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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



The Nodding Donkey Gives Back

Being the best sports bar in Dallas is not just about the food, drink specials, and the atmosphere. It’s also about giving back to the community that treats us so well!

The Nodding Donkey Greenville Ave. is proud to support many charities that benefit those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s part of our mission to be the best Dallas restaurant and bar. We love making serving others fun and rewarding for all, and so we try to host various events throughout the year to benefit others.

During the Christmas season, we helped collect toys for children who may otherwise have a grim Christmas by partnering with Toys for Tots as a drop location. Earlier this month, many of you came out to help us feed the homeless as we partnered with TangoTab. Thanks to your support, we were able to feed over 5,000 homeless people in our Dallas community! Wow!

Over 5,000 meals prepared for the homeless! Thank you to all who came out to help!

Over 5,000 meals prepared for the homeless! Thank you to all who came out to help!

Now we are offering yet another opportunity to have a little fun – and raise some money for a great cause too!

SAVE THE DATE NOW for our 4th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament! It will be Friday, June 19, 2015, benefiting children in need. There will be food, fun, adult beverages, raffle tickets, and more! You will not want to miss it! It’s an event we look forward to every year! If you’d like more details or want to reserve your spot now, email Even if it isn’t your best day of golf, it’s sure to be the most fun!

In the meantime, join us for March Madness! Nearly every night in March there will be a game on, drink specials, and a rowdy crowd to keep you company! Join us for dinner, lunch, happy hour, or weekend brunch! Any time is a good time to visit The Nodding Donkey on Greenville Ave!

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!

What's New at The Nodding Donkey?!

Yall, it’s a new year, and The Nodding Donkey Greenville Avenue has some fun new things planned.

·        Donkey Swag: Get it while it’s HOT! Now in stock – straight from the presses – our new Nodding Donkey swag! Tshirts. Tanks. Long sleeve sweatshirts. Each adorned with really cool Nodding Donkey graphics. Come and get them now before they are gone!

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·        Valentine’s Day at The Donkey: Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, and whether you’ve got a special someone to spend it with or not, join us at The Donkey for some fun! Hey – you never know who you might meet! Or checkout the amazing Traffic Light party planned over at our sister restaurant in Uptown, State & Allen Kitchen + Bar. All the details are here, so get your tickets for a night you won’t soon forget!

·        New Menu: Coming soon, we’ll be keeping the favorites you’ve come to know and love (like the signature Silver Bowl salad!), while sprucing up the menu some and adding some new favorites to the list. We never want our menu to become stagnant, and we know you’ll love the new dishes our chef’s are preparing!

·        Basketball Season is Here: As the best sports bar in Dallas, you can bet we’ve got the game on! Dallas Mavericks, SMU Mustangs, and more! Come on out for drink specials and the best atmosphere in town to watch and cheer your favorite team to victory!

·        New Craft Beers: Our beer selection is always changing, rotating in and out seasonal offerings, and keeping the menu fresh. Come on in today to see what new beers we have that you may not have tried yet!

Join us at The Nodding Donkey Greenville Avenue for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or just about anytime of day! We love being your neighborhood restaurant and bar!

Concerned about Parking? Don't Be!

We’ve heard it over and over again: it’s so hard to find parking off Greenville Avenue! Well not at The Nodding Donkey Greenville!

We’ve conveniently located at the corner of SMU Blvd. and Greenville Ave., and we offer two great parking options to make parking a non-issue:

·         Garage Parking: Yep, Monday – Friday until 3pm, The Nodding Donkey provides free, covered parking the adjacent parking garage. Since it’s adjacent, it’s literally like parking right out front, making us a convenient choice for brunch or a workday lunch.

·         Valet: If you’re coming for evening dinner or a happy hour with coworkers, no need to fret! We offer a valet service from 4pm – midnight on Monday – Friday, and from 10am – midnight on Saturday and Sunday. And we’ll even sweeten the deal for you! With your valet service, we’ll give you Wooden Nickel drink tokens for flashing your current valet ticket at the bar. It’s pretty much like free valet too, since we know you’ll be ordering a drink or two anyway! Plus valet is about as convenient as it gets.

