Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.
Where: The Libertine Bar, 2101 Greenville Ave., 214-824-7900
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
What: $1 off any beer, wine or liquor drink. Additionally, Wednesdays are Texas Beer Nights, when you can get anything from Lone Star to Shiner to wonderful craft brews from Saint Arnold, Southern Star or Real Ale for just $2.50. Other deals include Thursday's keep-the-glass pint nights and Tuesday's half-priced food night.
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Why: Because the Libertine, with numerous Best of Dallas awards including Best Bar and consecutive Best Bar Food wins, is simply one of our favorite bars in Dallas -- nay, on the planet. It was certainly an easy pick for our happy hour feature last month. And even with chef Rosanne Dileo's departure to Deep Ellum's LaGrange, the place doesn't seem to be missing a beat with new chef Matt Reddick in the kitchen. In fact, tonight's beer dinner featuring North Coast brews is sold out.
But there's more to the place than great food, great wine and spirits and an extraordinarily well thought-out selection of beer from around the world.
What puts the Libertine at the top of our list of bars is that owners Simon McDonald and Mike Smith not only provide top-quality food and have managed to give the place a homey, welcoming pub atmosphere, but also a sense of fun that helps it live up to its bon vivant name. The place may offer fine cheese platters and other food that's miles beyond typical bar grub, along with pricey Belgian ales, but it is also the host of occasional rock shows and DJ nights, and it's not above something as rambunctiously silly as an annual corn-dog eating contest.
Even if you didn't make reservations in time for tonight's beer dinner, go for a $2.50 pint of your favorite Texas beer. Or tomorrow, for the Boulevard Tank 7 Saison pint night. Or Tuesday for half-price food. Hell, go any time -- happy hour or not.