It's a joy to find the comfortably familiar in a strange landscape, whether it's stumbling into a Mickey D's in Russia, or stumbling into a Bobby V in Japan. Bringing a homey beer haven to an alien retail morass, Ringo's Pub, in The Shops at Legacy
From the men behind Zen (in Addison/The Colony), Ringo's is a homey, earthen-hued British chugging zone clinging like a barnacle to Legacy's cruise ship of soul-crushing shopping, with a counterpointal carved-wood sign and wrought iron-fenced patio outside and, inside, a mirrored bar, dark wood/leather/iron seating, old-timey beer signage, and an ATM tucked into a London-style phone booth, so that once you're pounded, you might withdraw pounds. The beer breakdown: 13 permanent taps (from Boddington's to Red Hook Long Hammer to Maredsous) plus some on seasonal rotation; and 70+ bottles including eight UKrs (Bellhaven, Young's Double Chocolate, Samuel Smith's Organic...), 13 doms (Dogfish Head 90min, Woodchuck Granny Cider), six Texans (St. Arnold's Texas Wheat, Real Ale Brewhouse Brown), and randomly sourced action from Canada to Italy -- just entering the craft brew game, but hoping to become a veritable Silvio Beerlusconi. Food runs from typical pub grub (cheese fries, 'tater skins, hot sandwiches...) to elevated tweaks like skillet black bean nachos, tempura'd fish and chips (half-off every Monday), lemon-buttered pan-seared citrus trout, and the queso-and-banger-topped Ringo Burger, which uses meat from a cow with an All-Starr Brand
Weekly specials include $1 off Brit brews every Monday and the same off Texans on Tuesdays; the kitchen's open until 1 am, too, ideal for those nights when, like Bobby V, you've had a Lotte of Chiba.