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It's Mardi Gras - Celebrate at The Nodding Donkey Greenville!

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to get in on the Mardi Gras celebrations! Mardi Gras is just one big winter party that is celebrated by many cultures and people around the world. And at The Nodding Donkey, we love any excuse for a good time. So let’s do Mardi Gras in Dallas at The Nodding Donkey!


If you like good drinks, good food, and an even better atmosphere, then join us at The Nodding Donkey for our Mardi Gras events:


Saturday, Feb. 6 – Mardi Gras Party


It’s the last weekend of Mardi Gras, and we want to see you here at The Donkey Greenville to join in on the fun. We’ll be hosting a Dallas crawfish boil from 2-8pm, followed by a few Mardi Gras contests. Show us your best Mardi Gras beads and Mardi Gras mask for the chance to win up to $250 in cash and prizes! After the contest, dance the night away to a DJ and some amazing Dallas drink specials, including $3 Hurricanes. It’s going to be the best party on Greenville Ave, and we can’t wait to see you.


Tuesday, Feb. 9 – Fat Tuesday Celebration


Fat Tuesday is the last day to party – so you better live it up big! Get off work a little early and head over to The Nodding Donkey. Starting at 4pm, we’ll be hosting another crawfish boil with all the fixins. Succulent gulf crawfish boiled to perfection, red potatoes, baby corn, and delicious craft beer will all be available as our daily special. But hurry – we’ll begin serving at 4pm – and when we run out, we run out. Can’t make it for the crawfish boil? Join us after for live music from some of Dallas’ best local talent.

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us for Mardi Gras Nodding Donkey Style! 

3 Reasons to Visit The Nodding Donkey Greenville During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is now just one week away, and you may be thinking to yourself, “how am I going to survive all of this extra family time?!”


We’ve got an easy solution for you – hanging out at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave! Here are a few reasons to come see us:


Open Thanksgiving Day Evening


Once you’ve had all the turkey – and pinches from Aunt Sally! – that you can handle, head over to The Nodding Donkey Greenville for Dallas drink specials and football! The celebration continues with all the big Thanksgiving Day games on, plenty of seating, and cold draft beers and appetizers.


Football. Football. And More Football.


What is Thanksgiving weekend without some friendly rivalry games?! Some huge matchups are on, and you can bet the best sports bar in Dallas will have you covered with 17 big screen TVs and a lively crowd. Texas vs. Texas Tech, Baylor vs. TCU, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma St, Alabama vs. Auburn, Texas A&M vs. LSU, and more. It’s going to be a great weekend of football so make plans to be at The Donkey!


Post Shopping Munchies and Drinks


Maybe you’re not the football type, and shopping is more your thing. You stayed up all night to wait in line for that “thing you must have” and now you’re exhausted. Relax with lunch, appetizers, and cold drinks at The Nodding Donkey. We have a huge selection of draft beers – craft brews, domestics, imports, and more.


Remember: we are open 5pm to close on Thanksgiving Day, then regular hours the days leading up to Thanksgiving and the days after. We can’t wait to see you for lunch, dinner, or Dallas brunch.

P.S. Parking is a breeze with the garage adjacent offering FREE, unlimited parking to all patrons of The Nodding Donkey. See you this week!

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New Executive Chef. New Menu at The Nodding Donkey!

A few months ago, we welcomed Rhett Dukes as Exeutive Chef at The Nodding Donkey. Rhett had been with us for sometime, starting as a sous chef and quickly moving up the ranks as a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen.

As part of Rhett’s new role, we wanted to overhaul our menu. Keep the old favorites that everyone has come to know and love, but looking forward to innovative ways to serve the freshest “bar food” around. We are excited to announce that our new menu is now available at The Nodding Donkey, and we can't wait for you to try it! 

