The Perfect Pub?

1:45 PM -- Essay question: Is there a such thing as the perfect pub?

This "saloon" across the street from my office makes a pretty good run at being all things to all drinkers.

It's rugged, yet it has game(s). It's got WiFi and a decent "Internet connected" jukebox (though that's a little out of place given the bricked streets and sawdust floors).

It opens at 11 a.m. and has a 5-hour happy hour.

It has some decent beers on tap. And best of all, no one would think to come looking for me there.

I'm not saying the Showdown Saloon is the greatest ever, but it's a good place to start the discussion. What qualities do you think, besides good brew, make for a memorable watering hole?

Need it be legendary and unique, like San Mateo's Prince of Wales? Or just local and lively, like the 221B Baker St. chain?

Weigh in on the boards below or drop me a line. There are no wrong answers.

— Phil Harvey, Cocktails Editor, Light Reading

Raymond McConville 12/5/2012 | 3:14:28 PM
re: The Perfect Pub? Do my eyes deceive me or is that a Ford Mustang parked out front? Just like the in the old west except the mustangs weren't Fords...
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:14:28 PM
re: The Perfect Pub? It is. Apparently the Camaro was in the shop.

eyesright 12/5/2012 | 3:14:12 PM
re: The Perfect Pub? ...in Addison or the Draught House in Austin are good choices. Lots 'o imports and a great selection of domestic micros as well.

At the Draught House in Austin you can pull your car up in the parking lot, set out a lawn chair and drink outside with everyone else. It's a real neighborhood pub. Just watch drinking the Hercules IPA, as at 9% you get pretty stoned, pretty fast.
BananadineDream 12/5/2012 | 3:14:01 PM
re: The Perfect Pub? Ideal pub attributes are best discussed in situ, of course, but the Showdown seems very appealing from afar.

A happy hour that represents 1/3 of bar operating hours is impressive. I like that the happy hour "hours" are on the permanent & lighted sign rather than the seasonal banner where they might be subject to marketing manipulation. This shows long term commitment to the happy hour institution.

I could drone on about hand-pulled, cask-conditioned bitter beer but I really can't get past your opener: "the saloon across the street from my office". For most of us in a similar position, the search for the perfect pub would certainly start there and typically end there.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:14:00 PM
re: The Perfect Pub? I'll have to try the Draught House. I like the F.S. but prefer the one in FW. Too many starched khakis running around in Addison.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:14:00 PM
re: The Perfect Pub? location, location, location
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