Why We Love the Dallas Memorial Day Brunch at State & Allen

As most of you know, State & Allen is our sister restaurant, located just down the road at the corner of State St. and Allen St. in Uptown Dallas, Texas. And like most siblings, we each have our strengths.

The Nodding Donkey is known for being the best sports bar in Dallas, while State & Allen has a killer dinner menu and hands down the best brunch in Dallas. That’s why we were pretty excited to hear that State & Allen will be offering a Dallas Memorial Day Brunch on Monday, May 29! Why do we love it? Read on –

1.    Amazing Food

State & Allen uses only the best ingredients in each of its dishes: fresh, free range eggs, local produce whenever possible, and the highest quality meats. And amazing ingredients translate into amazing food. We are partial to the Omelet Calabrese – named for The Nodding Donkey & State & Allen’s Founder Jonathan Calabrese – but the Chicken & Waffles, Mediterranean Egg White Scramble, and The Giant (aka biscuits & gravy and southern goodness) are also huge hits. Really you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!


2.    Delicious Brunch Drink Specials

So what’s brunch without cocktails?! State & Allen is home to the only Bloody Mary Bar in Uptown Dallas, so for just $5, you can try your hand at concocting the best Bloody around. Not in the mood for Bloodys? Go for a $3 Mimosa, a $9 Sofiemosa, or an Agave Loco Bloody Maria for just $8.75.


3.    Great Patio

The weather is going to be gorgeous this weekend, and enjoying brunch on the patio is close to heaven (not to mention, pretty good people watching!).


Memorial Day Weekend is better when you spend it with The Nodding Donkey and State & Allen! Grab drinks, food, and watch a few games at the best sports bar in Dallas – The Nodding Donkey – then don’t forget to check out the Dallas Memorial Day Brunch at State & Allen!

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New Menu Items Available at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

Before you have a heart attack – keep in mind we’re keeping all the favorites you know and love!

We have just tweaked our Uptown Dallas menu to provide even more delicious appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, Texican dishes, and more for your dining pleasure.

So what’s new? Here’s a sampling of a few new menu items at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas!

·      Willie’s Flautas: The perfect appetizer or entrée, our new Willie’s Flautas do not disappoint! Our flautas are made with chicken, then fried in corn tortillas until they come out as crispy, crunchy morsels of Tex-Mex goodness. Served with queso, lettuce, pico, chipotle rice, and our homemade refried black beans.

·       Cuban Donkey Wrap: It’s about time we added a wrap to our menu! You’ll love the melding of flavors in our Cuban Donkey Wrap, as it’s stuffed with pulled pork, melted Swiss cheese, crispy pickles, black beans, pico, lettuce, and homemade donkey mustard.

·      Sean’s Philly: No need to travel far and wide to find the best Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich around – just head to The Donkey! Ours uses our signature smoked brisket (smoked in-house of course!), a mixture of red and green bell peppers, melted cheddar cheese, and chipotle mayo.

·      Southwest Chicken: We might as well call this Smothered Chicken because it’s our grilled chicken breast covered in delicious pepperjack cheese, bell peppers, and smoked onions, served with a side of homemade refried black beans and chipotle rice. Absolutely delicious.

These are just a few of the delicious new menu offerings the best sports bar in Dallas has to offer! Visit us here for the full menu, or just come on out to The Donkey and see for yourself! Our drink menu is also in the process of getting a face-lift, so stay tuned for brand new cocktails and craft beer offerings – just in time for summer! 

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Enjoy Half Priced Appetizers During Dallas Happy Hour!

That’s right – the only place to do Dallas Happy Hour is at The Nodding Donkey! Not only will you get great drink specials, but you’ll also get half price on our amazing appetizers!

So what’s on the appetizer menu at The Nodding Donkey? Glad you asked! Here are a few of our favorites:

·      Brisket Queso: We’re a sucker for a good queso, and The Nodding Donkey’s brisket queso knocks it out of the park! Creamy cheddar cheese is kicked up a notch with our tender brisket, smoked in-house. Then add fire roasted peppers, corn, pico, chow chow, and jalapenos, and you’ll want to order two! And at half price during Dallas Happy Hour – you can!

·      Chicken Wings: When the big game is on, all you really want are some wings to go with it! The Nodding Donkey’s signature chicken wings are smoked in-house, then fried, but you can get baked wings upon request. Then douse the wings in your choice of sauce: BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Classic Buffalo, or State & Allen Buffalo Sauce.

