Arlington, a city in Texas, is home to the UTA (the University of Texas at Arlington). Best known for its recreation and sports attractions, it is no wonder that there are plenty of pubs and impressive sports bars, dive bars and craft breweries in the city. But that is not all. If anything, the drinking scene here can only be described as eclectic.
19 Best Arlington Bars
Pluckers Wing Bar-Arlington
📍 Address: 4000 Bagpiper Way Ste 140, Arlington, TX 76018 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 784-2473
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 11 pm Sun-Wed, 11 am – 1 am Thurs-Sat
The wings here are a crowd favorite. They have around 20 wind flavors, and have one that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters! The ambience is casual and lively. There are tons of TV to catch the game, they are kiddo-friendly with some nice options for kids.
The service is attentive and prompt, albeit the wait time you may encounter. Pluckers is open for delivery and takeout. If you are in Arlington, make Pluckers your go-to spot for delicious wings and tasty drinks.
Mariano’s Hacienda Ranch
📍 Address: 2614 Majesty Dr, Arlington, TX 76011 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 640-5118
🕐 Hours: 4 pm – 9 pm Tue, 11:30 am – 9 pm Wed & Thurs, 11:30 am – 10 pm Fri & Sat, 11:30 am – 9 pm Sun, Closed on Mon
Did you know that the first-ever frozen Margarita machine was invented right here in Arlington by Mariano Martinez? His invention is now housed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History that’s in Washington D.C.
Mariano serves 100% authentic Mexican fare and delicious mixed drinks. The House Mariano Margarita is splendid! Don’t be put off by the rugged exterior, the inside is beautiful with Texas ranch decor and a dash of vaquero! The service is warm, friendly and attentive.
The establishment is welcoming of kids. The Enchiladas, Fajita and Queso are all crowd-pleasers.
Check into the Mariano if you are craving for Tex-Mex and refreshing mixed drinks to go with it.
Twisted Root Burger Co – Arlington
📍 Address: 310 E Abram St #100, Arlington, TX 76010 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 201-9669
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Sun-Thurs, 11 am – 10 pm Fri & Sat
Can you think of anything more delightful than delectable burgers and delicious cocktails? Sure you can, but this combo is heavenly! You get that here at Twisted Root. Their burgers, after all, are named the best in Arlington. The drink menu features beer they brew themselves and a dozen local drafts, a dozen canned/bottled beers, some wine and plenty of deliciously crafted cocktails.
They are kid-friendly, and the menu has tasty kiddie treats like kiddo burger, grilled cheese, and chicken sandwich.
The ambience is casual and laid back, and there are TVs and a few arcade games for entertainment.
Located less than a mile from Cowboys’ Stadium, if you are near the stadium and need to grab something pre or post-game, you need to visit The Twisted Root.
Red Claws Crab Shack
📍 Address: 4629 S Cooper St Suite 111, Arlington, TX 76017 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 642-5431
🕐 Hours: 11:30 am – 9:15 pm Mon-Thurs, 11:30 am – 10:15 pm Fri & Sat, 12 pm – 9:15 pm Sun
A seafood restaurant, Red Claws Crab shack serves Cajun seafood that is both delicious and well-seasoned, like Crab Legs, Fried Calamari, Headless Shrimp and Fried Catfish, which are the popular dishes on the menu.
For quenching your thirst after all that mouth-watering and flavorful seafood, they serve domestic and imported beer, frozen mixed drinks, Margarita, a few wines and lots of spirits besides vodka, whiskey, rum and tequila.
They are kid-friendly and open to takeout.
The drink options may be a tad limited, but they are good. Delicious food and good drinks in a trendy and casual atmosphere are on the plate when you stop by the Red Claws!
The Tipsy Oak
📍 Address: 301 E Front St, Arlington, TX 76011 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 962-0304
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 12 am Sun-Thurs, 11 am – 1 am Fri & Sat
The beer list is extensive. There are more than 30 beers on tap and almost two dozen beers in bottles/cans. They also have several cocktails and two dozen wines from California to France to Italy and Argentina. The food menu has some great options, with Fish and Chips, Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese, Smoked Gouda Queso and Lobster Roll are solid options, but there are many more.
The atmosphere is trendy, casual and welcoming. They embrace kids and fur buddies on the outside patio. The wait staff is attentive, friendly and personable.
Overall, it is a fun place with great food and drinks, only matched by wonderful service, and some TVs and live music that just adds to the fun!
BFF Asian Grill and Bar- Six Flags
📍 Address: 2150 E Lamar Blvd Suite 100, Arlington, TX 76006 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 385-0760
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 9:45 pm Sun-Thurs, 11 am – 10:45 pm Fri & Sat
The minute you step in, you will smell the tantalizing aromas of Sushi and other Asian foods. This place serves some of the best Asian cuisine and amazing brews. There are over 100 beers on tap, and delicious cocktails served in a light-hearted and casual ambience typical of a Sports Bar.
