Arlington is a mid-sized city that many consider a veritable suburb of Dallas. In fact, it’s home to the AT&T stadium, which is the Dallas Cowboys’ turf.
With a small-town feel and proximity to one of Texas’s largest cities, Arlington has a balance of traditional Texas and cosmopolitan culture.
You’ll find creativity and tradition interwoven in Arlington’s diverse bar scene. Whether you’re looking for an elegant lounge or a dive bar, you’ll find the best bars in Arlington on the list below.
900 W Division St, Arlington, TX 76012
Phone: (817) 460-5510
Caves Lounge is a no-frills dive bar with a giant backyard in the Downtown Neighborhood. The dingy interior illuminated with red lights offers an authentic experience for lively socializing.
They offer one of the best beer lists in town with the lowest prices, as well as a full lineup of well-drinks and cheap cocktails.
I recommend checking their event calendar to cash in on the best entertainment to pair with a flight or pint special.
117 S Watson Rd, Arlington, TX 76010
Phone: (817) 200-8088
Located inside the Enterprise Zone’s hip Lux Hotel, Zuri Restaurant and Lounge is a New American restaurant and cocktail lounge with a fun, high-energy vibe.
Their outdoor patio surrounds the hotel pool, and the interior offers nightly entertainment. They have DJ-fueled pool parties and Karaoke nights weekly.
In addition to a full cocktail bar, they have Texas-style munchies, meals, and stone-oven pizzas.
213 E Front St, Arlington, TX 76011
Located in an understated building in the heart of downtown Arlington, Hayters Bar & Lounge is a casual and laid-back bar serving high-quality craft cocktails and Texas-style bar snacks.
Hayters Bar & Lounge is a great place to unwind after work or as a worthy stop for a Friday bar-hopping destination.
I like to spend a Saturday evening enjoying a discounted Michelada to go with a plate of brisket nachos while I watch college football.
200 N Mesquite St #105, Arlington, TX 76011
Phone: (682) 323-5561
If you’re a beer snob, On Tap will be your favorite Arlington bar. Located in downtown Arlington, On Tap is a beer bar with an industrial-chic design and a knowledgeable staff that will guide you through an overwhelming selection of beers.
On Tap has over 50 rotating brews on tap, including beer, cider, Kombucha, and Root Beer. I got to sample a myriad of them, making for a fun, if not inebriating experience.
5930 W Interstate 20 Suite 218, Arlington, TX 76017
Phone: (682) 587-4773
Located at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Highway 287, HWY Bar is a live music venue, sports bar, and billiards room all in one.
HWY Bar has a rowdy Texan vibe, with drink specials and events every night of the week. They offer a full cocktail bar with an extensive beer list.
In addition, you can get their beer for a great price on Thirsty Thursdays.
506 E Division St #160, Arlington, TX 76011
Phone: (682) 276-6097
This island oasis Tiki bar nestled in the shadows of At&T Stadium in downtown Arlington is the best spot for tropical cocktails.
4 Kahunas is as authentic as tiki bars come, replete with straw roofs, hula-girl lamps, and skull and totem-shaped cocktail glasses.
They have a great menu of tropical cocktails, from classic to innovative. I had the Chief Lapu Lapu with dark and golden rum, passionfruit, orange, and lemon juice.
1605 New York Ave, Arlington, TX 76010
Phone: (682) 276-3188
Established in 1955, Plaza Pub is an Arlington institution. Located in East Arlington, a block from FNTS Powerhouse Sports Complex, Plaza Pub is an Irish Pub with a dive bar feel.
It’s a historic hidden gem inside an indistinguishable brick building. They have a full bar with a long tap menu. I go there for a pint of Guinness and a game of darts.
501 E Division St Suite A, Arlington, TX 76011
Phone: (817) 275-4011
Located in Center Street District, Milo’s Bar is a fun hole-in-the-wall bar with a laid-back atmosphere and a hipster vibe.
They have a pool table and a ping pong table, circular burgundy velvet couches, and a fun outdoor patio. Milo’s Bar has dive-bar prices, offering a great lineup of spirits, cocktails, and canned beers.
310 E Abram St #150, Arlington, TX 76010
If you’re looking for an authentic Irish Pub, Hooligans Pub is your best bet. Located downtown in a rustic Irish tavern with wooden walls, a fireplace, and two-story ceilings, Hooligans Pub has a welcoming and cozy atmosphere.
In addition to an extensive list of Irish whiskey, spirits, and Irish beer, Hooligans has a full food menu. I loved their bacon cheeseburger with cottage fries.
2811 W Division St, Arlington, TX 76012
Phone: (817) 275-3231
Stumpy’s is a longstanding sports bar and live music venue in Interlochen across from the West Camp Trailer Park. Stumpy’s has a casual, no-frills atmosphere with pool tables and a full bar lined with flatscreen TVs broadcasting all the sports channels.
They have the best daily specials in town. I would also recommend going on Sundays for a free game of pool and discounted bloody mary’s.
306 N Bowen Rd, Arlington, TX 76012
Phone: (817) 987-1299
The Old Cocktail Lounge is the latest Interlochen neighborhood favorite for cheap drinks and a mellow, casual atmosphere. The Old Cocktail Lounge is a welcoming spot where the bartenders learn your name.
They have weekly poker games on Mondays and drink specials on sports game days. My favorite part of The Old Cocktail Lounge is the free munchies that come along with orders of beer or cocktails.
The best bars in Arlington have a variety of drinking experiences, from tiki huts to Irish pubs. Most of them are in the downtown area, making it easy to bar hop.
After a night out in Arlington, let me know which bar you liked the most in the comments below.
- Caves Lounge
- Zuri Restaurant & Lounge
- Hayters Bar & Lounge
- On Tap
- HWY BAR
- 4 Kahunas
- Plaza Pub
- Milo’s Bar
- Hooligans Pub
- The Old Cocktail Lounge