The Idle Rich Pub
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by allengarvin:
3.98/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Idle Rich has been around for a couple years. Its owners also run The Old Monk and the Dubliner, so it has plenty of good beer pedigree. The decor is both cozy and classy, with lots of dark hardwood veneers and furnishings. There are booths with a fair amount of privacy, plus tables and areas where a group of 10-15 people can sit fairly close together.
The draught selection is adequate but not outstanding: about 15 beers, which include 2 or 3 "special" rotating beers which are detailed on the chalkboard above the bar. Most are international selections. The only American micro is Sierra Nevada. The Hoegarden is always exceptionally fresh. Other favorite draft selections are the Chimay White (Cinq Cents) & Maredsous 8. Each of their draft selections are served in matching glassware from the brewer. The waitstaff varies in knowledgeability about the beer, but the bartenders are generally well-informed. Unfortunately, they can be slow to take orders and bring them, both when the place as empty as well as packed.
They have an extensive bottle selection as well, heavy on the Belgians, which are served in appropriate glasses for the style. I like to get Orval and Westmalle 10 here. A couple months ago I got a Tripel Karmelite. The glasses are poured by the wait staff at the table, with the bottle left for inspection. There is also a very fine selection of single-malt whiskeys (Macallan 25 is great to splurge on once a year), as well as generic other liquors.
The food is generally excellent. The cheeses available for their cheese platter are good, though a little pricy. The frites, served with three (!) different kinds of mayonnaise (herb, spicy, and curry) is an excellent starter. The mussels steamed in hoegarden are a classic brought over from the Old Monk, always good. The fish & chips are unusually excellent, one of the few places in Dallas that remind me of English F&C. The burgers and sandwiches are hearty, tasty, and filling.
This has become a favorite after-work destination spot for those of us who work downtown. While the gingerman is still good for the selection, most of the time we end up here because of the vastly beer food (and the selection of hard liquor for those who prefer it).
07-12-2006 03:16:09 | More by allengarvin
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A great place to escape to and experience a Irish pub in Dallas. Whiskey selection is one of the best anywhere but the beer selection is usually respectable. They do try to have the "better" craft beers on hand but at times miss with their choices. The cheese board is my wife and myself's favorite menu item as well as the calamari. Brunch is also a viable option or a solid patio experience. Late night crowd has a bit of "douche bag" quality but everything else balances out the experience to make it worth a visit.
07-29-2013 02:19:24 | More by SavageHopHead
1/5 rDev -73.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$$
This place sucks. It is for tourists. It is not a beer bar at all. This is the first review I have written on BA; I saw how high of a rating this place had and I had to do something about it. Fat Tire and Hogarden are the most sophisticated beers they carry. The bouncers and bartenders have a terrible attitude b/c they have to deal with assholes all day. I used to go here right when I turned 21 but quickly learned the whole McKinney/Uptown scene is for douches and unhappy people. If you are a 21 year old girl who wants to go out and have a bunch of drunk dicks hit on you all night this is your place.
06-06-2012 23:39:12 | More by ExperimentalAles
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by the first time as part of a Dallas pub crawl. Nice dimly light, dark wood, Irish bar. Plenty of seating, plus a patio out front (although too hot to enjoy this trip I could see this being a great place to sit and "people watch" in cooler weather). Beer selections was fairly impressive, although when questioning our server on the seasonal offerings she had difficulty remembering the details. All the tap beer was fresh, even tried a couple of bottles and they were good too. Food was decent and the prices were reasonable. Well worth checking out.
08-23-2010 18:51:29 | More by schoolcb
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in while in Dallas on business.
The English pub style atmosphere is warm and comfortable. It's a large, varied space with interesting seating options, dark woods and beer paraphernalia. There's a large, rambling bar along with lots of tables. They've got English bar billiards, a dart board and a couple of TVs for entertainment. We were there around 6 PM on a Tuesday night and the place was very busy.
The tap list is a bit more than you'd normally find in an English pub. It has most of the usuals such as Guinness, Stella, Smithwicks, etc. but it also has some Belgians (Chimay & Maredsous) and a few good American beers. I went with the English spirit and had a couple of Wells Bombardiers. They were very fresh.
