In the ever-increasingly thirsty region of Dallas-Fort Worth, it's not enough to simply open a bar. You have a draft wall of local craft beers? Cool, so does every other joint in town. Wine on tap? That's practically ubiquitous, too.
Really want to grab a headline? What you need, good sir, is a shtick.
Here are four recently opened or forthcoming spots in North Texas where you can get a drink with a little somethin' else on the side.
Guitars and Growlers
The name of this bar is indicative of exactly what drinkers can expect to find. Husband-and-wife duo Robert and Amy Baker devised the concept for Guitars and Growlers years ago to showcase two of their biggest passions. Robert is a longtime builder of custom guitars and he noticed early on there weren't many outlets where craftsman like him could sell their wares -- so he built one. That's right, you can walk into this bar and walk out with a growler full of beer and a handmade custom guitar, if it fits your fancy.
Guitars and Growlers, which opened over the summer, has 24 drafts serving predominantly local craft beer and a few wines on tap. It's also a restaurant, churning out sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, salads and more during lunch and dinner hours. Expect to find local bands performing there on weekends.
Guitars and Growlers, 581 Campbell Rd., Suite 101, Richardson. 469-904-5165.
The Pretty Diver
Dallasite Matt Jones has spent the majority of his two-decade career in the hospitality industry in what he calls "the velvet rope-type world." Think local clubs like the now defunct Plush in downtown. So when he decided to open a local dive bar, Jones wanted to bring some upscale charm into the mix. The result: Pretty Diver, a "glam dive bar," as Jones calls it, that adheres to the shitck, "champagne taste on a beer budget."
Located on Ross Avenue in the space formerly Sunset Lounge, Pretty Diver has a main bar area with TVs for sports watching and a secondary room with arcade games and a pool table. The bar plans to serve food and have "cheap drinks, healthy pours, and happy hour prices all day," Jones says. It celebrated a grand opening Nov. 30.
The Pretty Diver, 3030 Ross Ave., Dallas. 214-484-2110.
You can eat, drink and network with professionals at this addition to West Dallas -- if you're allowed in. Network Bar is a members-only club that comes courtesy of local restaurateur Phil Romano, who noticed the 21st century had all but killed of the age-old practice of swapping business cards. Romano tried to create a space where connections could be made in-person rather than through a digital platform like LinkedIn, though the bar utilizes a digital component. Members download an app that acts as a directory, so they can make business relationships with other members in similar or complimentary industries. Romano also plans to bring in speakers and authors for lectures, start a mentor program between older and younger members, and host Shark Tank-style pitch sessions with investors.
Network Bar requires an annual fee of $500-$1,000 per person depending on your age. It serves lunch and dinner, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. (Psst, there's even a drink that costs $150 if you have cash to burn.)
Network Bar, 331 Singleton Blvd., Dallas. 214-231-4188.
Do you like beer? Do you like to read? If so, this next concept is right up your alley.
Bibliobar is, as the name suggests, a hybrid bar and bookstore. Or it will be. Owners Chelsea and Colin Green and Jessica Tresp are currently searching for a location in Dallas-Fort Worth to house a watering hole and independent bookstore. In the meantime, they plan to set up a temporary shop at the Old Community Well in Plano, an events space on the downtown square expected to open as a wine bar in March. Chelsea hopes to have about 1,000 books available there, in addition to other merchandise, such as socks and T-shirts. She expects Bibliobar to open in a permanent home by the end of 2018.