Freshness is Key

The fresh new menu at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. is chock full of dishes you wouldn’t expect at your favorite Dallas bar. Sure, we’re still going to offer some of your old favorites like chips & queso, chicken strips, and jalapeno skins – but each dish has upped its freshness quotient. The chicken strips are freshly marinated and prepared with 9 different herbs and spices. The queso is prepared with real cheddar cheese and loaded with brisket. You get the idea. It’s the little things that give the food a freshness you can taste. Oh and did we mention that if you join us for the best brunch in Dallas, all eggs are free-range, organic eggs.

Jalapeno Skins Stuffed with Chorizo and Oaxaca Cheese.

Jalapeno Skins Stuffed with Chorizo and Oaxaca Cheese.

A World of Variety

Appetizers. Burgers. Pizza. Salads. Sandwiches. A wide variety of what we call Texican food (it’s not Tex-Mex here…it’s Texican!). A whole menu full of lighter fare, comfort food, American favorites, and more. We know you are sure to find something you love.

Join us at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. this weekend to enjoy a college football game and a meal off of our brand new menu! Pair that with a Dallas drink special or two, and you’re set! We can’t wait to see you at the best sports bar in Dallas!

Bring the Whole Family for Food & Fun

We know that it’s sometimes hard to know if you can bring the family to a particular restaurant. Will there be appropriate music? Will there be anything on the menu for the kids to eat?

While The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. may be the best sports bar in Dallas according to D Magazine readers, it doesn’t mean we aren’t family friendly!  

·      Games and Fun: If you love sharing the love for the game with your kids and want to bring them in to watch a big championship game or your local favorites, know that we’ve got big screen TVs throughout the restaurant showing all the biggest games! And there are always yard games, arcade games, board games, pool tables, etc. available for you to play and enjoy – even if you aren’t into watching football or basketball!

·      PIZZA! One of the specialties at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. is our pizza. And what kid doesn’t love pizza?! It’s like the meal everyone bonds over. Tons of great choices, from the traditional pepperoni and cheese to the more unique and gourmet options. Try a Texican Pizza on for size: barbeque brisket, sweet pickled jalapenos, picked red onions, and goat cheese all atop one pizza. It’s southern and amazing.

·      Good People: We thank the patrons of The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. for keeping it classy. You know how to have a great time, but keep it family friendly and fun for all. You guys rock!

Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey Greenville for a family date night!

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And if you are a resident of the Uptown or Downtown areas of Dallas, you may want to head over to our sister restaurant – State & Allen – on Monday, August 10, from 5-7pm for an Urban Parents’ Night Out. There will be drinks and opportunities to mix and mingle with other parents raising families in the Downtown and Uptown Dallas area. RSVP to



Parties are better at The Nodding Donkey!

Summer is halfway over, and many are already thinking forward to the fall. Engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, gameday watch parties, retirement parties, corporate functions, birthdays, etc. Many times, it’s hard to know where to host such events.

Don’t forget that The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. has an amazing event space that is perfect for your next event! Our friendly and knowledge staff takes care of all of your Dallas party planning, so that you don’t have to do anything but enjoy!

·      Food & Drinks: The food and drinks will be nothing less than top notch. Work directly with our event planner to create a menu that works for your event. Whether that means a plated sit down meal, buffet, or just heavy appetizers with drinks, we are happy to listen to your needs and make it happen. All with the delicious Nodding Donkey menu you have come to expect!

·      Sound System: The event space is fully equipped with audio and visual capabilities, so showing that slideshow or playing your favorite playlist are not a problem at The Nodding Donkey.

·      Space for All: The room is large – 50 ft. by 20 ft. – and can accommodate up to 80 people. With a room that big, we have the space to make your vision a reality! Mix and mingle cocktail style or full table seating, the choice is completely yours.

·      Keep your Private Party Private: Isn't it a pain when you go to a “private party,” and can hear the other “not so private party” in the next room? At The Nodding Donkey, our Dallas event space is set apart so you will be completely shut off from the rest of the happenings at the restaurant, allowing you and your guests to enjoy your party – not someone elses!

 Give us a call today to book your next Dallas private party!

