Which Appetizer will You Enjoy While You Watch the Game?

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It’s Football Season at The Nodding Donkey and that means we’ve got games galore! Join us Saturday or Sunday to enjoy your favorite college football games or NFL games. Plus – there are plenty of games on during the week too! 

 

While you’re here…you’re going to get hungry. Sure – you came for the beer (we’ve got the best craft beer selection around btw), but now you’ve got the munchies. Which appetizer will you pair with that beer? Here are a few customer favorites!

 

Brisket Queso

Brisket + ooey gooey queso = YES! This dip is perfection with melted cheddar cheese, brisket we smoke in-house, fire-roasted Anaheim peppers, corn pico, jalapenos, and chow-chow all combined into one flavorful dip. If you’re feeding a group (or just really hungry) you can also order this as part of our Triple Dip starter that gets you this awesome brisket queso, guacamole, and salsa. 

 

Willy’s Wagon Wheels

This is just our fancy name for fried pickles and they’re so good! Enjoy the best fried pickles in Dallas, as we lightly batter each slice and then deep fry it until golden brown. Served with ranch.

 

Loaded Cheese Fries

French fries are better when you top them with all the goodness. Our loaded cheese fries come with queso, shredded cheddar, green onions, and crumbled bacon all piled high and ready to enjoy.

 

State & Allen Chicken Strips

This chicken strips hail from our sister restaurant – State & Allen – and are a huge hit here as well! If you’re looking for more than an appetizer and need a light lunch or dinner, the chicken strips are a great choice. Each tender strip is marinated in a blend of 9 herbs and spices before hitting the deep fryer. Served with fresh cut French fries and your choice of sauce.

 

So what will it be? Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas – for football, beer, and great appetizers! 

Upcoming Dallas Events You Won’t Want to Miss at The Nodding Donkey

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Fall is in there, and that means a whole lotta football – and a whole lotta fun at The Nodding Donkey! You are welcome anytime for craft beer, gourmet bar food, and yard games, but here a few specific events we have coming up that we know you won’t want to miss:

 

Oct. 12: Red River Showdown Watch Party 

 

It’s coming yall. The Red River Showdown – the epic annual battle between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University – is approaching and we can’t wait! We love that the streets of Dallas become a sea of crimson and orange, and everywhere you turn, someone is talking about the game. If you want to get the best seats in the house, then reserve your table now at The Nodding Donkey! We’re the best sports bar in Dallas, which means you know it’s going to be a party here with drink specials, food specials, and an atmosphere that can’t be beat (except for being at the game of course.)

 

Oct 26 and Oct. 31: Trick or Drink – Dallas Halloween Bar Crawl

 

Yours truly is participating in a very fun Halloween surprise and you’re invited! Trick or Drink – the best Dallas Halloween Bar Crawl – will take place as a 2-night event. Each of the nights (Thursday and Saturday), you will check-in, get a wristband, then go and enjoy Dallas drink specials at all the top bars, including The Nodding Donkey. Be sure to dress up! With 2 nights worth of fun for one low price, it’s the Halloween party that just keeps going.

 

These are just a couple events we have coming up at The Nodding Donkey! Of course, join us any Saturday for college football or any Sunday or Monday for NFL football! We can’t wait to see you at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas

 

4 Reasons We Love Local Craft Beer

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At The Nodding Donkey, we serve it all: domestics, imports, craft beer, and even yes, local craft beer. 

 

But we’ll admit, we’ve got a soft spot in our heart for those local craft breweries, the ones that hail from the great state of Texas, many of which are right here in Dallas-Fort Worth! Craft breweries have popped up all over the place in the last few years, and we love supporting them. You’ll find many of the local breweries on our menu – both bottled and on tap. 

 

So what’s the big deal with drinking local? Here are 4 reasons we love drinking local craft beer:

 

1.    Shopping Small

Small businesses are the backbone of this country (heck we’re a small business!) and we love supporting like-minded folks. In fact, studies have shown that most Americans live within a 10 mile radius of at least one craft brewery! Shopping these local breweries and supporting them keeps money in our local economy and allows it to flourish. 

