Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7 ways to celebrate Texas/OU weekend in Dallas without going to the game
Burnt orange and crimson'n'cream not required.
Football games can be about sports, or they can be about socializing. We're going to file the University of Texas vs. University of Oklahoma's annual Red River Rivalry on Saturday in Dallas in the second category: Bars in some parts of town will be full to capacity with high-fiving fans who will expend as much energy watching the game as they will ordering another drink.
Here are 7 best bets:
Start with a song: Before anyone's won or lost the game, singing groups from both universities are having a Red River Sing Off at Galleria Dallas. How very Glee of them! Singing begins at noon Friday on Level 1 of the mall.
Longhorns only, please: Neil Diamond tribute band Diamondbag is playing an outdoor gig at Lee Harvey's in Dallas on Friday night. Lee Harvey's is one of Dallas' best grungy bars, so don't wear your fancy shoes. The UT pom squad is slated to show up for some halftime entertainment. Dogs on leashes are welcome on the patio.
Watch it: Bars across town abound with drink specials and events during the Texas/OU game. The Granada Theater is hosting a watch party for fans of both teams. It's ages 14 and up, and tickets are $16 each. Bonus: You are a short (and safe) walk to the always-entertaining San Francisco Rose, then on to Stan's Blue Note and Dodie's Reef, any of which we'd recommend after the game for a hearty meal and another round of brew. Also down there is the Dubliner, which is having its own watch party and late-night concert. Swing back by the San Francisco Rose after 10 p.m. for some truly hilarious karaoke.
So you've got kids with you: A good option for a family-friendly event is the Party on the Plaza in front of American Airlines Center in Dallas. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and watch the game on the big screens, then mill around afterward. Coolers aren't allowed, so either get very creative or purchase food & drink on-site. Led Zeppelin tribute band Swan Song will play a free show after the game.
Party with Pat Green: A new restaurant and live music venue in Uptown called The Rustic opens softly Thursday, and by Saturday, it'll get loud in there during a $30 Pat Green concert after the Texas/OU game. (The venue can fit as many as 2,000 people in its backyard.) The Rustic opens at 8 a.m.; the game's at 11 a.m.; and the Pat Green concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Get tickets here.
Single and lookin' to mingle: Two bars in Uptown will fit the bill. Christies is doing drink specials -- though what, exactly, is still to be determined -- and it opens at 8 a.m., with anticipation that the bar will be at capacity until about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Christies is one of those come-as-you-are bars where people get rowdy and pool games are fierce. Down the street is the McKinney Avenue Tavern, affectionately called The MAT, which is setting up a double-wide trailer in the parking lot that doubles as a bar.
If you go to The MAT on Thursday from 5-7 p.m., they promise that the University of Texas' mascot Bevo -- the actual longhorn -- is going to be on-site.
So you're fancy: Candleroom it is. This bottle service bar celebrated its 10th anniversary in September, and it regularly hosts dressed-to-the-nines ladies and gents. Friday and Saturday, the club has $150 bottles of Ultimat vodka -- less pricey than fellow club Plush's $300-per-bottle fee. There's no cover charge at Candleroom, but you'll want to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official watch parties:
The OU Clubs of Dallas, Fort Worth and Collin County really want you to go to the game, but if you're not, post up here:
- Bryan Street Tavern in Dallas
- Pluckers Wing Bar in Allen
- Frankie's Sports Bar or the Reservoir in Fort Worth
The Texas Exes Dallas Chapter is hosting the Clash before the Bash at FIG in Dallas Friday night, where 1,000 people are expected and food comes from Urban Taco, Social House, Food Glorious Food and Fluellen Cupcakes. Proceeds benefit the Texas Exes Scholarship Fund.
The Texas Exes watch party on Saturday is at Park Tavern in the Shops at Park Lane, with $3 beer, $4 wells and $4 wine.