Best Oak Cliff dive bar – Barbara’s Pavillion

Bishop Arts District. Karaoke. Local craft beer. These are a few of Dallas’ favorite things, and the Oak Cliff dive bar Barbara’s Pavillion brings them all to you in less than 1,000 square feet, every day starting at 4 p.m.

Opened more than 50 years ago, Barbara’s Pavillion does not claim to be the new hot spot in Oak Cliff. Wedged between a law firm and a real estate agency one street off Jefferson Boulevard, Barbara’s Pavillion provides a respite for the local happy hour crowd and a hideaway for late-night singers.

8 things to know about this Oak Cliff dive bar:Oak Cliff dive bar - Barbara's Pavillion logo

  1. Barbara’s Pavillion sits one block from the historic Texas Theatre, where Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended by the police hours after the JFK assassination.
  2. Though bordered by Bishop Avenue at 325 Centre Street, Barbara’s Pavillion is on the other side of Jefferson from the Bishop Arts District.
  3. D Magazine named Barbara’s Pavillion one of the city’s best dive bars and best jukeboxes.
  4. Of the 12 beers on tap, all are either local or domestic, from Michelob ULTRA to Franconia Dunkel.
  5. DJ Dee Dee hosts karaoke on Thursday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  6. Super Happy Hour offers $2.50 domestic drafts, and $2.75 well drinks and domestic longnecks all night Tuesdays and until 8 p.m. on Fridays.
  7. Free chips and queso every Sunday.
  8. Free pool all night every Tuesday.

Bicycles parked inside Oak Cliff dive bar Barbara's PavillionBarbara’s Pavillion has something for everyone: roll up on your bicycle, play a game of pool, relax on the backdoor patio, watch a movie on the big screen, join locals in conversation at the bar, or select songs and take selfies at the TouchTunes jukebox and photo booth.

No matter what you like, you can make Barbara’s Pavillion your place. And, then you will start referring to the Oak Cliff dive bar as “Barbara’s”, “Bab’s” or the “Pav”.



Barbara’s Pavillion

325 Centre St., Dallas, TX 75208

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