The Idle Rich, along with the Blackfriar and Ginger Man, make for a decent pub crawl.
12-16-2009 12:33:16 | More by GJ40
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
interesting place - about 2 blocks from the Ginger Man and by no means on the same beer platform.
Even still, this place was pretty sweet. It has the look and feel of an Irish pub injected with some generic belgian-ness. The interior is huge, dark and woody. The outside area has a number of tables that look out onto the main drag.
There seemed to be about 15 taps with a couple of random beers from Franconia that we settled on. All of the Belgian stuff (chimay, karmaleit) was pretty common and so were the obvious irish/english choices.
I liked this place but you might as well double your intake at the GingerMan and maybe just stop here for one.
09-17-2009 23:26:01 | More by dirtylou
4.13/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to the Idle Rich many times before, but mostly on the weekends. My wife and I decided to go last Thursday evening when the weather really turned positive for the DFW area. It was about 70 degrees out at night so we decided to hit a patio. The Idle Rich it was.
I enjoyed a beer I haven't seen anywhere else in Dallas (Tripel Karmeliet) and it was served into a Tripel Karmeliet glass which I was very impressed by. My wife was drinking Tito's and soda.
Service was exceptional this particular night even though there were almost no open tables. It was not crowded, but lively and fun. No loud music either like Blackfriar across the street. Atmosphere was great.
Food was also ridiculously good. My wife enjoyed a vegetarian burger and I had a club sandwich which was adequate. The burger was incredible.
I really think the selection tends to be German/English, but the amount of Belgians is impressive as well. One of the better spots in Dallas to grab a good beer and good food at the same time. Staff was knowledgeable and very friendly too.
03-09-2009 20:55:27 | More by thirdeye11
3.98/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
The idle rich is a prototypical irish bar, with dark wood, beer paraphenalia on the walls, and high-backed booths. It has a nice but small patio outside which is good for people watching if a bit too close to the busy road. The service is good, although a seemingly constantly rotating waitstaff leads to some servers with less-than-stellar knowledge of their product. The selection is very good in bottles and decent on draft. Not a large draft selection but they rotate them well and have some good choices. The food is far better than has a right to be served in a pub. The fish & chips is excellent and many of the dishes are as much art as consumables. The prices are a bit high but you are in the middle of uptown so not so surprising there. All in all, a very solid choice, particularly for a Friday late lunch heading into an early weekend.
04-03-2007 23:48:51 | More by roblowther
3.66/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Large room with a typical Irish pub feel. Lots of dark wood and beer memorabilia. Bar at center, with tables around the perimeter. Smoking is allowed, but they do try to partition it off a bit. Music was quite loud, not sure how enjoyable this place would be on a crowded weekend (I was there on a Tuesday night).
Quality was fine. I had a draft Anchor Christmas with no issues.
Service was prompt, but not very talkative. Only complaint is that the beer was way too cold. Easy fix, though.
Selection wasn't bad, 16 or so taps, 2 of which look like they rotated, and 70+ bottles. Some options were Chimay, Duvel, Orval, Rochefort, Koningshoeven, Franziskaner, and Fullers. American options were pretty weak from an amount standpoint.
I had already eaten, so I didn't try the food. Menu offered pub food with a couple twists -- Steamed Mussels and Guiness Beef Pie.
Pricing was reasonable for the food (apps $3-8, food $7-11), but beer seemed a bit high. Drafts were $4-7, bottles were $4-10. 750ml options were about $15. Not that familiar with Dallas bars, but a little pricier than some of the others I have been to.
Overall, OK. Good choice if you want some food with your beer. If all you are after is beer, walk two blocks to the Gingerman.
12-15-2006 14:36:47 | More by
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located on McKinney a short walk away from the Gingerman, the Idle Rich offers approximately 15 taps with a few rotational beers and about 50 bottles. The taps here always seem to be in very good condition and the beer always fresh. The food here is also very good and if youve been to the Old Monk or the Dubliner (the Idle Richs sister restaurants) the menu will look familiar to you. Parking is usually available except during peak times when a valet is usually available. This place makes for a great stop for dinner and a couple of beers before heading over to the Gingerman to finish up the night.
12-13-2006 22:19:18 | More by Morris729
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The Idle Rich Pub in Dallas, TX
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