·      Smoky Guacamole: Are you on a gluten free diet? Then the smoky guac may be just the thing for you! Freshly made, chunky avocado is mixed with pico, roasted fresno peppers, and our secret ingredient – smoked bacon.

·      Willy’s Wagon Wheels: If crispy fried pickles are your thing, then you’ll love our version! Hand-battered then deep fried to perfection, these crunchy morsels are hard to stop eating!

Are you ready for Dallas happy hour on the patio with drinks and appetizers? Visit The Nodding Donkey this week, 4-7pm each weekday, and you’ll get our delicious appetizers HALF OFF! And be sure to ask your waiter about all of our amazing happy hour drink specials as well – craft beer, cocktails, and more are all available at discounted happy hour rates.

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 Join The Nodding Donkey for the Dallas Spring Pup Crawl!

Looking for something to do in Dallas this upcoming weekend? Love your furry, 4-legged bestie? Well, The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas has just the event for you!

Bark Happy – an organization committed to helping owners and their dogs live life to the fullest – is hosting a Spring Pub Crawl, and The Nodding Donkey – your favorite sports bar in Dallas – is one of the stops!

Tell me more!

Imagine yourself happily moving from pub to pub, your pup in tow, both enjoying a great Saturday afternoon of craft beer and great food, surrounded by the company of other dog lovers. If this sounds up your alley, then mark your calendar to be a part of this fun event from 3:30pm-6:30pm, this coming Saturday, April 29. The Nodding Donkey, State & Allen, and City Council will be the 3 stops along the

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How much is it?

Tickets are on sale now and are just $15/person! This includes exclusive Dallas drink specials at each stop, along with access to specialty cocktails, wines, and local craft beer, opportunities to win amazing prizes in the raffle, and a Dallas Spring Pub Crawl goodie bag valued at over $80 in FREE loot! Here are some of the goodies included:

·      Goody bag for your dog loaded with fun stuff from Pet Supermarket

·      $10 off a pet CPR and First Aid Workshop from Power to the Pawz Pet Services and Education

·      FREE Ask the Trainer Hour and 5% discount on private training packages from Power to the Pawz Pet Services and Education

·      FREE day of playtime at Dogtopia

·      $30 gift certificate from Unicorn Pooper Scooper plus a free bandana!

·      FREE 30-minute dog walking service and specialty doggy treats from Furbabies

·      FREE photo session from VKM Shuttergraphy

Ready to Purchase Your Ticket?!

Visit the Bark Happy Dallas Spring Pub Crawl website to purchase your ticket now! It’s going to be a fun afternoon you won’t want to miss at The Nodding Donkey’s Dallas sports bar.

Looking for Dallas Drink Specials? Look No Further than The Nodding Donkey.

You don’t get to be the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas without offering some mighty good drink specials and a top notch selection of the best cocktails, craft beers, and wine.


And at The Nodding Donkey, we don’t limit our Dallas drink specials to the weekends only. Join us any day of the week and you’re sure to find a drink special that’s right up your alley. So what’s available now? Here’s the rundown on all our current weekly drink specials:


Monday - $5 Crown & Down

Fighting the Monday Blues? Stop into The Nodding Donkey and get your favorite mixed drinks at a price that can’t be beat! 

Tuesday – ½ Priced Wines

Ready to relax and sip a glass of wine on the patio? We call Tuesday Ladies Night because it’s the perfect night to grab your friends and enjoy your favorite wines at half price all day long! Whether you prefer red or white, there is something for you on our carefully curated wine menu.

Wednesday - $3 Donkey Punch & Purple Nurples

In order to get you through the midweek slump, The Nodding Donkey is offering its signature cocktails – Donkey Punch and Purple Nurple – for just $3/glass.  But watch out – they both pack a punch!

Thursday - $5 Local Drafts

The Nodding Donkey is not only known for its Dallas drink specials, but also for its extensive selection of local craft beer.  We love supporting local breweries and passing the tastes of Texas along to our customers. Be sure to try Revolver Blood & Honey, Community Mosaic IPA, and Texas Ale Project Fire Ant Funeral – three of our customer favorites.

Friday – Happy Hour from 4-7pm

The work week is over, so head to The Donkey for Dallas happy hour specials from 4-7pm and catch a game while you’re at it. Our happy hour specials change daily, but always include some of our favorite beer, signature cocktails, and wine.

Saturday & Sunday - $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas from Open – 1pm

Weekends at The Nodding Donkey are reserved for the best brunch in Dallas, and what better way to polish off the meal than with $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. 