The Sushi, Thai Pad, Pho and BFF rolls are all scrumptious, but if you have room for just one dish, go for Sushi!
Tons of TV, good food and even better drinks makes this an ideal spot to watch the game. Kiddies are welcome too.
Mellow Mushroom- Arlington
📍 Address: 200 N Center St, Arlington, TX 76011 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 274-7173
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 8 pm Sun-Thurs, 11 am – 9 pm Fri & Sat
Mellow Mushroom specializes in fresh and delicious stone-baked pizzas and Liquid Karma cocktails. The cocktails are absolutely unique and interesting. Only the finest spirits and mixers made from scratch go into making the cocktails – which are guaranteed to tantalize and titillate your taste buds.
The ambience is casual and eclectic with artsy decor. There are plenty of pizza options, and they are all delish! They are open for delivery and takeout and are kiddo-friendly.
Mellow down and relax with a pizza and delicious cocktail at the Mellow Mushroom!
Spazzio’s Italian Cantina
📍 Address: 2500 NE Green Oaks Blvd #106, Arlington, TX 76006 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 633-0830
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 9 pm Mon-Fri, 5 pm – 9 pm Sat, Closed on Sun
If you are craving authentic Italian food, stop by the Spazzio. They have an immense wine list that pairs well with the food.
The ambience is a perfect blend of classy and casual, modern with a touch of the old school, with concrete floors, open ceiling and wood banquettes seating and shades of white tablecloth.
Spazzio provides an ideal space for a quick lunch that is perfect for business meetings or other professional gatherings.
Spazzio is the place to go for a quick Italian fix! They offer delivery and takeout as well.
Old School Pizza Tavern
📍 Address: 603 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (682) 323-4441
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily
Old School Pizza Tavern is all about Pizzas and beer, an irresistible combination. They serve over 25 beers on tap and bottled, and delicious pizzas in a warm, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
They are open to delivery and takeout. The establishment is welcoming of kids and pets. The service is warm, welcoming and friendly.
The Pizzas here are really old-school-delicious! They are kid-friendly, and the kid menu has half a dozen options that will delight the kids.
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J Gilligan’s Bar & Grill
📍 Address: 400 E Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 274-8561
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 2 am daily
J Gilligan opened its doors more than 4 decades back, and they offer standard bar fare like sandwiches, burgers and nachos. The Irish Nachos are a crowd-puller. It makes for a great appetizer or a whole meal by itself.
The atmosphere of this sports bar is casual, comfortable and relaxing. They are kid-friendly with a menu that children will appreciate. They have a nice selection of local beers on tap, and loads of TVs to catch the game.
They have an outstanding, affordable and convenient shuttle service to AT&T Stadium on Cowboys home games. They are open for sit-down dining, outdoor seating, and delivery and takeout.
Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar
📍 Address: 403 E Main St, Arlington, TX 76010 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 617-2054
🕐 Hours: 12 pm – 1 pm daily
At Urban Alchemy, coffee and wine merge beautifully to give a wide array of beverages. You can sip on wine or coffee in this classy, casual, quaint and cosy spot. They also serve tea, cocktails and half a dozen beers on tap.
If you are looking for a change of environment to get some studying or work done, this is a great place for both. Just plug in your laptops, get a coffee and work away!
There are plenty of art decors all around, and the place has so much natural lighting. Comfy couches, chairs and a little nook where you can plonk yourself and get some work done!
Bright and inviting, you should stop by for a sip of coffee or wine, get some work done and then take home a bag of their signature coffee beans.
📍 Address: 5005 S Cooper St #151, Arlington, TX 76017 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 583-6723
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 2:30 pm & 5 pm – 10 pm Mon-Thurs, 11 am – 10:30 pm Fri & Sat, 11:30 am – 10 pm Sun
Not often do you find a Japanese restaurant in the heart of Arlington. Mr Hibachi is a Japanese restaurant and bar that makes the best Sushi and Hibachi Grill in the city and serves it in a trendy and casual atmosphere. They have several cocktails on the menu as well.
If you want a good meal, and a great show to go with it, try Mr Hibachi. You are in for an incredible experience! They offer delivery and takeout. Sushi, Hibachi and a full belly – what more could you possibly want?
Dog Haus Biergarten
📍 Address: 4000 Bagpiper Way Suite 110, Arlington, TX 76018 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (682) 276-6686
🕐 Hours: 9 am – 10 pm Sun-Thurs, 9 am – 12 am Fri & Sat
Dog Haus should be your go-to when you’re craving hot dogs and sausages. Their drink menu has plenty of local craft beers on tap, some wine and signature cocktails.
The ambience is hipster and casual, the wait staff is friendly and accommodative, and they offer delivery and takeout.
The outdoor patio is a pleasant place to chill with a cold beer and delicious hot dog, sausage or burger. They are so many options on the menu that it warrants multiple visits!
