Not everything is perfect here. The do-it-yourself approach Dahlke and her partners took to get the bar running saved them money, but the space has a distinctly homegrown feel. The U-shaped bar bends outward into the dining room, turning patrons inside the corners away from their friends, and the stage that anchors the outdoor space looks like it was assembled on a whim.

A carbohydrate sandwich served with a bag of carbohydrates.
Lori Bandi
A carbohydrate sandwich served with a bag of carbohydrates.

Location Info


Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St.
Dallas, TX 75208

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Oak Cliff & South Dallas


Ten Bells Tavern

232 West 7th St., 214-943-2677, Kitchen hours: 3-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Bar open late. $$

Ten Bells Butty $9

Fish and chips $14

Roast beef au jus $13

Pickled egg $2

Burger $9

And then there's the burger: a thinly pattied, double-meat, double-cheese beast that's a lot like what you'd expect from a fancy fast-food restaurant. Mancera told me he likes the thin patties because they cook fast and evenly, but that seems odd considering all the hard work the chef puts into his other dishes. Then again, the British are known for their abuse of beef. The thin, well-done patties just might compose an authentic English hamburger. Either way, Oak Cliff has an excellent new bar, and Dahlke's effort succeeds in creating an excellent neighborhood pub on this side of the pond with a stamp of her own.

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Chip butties and pickled eggs? What sort of blissful nirvana is this?!