10 Essential Places to Watch Sports in the Dallas Area

Dallasites aren’t just passionate about their own sports teams, they’re passionate about sports in general. And other than catching the live action in person, there’s nothing more exciting than watching a sporting event with a bunch of like-minded fans–especially when it involves good beer, great food and plenty of high-definition TVs.

Stan’s Blue Note may be the official bar of the Florida Gators, but with cheap drafts, food specials and wall-to-wall TVs, it's the ultimate neighborhood haunt for any sports geek, regardless of which team you’re rooting for.   

Talking about wall-to-wall TVs, Christies Sports Bar & Deli has them lined up as far as the eyes can see.

And if you're looking for more of an upscale sports bar vibe, the Owner’s Box in the downtown Omni Hotel will be your happy place. Here, you’ll find more than 70 high-definition TVs, plush seating areas and even private game-watching booths. The food and booze options aren’t too shabby either.

From baseball to boxing and everything in-between, when it comes to finding a good spot to hunker down and catch a game, you can't go wrong with any of the following picks.



Cafe Gecko
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This popular Richardson gastropub boasts a killer craft beer list, a pooch-friendly patio, and enough flat screens that you won't miss a minute of action regardless of where you are sitting. Beyond non-stop televised sports, Café Gecko also offers free live music every Wednesday night, weekday happy hours, and half-price appetizers from 11 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday. And that's before you even get to the food, which includes everything from blackened chicken nachos to hand-tossed pizzas, shrimp po'boys and enchiladas. Pro tip: This place fills up on game days, so arrive early to get a seat.

Stan's Blue Note
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Going strong since 1952, Stan's is always hopping with daily drink specials, karaoke, trivia contests and everything from shuffleboard to pool to darts. But the place really switches into high gear on game days when you can score free food and happy hour prices on drinks plus catch non-stop sports action on more than 30 big screen TVs. And did we mention the extensive beer selection, including around 100 types of bottled beer and over 50 different options on tap? Keep an eye out for Meatball Monday, when you can score spaghetti and meatballs for $6.99.

Chelsea Corner
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Located in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood, this upscale gastropub not only offers a solid menu of food and booze, it's also an excellent place to watch a game. Expect to find 19 large HD screens broadcasting non-stop sports action both indoors and out back on a massive, dog friendly patio. Food options include everything from poke tacos to gourmet burgers, artisan pizzas and braised short ribs. Libations run the gambit from wine, beer and craft cocktails to an extensive lineup of scotch and American whiskeys. And if that's not enough to keep you entertained, there's also billiards, Jenga and corn hole.

Happiest Hour
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Home to Dallas' largest rooftop terrace, this massive restaurant-bar has it all: killer skyline views; a ground floor patio with back yard games, and more than 15 flat-screen TVs for ultimate game watching. Of course, a stellar roster of food, which includes sharable team eats (think: nacho towers, 5 lb. burgers, buckets of gourmet wings and loaded fries) plus family-style cocktails, wines on tap and over fifty selections of beer, only adds to the appeal. Wait, there's more. They also regularly host viewing events for games; run specials on Jack Daniels when the Dallas Stars are playing at home; and offer happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

504 Bar & Grill
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This sports bar/restaurant has your game day action covered with tons of flat screens streaming every possible sports network available. This means you can expect to see everything from football to live boxing and MMA events. But you don't have to be a sports fan to get into the spirit here. Along with a kitchen cranking out Creole-fusion fare (think andouille pizzas and fried shrimp BLTs), the bar offers around 20 beers on tap as well as wine and tasty tipples like mint juleps and metro mules. Bonus perks include drink and food specials every night of the week plus live music on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Victory Park
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Within spitting distance from the south entrance of American Airlines Center, this sprawling, 25,000-square-foot sports bar and restaurant boasts a 540-seat dining area and a 560-seat, open-air/climate controlled covered patio plus 6 different bars and TVs galore (including a 24 foot-LED wall). Not only is the space massive, the menu is, too. The restaurant caters all the Dallas Stars practices, so expect healthy options such as build-your-own bowls alongside burgers, sandwiches, tacos and steak frites. Booze-wise, there's a lengthy list of wine, craft beer, cocktails and frozen libations. Did we mention there's an 800-square-foot retro arcade here as well? Worth noting, this place is always packed when there's a game on.

The Nodding Donkey
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With twenty TVs (including an 80-inch and two 70-inch flat screens), a great craft beer selection, $5 shot specials every day and an indoor-outdoor layout, it's no wonder this Uptown watering hole always draws a crowd on game day. But, that's not the only reason folks come. The Nodding Donkey also scores big points in the food arena, with a chef-driven menu featuring everything from house-smoked chicken wings to brisket enchiladas, slow-roasted pulled pork sandwiches and burgers. And for those who enjoy doing more than just watching the action, there's arcade games, giant Jenga, Golden Tee, darts and Connect Four.

The Owner's Box
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Talk about a game watching oasis. This upscale spot inside the downtown Omni Hotel seems more like a country club lounge than a sports bar, offering more than 70 high-definition TVs (including a 16-foot standalone screen), plush seating areas and private game-watching booths equipped with sound isolating technology. In addition to a variety of craft brews, wine and football-themed cocktails, the menu features elevated pub fare, like Cajun shrimp tacos and BBQ brisket nachos. Bonus: There's also complimentary billiards, cornhole and Jenga. Double bonus: They offer $20 beer buckets (five beers) on game days.

Christies Sports Bar & Deli
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Dubbed "The Cheers of Uptown," this sports bar is arguably the king of all Dallas sports bars. Game-day drink specials? Check. Pool tables and pinball? Check. TVs galore? Check. In fact, Christie's has TVs lined up as far as the eyes can see, with over 50 HD TV's and multiple screens located both inside and out on the patio. Plus, they've got killer wings as well as all the essential game watching grub, ranging from nachos, mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers to burgers, sandwiches and chicken fried steak. And who can fault a place that serves ice cream floats spiked with whiskey?

Frankie's Dallas
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Dallas has no shortage of places to catch a game, but there are few as inviting as this bi-level watering hole located in the historic Davis Building downtown. It's got comfortable seating; daily drink specials; loads of TVs (44 HD big-screens) equipped with all the major DirecTV sports packages; and food that goes beyond your usual pub fare. We're talking everything from ahi tuna nachos to artisan pizzas and pesto crusted salmon. They also have an inviting cocktail menu and twenty Texas craft beers on tap. Oh, and there's live music, burlesque shows, trivia nights and a sultry speakeasy tucked away downstairs.


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