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Register NOW: 7th Annual Nodding Donkey Dallas Charity Golf Tournament

Whether you are a regular golfer who spends every weekend on the course or a novice who’s barely hit a golf ball, we want YOU to join us for our Dallas Charity Golf Tournament, benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.


If you’ve spent any time around the folks at The Donkey, then you know they’ve got big hearts. And what better way to give back than with an event that’s both fun and supports an amazing cause! Here are all the details:


When and Where?

The 7th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament will take place on June 9, 2017 at The Golf Club of Dallas (2200 West Red Bird Lane, Dallas, Texas, 75232). Tee time is 1pm, but the tent will open at noon for refreshments and such beforehand.


What Can I Expect?

A whole lot of good food, delicious drinks, and great fun! The tournament is a 4-person scramble (again, novices are welcome!), and your entry fee will include golf, cart fees, driving range access, lunch, dinner, and refreshments throughout the day – all provided by yours truly, The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas.  Lunch will be served at noon; dinner will follow the tournament at 6pm.


How Much?

The entry free is $150/player and all proceeds goes directly to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, located right here in Dallas, Texas.


Want to be a Sponsor?

The Nodding Donkey still has sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsor a hole for just $300, with 100% of that going to Scottish Rite. Your company logo will be prominently displayed at your sponsored hole and on other event signage. You can also do a corporate sponsorship for just $175, where your company logo will appear on print materials and signage only.


Sign Me Up Today!

Registration and sponsorship sign-up is easy! Simply visit our website here and register! Spots are filling up fast, so don’t wait until it’s too late. And while you're there, don't forget to enter our raffle for a luxury golf cart the day of the event.


Can’t wait to see you for the 7th Annual Nodding Donkey Golf Tournament, the best Dallas charity golf tournament around! 

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Oh Heyyyy National Chip & Dip Day!

It seems they’ve got a day for everything, right?


In March alone, we’ve got National Goof Off Day (March 22), World Poetry Day (March 21), International Scrapbooking Industry Day (March 4), and one of our favorites at The Nodding Donkey, National Chip & Dip Day (March 23)! Woohoo!!


Any excuse to eat extra chips, salsa, and Texican food (that’s our version of Tex-Mex) is good with us! So in honor of National Chip & Dip Day, let’s just recap all the great Texican offerings we have here at The Nodding Donkey:


·      Chips & Dip: Okay, this one is easy! But don’t expect run-of-the-mill salsa and queso. We make our fire-roasted salsa from scratch, for a delicious, fresh flavor you can taste! And then there’s the brisket queso. Oh how we live for the brisket queso! Cheddar cheese, smoked brisket (smoked in-house), fire-roasted Anaheim pepers, corn, pico, jalapenos, and chow chow are blended for the best queso in Uptown. We also offer homemade, scratch kitchen guacamole.

·      Allen Street Tacos: Our favorite street taco, made with your choice of meat (smoked brisket, pulled pork, or chicken), then loaded with fresh pico, lettuce, and cotija cheese. Served with chipotle rice and homemade refried black beans.

·      Fajitas: In the mood for fajitas? The Nodding Donkey has the best around! Chicken, beef, guac, cheese, homemade salsa, and all the fixins you could want. Pair it with a margarita, and you’re set.

·      Enchiladas: Whether you want chicken and cheese or brisket and cheese, The Nodding Donkey has the perfect sauce to complete your enchilada. Our chicken enchiladas are topped with not 1 – but 3 – sauces, queso, green chile, and sour cream. Brisket enchiladas are topped off with ranchero sauce and cheese.

·      Quesadillas: Ooey gooey cheese and chicken, brisket, or pork melted between two tortillas – what’s not to love?


Join us at The Nodding Donkey on March 23 as we celebrate National Chip & Dip Day with drink specials and the best Tex-Mex in Uptown Dallas!

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We're Seeing Green! St. Patrick's Day Cocktails You Must Try

Put on green shirt. **Check**


Pinch anyone not wearing green. **Check**


Make delicious green St. Patrick’s Day cocktails and brag about it on Instagram….The Nodding Donkey can help with that one!!


The Nodding Donkey not only serves the best drink specials in Uptown Dallas, but we can offer a few suggestions when it comes to making cocktails at home as well. We asked our bartenders what their favorite St. Patrick’s Day drinks were and here are a few of the suggestions. If you make any at home, be sure to post pics and tag The Nodding Donkey!


Shamrock Sour

To make this refreshing cocktails, combine 2 T. lime juice, ½ T. lemon juice, ¼ cup simple syrup, a dash of green food coloring, and 2 oz. of Irish whiskey in a shaker. Shake well, then pour over ice. Add lime wedges for garnish if you want to get really fancy!


