Time Out Tavern
You'll feel the true spirit of an original sports bar when you enter this dive filled with the sound of pure fun. The haphazard arrangement of neons and sports swag on the walls add to the feel-right-at-home vibe. A half dozen TVs let you catch the action. The food? They don’t serve any, but Time Out Tavern allows you to bring your own into the bar. Or choose a quick treat from their “heat and eat menu” of frozen snacks that can be heated in their microwaves. It’s like you never left college.
If that last one didn’t do it for you, here’s another one at the other end of the spectrum. Located in the Omni Dallas Hotel, the Owner’s Box is that posh place that solves all your problems when you’re trying to decide between taking in the game orgoing out on a date. The sleek and modern design brings an endless supply of TVs, from a 16-foot behemoth to private ones right in the booths. Food and drink consist of healthy starters, elevated pub grub—with the wings all drumettes—and a deep selection of draft beers and wines by the glass.
Stan's Blue Note
There might be no better place to watch a Cowboys game, but requests for out-of-town games are welcome on their endless supply of TVs. The menu is basic pub fare, and quite affordable for those on a budget. Complete with a juke box and pool table, this is a traditional bar that's all about good games, good times and a straightforward atmosphere that radiates Texas.
Strokers Ice House
Bikes, babes, burgers and beer is the formula at Strokers Ice House is the perfect combination of the four. Indoor and outdoor TVs let you catch a game while surrounded by some beautiful eye candy: motorcycles. If you're looking for a hangout that's the definition of a true biker bar, you won't be disappointed.
For the rowdy and the adventurous, head on over to the Rustic. Imagine a huge party at your best buddy’s house, and you've pretty much got the gist. It gets pretty packed around dinner time, but the abundance of big screen TVs will not kill the vibe on game day. The food combines the approachable and the upscale, offering interesting appetizers like duck wings and mains like Texas quail, beer can chicken and achiote gulf shrimp.
This dimly lit hole in the wall is packed with regulars and packed with TVs—along with dartboards,pool tables and foosball tables. Milo builds more of a crowd for Monday night football with $10 pitchers. On Wednesday nights, it’s $3 pints. Food spans all of the usual pub grub suspects.
The perfect sports bar for the thirsty and the thrifty, the Hub literally shows almost every kind of sports game on their 30-plus flat screen TVs. They have a wide variety of food, beers and drinks, and host an 8-hour happy hour starting at 11:00 AM daily. On Wednesdays, it’s an all day happy hour. Every Friday night you can enjoy the game while munching on one of their famous Fajita specials.
Head up to Uptown to find Nodding Donkey, a sports bar that takes its food game just as seriously as the games on their numerous TVs. Try the brisket grilled cheese from Chef Jonathan Calabrese's scratch kitchen that’ll have you rethinking your opinion of bar food. Or Donkey Balls: fried oaxaca cheese with a hint of jalapeños. The beer selections are extensive, but don’t sleep on their unique drink cocktails and concoctions, popular among the college crowd and young professionals.
Forget Hooters; here’s a similar sports bar with a Spanish accent. Populated by mostly native Mexican customers, Ojos Locos shows a slightly different variety of sports. Just try to keep your ojos (eyes) on the TVs that abound in every direction, and not on the attractive, scantily-clad servers. The eats employ Spanish nomenclature but stick mostly to the familiar: tacos, nachos, wings and burgers. Think of it as less time with your ojos in the menu.
Katy Trail Ice House
Known for making college graduates long for their campus days, Katy Trail Ice House is a place for fun and drinks. Most customers have already graduated, so it's more about the nostalgia—and the barbecue—than a place for fratters to party on. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio, as they are the best seats for the giant sized TVs that constantly run sports games.