Denton is renowned for its lively music scene, rich heritage, and a remarkable bar culture that pays homage to the traditional dive bar experience.

While dive bars seem to be disappearing from many cities, Denton has managed to preserve the essence of these establishments while also offering a wide range of unique and exciting bar experiences. Take a tour of Denton's most remarkable bars, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere.


Tucked away on the historic downtown square, Loophole is a hidden gem that captures the essence of a classic dive bar while embracing a modern twist. With its dimly lit ambiance, vintage decor, and an impressive selection of craft beers, Loophole is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Whether you're a fan of live music or simply looking for a cozy spot to unwind with friends, this welcoming bar will exceed your expectations.


Hickory St. Lounge

For those seeking a lively and energetic atmosphere, Hickory St. Lounge is the place to be. With its exposed brick walls, funky artwork, and a well-stocked bar, Hickory St. Lounge provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night with great company.

Cool Beans

Nestled in the heart of Denton's historic Fry Street, Cool Beans is a laid-back bar with a distinct college-town charm. Known for its casual vibe, affordable drinks, and friendly staff, Cool Beans is a favorite among students and locals alike. Whether you're looking to enjoy a game of pool, catch up with friends over a pint, or indulge in their delicious bar food, Cool Beans promises a fun and relaxed experience.


With its unassuming exterior, RT's is a true hidden gem. Located off the beaten path, this neighborhood bar offers a cozy and intimate setting for patrons to unwind and enjoy a wide selection of craft beers and spirits. The relaxed atmosphere, attentive bartenders, and occasional live music make RT's a must-visit spot for those seeking a low-key evening in Denton.

The Dive

As the name suggests, The Dive embraces its dive bar status while delivering an unforgettable experience. From the quirky decor to the cheap drinks, this unpretentious watering hole is a beloved local haunt. This popular venue hosts an array of talented local musicians, showcasing Denton's vibrant music scene, friendly regulars, and a no-frills atmosphere. The Dive offers an authentic dive bar experience that's hard to find elsewhere.

Dusty's Bar

Located on the outskirts of Denton, Dusty's Bar is a unique spot with a rustic vibe. Known for its vast selection of whiskeys, Dusty's is a haven for enthusiasts. The cozy interior invites patrons to relax and savor their drink of choice while engaging in conversations with fellow bar goers.

Jack's Tavern

Jack's Tavern is a true neighborhood bar that embodies the spirit of Denton's bar scene. With its friendly staff, affordable drinks, and welcoming atmosphere, this establishment offers a familiar and comfortable setting for patrons of all ages. Jack's is the perfect place to grab a cold beer, engage in lively conversation, and immerse yourself in the warmth of community.

Dan's Silverleaf

Last but certainly not least, Dan's Silverleaf is an iconic Denton institution that seamlessly blends live music, craft cocktails, and a unique atmosphere. Known for hosting renowned local and national artists, Dan's offers an intimate concert experience that's second to none. Whether you're grooving to the tunes of a rising star or exploring their inventive cocktail menu, Dan's Silverleaf is an essential destination for music enthusiasts and bar-goers alike.

More Bars & Pubs

Whether you're in the mood for a cozy dive bar experience or seeking an exciting live music venue, Denton offers a variety of unique bars that cater to every taste. As you explore these establishments, you'll not only appreciate their individual charm but also contribute to the preservation of the dive bar tradition in a way that keeps it relevant and thriving in the modern era. So, grab a drink, embrace the local ambiance, and immerse yourself in the unforgettable experience that Denton's bars have to offer.

East Side Denton

Rustic bar focused on beer, scotch & whiskey with food trucks, darts, foosball, cornhole & a patio.

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Miss Angeline's Denton

Located in historic downtown Denton on Oak Street, Miss Angeline's is a homestead that has been converted into a cocktail parlor specializing in cocktails on tap, infusions,...

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Andy's Bar

Andy’s resides in one of the oldest buildings (1877) on the historic downtown Denton, TX square. The building encompasses 3 levels of unique experiences under one roof:...

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Oak St. Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor

Oak Street Drafthouse serves many craft beers & cocktails in a historic house with a large, dog-friendly back patio & ping pong.

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Denton County Brewing Company

DCBC is a locally owned, independent craft brewery. We serve beer born and brewed in Denton, Texas, alongside guest taps, wines, ciders, sake, and plenty of positive vibes....

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d20 Tavern

d20 Tavern is a craft beer and board game spot located on the historic Denton Square offering 20 local craft beers on tap and over 350 tabletop games to play. Whether you’re...

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Harvest House

No matter what you’re looking for, we have something for everyone. Our beer garden teems with plant life and natural features to inspire a relaxing environment. Enjoy a cold...

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Bearded Monk

The Bearded Monk is Denton’s first, craft beer only, bottle shop and growler fill bar. Located on McKinney St, at the north side of Downtown Denton’s Craft Beer District, The...

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