DENTON -- The Last Drop Tavern has opened its doors in a prime location between the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University in Denton. In addition to beer and pizza, it features something that many places in the nearby downtown Square do not offer: plenty of parking.
Upon entry, there is a welcoming atmosphere that makes one think this will be a "Cheers" for the Denton area. The beer selection has 67 choices with 22 on tap and 45 bottled, and since the prices are so low already, there is no need for any drink specials. Everyday prices include $2 Bud Light and Coors Light, $3 wells, $3 wine by the glass, $4 call-its and $5 premiums.
Where most bars feature "bar food" such as chicken tenders and burgers, the only food options at Last Drop Tavern are pizza and mozzarella sticks served in an eggroll wrap. According to owner Rick Reid, they make their dough fresh daily with Type 00 flour, and buy all of their vegetables from local vendors.
The Neapolitan pizza cooked in a Mugnaini Wood Burning Oven at 800 degrees is what Reid refers to as a "secret family recipe." Patrons can select their pizza from the menu provided by the chef or create their own because the most important thing to Reid is that people enjoy themselves while they are guests in his place.
Those who visit the new spot will find pool tables, Golden Tee and three HDTVs. While we were there, the Rangers game was on, but Reid made it clear that this is not a sports bar with loud music. The games will be on, but this place is designed to promote social activity and for people be able to carry on conversations without having to yell.
As for the name of the Last Drop Tavern, "there is a bar in Europe where people came to have their last drink before they were hung," says Reid. "but we are actually the last place on Elm Street for people to get a drink as they head out of town. And it's a one-way street."
LAST DROP TAVERN 508 S. ELM ST., DENTON, TX 76201 (940) 808-1651