The Baileys Mudslide

This one might as well be known as “dessert in a glass.” Add 2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream, ½ oz. chocolate liqueur, and ½ oz. vodka of choice, then stir and sip.


Irish Mint Mojito

It doesn’t have to be summertime to drink mojitos! This one takes on an Irish flare with Irish whiskey. Grab your shaker and muddle a few mint leaves and a lime wedge in ¼ cup simple syrup. Add 2 oz. Irish whiskey and a splash of tonic water, then shake. Pour over ice and garnish with limes.


Irish Mule

You didn’t think we’d complete a cocktail list without a mule recipe, did you? So this recipe is similar to the mojito, just without the mint. Combine 2 oz. Irish whiskey, ginger beer to taste, and lime juice to taste. Shake, then pour over ice.


Try a few of these and let us know what you think! Don’t want to make your own St. Patrick’s Day drinks? Stop by The Nodding Donkey for the best Uptown Dallas drink specials!

Mark Your Calendar for March Madness at The Nodding Donkey!

It’s almost time folks.


March Madness is on its way, and at The Nodding Donkey, we couldn’t be more excited! We love the upsets, the Cinderella stories, and the game-winning shots that happen at the buzzer. And frankly, we just love a good excuse to get together at Dallas’ favorite sports bar with friends and foes alike…drink great craft beer…and root for our favorite teams. 


Mark your calendar now for all of the important dates and make plans to be at The Nodding Donkey!


·      March 12: Selection Sunday – found out who’s in – and who’s out!

·      March 14-15: First Four

·      March 16, 18, 17, 19: Round 1 & 2

·      March 23 & 25: Midwest Regional; West Regional

·      March 24 & 26: South Regional; East Regional

·      April 1 & 3: Final Four in Phoenix, Arizona


According to Team Rankings – a site that runs computer simulations to predict the odds of certain teams getting selected for the tournament- Baylor, SMU, and even UT-Arlington have pretty good shots of making it from the great state of Texas. (Sorry Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech fans. Better luck next year.) Of course the big guns, Kansas, Gonzaga, Villanova, and North Carolina will all be present – all with expected #1 seeds and chances to clench the title.


It’s going to be fun, and you won’t want to miss the action! Join us March 12 for Selection Sunday, fill out a bracket, and then join us for the rest of the month for the best college basketball has to offer. The Nodding Donkey won’t let you down with the best drink specials in Uptown, amazing appetizers to accompany it, and late night pizza for those late games.


See you at The Nodding Donkey for March Madness in Dallas! We are conveniently located at the corner of Thomas Street & Allen Street in Uptown Dallas, Texas.

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Beyond the Classic Mule - Variations You'll Love at The Nodding Donkey

Moscow Mules are one of the most popular cocktails at The Nodding Donkey, and it’s easy to see why. They are refreshing, light, and oh so good.


But what if we told you we’ve got variations of the classic that are just as delicious?


Come on in to The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas - this week and order one of these amazing mules, each with a different spin on the traditional ginger beer – vodka – and lime combo.


·      Kentucky Mule: Feel like you’re at the derby with this delicious mule. Ginger beer and Jim Beam make one tasty twist on the classic.

·      Irish Mule: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll need to come in and snag an Irish Mule. Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, and lime make one helluva team. Who knows – it might even give you the luck of the Irish!

·      Mexican Mule: Skip the vodka and head straight for the tequila! Tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer make this cocktail the perfect accompaniment to a our amazing brisket queso and fresh tortilla chips.

·      Garden Mule: Refreshing and fruity, we love this combination of blueberries, mint, and cucumber added to the traditional mule recipe.

·      Cherry Mule: If you grew up on Shirley Temples, then this one is for you! Cherry vodka, lime, ginger beer, and maraschino cherries make the perfect adult Shirley Temple.

·      Apple Cider Mule: Really more of a fall mule, but what the heck. We think it tastes pretty good in February too! Substitute apple cider for lime juice and you’ve got a spicy twist on the classic.


So who’s in the mood for a Moscow Mule?! Join us at The Nodding Donkey this week and order up your favorite mule. The best sports bar in Uptown is open 7 days a week for the best mules in Dallas!

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Don't Miss Mouthwatering Appetizers at The Nodding Donkey!

We have a confession to make: we have an obsession with fried food.


You too?


Well good, then we’re in good company.


