Denton history meets craft beer explosion in this 1800’s house converted to bar. From the bathtub in the front yard to the barber chair in the middle of the living room, you know you’re in for a rare experience from the moment you walk up. Oak St. Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor has created an experience in the heart of Denton where you can literally sink in to the chairs and relax with great beer in hand.
The structure was built in 1886, and carries with it a lot of history. Just walking through you get the sense that those walls have seen a lot. It was moved across town at one point and ended up in its current location. The house has hosted a thrift shop, antique shop and a lot of parties in its history. Decorated with an eclectic mix of antiques, including the chairs, it provides an old, homey charm.
While the inside space is fairly small, the outside is an open space loaded with tables and a second serving bar that opens Thursday-Saturday evenings. Event hosting is available if you like the space and want to have a party. There’s bike parking alongside the outdoor area as well.
Oak St. Drafthouse knows what they are good at: beer and speciality cocktails. So, there is no food. Never fear though, nearby restaurants have realized that there are hungry people in the area and will actually deliver. Directly across the street is a taco shop that is happy to bring your order over.
There are 48 taps in the main house and 24 outside. The main taps stay at least 1/2 full of Texas craft beer rotators and provide a great selection of beers to choose from. The remainder are craft beer from outside Texas. There are some bottles and cans available as well (just in case you can’t settle on one of the 48).
There are no TVs here (except the antique in the entry), but there is a good music selection that is designed to put people in a good mood. So, make sure you bring some friends when you visit and get prepared to have actual conversation. Or play some games… I happened to see a full box of Cards Against Humanity leaning against the cash register.
Oak St. Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor is a must visit spot in Denton, TX. There are quite a few bars to choose from, but if you want a place to relax, hang out and enjoy a great selection of beer, this is the place.