 

2.    Fresh Ingredients

We are not here to say that others aren’t using fresh ingredients, but when you shop-small, you are normally met with people who’ve personally shopped these ingredients. Whether they are buying organic, or even adding local ingredients also sourced from your area, fresh ingredients matter to the overall taste of the beer. 

 

3.    Sustainable Practices

We love “going green” when we can, and sustainability matters to us! It matters to many small business owners who care about more than just the bottom line. We’ve met with many craft brewery owners and operators and love hearing their stories of ingenuity and resourceful uses of energy.

 

4.    People Behind the Beer

Most of these small craft breweries have a story. They started somewhere. And if you support them, chances are, you’ll get to know them. You make connections. You get to be a part of something bigger than yourself. What’s not to love?! 

 

Come see us at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – today and let’s raise a glass of local craft beer together. Cheers!

It’s Football Time at The Nodding Donkey!

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It’s here. Our favorite time of year: Football Season!

 

We’ve now made it over the hump and football has begun. Whether you’re into watching the Dallas Cowboys preseason games or want to catch your favorite college teams, The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas – is the perfect place to watch the magic happen.

 

Dallas Drink Specials

Let’s just start here shall we?! We wouldn’t be a very good sports bar if we didn’t have some of the best drink specials in town! Craft beer, wine, liquor, cocktails, and more – you will find a great deal on all your favorites here at The Donkey. Depending on the day of the week, the specials vary, but it’s a great way to try new things, right? And on the weekends, we offer $20 buckets of beer, a must for any football watch party

 

Good, Old-Fashioned Fun

It’s hard to have a bad time at The Donkey. While you aren’t watching the game, catch a game of cornhole or life-sized Jenga. Maybe giant Connect 4 is your thing. Our yard games are a fun way to enjoy the bar with friends and make new ones too. You never know who you’ll meet over a game of cornhole at The Nodding Donkey in Uptown Dallas, Texas.

 

No Bad Seats in the House

Listen, we’ve got TVs everywhere, so it’s hard to find a bad seat in the house. Don’t see your game on? Just ask one of our servers for help. We have 17+ big screen TVs, allowing us the flexibility to offer all the games – and all the sports – at the same time so everyone is happy. 

 

Come see us at The Nodding Donkey in Uptown Dallas for football season! Dallas Cowboys watch parties, college football watch parties, fantasy football draft parties – we’re comin’ for ya! 

Amazing Dallas Lunch Specials - $10 and Under!

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It’s hard to get a great lunch for under $10 these days….

 

But not at The Nodding Donkey!

 

Each day of the week we offer amazing Dallas lunch specials for $10 and under! Yes, for less than $10, you can get some of our beloved menu items. Ready to learn more? Here are the current Lunch Specials at State & Allen:

 

·     Mondays - $8.95 Burgers

 

Juicy, mouthwatering burgers. 100% high quality beef. Sink your teeth into the burgers at State & Allen! Choose between the Saloon Burger, Mushroom & Swiss Burger, and the Bacon & Blue Cheese Burger.

 

·     Tuesdays - $9.95 Salads 

 

The best salads in Uptown are at The Nodding Donkey! You’ll love the Original Silver Bowl Salad, but don’t forget about the Baja, Miso Tuna, Texas Cobb, and Texas Baja. 

 

·     Wednesdays - $9.95 Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

 

We toss crispy chicken in our sweet cayenne sauce and put it on a brioche bun with a side of blue cheese dressing. You can order this fried or grilled.

 

·     Thursdays - $9.95 Fajitas

 

Sure, Dallas is the Tex-Mex capital of Texas, and fajitas are everywhere, but you can’t beat the flavor and price of these! Delicious fajitas served with all the fixins for under $10!

 

·     Fridays - $8.95 Chicken Strips 

 

Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the side…our chicken strips are the best! Served French fries and your choice of sauce, you’re sure to love these hand-breaded morsels!  

