuy's Mexican Food DRC
Chuy's Mexican Food 

You can't beat friendly service and great food, especially Tex-Mex food, and Chuy's provides just that. All of the products are made fresh in the house including fresh rolled tortillas and fresh, never frozen, produce that gives every customer a great Tex-Mex experience every time.

Runner-up: East Side Denton

Honorable Mention: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

Best Karaoke Night

Crossroads Bar

1803 N. Elm St.


For you wannabe country artists, 80s rockers and BeeGee fans, Crossroads Bar is the place for you. It offers karaoke six nights a week and a Sunday drag show.

In business for just over three years, the bar prides itself on the one-of-a-kind experience a customer has when they walk through the door.

"I would like to think we give our customers a special friendly experience," owner Richard Underwood says.

Runner-up: Mable Peabody's

Honorable Mention: The Abbey Underground

Best Live
Music Venue

Dan's Silverleaf

103 Industrial St.


According to voters in the Best of Denton balloting for several years, Dan's Silverleaf is the place to go in Denton for live music.

Nothing changed in 2016 as Dan's Silverleaf continues to book established musicians and bands from all over the country on a nightly basis.

Dan's Silverleaf DRC
Dan's Silverleaf 

Dan's Silverleaf caters to fans of country, rockabilly, Western swing and indie rock. The club has opened its doors to many different groups, ranging from anti-fracking advocates and panel discussions from local Grammy Award winners to politicial debates.

Runner-up: Harvest House

Honorable Mention: LSA Burger Co.

Best Pool Tables

JR Pockets

1127 Fort Worth Drive


For the avid pool players looking for a friendly game, a tournament or league play, JR Pockets Pool & Billards Sports Bar & Grill is the place to go.

JR Pockets has served Denton for more than 30 years, making it one of the most well-established facilities in the area. With 12 eight-foot tables, JR Pockets hosts tournaments two nights each week and has league play.

Besides pool and darts, the business has a grill and a full-service bar with daily specials.

Runner-up: The LABB

Honorable Mention: Dusty's Bar & Grill

Best Sports Bar

Dallas Craft Co.

(Formerly Drunken Donkey Bar & Grill)

3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd.


The name has changed from Drunken Donley Bar and Grill to Dallas Craft Company but the Unicorn Lake location remains a favorite hangout as the best sports bar in Denton.

Dallas Craft Company has 145 taps with a heavy focus on local craft beers and the number of taps and craft beers in general is unmatched in the DFW area according to Adam Harkless, director of operations.

With a view of Unicorn Lake through glass windows right below a row of flat screens TVs is not a bad way to catch a game and the menu offers a wide variety of selections from the gastropub-style scratch kitchen.

"We have a very knowledgeable and friendly staff and the food far better than our sports bar competitors," Harkless says. "It's great to be a part of the local community. Our loyal guests are the lifeblood of who we are and what we do. It's a great honor to be chosen."

Runner-up: RT's Neighborhood Bar

Honorable Mention: East Side Social Club

Best Wine List

Wine Squared

110 W. Oak St., A


Headlined by their deeply extensive wine assortment, Wine Squared has been meeting Denton's wine needs for the past 12 years.

Wine Squared DRC
Wine Squared 

Their wine knowledge is second to none and they communicate that knowledge without pretence. They sport a fun, informative atmosphere that encourages learning and teaches history through their customer service.

Their lengthy wine list is matched by wine classes and tastings while also providing happy hour specials, game nights and live music to accompany several other events throughout the year.

To top it off, Wine Squared provides food options with a build-your-own charcuterie plate to go along with beer options for the non-wine fans so there are choices for just about everyone.

Runner-up: Hannah's Off The Square

Honorable Mention: Steve's Wine Bar