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Tanstaafl Pub

Map & Directions 409 N. Bowen Road
Arlington, TX 76012
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining


Dallas Observer's Description

Laid back since 1976, Tanstaafl is a well-kept local secret, possessing more character than you'll know what to do with. With a beer garden in back and dartboards for weekly tournaments, it's like drinking in a space that's a cross between an Irish pub and your own living room. The name refers to a Robert Heinlein novel popularizing the phrase "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch," though there are usually free hot dogs, Chex mix or popcorn, especially for Wednesday night drink-in theater. Bluegrass bands take the tiny stage Thursday nights, and cover bands and solo acoustic acts on Saturdays.

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  • Tanstaafl P. on 09/26/11

    In honor of the late Jerry Haynes, $2 peppermint schnapps & $3 Rumple all night at the Tanstaafl.

  • Chris P. on 06/06/10

    Drink specials every night. Cold drinks, dirt cheap! Come see The Furious Fezzes of Fury all Summer long on Monday nights for darts.

  • Deandra W. on 01/27/13

    Cops pulling people over on 1/26/13 leaving that bar, then they come inside bar hang out, then stand in parking lot all night. Doubt ill be back anytime soon...

  • Stephen M. on 12/31/11

    Great hole in the wall bar.

  • Ernesto L. on 09/02/11

    Come out Sunday nights for live music and have a drink with the band. I'm on the drums!

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