  

Daily Drink Specials at The Nodding Donkey

 

Want to really take advantage of a great deal? Then take advantage of our daily Dallas drink specials too! Each day, it’s something different and it’s available all day long. Pair those drink specials with our lunch specials for a real treat.  

 

Join us for Dallas lunch specials this week at The Nodding Donkey! 

It’s Not too Early to Book Your Holiday Parties at The Nodding Donkey!

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We’re in the dead heat of summer, vacations are in full swing, and whispers of back-to-school are in the air. 

 

And while it may be the last thing on your mind….it’s never too early to book your holiday party at The Nodding Donkey! 

 

Space for All

Did you know that our party room can fit up to 80 people comfortably for a sit-down meal and even more for a cocktail event? Whether your event is big or small, our space can be transformed to meet your needs. Not to mention - you know your guests will be comfortable in our fully air conditioned, spacious Dallas party room space at The Nodding Donkey.

 

Menu that Caters to You

When you book an event at The Nodding Donkey, our event coordinator will work with you to customize the event to your needs and taste buds. Select from your choice of entrees, starters, salads, sandwiches, and more. Choose to have your favorite menu items at The Donkey featured at your event! Looking for something that isn’t on our regular menu? We can discuss that too.

 

Audio-Visual Capabilities

Many of our private events like to feature a year-end slideshow or maybe a customized soundtrack for the event. Whatever your needs, The Nodding Donkey is equipped with audio-visual capabilities to make the event unforgettable.

 

Book Your Holiday Event Now!

Holiday party rooms in Dallas fill up fast, and we don’t want you to be left in the lurch. Call today to reserve your space for either lunch or dinner. We’ve seen a trend toward corporate holiday luncheons, so those dates are filling up faster than ever before. You can also visit our reservations tab on the website and fill in your information. After you hit submit, one of our event coordinators will contact you to discuss available dates and options for your event.  

Too Many Choices? How to Select a Great Beer at The Nodding Donkey.

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If you’ve visited us lately (or any other bar in Uptown Dallas for that matter) , you’ll notice that the beer menus aren’t what they used to be – and in a good way! They are full of local craft beer, interesting microbrews, and varieties you may never have heard of before. 

 

How do you know what to order? 

What if you want to try something new?

 

Here are a few tips on how to select a great beer from your friends here at The Nodding Donkey:

 

Bring Friends to Bounce Ideas Around

Look, drinking with a friend is already better than drinking alone. Bring your buddies, and bounce ideas off of one another. Maybe he’s tried a new local craft beer you haven’t. Use each other’s recommendations to introduce you to new beers you may love.

 

Go Straight to the Bartender for Help

If you aren’t sure what you want, but want to hear more about what’s good, then head over to the bar. Do not ask your waiter or waitress what they recommend! While they have good intentions, their answers are going to be more open-ended and top-of-mind than if you go straight to an expert at the bar. It’s like expecting a waitress to have the same knowledge of wine as a sommelier. 

 

Don’t Start Too Strong

Beers can be all over the place in terms of flavor, and our recommendation is to start with something lighter and less bitter to start out with. Otherwise, a heavier, more bitter beer will just overpower your taste buds – leaving you with a lack of awareness for all the richness of the beer. Start with a white ale or something similar and go from there. Our bartenders can also direct you to a flight that will build and cater to your palate. 

 

Know Your Palate.

Speaking of palate, know what you love. Take time to write down notes in that handy “Notes” app on your phone about which beers you have tried. What did you like? What didn’t you like? If you know there is a type of beer you don’t like, then steer clear of that beer and others like it. The more you get to know your own personal preferences, the more you will love the beer you are drinking.

 

Ready to try some great beer?! Come see us at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – for the best beer selection in town! 

Stay Skinny. Eat a Salad. 

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We’re in the height of summer, a time when you’re spending your weekends at the lake or poolside with friends. And when it’s swimsuit season, what better way to keep your figure than with salads at The Nodding Donkey?!