No Hassle Parking at The Nodding Donkey

Parking in Dallas, Texas is often a beast. Anytime you go out, it seems you have to factor in extra time for traffic, and then even more time for finding the right parking spot once you arrive at your destination. It’s never easy – unless you come to The Nodding Donkey!

You may be concerned about the parking at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave, given the popularity of this area and the fact that parking is always tight over here at the best sports bar in Dallas. Well, don’t be!!

The Nodding Donkey – located at the corner of Greenville Ave. and SMU Blvd. in Dallas, Tx - is fortunate enough to be located adjacent to a parking garage! Woohoo!

And that’s not all! We offer FREE covered parking in the garage until 3pm, Monday-Friday. And then valet is available at the following times: 

·      Monday-Friday: 4pm-midnight

·      Saturday-Sunday: 10am-midnight

If free and convenient parking isn’t enough, you might just be lucky enough to get a free drink or two out of it as well! When you present our bartender with a valet ticket, we’ll give you Nodding Donkey Wooden Nickel tokens, good for free drinks at the bar. It doesn’t get any better than that, folks!

Come on out to The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. this week for some great food, drinks, and atmosphere. We’ve always got a great game on and rowdy fans to watch alongside you. A few nights to remember: 

·      Tuesdays: Geeks Who Drink Trivia Tuesdays – starts at 8pm. Grab a few nerdy friends to when the title of trivia masters!

·      Wednesdays: Karaoke Night! Belt out your favorites! We promise not to laugh.

Check our facebook page regularly for updates on specials events and opportunities to get food and drink specials! We are proud to be your neighborhood restaurant and bar!

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Join us on the Lawn this Summer!

The Reunion Tower Lawn that is!

The Nodding Donkey is excited to be a part at one of our favorite new Dallas traditions – Reunion Tower Lawn Party!

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Here’s everything you need to know:

What: The Reunion Lawn Party is your summer hangout. A chance to come together with friends and family and just hangout in the city of Dallas on a beautiful summer night. There will be food trucks galore, live music, plenty of room to spread out, lawn games to play, and of course a Beer Garden sponsored by yours truly – The Nodding Donkey! We’ll be serving up a variety of local craft brews for you to try, along with a solid collection of domestic and import beers and wines. 

Truly a family-friendly event, there will be something for everyone! Adults can enjoy the bean bag toss, horseshoes, or cornhole, while children will appreciate the streamers, bubbles, and hula hoops! Plan to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and maybe a Frisbee or two to throw around. 

As far as the food goes, the best food trucks in Dallas will descend on Reunion Tower Lawn, and you’re sure to find something you love. Easy Slider, Bellatrino, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, and The Bomb Fried Pies are just a few of the food trucks that you can expect to see.

When: The Reunion Lawn parties will take place the last Saturday of every month this summer, June – September. So event dates are June 27, July 25, August 29, and September 26. Each event will open at 5pm and run until 10pm.

Where: The Reunion Tower Lawn. The beauty of this location is that it’s huge, open, can accommodate everyone, and it’s in the hub of downtown Dallas. It’s truly like hanging out at your neighborhood block party!

So mark your calendar now and join us for the inaugural event: Saturday – June 27 – at 5pm! You will not want to miss it!

Visit the event website for complete details!

Attention: Nodding Donkey UPTOWN to Show the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight!

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2. We know you are all placing bets and getting ready to see the fight of the century! We are too – over at our sister location, The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

Our Uptown location will be the place to watch the entire fight and see who comes out victorious! Should be a great fight with two prize-winning fighters duking it out to the finish.

 Manny Pacquiao

Manny – a true rags to riches story – burst onto the seen 20 years ago and has been a phenom every since. Also known as the “Pac-Man,” Pacquiao is regarded by many to be the best fighter pound-for-pound in the world. He’s one the lineal championship in 4 weight classes, holds 10 world titles, and is the first and only boxer to be a world champion in 8 divisions. It’s easy to see why Mayweather has his work cut out for him!

