The Old Monk opened in 1998 and has been a Dallas staple since. Generations have given this place their days, sipping dark beer through the night, followed by brunch behind big sunglasses in the morning. Their fish and chips are tops in the city. The bar has draft beers from around the world plus 70 bottles to choose from, with a few locals squeezed in. Two sister bars are down the street — The Skellig and recently opened Spider Murphy's — if you’re up for a European dark bar walking tour. During the pandemic, they pivoted to a daytime coffee bar to extend hours for employees. They serve coffee from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.