When it comes to appetizers at The Nodding Donkey, we have something for everyone. Lots of delicious fried options, but then lighter fare as well. No matter what you order, it’s made fresh daily in our Dallas scratch kitchen and you can guarantee it’s anything but “typical bar food.”


So what’s on the menu? Glad you asked!


·      Donkey Balls: You can’t go wrong with balls of fried cheese – can you? Ours are oh-so-right, as we deep fry balls of Oaxaca cheese in a mild jalapeno batter, then serve with homemade ranch and marinara.

·      Stacked Up Nachos: Share with friends or hoard for yourself, either way, you’ll have plenty! Our huge plate of stacked up nachos is piled high with seasoned beef, cheddar, queso, pico, lettuce, and jalapenos, all on a bed of fresh tortilla chips.

·      Smoked Guacamole: Anyone can serve guacamole, but what about “smoked” guacamole? Ours has a hint of smoky flavor, given the flecks of delicious bacon throughout the guac.

·      Willy’s Wagon Wheels: Our deep fried dill pickle chips are so addictive! Just go ahead and order two orders!

·      S&A Chicken Strips: We borrowed a recipe from our sister restaurant – State & Allen. These delicious chicken strips are battered in 9 herbs and spices, creating so much flavor in each crunchy bite.

·      Chicken Wings: Our chicken wings are smoked in house, then fried, for the tastiest chicken wings around! Pair with your choice of dipping sauce: BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Classic Buffalo, Lemon Pepper, or S&A Buffalo Sauce.


Ready to start munching? These are just a few of the delicious Dallas appetizers we have to offer at The Nodding Donkey. Grab some friends and join us this week for Happy Hour – 4-7pm and snag a few appetizers to go with it!


The Nodding Donkey's Stacked Nachos

The Nodding Donkey's Stacked Nachos

Keep Valentine's Day Simple at The Nodding Donkey

Sometimes Valentine’s Day just gets a little overcomplicated. You have to think through the perfect gift, the perfect dinner, and the perfect ensemble. And sometimes it’s just too much.


At The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas, we keep things simple. We’re your laid back neighborhood restaurant and bar, where great food meets a great atmosphere. Whether you’re solo on Valentine’s Day, going out with a group of girlfriends, or just in the mood for a relaxed Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right spot.


Flying Solo this Valentine’s Day?

Join us at The Nodding Donkey! We’ll save a spot for you at the bar where you’ll have a great view of one of our huge flatscreen TVs and easy access to the bartender for Texas craft beer, $5 Crown & Down on Mondays, and a robust selection of wine.


Celebrate Girls Night at The Nodding Donkey!

Grab your posse and head over to The Nodding Donkey because love is in the air! You never know who you might meet…but in the meantime, enjoy some time with your girlfriends at the best sports bar in Dallas. With a delicious Texican menu, plenty of parlor games to keep you occupied, and the best bar food in Dallas, you’re sure to have a fun night. And don’t forget to order a pitcher of Donkey Punch or Purple Nurples!


Perfect Casual Date Night

Want to skip the fussy, crowded restaurants this Valentine’s Day? The Nodding Donkey is the perfect place for you to celebrate with the one you love! Delicious burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more are all prepared fresh in our scratch kitchen. It’s gourmet food in a casual, fun atmosphere – what more could you want?! Or order online to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!

Make reservations for Valentine’s Day at The Nodding Donkey today!

4 Reasons to Join The Nodding Donkey for Super Bowl Sunday!

Super Bowl Sunday is February 5, and although our beloved Dallas Cowboys won’t be playing (anyone else still bitter about the tough loss?), it won't stop us from being excited for the big game!


Anyone else ready to party?! At The Nodding Donkey, football and beer is what we do, and no one does it better that us. Here’s why:


1.     Drink Specials

Let’s just put this one out there …you don’t become the best sports bar in Dallas without having amazing drink specials! Pull up to the bar and order a few Texas craft beers, fresh from the tap, or grab your girl a specialty cocktail. Wine, sippin’ whiskey, scotch, or maybe a shot or two – The Nodding Donkey has you covered. The specials change daily, so be sure to ask the bartender for details.


2.     17 Giant TVs

There really isn’t a bad seat in the house at The Nodding Donkey! If you want to watch the game, seats are aplenty in front of one of our giant TVs situated throughout the bar.


3.     Games and Mayhem

Not really into watching the game, but want to be a part of the party? No problem! Head to the patio for life-sized Jenga, jumbo Connect 4, or catch a game of cornhole. There’s something for everyone at The Nodding Donkey!


