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Greenville Avenue is a main road that runs north-south paralleling Central Expressway about five blocks to its east. Since the 1920's, Greenville Avenue has been home to a large collection of local restaurants, bars and retailers. Greenville is generally divided into "Upper " and "Lower" Greenvile. The dividing line between upper and lower Greenville is Mockingbird Lane, a major east-west surface road that leads into the affluent area known as Highland Park to the west and Whiterock Lake to the east. Lower Greenville, the portion to the south of Mockingbird, is older and butts up on a residential area that comprises one of the largest collection of arts and crafts homes in the country, dating back to the early 1900's. There are several active neighborhoods in this area that have jumpstarted significant historic preservation efforts along Greenville Avanue, host several local festivals each year and make up one of the most popular areas in the city to live. These neighborhoods include Greenland Hills (known as the "M" Streets), Belmont Addition, Vickery Place and "M" Streets East. The largest local festival is the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is a great day-long street party.
The highest concentration of bars is right along Lower Greenville, making it a great place to bar hop because you can walk from bar to bar. It is a two lane road though and has very little parking so be careful if your bar hopping involves crossing the street. Lower Greenville extends down to Ross Avenue. There the bars end and the road continues on its way into more residential areas. The Blue Goose is a popular spot. Likewise, the Dubliner is an excellent Irish pub. The Grape won Texas Monthly's vote for best burger in Texas in 2009. A trip to Lower Greenville is not complete without taking a trip to the Granada Theater. Built in the 1930's, this Art Deco movie house has been reinvented many times. Whether it is a movie house, a dinner theatre or a concert venue, you should set aside time to make it by just so you can say that you have been there - it's the best concert venue in Dallas! Kirby's Woodfire Grill is accross the street from the Granada and is a great place to get an upscale dinner or sit by the firepit with cocktails on a cool Dallas night. Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar has some of the best cheese fries this side of the Mississippi. Sometimes lower Greenville itself is divided into "Lower" and "Lowest". There is no negative connotation intended, it simply tells about where a bar is between Mockingbird and Belmont. Lowest Greenville starts at Belmont Avenue and goes south to Ross, and there are a number of bars and restaurants here as well. For a large selection of beers and cocktails (and a monthly 5 course beer dinner), try Libertine.
Lower section of Greenville, also known as "Lowest Greenville" is becoming very popular recently and it offer excellent food in many ways. It offers various ethnic food: Nora (Afgan), Shiva (Indian) or Japanese food. Blind Butcher is for meat lover and those who want experimental food in a pub setting. Carnival Barker and Steel City Pops offer best icecream and popsicles in Dallas. Try Truckyard for food truck and experience. For extremely curious food, i.e. chocolate made with flower parts, try "Dude Sweet."
Transitioning from Lower to Upper Greenville requires crossing Mockingbird Lane, a great opportunity to stop by the newest development in the area called Mockingbird Station. This is an urban village with a mix of lofts, restaurants & art house cinema, adjacent to a Dallas Light Rail station and the 75 Central expressway! This is also the location of a good authentic Irish Pub called Trinity Hall Irish Pub. Trinity Hall is the only pub to offer traditional Irish music & sports in addition to being the only smoke-free pub in town! Locals visit the Pub's website often to check schedules for live soccer, rugby & music - Thursday through Sunday .
Upper Greenville theoretically extends all the way from Mockingbird up to LBJ/635 in the north. The restaurants and bars are more spread out along this stretch. (Turning north onto Greenville from Mockingbird, Greenville is divided for about a block and the side running north is called Matilda. There's probably a story there but just maintain your faith and it will become Greenville again as soon as the split ends.) The best pocket of bars on Upper Greenville is on Yale and Dryer Street just off of Greenville on the west side near the lower/upper division. These bars tend to attract the younger SMU (Southern Methodist University) college crowd. Here Butterfinger's (5645 Yale), the bar used in the movie "Born on the Fourth of July", offers a tremendous variety of draft beers. The Ginger Man Pub is also highly regarded. The Ozona Bar & Grille (4615 Greenville Ave) on the corner of Yale and Greenville is a great little place you shouldn't miss. It used to be a beer garden named Cardinal Puff's and the bricks in the courtyards are the original bricks that used to pave Greenville Avenue back in the day. There is also more retail on Uper Greenville - anything from national chains like World Market, to local gardening shops and grocery stores.
There are isolated bars going further up Greenville Avenue, with a small pocket of sports or specialty bars clustering near Park Lane. The Filling Station (6862 Greenville Ave) has a lot of great specialty drinks as well a menu based on automotive themes. O'Riley's Neighborhood Bar at the top of Greenville at the intersection of Forest Lane tops off the selection at the northern end of Greenville. Being so far north, it really is a neighborhood bar and is generally more about kicking back than tying one on though they have their hopping nights too.
There are a couple of great places right along Mockingbird at the Greenville intersection that have to be mentioned too even though they are not technically bars. Campesi's Egyptian Restaraunt is a local cultural icon having been around since the fifties. Also, inside the shopping plaza (tucked in the corner) is the Pocket Sandwich Theatre. There you can eat, drink and take in a melodrama, throwing popcorn at the actors. Be careful throwing popcorn at the other patrons, though. They can get testy.
Poor David's Pub was a fixture on Lowest Greenville Avenue for decades before moving closer to the Convention Center.