10 Essential Places to Watch Sports in the Dallas Area

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By Ilene Jacobs, Dallas Local Expert

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.

College football fans always hit Stan’s Blue Note when there’s a game on, not to mention it’s 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 TVs lined up as far as the eyes can see.

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.

Huge sports bars are great, but for those who prefer a more low-keyed experience, pull up a seat at Cafe Gecko, where flat screens galore, solid food and more than enough beer to go around provides a festive experience for cheering on any sport.

And located steps from the American Airlines Center is Happiest Hour boasting big screen TVs, a rooftop terrace, sharable team eats and drinks, plus specials on Jack Daniels when the Dallas Stars hockey team plays at home.  

Still jonesing for more ideas? Then, check out the entire 10best list for places where you can catch all your favorite sports action–from football to boxing and everything in-between.

 

10. Lakewood's 1st & 10
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This laid-back, wood-paneled tavern has everything any serious sports fan needs: cheap beer, tasty bar grub, and most importantly, a plethora of big screen TVs that broadcast multiple games simultaneously. Have the kids in tow? You're in luck, not only is 1st and 10 a hit with adults, it's also family friendly. There's a menu for the little leaguers plus video games up front to keep kids occupied while parents stay glued to the game. Speaking of menus, you can never go wrong with a point burger, but the homemade chili is no slouch either. And don't even get us started on the fried pickles.

9. Cafe Gecko
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This relative newcomer to Richardson is the quintessential neighborhood gathering spot, offering solid food, a killer craft beer list, a pooch-friendly patio, free live music every Wednesday night and enough big screen TVs that you won't miss a minute of action regardless of where you are sitting. And not to mention, there's plenty of specials, ranging from weekday happy hours to half-price bottles of wine (Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m.) and half-price apps (Sun-Wed from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.). As for padding your stomach, expect to see the likes of stuffed jalapenos, hot wings, blackened chicken nachos, shrimp po'boys, pizzas, burgers and enchiladas.

8. Chelsea Corner
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If you haven't been to this local watering hole in a while, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the changes the new owners have made since taking over in 2016, especially if your idea of watching the game includes feasting on upscale pub food. They do everything from gourmet burgers, artisan pizzas and sandwiches to main courses like braised short ribs and roasted Jidori chicken. Along with wine, beer and craft cocktails, expect to see an extensive lineup of scotch and American whiskeys. Also expect to find 19 large flat screens broadcasting non-stop sports action as well as a massive dog friendly patio in the back. And if that's not enough to keep you entertained, there's also billiards, Jenga and corn hole.

7. 504 Bar & Grill
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Sporting a rustic industrial-style interior, a massive four-sided bar and garage-style doors that open 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 tipples like mint juleps and metro mules.

6. 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, doesn't hurt either. Wait, there's more. They also run specials on Jack Daniels during Dallas Stars home games, offer $4 craft beer (poured in a take-home limited-edition glass) on Wednesdays and host happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

5. 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, happy hour prices on drinks and catch non-stop sports action being broadcast 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 co-owner Gabe Nicolella's spaghetti and meatballs for $6.99.

4. 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.

3. The Owner's Box
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Talk about a game day oasis. This upscale spot inside the downtown Omni Hotel seems more like a country club lounge than a sports bar with 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 beers, wine and football-themed cocktails, the menu features elevated pub food, including Cajun shrimp tacos, BBQ brisket nachos and turkey burgers with balsamic onion jam and roasted mushrooms. Bonus: You can score $4 domestic drafts, $5 well drinks and $20 beer buckets (five beers) during happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Double bonus: There's also complimentary billiards, cornhole and Jenga.

2. 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?

1. 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 ahi tuna nachos; artisan pizzas; prime rib French dip sandwiches and pesto crusted salmon. They also have an inviting cocktail menu and twenty Texas craft beers on tap. Not to mention they have a happy hour that starts at 11 a.m. (Monday through Friday), live music, burlesque shows, trivia nights and a sultry speakeasy tucked away downstairs. Pro Tip: If there's a weekend game, arrive a little early to have brunch first.