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Pint and Barrel: Best Drafthouse in East Texas

written by Penny Sadler

It was a cool fall evening in East Texas. After a week of bitter cold weather, temperatures had climbed back into the 60’s and everyone was outside, ready for some fresh air and clear skies.

At the local pub, the Pint and Barrel Drafthouse in Palestine, Texas, happy hour was well underway. We decided to stick around and relax for a while before making the drive back to Dallas.

Pint and Barrel Drafthouse

Serving a large selection of craft brews and some basic Bud on tap, the Pint and Barrel also offers a decent selection of wine, and better than average pub food. We chose a table on the patio where we could people watch and enjoy sitting outdoors, surrounded by a wide open field and some funky art. In Dallas, most outdoor restaurant seating is on the sidewalk of a busy street. How about a little exhaust with your dinner?

Pint and Barrel Drafthouse @PennySadler 2014

The atmosphere was hip and relaxed, and the music added exponentially to this vibe. I complimented the owner, who confessed that he was in charge of the music, thank you very much. To me, music can make or break an entire experience. With bands like the Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys playing, I felt I could have been in a much bigger city anywhere in the world, but there was one noticeable difference: everyone seemed to know each other, or at least know someone who knows someone.  But it was friendly. I didn’t feel like an outsider in a small town.

Pint and Barrel draft house

I’m not really a beer drinker, so I ordered a glass of Bogle Pinot Noir to go with my chicken finger basket. I really liked the curled potato fries, crispy and not too salty. Chicken fingers may not sound very sophisticated, and they aren’t even something I’d normally order, but there in that moment, they were perfect. In east Texas, or most anywhere in Texas, chicken fingers are what everyone now calls local cuisine.

Pint and Barrel best drafthouse in East Texas

If you’re a beer drinker, I can only imagine the Pint and Barrel will pour something you will love. The owners are young, innovative, and work hard to make the Pint and Barrel Drafthouse the place to be in east Texas. They’ve only been open six months…it looks like they are there to stay.

Palestine is two hours southeast of Dallas…and a world away. Though small town in feel and looks, it has one of the largest historical districts in the state. Centrally located between three major Texas cities, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, add it to your Texas maps app.

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302 E.Crawford St.
Palestine, Texas

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Greg November 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

The Pint and Barrel has become our “go to” place in Palestine, TX. We absolutely love the pub style food and the owner, Chris, is always happy to help pair a fine craft beer with your meal. The atmosphere couldn’t be more perfect. The location in Old Town Palestine adds even more to the experience. We are so happy that the P&B set up shop here and expect they will be a local fixture for a long time to come.

Penny Sadler November 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I agree!

Will_B November 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm

You’ve discovered a great place. Those of us who live in Palestine know we really have a gem with Pint and Barrel.

Penny Sadler November 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Hi Will, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I expected to hear from more locals to be honest. Thanks!

J Lamb November 24, 2014 at 1:39 am

Nice description of a really happening place. Come on back…maybe I’ll see you there.

Penny Sadler November 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Hey Thanks for the comment. I will definitely be back!


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