4.     The Best Bar Food

The Nodding Donkey doesn’t serve up the average bar food. Our menu is stocked with fresh, delicious entrees, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads that will please even the pickiest eater. Need some recommendations? Grab an order of our brisket queso for the table or Willy’s Wagon Wheels (aka: fried pickles). Everything is made fresh to order.


Super Bowl Sunday (or any Sunday!) is a great time to catch a game at The Nodding Donkey! See you February 5 at 5:30pm as we watch the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons! It's a party you won't want to miss!


Happy Hour Specials at The Nodding Donkey

Feel the need for a little pick-me-up after a long day at the office? Yep, us too.

Each weekday from 4-7pm, join the folks at The Nodding Donkey for our Dallas happy hour specials! Each day we offer a wide assortment of specials to whet your whistle. Draft beer, wine, cocktails, and more are all waiting for you at The Nodding Donkey- at a fraction of the price during Happy Hour! Here’s the rundown:

1.     Draft Beer

Grab a glass of ice cold draft beer for a mere $3 a glass for domestics or $4 a glass for imports/local craft beer! As the best sports bar in Dallas, we pride ourselves on having a wide selection of beer. Variety is the spice of life and we’ve got it in spades when it comes to our available draft beer. And at $3 a glass, you can afford a few! Don’t forget to check back often to see what's new.

2.     Wells

Have a hankering from something stronger? Order up a $3 well during our daily Dallas Happy Hour! Lots of favorites to choose from – rum, bourbon, tequila, etc. – just order up a mixed drink and we’ll get it fixed for ya in lighting speed.

3.     House Wine

Calling all wine-os… Happy Hour is the perfect chance to relax and unwind with your favorite house wines. $4 gets you a glass of house chardonnay, cabernet, merlot, etc. Plus snag a spot on the patio for great people watching as you sip the evening away.

4.     Appetizers

We wouldn’t want you drinking on an empty stomach…so grab an order of appetizers – half off during happy hour! Here are a few of our recommendations: chips and salsa, brisket queso, jalapeno skins, wagon wheels (aka fried pickles), or stacked nachos.

Can’t wait to see you for Dallas Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey! 

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Eat Better in 2017 with Salads at The Nodding Donkey

It’s a new year, a new you, and a whole new set of new year’s resolutions.


If you’re anything like us, then losing those extra holiday pounds and getting healthy is on the list.


And while not everything on The Nodding Donkey menu is healthy (fried pickles anyone?!), our salads are delicious, filling, and chock full of healthy nutrients. Try one of these salads from The Nodding Donkey today!


·      Mediterranean Salad: A simple salad with Greek influences, you’ll love our Mediterranean salad. Grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, olives, artichokes, and lettuce are all tossed to perfection and drizzled with dressing and feta.


·      The Famous Silver Bowl Salad: Our Silver Bowl Salad is the trashcan drink of the salad world – just toss a bunch of awesome things in and you’ll have one fantastic result! The Silver Bowl includes crunchy romaine lettuce, red bell peppers, oranges, fresh grapes, crispy bacon, and our signature spicy glazed chicken. Choose a light dressing as opposed to the signature Caesar/Balsamic blend to cut the calories.


·      Texas Baja Salad: Craving Mexican food but know you shouldn’t overindulge on chips and salsa? Fill the craving with our Texas Baja! It’s a mixture of black beans, corn, red bell peppers, cucumber, onion, avocado, Oaxaca cheese, and of course, romaine. We’ll even throw in a few tortilla chips on the side to crumple on top and make you feel like you’re eating chips and salsa!

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And here’s an added note on salads – there are no store bought dressings here! All dressings are made right here, scratch kitchen style. Choose your favorite between blue cheese, ranch, red ranch, balsamic, champagne vinaigrette, Caesar, honey mustard, and mango.


Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey and indulge in one of our super Dallas salads! We are open for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night at the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas.

4 Holiday Hacks from The Nodding Donkey to Make Your Life Easier

It’s been another great year at The Nodding Donkey Uptown! Thank you again to all of our loyal guests, friends, and family who have made 2016 one of the best yet!


In the spirit of the season, don’t forget about these simple hacks to make your holiday season even easier and less stressful. It’s the little things that make a big difference, and The Nodding Donkey - your favorite Uptown Dallas bar - is happy to help make your season just a little more stress free with these simple timesavers:


Nodding Donkey Gift Cards make Great Stocking Stuffers!

