First Look

Ten Bells Tavern Is Open in Oak Cliff

Ten Bells Tavern opened this past week at 232 W. 7th S., just across the street from another new bar, The Oak Cliff Social Club. Ten Bells Tavern is a casual, low-key spot with potentially two personalities. Inside is a hideaway dive inside, while outside, where big picnic tables are scattered around the lawn before a small wooden stage, it has a more communal vibe.

Co-owner Meri Dalkhe fancies all things British, and proper tributes can be found throughout the bar, including its namesake, which is based on her personal favorite pub in London.

Two things emphasize the unassuming character of Ten Bells Tavern. One is a framed picture of Jack Lee Harvey, who was the guard dog next to Lee Harvey's for 10 years and a faithful companion and confidant to Dahlke. Currently the large picture rests behind the bar, but once all the finishing touches have been made, a more ceremonious spot will be selected -- the final piece of the puzzle that will make Ten Bells Tavern complete.

The second unassuming trait are the "low-rent pickled eggs" to nibble on. They're playing with different flavors but for now have curried, beetroot star anise and traditional (just vinegar and onion).

While I was there I noticed Queens of the Stone Age' "Go With the Flow" overhead. I didn't take note of the other songs, but they were along the same lines. Can a bar be defined by one song? Of course not.

And yet.

Beers on tap include Ziegen Bock Amber, Deep Ellum IPA, Strongbrow, Franconia Dunkel, Staropramen and Wells Bombardier.

There are also more than 40 different brews in bottles (and a few cans) in the cooler. In addition to the fully loaded bar, surely there's something you'll like.

In addition to the aforementioned pickled eggs, chef Carlos Mancera is working on the full menu. Dinner service will run daily from 5 to 10 p.m. and includes dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, fat grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken salads and sandwiches, and wings.

For now they open daily at 5 p.m. Watch their Facebook page for details and updates.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.