📍 Address: 501 E Division St Suite A, Arlington, TX 76011 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 275-4011
🕐 Hours: 7 pm – 2 am Mon-Sat, 3 pm – 2 am Sun
I love Dive bars because they are just so much fun! Milo is an upscale Dive Bar and Sports Lounge. They have 3 pool tables, a ping pong table and darts when you’ve had enough of the drinks and chats. They have 9 TVs to watch the game. And DJs to keep the place lively and hopping!
The outside patio is a lot quieter, but it is still a fun area to chill with a beer. They have a dozen beers on tap, half a dozen canned beers and around 15 bottled beers.
Swing by Milo when you are in Arlington, or you’re missing out!
Free Play Arlington
📍 Address: 400 E South St, Arlington, TX 76010 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (682) 302-1178
🕐 Hours: 3 pm – 11 pm Mon-Thurs, 3 pm – 2 am Fri, 11 am – 2 am Sat, 11 am – 11 pm Sun
This place is an arcade where you can play retro games. Free Play also has the biggest collection of pinballs machines anywhere! Lose yourself playing Pacman, Mario, Skee Ball, Donkey Kong, Tron, Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat, Simpsons Arcade game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade game and Terminator 2 pinball and many many more! In all, over 130 arcade games and pinballs!
The ambience is divey, trendy and casual. They have a good selection of beers, ciders and mixed drinks, so you can take a pause and get back to your game with more energy and competitive spirit!
They play some amazing music here as well, and it just makes the place much more lively and fun. If you have a kid who is into gaming, bring them over, they’ll have a blast. But ensure you guys are out by 9 pm because kids are not allowed after 9.
Video games lovers gather! Discover the latest games, reminisce in the old memories from childhood and kick some ass! (or, get your arse whooped as you lose spectacularly to your friends!).
📍 Address: 406 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 261-7351
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 8 pm Tue & Wed, 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 10 pm Thurs & Fri, 5 pm -10 pm Sat, Closed on Sun & Mon
J.R.Bentley is an English-inspired Pub serving British food like cottage pie, burgers, fish and chips, along with an extensive beer and cocktail menu, and some wines.
The J.R. Burger and the Bentley Burger are both amazing, but there are 5 other burger options too. The ambience is casual, easy-going and relaxing. There’s a small outside patio where dogs are welcome. The ambience and decor are lovely. The wait staff is amiable and attentive.
Want to experience authentic English Pub vibes? Bentley offers a great place to do just that!
4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge
📍 Address: 506 E Division St #160, Arlington, TX 76011 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (682) 276-6097
🕐 Hours: 4 pm – 12 am Mon-Thurs, 4 pm – 1 am Fri, 2 pm – 1 am Sat, 2 pm – 12 am Sun
You will be transported to a faraway island the minute you walk in. The bar is dimly lit with splashes of red, orange, blue and purple colors. The whole ambience is very cozy, intimate and hipster.
Tiki cocktails are the king here, and all the cocktails use freshly squeezed juices and specialty syrups. They have around 30 cocktails labelled under themes like Crew Picks, Captain’s Spirits, Firstmate’s Choices, Captain’s Favorites and Navigator’s Course.
This Tiki bar serves as a solo spot, date night spot of fun hangout with friends. Come relax
to the sounds of exotica and surf music, soak in the tiki vibes and savor your delicious hand-crafted cocktail!
BBQ Chicken Arlington
📍 Address: 1827 SW Green Oaks Blvd Ste 101, Arlington, TX 76017 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (682) 323-8449
🕐 Hours: 11:30 am – 12 am daily
This is a Korean Chicken joint serving some of the best chicken wings in town. Juicy, flavorful, tender and crispy, it’s everything you want your fried chicken to be! The ambience is trendy, casual and chill. You can dine indoors, or out on the lovely patio. They offer delivery and takeout too. There are wings here for every taste! On happy hours, you get $2 beers!
BBQ has the best KFC – Korean Fried Chicken (Got you, didn’t I!). Come here for the beers, wings and good times!
Mercury Chophouse – Arlington
📍 Address: 2221 E Lamar Blvd #910, Arlington, TX 76006 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (817) 381-1157
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Mon-Thurs, 11 am – 10 pm Fri, 4 pm – 10 pm Sat, 11 am – 4 pm Sun
Upscale, classy and sophisticated, Mercury Chophouse is the first prime steakhouse in Arlington. There are no bad seats here! Wherever you are seated, you can catch stunning views of the lively Arlington district.
The drink menu features beer, wine and cocktails. The happy hour deals that run from 3 to 7 pm on weekdays offer $2 off all bottled and draft beer selections, wine and cocktail selections.
Enjoy world-class food, exceptional wine, stellar service, and breath-taking views of Arlington’s entertainment district and listen to live music from Nash. All the ingredients to a magnificent dining experience!
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I hope you enjoyed browsing through the best bars in Arlington where you can get good drinks, great good and fantastic vibes! There are even a wine bar, Tiki bar and an Arcade thrown in the mix to keep things nice and interesting. Whatever your choice of drink or vibe, there are enough great bars to quench your thirst!