Grayson County has named its favorite watering holes and they are: Old Iron Post, Cellarman’s American Pub and Loose Wheels Texas.
Each establishment offers some up classic amenities such as the jukebox and televised sports, but bring out their A-game with live music, outdoor seating and fire pits.
Following the adage that everything is bigger in Texas, Dani Lunde, front house and bar manager at Old Iron Post in Sherman, said the size of her bar makes it well known that thirsty souls are welcome and that it’s flexible for all sorts of occasions and acquaintances.
“Our bar is probably the biggest bar in Grayson County,” Lunde said “So it’s a very friendly environment if you’re trying to drink, go on a date or even have some family time. There’s plenty of room and everyone is welcome.
Lunde also said patrons of Old Iron Post are able to put on their favorite tunes as they down their drink, though she made no mention of the often-overplayed “Closing Time” by Semisonic and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
“We have a great jukebox, and we don’t care what kind of music you play,” Lunde said. “There’s a little bit of everything in there.”
Across town, customers at Cellarman’s can choose just about any beer they can imagine thanks to a collection of curated brews that stretches into the triple digits.
“Beer is really our specialty. We have 118 different bottled beers,” manager Sarah Landis said. “We have stouts, we have sours, porters, double IPAs, ambers, you name it.”
Landis said the laid-back vibe of Cellarman’s and their customers makes it an easy place to meet up with friends. And for those new to the pub, Landis said liquid courage will go a long way.
“Everybody pretty much knows each other when they come in,” Landis said. “If you don’t, it’s not a big deal. Just grab a drink and get to know them.”
Jo Gray, owner of Loose Wheels in Denison, said customers can find her restaurant and bar thanks to an old radar tower that once stood at the old Perrin Air Force Base.
“My husband is known for collecting eclectic things and that was one he collected when the Air Force base closed down,” Gray said. “He always intended to put a little barbecue restaurant beneath it. It just got big.”
On top of drinks, Gray said Loose Wheels customers can enjoy a variety of foods, including pecan-smoked barbecue, listen to live music throughout the weekend, and meet new folks over some backyard games.
“We’re just an adult playground,” Gray said.