14999 Montfort Drive, Addison
When it comes to beer-drinking havens, this is one of the area's most respected. Not only does it have longevity, but also a hefty selection to choose from. Sample brews from England, Germany, Belgium—even Texas—both familiar names and microbrews.
2718 Boll St.
Caters to everyone from the business elite to the rest of us. Popular since it opened in 1992, it features rotating beers on tap, with seasonal creations when available. Not a large selection, but a well-considered one. The beer garden-style patio out back is also a big draw.
1004 E. 15th St., Plano
Not really a trendy place; more the kind of pub you find and make your own. It usually features at least one microbrew from Texas, a dozen beers on tap and a generous assortment of bottled beer—up to 80 in stock.
703 McKinney Ave.
A little more relaxed and sophisticated than your average beer hall, Café Rembrandt generally offers 10 brews on tap and two or three dozen bottled options. They also stock a nice set of Belgian ales. Started by some folks from the Netherlands (the name's a dead giveaway).
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The Old Monk
2847 N. Henderson Ave.
It's no stretch to call this "European"-style pub an institution. The atmosphere is proper: dark, noisy and full of motion. Serves a number of bottled beers from all over the world, with new and curious selections posted on chalkboards around the room.