 Floyd Mayweather

 Floyd Mayweather has never lost a professional boxing match so that in and of itself is pretty impressive! His style is precise and calculated, and it’s paid off. He’s won award after award including winning 10 world titles, multiple lineal championships in 4 different weight classes, and more. Most of the world believes Mayweather’s track record speaks for itself and odds are on him to take it all.

Who do you think it will be?!

 Two championship boxers. Two different styles and pedigrees. At 38 is Floyd Mayweather past his prime? Will Pacquiao’s explosive style of boxing be too much for Mayweather to combat? Or will the bookies in Vegas be right, and Mayweather comes out on top with his precision. Odds Shark currently has Mayweather as the favorite to win, but with a competitor like Pacquaio, it’s anyone’s guess.

We’ll be at The Nodding Donkey Uptown on May 2 for the best Dallas Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Watch Party – and we hope to see you there too! There will be a $40 cover charge; you can pay at the door or email to reserve your spot in advance! 

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Craft Brews to Try at The Nodding Donkey!

Spring has sprung. March Madness is in full swing. The weather is uh-mazing. It’s time to get to The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. this week to enjoy great food, drinks, and basketball!

When you come into D Magazine’s Readers’ Choice for Best Sports Bar in Dallas, you’ll instantly see that we’ve got a plethora of amazing craft beers, right on tap. Whether you want an old favorite, or are looking for something new, there is something for everyone. Here are a few to try:

·      Texas Ale Project – Fire Ant Funeral: A local Dallas brewery, Texas Ale Project is the first brewery in Texas to start from the ground up since the late 1800s. T.A.P. as it is commonly called, combines the art of brewing with the highest quality ingredients to incite the best possible flavor. Fire Ant Funeral was one of the first brews to come out of this local Dallas, Texas Brewery – and one of the best so far! An all American Amber Ale, Fire Ant Funeral combines 7 different malts that create a rich, full-bodied ale.

·      Community Beer Company – Mosaic IPA: Mosaic put Community Beer Company on the map with the development of this full-bodied, yet not overpowering India Pale Ale. The name – Mosaic – comes from the use of a new hop called Mosaic, giving it a raw, hoppy flavor that is surprisingly well balanced. Community Beer is brewed right here in Downtown Dallas.

·      Peticolas Brewing Company – Velvet Hammer: Velvet Hammer is a favorite here at The Nodding Donkey because of its malty sweetness, balanced bite, and floral undertones. It’s complex and unique, with a dark – almost ruby – color. Everything a good Imperial Red Ale should be! Located right here in Dallas, Peticolas is consistently recognized as one of the best breweries in Dallas.

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Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. in Dallas to try one of these house favorites!

The Nodding Donkey is ready for March Madness!

At D Magazine’s Best Sports Bar in Dallas, March only means one thing: basketball – and lots of it!

Come on out to The Nodding Donkey this month to watch your favorite college basketball team battle their way to the Sweet 16 and beyond. Our hometown favorites, the SMU Mustangs, just beat Tulsa and are now the American Athletic Conference champions, with their next match up on Thursday, March 12. You will not want to miss our watch party as we cheer them on to victory!

·        Food & Drink Specials: When the game is on, so are our drink specials. Every day of the week we have amazing Dallas drink specials on draft beers, cocktails, craft brews, and more. Wednesdays we have all of our wines at half price and Thursdays are Ladies Nights, which means $3 drinks after 7pm. Pair your favorite beverage with one of our delicious homemade pizzas or appetizers, and you are set.

·        Watch Parties: Want to host your own watch party? Don’t forget that The Nodding Donkey on Greenville Ave. has a Dallas event space that can be rented out for events. Our event staff can work with you to customize the event to your tastes and preferences. Seating, food, drinks, etc. are all done according to your preference. So give us a call today to reserve our event space for your next private watching party!

·         Games and Fun for All: Even if watching the basketball game is not your thing, then we’ve still got plenty to do. Cornhole, giant Jenga, arcade games, and more. Plenty for all ages – even the kids! The Nodding Donkey is your neighborhood restaurant and bar!