Looking for last minute gift ideas for coworkers, a secret santa, or friends? Who wouldn’t love a gift card to grab a great meal and a few drinks at The Nodding Donkey! Stock up and keep an extra 1 or 2 in your wallet just in case you need a gift pronto.


Drive Safely this Holiday – Uber is on Us!

Need a ride this holiday season? Drink responsibly and remember to use code UPTOWNDONKEY to get your first Uber ride for free (up to $20)! It’s the easy, safe way to get to and from holiday parties this season.


Get The Donkey to Deliver – For Free!

If you just need a night in and don’t feel like getting out – but can’t stand the idea of calling for pizza again – don’t forget that The Nodding Donkey delivers for FREE! Just visit our website, click “Order Online” in the upper right hand corner, and then follow the prompts for “Free Delivery.” It’s as simple as that. Order your favorite appetizers, salads, entrees, and more, and we’ll deliver them hot and ready to eat.


Remember our Holiday Hours

Don’t forget that The Nodding Donkey has special holiday hours for Christmas and New Years. We are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will open back up on Monday, Dec. 26 to begin bowl game watching.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your friends at The Nodding Donkey! 

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5 Delicious Holiday Cocktails to Try Now! - The Nodding Donkey

Tis the season - the season for holiday parties and festive gatherings with friends and family. And what makes those gatherings even more festive? Why amazing holiday cocktails of course!!


Here are a few of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes for you to try at your next holiday party. Or make it easy on yourself and ask our bartenders at The Donkey to whip one up next time you’re here! Either way, give these 5 delicious drinks a try:


#1: A Twist on the Classic - Pomegranate Moscow Mule

A festive take on the traditional mule, the pomegranate Moscow Mule combines vodka, pomegranate juice, lime juice, honey, and ginger beer to create a little Christmas cheer in your mouth. Add a sprig or two of rosemary for garnish. Full recipe here.


#2: Dessert in a Glass – Christmas Cookie

One sip of this cocktail and you’ll be in holiday heaven! Mix 1 oz. Kahlua, 1 oz. irish cream (Bailey’s or Carolan’s), and 1 oz. peppermint schnapps. Put it all in a shaker with ice and enjoy!


#3: Cozy Campfire Favorite – Hot Buttered Rum

Cozy up by a warm fire with a glass of hot buttered rum! Put 2 oz. of dark rum, a slice of lemon peel, and a cinnamon stick in a mug. Pour boiling water into the glass, add a pat of butter, and stir with the cinnamon stick. Pro tip: make sure you leave a spoon in the glass while pouring the hot, boiling water to ensure the mug doesn’t break!


#4: Party in your Mouth – Grinch Shots

Kick of your party with a round of mean green Grinch shots! Combine 1 oz. of melon liqueur and .5 oz of citrus vodka in a shot glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and you’ve got the perfect holiday shot.


#5: Tried and True – Spiked Eggnog

No holiday cocktail list is complete without the traditional favorite! Add bourbon, cognac, dark rum, or even peppermint schnapps to take the bite off the eggnog and make those conversations with crazy Aunt Betty all the more bearable.


Need a holiday cocktail NOW?! Visit The Nodding Donkey in Uptown Dallas today for Dallas drink specials and tons of great cocktails to choose from!

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Thanks for Supporting 12 Bars of Charity!

What a fun night we had!!

The Nodding Donkey loved getting to know all of our crawlers Friday night and participating in such an awesome charity event!


Thanks for Supporting 12 Bars of Charity!

If you don’t know anything about 12 Bars of Charity, it’s a charity event we’ve been proud to be a part of the last couple years. It’s a win-win for all: pub crawlers get drink specials on lots of their favorite beers and cocktails at the 12 participating bars, t-shirt, and more, and the charity of your choice receives a donation from your registration cost for the event. It’s just a fun night of friends and fun, and we had a blast being one of the 12 participating bars.


Come Back for Weekly Drink Specials!

To all our new friends who’ve just heard about The Nodding Donkey Uptown from the 12 Bars of Charity pub crawl: come on back soon for more Dallas drink specials! In fact, as the best sports bar in Uptown, you can count on us to have daily drink specials to make the season more merry and bright. Relieve some holiday stress and come on into The Donkey any day of the week to receive these great deals:

·      Mondays -  $5 Crown & Down: Get your cocktail on with $5 Crown & Down specials at The Nodding Donkey! And at $5 a pop, you can afford a few drinks and stick to your holiday budget.

·      Tuesdays – Half Priced Wines: Attention Ladies – wine down with us every Tuesday for half priced wine. Red, white, sparkling – our bar is stocked with a great variety of favorites. Served all day, bring the ladies in for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or late night drinks.

