Since opening in 1998, The Old Monk has placed on the Dallas Observer’s Best Of Dallas list more years than not, earning honors for everything from the beer and the food to the bar itself. The surprising thing about that is that they’ve only been open since 1998. Nevertheless, this Irish pub feels lived-in in the best possible way; dark mahogany accents recall an age-old tavern, while a turn of the century altar door, a back bar from a chemist’s shop in England, and lights from a Pennsylvania monastery add to the feeling you're standing on hallowed ground.
The Dallas Observer paid The Old Monk’s food perhaps the highest compliment possible when they said, “The Old Monk is the only [pub] we frequent even when we’re not drinking.” And while dishes such as Belgian-style steamed mussels, fish and chips, and cheese boards may fly well solo, they almost beg for liquid accompaniment. That’s where the drink menu comes in. Beers from Ireland, England, and Belgium sit side by side with American cask-conditioned brews and countless bottled selections. The whiskey menu is equally as long, full of small-batch Kentucky bourbons and Highlands single malts. Though the interior is cozy and inviting, guests can also imbibe on of the pub’s two outdoor patios.