We look forward to seeing you this week at The Nodding Donkey, conveniently located at the corner of Greenville Ave. and SMU Blvd. in the heart of Dallas, Texas. 

Best Lunch Specials in Dallas are at The Nodding Donkey!

If you haven’t stopped by The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. in awhile, then it’s time to drop by for lunch! The Nodding Donkey has the best lunch specials in Dallas, with something great everyday of the week. Every day from 11-4pm.

·        Mondays – Half Price Pizza: We know it’s hard to get in a groove, so not only are all of our pizzas half price during lunch on Mondays, but they are half price ALL DAY MONDAY! Now there’s a reason to celebrate a new work week!

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·        Tuesdays - $5.95 Burgers and Fries: Any of our scrumptuous burgers prepared fresh with 100% angus beef, crunchy veggies, and ooey gooey cheese. One of our favorites – the Mushroom, Onion, and Swiss – with carmelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and melted swiss cheese. So good!

·        Wednesdays – Half Price Salads: Half price salads on Wednesdays gives you a great opportunity to try our famous Silver Bowl Salad – the original salad that put us on the map! A heap of romaine covered in bacon, spicy chicken, grapes, oranges, red bell peppers, and two delicious dressings, you’ll fall in love with this salad.

·        Thursdays - $6.50 Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches: A fresh take on the common burger, our Buffalo Chicken Sandwich will knock your socks off! And at just $6.50, the price can’t be beat!

·        Fridays: $8.95 Fish & Chips: It’s been a long week, so you deserve a good deal! Our fish & chips deal is available during lunch on Friday, and ALL DAY LONG! Join us for lunch, dinner, or happy hour to get this amazing deal. Paired with one of our daily drink specials (ahem…$3 wells and $3 domestic drafts during Happy Hour just to name a few), and you’re set.

So join us this week at the best sports bar in Dallas for the best lunch specials in Dallas! We love being your neighborhood bar and grill!

Watch the Mavs and Ponies with Us!

If you’re in withdrawals that football season has come and gone, don’t be. Because basketball season is in full swing!

Voted the Best Sports Bar in Dallas, Texas by D Magazine readers, The Nodding Donkey Greenville Avenue proudly supports the Dallas Mavericks and the SMU Mustangs, airing the games here on our big screen TVs where no seat is a bad seat! Here are just a few reasons why D Magazine readers are loyal to The Donkey!

·        Family atmosphere: The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. prides itself on being a family establishment; one that you’d feel comfortable bringing your kids to when watching a game, grabbing a pizza, and playing a game of Cornhole. We know not all sports bars are created equally, so we thank our loyal customers for keeping the vibe family friendly around here!

·        Games and Fun: Not only can you watch the big game on one of our big screen TVs, but you can play Cornhole, adult sized Jenga, arcade games, pool tables, and more! And don’t forget about Geeks Who Drink on Trivia Tuesdays! Join us every Tuesday night at 8pm for a super fun game of random trivia. There is never a dull moment here.

·        Lunch Specials: Pizza on Mondays, burgers on Tuesdays, salads on Wednesdays, buffalo chicken sandwiches on Thursdays, fish & chips on Fridays, and more. All of our food is handcrafted using fresh ingredients for food that is anything but your average “bar food.”

·        Happy Hours: Conveniently located at the corner of Greenville Ave. and SMU Blvd. in Dallas, we’re the perfect stop after a long work day. From 3-7pm, come in and enjoy $3 wells and $3 domestic drafts every day.

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Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey Greenville to support the Dallas Mavericks, SMU Mustangs, or whoever your favorite team is. We’ll save you a seat!

Reserve Your Spot with OpenTable

Sometimes it can be tough to get a table on a busy Friday or Saturday night in the great city of Dallas (or even a weeknight for that matter!), but at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Avenue, reserving your spot is just a few clicks away!

The Nodding Donkey has partnered with OpenTable, an amazing online reservations system, providing up to the minute information on when a restaurant has reservation times available. It’s a sophisticated system that is used worldwide by over 31,000 restaurants and reserves reservations over 15 million diners a month! With numbers like that, you know that their software has to be legit!