·      Wednesdays - $3 Donkey Punch & Purple Nurple: Two house favorites to celebrate on Hump Day! Glasses are just $3 each, or get crazy and order an entire pitcher. No judgment here!

·      Thursdays- $5 Local Drafts: Now this is one of our favorite drink specials! The Nodding Donkey loves supporting local breweries, and our draft beers are always changing to include our latest and greatest local favorites. Thursdays are your chance to try the best of Dallas beer at just a fraction of the price.

·      Fridays – Happy Hour from 4-7pm: Fri-YAY! We’ve got Happy Hour every Friday night from 4-7pm to unwind after a long week. Check with the bartender to find out the happy hour specials that week.

See you at The Nodding Donkey this week for the best drink specials in Dallas!

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Special Thanksgiving Hours at The Nodding Donkey

Thanksgiving Week is upon us – how are you spending the holiday?

After the turkey’s been eaten and you’ve had all the small talk you can handle with crazy Aunt Betty, head over to The Nodding Donkey for FOOTBALL and fun!


Special Thanksgiving Hours

The Nodding Donkey will open at 3:30pm on Thanksgiving Day, giving you and our staff plenty of time to spend with those you love. We’ll be open 3:30pm-Close, so there will be plenty of time to watch the biggest Thanksgiving Day games and catch up with friends old and new.


Watch Thanksgiving Day Football with Us!

The best sports bar in Dallas is the place to catch all your favorite Thanksgiving Day matchups. Here are a few of our favorites on the schedule:

·      3:30pm: Redskins vs. Cowboys – now you know why we’re opening at 3:30! Wouldn’t want you to miss any of the action on our 17+ big screen TVs because for once the Cowboys are favored big time and it should be a fun game to watch.

·      6:30pm: Texas A&M vs. LSU – Both teams have suffered huge wins and losses this season, but who will take the Turkey Day victory?



Food & Drink Specials!

And while watching the game, don’t forget about The Donkey’s amazing food and drink specials! Try some of our delicious small bites and pair them with draft beer, a cocktail, sipping whiskey, wine, and more. Our bar is fully stocked with just about anything you could have a hankering for. The Nodding Donkey prides itself on keeping local, craft beer on tap, and we rotate our favorites on a regular basis. Just ask the bartender what’s on tap, and you’re sure to find something to please.


Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at The Nodding Donkey!

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Tis the Season for Holiday Parties - Have Yours at The Nodding Donkey!

Thanksgiving is just 3 weeks away, and after that – the holiday season with all its hustle and bustle – will be staring you in the face. Are you ready, or does the thought of that send you into cold sweats?!


The Nodding Donkey is here to take one thing off your plate and make life a little less stressful: holiday party planning. If you plan to host a corporate holiday party, intimate holiday party for a few friends, or a holiday party of any sort, The Nodding Donkey is the perfect location for your event.


Why The Nodding Donkey?

Casual, Fun Atmosphere: Guests love the laid back, casual atmosphere of our parties. The party room can be setup as an indoor space, or on a beautiful Texas evening, we can open it up and make it indoor/outdoor. The ambience just creates a setting where guests feel comfortable to relax, be themselves, and enjoy the evening.


A/V Capabilities and More: Need a room that is decked out with all the “stuff?” The Nodding Donkey has you covered with A/V Capabilities, state-of-the-art speaker system, and more. Bring a DJ or show a slideshow – the choice is yours. Our team will set the room up the way you want it, so that you can create memories of a lifetime in your Dallas party room.


Delicious Food: Love eating at The Nodding Donkey? Our party planners can create a menu of delicious Nodding Donkey fare that is exclusively you. Make it a light appetizer and cocktail party, or have everyone come in for a gourmet, sit down meal. The choice is completely yours. Regardless of what you choose, The Nodding Donkey will be serving gourmet, scratch kitchen dishes that will wow your guests.


Loaded Bar: Holiday parties are more fun when alcohol is involved….it’s just a fact! The Nodding Donkey has everything you could want in our fully stocked bar: craft beer, wine, signature cocktails, sipping bourbon, and more.


If you are interested in booking a holiday party in our Uptown Dallas party room, then let us sweeten the deal for you with this PRE-BOOKING SPECIAL!


Book anytime between now and Dec. 1, and you will get 15% off your price! Booking is easy: just visit our website here and fill out the easy online form, or call our hostesses at The Nodding Donkey to set it up for you. Dates are filling up fast, so give us a call to confirm your spot today.

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