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Paschall’s Bar provides liquid libations to keep cool in summer heat

Paschall’s Bar provides liquid libations to keep cool in summer heat

July 13
11:12 2012

Caroline Basile / Staff Writer

Hidden in plain sight from its location overlooking the Courthouse-on-the-Square, a small, elegantly decorated bar provides a quiet respite from the hustle and heat of Denton in the summer.

Paschall Bar, which features no sign announcing its presence and is discretely stowed away one floor above Andy’s Bar at 122 N. Locust St., opened in October and has since earned a reputation as one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

“People kind of look at it as a secret hideout, and I love that,” said Eric Pulido, who co-owns the bar with his bandmates in the Denton-based rock group Midlake.

Paschall features a large beer menu, including domestics, imports and local microbrews. Bartenders are well-versed in cocktail concoctions, including a drink named after the late writer Ernest Hemingway, who is also honored in a portrait hanging above Paschall’s entry. Complementary nuts are on hand to help customers soak up the rotating drink specials.

The bar’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin Paschall, was a Confederate veteran and Denton businessman in the late 1800s who originally owned the building that houses Paschall and Andy’s. In his heyday, he operated a grocery store in the building, which was built in 1887.

Paschall was not only a grocer, but also dabbled in liquor dealing, contracting, stocks and construction, according to the “Denton Business Review and Directory” from 1890. The man of many trades, who died in 1921, is buried in Denton’s I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Choosing a name was initially a struggle, but Pulido said “Paschall” seemed like the most appropriate choice in light of the building’s history. Pulido said he and his bandmates didn’t want to create just another place to drink, but wanted to have a welcoming atmosphere for patrons to commune, talk and study.

Customers said the building’s unique history isn’t the only thing making it stand out from other bars on Fry Street and the Square.

“It’s not always super-crowded and it definitely has a ‘homey’ feel to it,” art senior Nicholas Slay said.

Paschall has two main rooms. The bar, a chessboard and bookcases lined with everything from Karl Marx to Dr. Seuss fill one room. The other boasts dart boards, a cozy lounge area and large windows overlooking downtown Denton.

Patron and Denton resident Tiffany Groves said the atmosphere was her favorite aspect of the low-key bar.

“The music selection is really great and it’s so much classier than any other bar in Denton,” she said. “It’s really different.”

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