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Stone Street Pub Leaves You Hungry For Something Else

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“Hey bartender, guess how long it takes to get from Waco to Corpus.”

Stone Street Pub has some nice things going for it. For one, the draft variety is adequate (Bass Pale Ale, Victoria, Shock Top, Guinness, XX Lager and Peroni, etc.), the bottle selection is stout (heh) with over 15 different options, and the interior has a nice, dark vibe. The drinks are reasonably priced: $2.75 Corona, $3 SKYY vodka and $3 Dr. Pepper shots won’t break the bank.

All the pub gaming essentials are present and accounted for. Pool table? Rack it up at the single table available. Darts? Bullseye. Random electronic golf game? Uh…bleep bloop? Well, anyway, there are options, that’s for sure. All this gaming is accompanied by a nice solid online (and country-heavy) jukebox, hooked up to a solid sound system.

You’d be hard-pressed to run out of TV-viewing options. With around 15 nice flat screens, this is a great place to catch a big game, watch highlights on ESPN and even get your Hardcore Pawn on by watching a few of the sets tuned to TruTV. You won’t have a problem finding a place to sit either, as the bar is strewn with tables, bar tops and nice leather couches. There are even a few TVs that they can wheel out to the patio seating area.

But the problem with Stone Street Pub is that it lacks that one feature that makes it stand out. Tons of places have tons of screens, comfortable seating and decent drink selections. Is it some special drink they are known for? The pub version of Dos-a-Rita if you will? Well, they have the aforementioned Dr. Pepper shot (comprised of ice cold vodka, amaretto and Coke), but unless you have a thing for Dimetapp-inspired drinks, you wont be begging your friends to plan the next happy hour here.

Maybe it is the food? Nah. Those looking to get in a meal as you down a pint would be better suited going to the Stone Street Pub’s sister location on 1827 N Loop 1604 E (the Stone Street Pub & Bistro). This location lacks in food, an area that many pubs use to differentiate themselves from the typical bar. With nary a peanut or pretzel in sight, let alone fish ‘n’ chips or bangers and mash, those looking for pub grub will be sadly disappointed. To be fair, the nearby Chinese will walk a menu over so you can order, and then deliver the food to you in the bar where you can dine. But Chinese food in a pub?


Another draw might be the people. Well, try as they may to inject a buzzy atmosphere with some recent themed Halloween decorations, Stone Street is more trick than treat. Even on a Thursday, with all-day happy hour until 8, it’s just … off. Maybe it is the creepy guy at the bar asking every woman he sees inane trivia (“Ok, guess how long it takes to get from Waco to [insert city pulled up on his Google maps]?”) or the dude-heavy crowd in general, all off in isolated little groups—there is just something slightly unhappy about this happy hour.

Stone Street Pub has a lot of potential. As mentioned earlier, the interior is nicely designed (especially the inlaid ceiling above the bar), the furniture is well put together and it’s easy to get comfortable. It’s just the accoutrements that are lacking. Unless you have a hankering for an IPA with your beef and broccoli, and outside of wanting to watch a ballgame out with some friends, I can’t think of any one reason to choose this place over another.

Stone Street Pub

2 pm-2am daily
16535 Huebner
(210) 479-0800

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