Convenient parking adjacent to The Nodding Donkey Greenville in Dallas, TX

Convenient parking adjacent to The Nodding Donkey Greenville in Dallas, TX

So now that we’ve got your parking covered, let me suggest a few drinks to use those precious drink tokens on! How about trying one of our wells or domestic drafts – both $3 each during happy hour?!. Or one of our other daily drink specials:

·         Tuesdays – Half price champagne

·         Wednesdays – Half price wine

·         Thursdays – Half price scotch AND $3 Ladies Night specials after 7pm

·         Saturday & Sunday – $2.50 Mimosas, $10 Bottomless Mimosas, and $3 Screwdrivers, Bloody Marys, and Greyhounds.

The next time you hear someone complaining about parking at XYZ Restaurant & Bar in Dallas, remember that The Nodding Donkey Greenville has got you covered – literally – with garage parking and valet! Just cross that off your list of worries and come enjoy the fun! 

New Name. Same Great Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar.

You may or may not have noticed, but things look a little different around here.

Street construction has cleared up. New businesses have sprung up. Foot traffic is higher than ever. The city is even putting forth a $3 million bond to fund a renovation of the area’s streetscape.

This is all good news to local small business owners who have struggled over the last decade as crime rates in the area grew and regulations stunted growth.

Yes, things are on the upswing in the Greenville area, and at The Nodding Donkey we’re excited and proud to be a part of the revitalization. In order to show our support for the area, we’ve chosen to make a slight name change, changing our name from The Nodding Donkey – SMU Blvd. to The Nodding Donkey – Greenville.

And while our name has changed, we’re still the same neighborhood restaurant and bar you love:

·         Location: no, we haven’t changed locations! We’re still on the corner of Greenville Ave. and SMU Blvd, with close proximity to SMU and other Dallas hot spots. So the next time the big game is on, come join us. We’ll be airing SMU Mustangs football and all your favorite Big 12 and SEC games each Saturday this Fall. Valet parking is always available after 4pm and we’ll even give free drink tokens to anyone who shows a current valet ticket.

·         Food: still as delicious as ever. Mouthwatering burgers, fresh pizzas (now available with gluten free crust!), salads, sandwiches, all created with a unique Texan flare.

·         Fun: there is always something happening at The Nodding Donkey. Live music every Friday night, trivia game nights, and adult sized cornhole and Jenga, just to name a few of the exciting things we’ve got lined up for you. Oh – and did we mention we were voted the best sports bar by D Magazine readers?!

So if you haven’t visited the Greenville area in awhile, pop into The Nodding Donkey for a drink and then show some of our other local businesses some love!


Parking in Dallas isn't always hard to find

Trying to find parking in Dallas can sometimes put your nerves on edge and even make you re-think going anywhere at all. Well we understand this issue and decided to remedy it….

The Nodding Donkey Greenville offers parking in an easily accessible parking garage at the corner of SMU Blvd and Greenville Ave

The Nodding Donkey Parking Rocks!

We are so happy that we have given our friends in Dallas available parking right by our establishment, because now there is never an excuse to not come to the Nodding Donkey Greenville and have an awesome time. Whether you are coming from the SMU Campus or from any of the nice suburbs around Dallas, we have you covered.

If you are reading this and are unfamiliar with the city then you may be thinking "geez, what's the big deal about a parking garage? Its only parking." Well the Dallas residents know fully that parking on busy days can be the nightmare of all nightmares, especially at hopping joints like the Nodding Donkey Greenville. So parking to the Dallas county residents is as good as gold!

Now you know where to park in order to get the excellent food, drinks, and fun at your neighborhood Dallas restaurant and bar

Join us at the Nodding Donkey Greenville any day, any time.

We'll save your car a spot  ;)