And now, if you’re interested in getting a reservation at The Nodding Donkey Greenville, all you have to do is visit our website and click the “reservations” tab at the top of your screen. You will then be transported to a screen that gives you real time information on what time slots are available for the date and time you select. Just click what works and you’re in! No need to followup with the restaurant; you can rest assured we received your reservation.

Enjoying Geeks Who Drink on Tuesday Nights

Enjoying Geeks Who Drink on Tuesday Nights

Upon arrival, don’t forget about the free covered parking in the parking garage right off of Greenville Avenue during weekdays, or you can also valet from 4pm - midnight on weekdays and from 10am – midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have a valet ticket, just bring it up to the bar and we’ll give you wooden nickel drink tokens, good for drinks on the house!

So the next time you’re making last minute plans, and you’re not sure if there are any tables available at The Donkey, just visit our website! You can make a reservation, and then just come on in to find your table waiting. Now isn’t that nice!

Geeks Who Drink!

Looking for a fun time this Tuesday night?! Then head on over to The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. for a rousing evening of Tuesday Trivia.

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If you know more than you should about Star Wars, or can name every country and its capital city, then this may be the game for you. It’s the game of absurd trivia that will have everyone rolling with laughter and engaged. Bonus – the more drinks you have, the more fun it is!

Step 1: Gather friends.

Gather up a group of your smartest, coolest friends and form a team at The Donkey. But remember to chose wisely. Friends don’t let friends play with dumb people.

Step 2: Fuel up.

Make sure to order a few drinks and entrees, or maybe a starter or two, to fuel your brainpower. Stacked Up Nachos are always a good choice, or maybe the Brisket Quesadillas.

And don’t forget that Tuesdays are half price champagne nights, so order a few glasses of bubbly to toast each time your team answers correctly. It’s sure to make the game even more fun. The Donkey also has $11 domestic pitchers every day, all day, and pizza half price every night after 10pm.

Step 3: Play the Game.

Game time is 8pm so be ready! Trivia ranges from silly to downright absurd, so you’re sure to get a laugh or two. It’s just pure fun.

Step 4: Win or Lose – Everyone’s a Winner.

Whether your team wins or loses, congratulate the winners by buying them a round of champagne. Or congratulate yourselves for a great effort. It’s half price on Tuesdays, remember?

Join us this coming Tuesday night – or any Tuesday night – to get in on the fun! It’s a great time and a great opportunity to make some new friends or mingle with old ones.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Can you believe it’s the week of Christmas?! Time to finish up your holiday shopping, put up any last-minute decorations, and then make plans to join us at The Nodding Donkey Greenville! We pride ourselves on having a family atmosphere with activities suitable for both adults and children alike. Oversized Jenga, cornhole, pool tables, etc. – there is always something to do!

Christmas Hours

Enjoy Christmas Eve with your family, as we’ll be closed all day, but after all the fun is winding down, meet up with a few friends – or bring the whole family – to The Donkey! We will be opening at 5pm on Christmas Day AND we will be serving half price pizza all night long! With choices galore, we can’t think of a better way to finish off your Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve

The Donkey is open and ready to party! Come out for drink specials and FUN!

New Year’s Day Brunch

After you’ve watched the ball drop and celebrated the New Year, start 2015 off right with brunch at The Nodding Donkey! From 11am – 3pm, you can enjoy the best brunch in town with waffles, eggs any way you want them, bacon, and more.

Bowl Game Watch Parties

All the bowl games will be shown here, so come grab one of the best seats in town to watch your favorite teams!

And did you know that The Nodding Donkey Greenville can host your bowl game watch party?! Whether big or small, we’re happy to work with you to accommodate all your needs. Just give us a call today and we’ll be happy to work out all the details. And don’t forget about our private event space, exclusively for private parties.

There is always something going on at The Nodding Donkey, and the holiday season is no exception! Happy Holidays from your friends at The Donkey! Thanks for making 2014 such a great year!