Monday, January 30, 2012
Best bars in Dallas-Fort Worth to watch the Super Bowl
Broken down by neighborhood, one of these bars will do you right.
SXC user vancanjay
Super Bowl Sunday is usually spent guzzling beer at a house party. But if you'd rather bypass your neighbor's stinky couch and watch the Super Bowl at one of Dallas-Fort Worth's many watering holes, you'll find good drink specials and avoid eating nine slices of delivery pizza.
Here are the best bars in Dallas-Fort Worth to watch the New England Patriots and the New York Giants duke it out for Super Bowl supremacy:
Uptown Dallas: For the wildest Super Bowl parties in Dallas, head to Uptown. Your priciest party is at Nodding Donkey, the indoor/outdoor bar tucked in the neighborhood of State and Allen. A $100 all-day ticket will get you a lunch buffet, a family-style dinner, and all drinks included. If that ain't enough, they'll throw in a thumb wrestling tournament at no extra charge. A cut of $10 from each ticket goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For a cheaper party that will be no less unruly, go to Primebar. The swanky, newish bar will host a tent party outside in the parking lot with a band, plus mimosa and shot specials. It's $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Your other option is Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill on McKinney Avenue in Uptown. Frankie's is easily the most popular sports bar in Uptown, and you'll have to show up early -- like, noon -- to get a good table. Frankie's will have food specials for each kind of football fan, plus $4 Manhattans for Giants fans and $4 Boston Tea Party drinks for Patriots fans. Singles, Super Bowl Sunday at Frankie's is a great place to mingle. And drink too much.
Downtown Dallas: Press Box Grill on Main Street in Downtown Dallas will have $3 draft beers. The bar will show the game on their 112-inch TV.
Greenville Avenue: Dodie's Reef in Dallas is the new cajun joint that opened after a fire on Greenville Avenue destroyed several restaurants. Dodie's is a restaurant, to be sure, but their indoor/outdoor bar and beautiful third-story patio will be a good spot to people watch while the game's on. The bar gets rowdy during football games, and we're expecting nothing less on Super Bowl Sunday. A few blocks north on Greenville, you can also watch the big game on the "best 30-foot screen in Dallas" at the Granada Theater. It's free to get in, and they'll have a chicken fajita dinner and beer bucket specials.
Woody's Tavern on Bryant Irvin Road in Fort Worth is doing a chili cook off -- the only bar we found cooking comforting chili for what's supposed to be a cold-weather occasion. (Remember last year's Super Bowl?) They'll also have 16-ounce draft beers for just $2. Another fun place to watch the game is Jake's Old Fashioned Hamburgers on Camp Bowie Boulevard or on Main Street. They've got $12 domestic buckets of beer, with potentially more specials to be announced this week. Chef Tim Love, who's a pretty big football fan himself, is doing a special at the Love Shack So7 at Trinity Park for those who want to-go food: six Love Burgers, six fries, and six cookies for $50. Yum.
Given that the Super Bowl isn't in Arlington this year, there's a lot less going on for the big game. We recommend Bobby V's. They've got $3 large drafts and more than 50 TVs.
The neighborhood bar Vickery Park in Plano is the only place we've found giving away food on Super Bowl Sunday. They'll serve free burgers and hot dogs with the purchase of a beer. (And who isn't having a beer on Super Bowl Sunday anyhow?) Nearby is Kelly's Eastside.
Neighborhood chain breastaurant Twin Peaks is selling a $50 ticket for all-you-can-eat food and five drinks. The, um, "scenic" views? Well those are free.
Denton isn't exactly a sports town, but your best bet for watching the Super Bowl at a bar is Lucky Lou's. Expect lots of rowdy college kids. The bar plans to do a cookout, and a bartender mentioned that plenty of folks would be "getting wasted." Sounds about right.
Know of a Super Bowl party we didn't mention? Tell us why it's your top pick in the comments section below.