With professional teams in all sports, Dallas is definitely a sports town! And there's no better city to be to find a great sports bar perfect for kicking back with a beer and taking in a game. 10Best has put together the top 10 sports bars list just for you!
It doesn't matter what time of the year you visit Dallas, there's always a game on. Dallasites love their Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, and FC Dallas, as well as Texan college teams from Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Baylor, Texas A&M and the University of Texas.
Locals and visitors can take in these games any day, any time at one of many popular sports bars. One of the best spots to watch a game is at Dallas' original sports bar, Christie's, located in the heart of Uptown. Other great spots include the Nodding Donkey, a favorite for the twenty-something crowd, or Tailgate Tavern, a Cheers-like low-key spot.
When a pint o' stout and a bit of Celtic charm are called for, few places hold a candle to this pub, whose founders (and sometimes barkeeps) are true Dubliners. While the kitchen serves a terrifically tasty lineup of sandwiches, the place really hits its mark with libations, thanks to a selection of draft beers, single-malt scotches, and Irish whiskeys. Requisite Guinness posters and a long mahogany bar are expected features of the pub. If you're wanting to get a feel of old Europe, this is the place to go. You'll find a wide variety of sports games popular on the other side of the pond. (214-818-0911)
Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar
With a slogan like, "Go Crazy, we've got napkins," Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar in Arlington delivers on some of the best bar food in the area. From juicy wings to mouthwatering pizzas, this local hot spot serves sports fans delicious, hearty meals before and after the big game at AT&T Stadium. Some of the most popular menu items there include starter items like bacon-wrapped steak skewers, nachos, cheese fries and wings, as well as the main dishes of burgers, gourmet pizzas and pasta, salads and flatbreads. Along with the food, Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar has a huge bar and flatscreen televisions so patrons can catch a game outside of the stadium. ((817) 633-7773)
504 Bar & Grill
Sporting a rustic industrial-style interior, a massive four-sided bar and garage-style doors that open up to Greenville Avenue, this New Orleans inspired restaurant/bar makes a jovial place for game-watchers, craft beer drinkers, cocktail sippers and even families to gather. For those looking to cheer on their favorite team, 504 delivers with 20 hi-def flat screens streaming every possible sports network available. But you don't have to be a sports fan to get into the spirit here. Along with a kitchen cranking out the best Creole-fusion fare this side of Louisiana, (think crawfish tails, oysters and fried shrimp BLTs)-- the bar slings out around 25 types of beer, as well as wine and tasty tipples like mint juleps and metro mules. (469-779-7279)
Home to the second largest screen in Arlington, Texas, (AT&T Stadium fills the #1 spot), the Tailgate Tavern is the perfect place for rowdy sports to get their food and drink on before the big game. This fun spot is located just steps from AT&T Stadium and was founded by local sports fans who wanted to give others a great place to watch the game or tailgate beforehand. Along with offering bar food and drinks, Tailgate Tavern also hosts a wide variety of fun events, like Poker Nights on Thursday and Friday and Karaoke Fridays. The food there is standard bar fare - wings, nachos, burgers, etc. The atmosphere is casual and laid back - what else would you expect from a sports bar right outside the gates of AT&T Stadium? ((817) 861-1989)
Time Out Tavern
Considered the "best sports dive" in Dallas, the Time Out Tavern is the perfect place to kick back, drink a beer and watch a game in Big D. With no dress code and a low key atmosphere, this Dallas sports bar is super low maintenance - no prissy patrons here! The bar does not serve food, but guests are welcome to order delivery from several nearby restaurants if they work up an appetite watching the game. The Time Out Tavern offers a wide variety of spirits, as well as has a great selection of domestic classics, local and craft beers, and import beer. Happy Hour occurs every day of the week from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. While the discounts vary from day to day, Fireball, Tuaca, and Rumpleminze shots are $5 and Jello shots are $1 all the time. ((214) 956-9552)
Stan's Blue Note
Situated in the middle of Lower Greenville, right where the St. Patrick's Day festivities take place each year, Stan's Blue Note offers patrons a laid-back, casual atmosphere perfect for enjoying a relaxing night watching the game with friends. This popular establishment has been in business for years and prides itself on winning D Magazine's Best Sports Bar award several times. Stan's features nightly specials and there is always a game on. If you're not in the mood to watch sports, play some of the in-house video trivia games or kick back at a picnic table and drink a cold beer. ((214) 827-1977)
Frankie's Sports Bar
Since opening in 2000, Frankie's Sports Bar has been the go-to Dallas bar for sports enthusiasts looking to enjoy a cold brew while watching the game. Two 10-foot HDTV projection systems and 30-plus HDTV screens promise great views from any seat, and wireless receivers at each table ensure that you don't miss a second of the action. The deliciously diverse menu includes treats like Spinach Artichoke Crawfish Dip, "Frankie's Favorite" sandwich and Hawaii Five-O pizza. Oh, and they have free pizza on Tuesday nights, so if you're on a budget but still want to watch the game, you're in luck! (214-999-8932)
The Nodding Donkey
Located in the heart of the Uptown Dallas neighborhood, the Nodding Donkey is one of Dallas' premier sports bars. It is chef-owned and operated by Chef Jonathan Calabrese, who prides himself on creating and offering one of the best pub menus in town. Featuring fresh local ingredients, bar fare includes signature favorites like brisket tacos, smoked wings, pizzas and a brunch menu. But enough about the food! At the Nodding Donkey, game watchers can enjoy a number of Texas' best craft beers on one of the nicest patios in Dallas. This sports bar features 20 huge televisions playing local and national games, as well as a number of fun parlor games. ((214) 922-8898)
The Owner's Box
Located on the first floor of the Dallas Omni Hotel near the Dallas Convention Center, the Owner's Box is the ultimate Dallas sports bar. It is one of the most sophisticated/elegant sports bars in town, complete with private tables for game watching that include sound isolating technology and interactive scheduling.
Featuring state of the art technology, this prime sports bar also offers several jumbo LCD HDTV flat screens, including a 16-foot screen in the main room. Fans can also enjoy full service amenities, like top shelf cocktails and an comprehensive bar menu with items like chili, house made hummus, salads and quesadillas. ((214) 652-4805)
Christie's Sports Bar is Dallas' original sports bar, and it serves up phenomenal food including great burgers, pizza, salads and a to die for chicken sandwich. Aside from its prime Uptown location, Christies has some of the best sports viewing in town. Patrons can see just about any game they want year-round. The pool tables are regulation size and well-maintained, and Golden Tee fans can get their fix on three different machines or play a game of BuckHunter. There are drink specials there every day of the week, including top shelf concoctions. After you've watched the game, people watch on the great patio. (2149541511)
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