Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Best bars in Dallas to watch the Texas/OU game
Some places are doing specials, some aren't. Avoid the drunken shuffle and go with a game plan.
The Texas/OU game is a treasured event for Dallas drinkers. And it's a party where no one's left out. It doesn't matter if you're supporting the burnt orange or the crimson-and-cream; Texas/OU weekend means a momentous party for anyone who enjoys beer and Jell-O shots.
Historically, University of Texas fans stake out a spot somewhere on Greenville Avenue and University of Oklahoma fans take over West End. But these days, there will be a mass exodus to Fair Park and Uptown bars, with spillage in other parts of town.
We'd highly recommend making your Texas/OU weekend similar to a pub crawl, as there's so much drinking to do, so little time:
Fair Park and South Dallas
The Amsterdam Bar is one of the closest bars to the Cotton Bowl, so it's good for ambling to and from the game. They're open 7 a.m. til 2 a.m. and will have TVs in about every possible crevice of the bar. “We do it up big,” the bartender told me.
Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill is our favorite sports bar in the whole world, but it can get cramped (to put it nicely) during Texas/OU weekend. If you go, bring a happy attitude and you'll be more than content to enjoy the $2 Jell-O shots, and $5 frozen vodka Red Bulls. We've sworn off vodka Red Bulls after that one time, but YUM, frozen ones?
Uptown Bar & Grill (say it with me: U-Bag) isn't hosting any specials, but we're sure that won't keep crowds away. Head here if you want to sit outside, as their patio/courtyard is a perfect hiding place.
Christie's Sports Bar is running some pretty specific specials, if you know what you like. Some draft beers, like Widmer and Longboard Lager, are $3.75; Stoli drinks are $4.50; and Sailor Jerry spiced rum is $4. Christie's used to be one big smokebox back when you could still smoke in Dallas bars, but now you can play pool and drink your whiskey without fearing cancer. Their patio's a good spot to people-watch the McKinney Avenue shenanigans, too.
National Sports Lounge, close to the Granada, is doing $20 buckets of aluminum-bottle beers.
Also doing $20 buckets of 16 oz. aluminum bottles is Stan's Blue Note. A selection of 20 oz. beers are $5. If we could direct you anywhere on Greenville Avenue to enjoy this game, it'd be Stan's Blue Note. The picnic tables outside are perfect for beer pong and flip cup if you can find the elbow room.
San Francisco Rose is a Texas Tech bar (and as you'll note, Texas Tech isn't involved in the Texas/OU match-up). The bar isn't having any drink specials, but they'll be showing the game, and it's a cozy spot to grab a brew.
The Granada Theater is offering $20 tickets to watch The Big Game and enjoy a fajita buffet. That evening, Black Tie Dynasty and Ishi will play for $10 -- one of those Ten Dolla Holla specials we love.
If you're in the area on Friday, a concert featuring Reckless Kelly and Brandon Rhyder goes on at the Bud Light stage in the West End. Both those bands happen to play music that even the most hated rivals can jam to together. We hope.
For the classy football fan, Butcher Shop Steakhouse is having a special menu for Texas/OU weekend. The menu includes appetizers like seafood fondue or truffle fries, and dinner includes a 8 oz. filet, 16 oz. ribeye, or chicken Pontchartrain, among others. They also have have two TVs inside and two outside, so you'll be able to catch the game while you chow.
When we called Dick's Last Resort to inquire about their specials, they hung up on us. What d*cks.
West End Pub is hosting their regular happy hour specials all day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. That means draft beers are either $2.75, $3.75, or $4.75; wine is $3.50; and wells are $3.