This quirky beer shop sells both on- and off-premises. Translation: purchase a growler and retreat to your abode to be alone with it, or drink it there. There are a variety of local and regional craft beers, as well as international favorites, among the 22 taps. But as fun as it is to take your beer home with you, don’t pass up: Free Pizza Mondays; Texas Tuesdays with half-priced selected Texas bottles and drafts; Glass Night Wednesday (keep your pint glass); Beer Bottle Cap Bingo Thursday (bingo and beer); and $3 Can Sunday Funday (enjoy most cans for only $3).
Let’s face it: sometimes your favorite beer isn't bottled. This is a problem. Craft and Growler has the solution. Choose from more than 40 rotating taps, fill a growler, and enjoy your pick at home. Don’t have a growler? Not a problem -- it happens to carry the largest selection of growlers in the world, and a huge assortment of other kick-ass beer-related stuff. To top it off -- literally -- it has a super-cool beer gun that injects CO2 into the growler before the first drop of beer flows. This keeps your brew fresh for at least two weeks, unopened. If you just can’t wait to guzzle your growler, you have 24-48 hours after opening. Choose wisely.
The name comes from The Smiths' last album (Strangeways, Here We Come). But one visit to this East Dallas gem and you will want to answer Morrissey’s question, "How Soon is Now?" Well, it's now... time to go to Strangeways again. Why? Because owner Eric Sanchez and his sister Rosie have created one amazing beer bar. As you pull back the front door, you’ll notice the eclectic crowd -- some folks fresh out of work in suits and ties, others pierced and inked -- but all gathered around the long, cement bar. All will be watching Rosie hurriedly move back and forth, changing the list on the huge blackboard of more 40 rotating drafts. No two days in Strangeways are the same.
This is a neighborhood bar, a place where, on any given night, locals, and even whole families, will be gathered around the horseshoe-shaped bar. Goodfriend takes pride in its comfortable atmosphere, just like it does with the beer list, which features hand-selected offerings from the best American craft breweries. The rotating drafts often feature rare, limited-availability brews, including some local favorites. With 16 taps and more than 60 bottled beers, Goodfriend always has something new to taste.
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David Maez is a freelance writer at Thrillist and real estate broker who loves crafts, but prefers a properly poured pint of Guinness. Follow him on Twitter at @davidfmaez.