 

Mouthwatering Dallas Salads

Whether you’re here for a game, lunch with friends, or an early dinner and happy hour, The Nodding Donkey’s salads are always the right choice. We offer a variety of mouthwatering favorites, including the Famous Silver Bowl Salad, Mediterranean, Texas Cobb, Texas Baja, and Miso Tuna. It’s hard to choose which delicious salad you’re going to go with today!

 

Gluten Free

We love loading our salads with tasty toppings that create a filling and delicious salad. It’s just one of those things that makes our us have the best salads in Dallas. But if you’re in need of a gluten free option, simply let our servers know. Any of our salads can be made gluten free since each is made to order and can be customized however you wish. In fact, all but the Texas Baja are naturally gluten free. 

 

Made-from-Scratch Dressings

No pre-made dressings here! Each of our 8 dressing options is made in-house for a freshness you can taste. And yes – we did say 8 dressings! Choose between the Ranch, Red Ranch, Champagne Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard, Balsamic, Mango, Blue Cheese, or Caesar. 

 

Pick Your Protein

Each of our salads can be ordered with veggies only or with an added protein. Protein options include chicken breast, pulled pork, brisket, or tuna. Just check our menu to see which options we recommend pairing with each salad. 

 

When you’re in the mood for something lighter, don’t forget about salads at The Nodding Donkey! We are open 7 days a week and conveniently located at the corner of Thomas Ave. and Allen St. in Uptown Dallas, Texas. The best salads in Dallas are at The Nodding Donkey

Newsflash: The Nodding Donkey has BBQ!

Here’s a little menu secret even some of our regulars don’t realize: The Nodding Donkey now serves BBQ!

 

For years, we’ve smoked our home meat in-house for the brisket tacos, delicious brisket grilled cheese, etc. – so we figured – why not put it on the menu?! Here are a few of the BBQ favorites available now at The Nodding Donkey:

 

Smoked St. Louis Ribs

Our ribs are smoked in-house until the meat is falling off the bone. We use St. Louis style ribs and they can be ordered in a half rack or full rack (just depends on how hungry you are!). We love the flavor and presentation of St. Louis style ribs, and we know you will too!

 

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage

Our delicious, high-quality jalapeno cheddar sausage is another great option for BBQ lovers looking for something different. Smoked in-house for the perfect flavor, you can’t go wrong here!

 

Brisket Entrees

While we don’t offer plain brisket on the menu, we do smoke it in-house and offer it in some of our other entrees. If you’re looking for BBQ brisket, consider ordering the brisket enchiladas (Marias they are called), Allen Street tacos with brisket, or the BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese. 

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Mouthwatering Sides

Pair these BBQ favorites with two of our top-selling sides. The list includes baked beans, tangy coleslaw, French fries, and potato salad. 

 

Best Sports Bar in Uptown Dallas

As the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, we also have a full bar stocked with craft beer, cocktails, and wine. We pride ourselves on finding new, local microbrews and we love supporting these local businesses! You just never know what we’ll have available on tap. 

 

Join us this week at The Nodding Donkey for these BBQ favorites! We are open for lunch, dinner, Happy Hour, and late night, and at The Donkey, you can always expect a good time. 

What Summer Cocktails Should I Try at The Nodding Donkey?

As the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, we commonly change up our cocktail menu. Don’t us wrong – if you have a favorite – we can whip it up for you! But we do have a seasonal list full of delicious offerings that our bartenders have perfected. Maybe they include new flavors you wouldn’t have thought to mix. That’s the fun of trying something new!

 

Our summer cocktail list is out, and it has some great summer cocktails to wet your whistle. So what summer cocktails should you try at The Nodding Donkey? Here are a few of our favorites:

 

Donkey Punch

Our signature “party punch” is perfect for a hot summer afternoon! Grab your buddy, start a game of cornhole, and order up a pitcher of Donkey Punch! This “trash can punch” has Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Veev, and an assortment of secret ingredients we refuse to divulge. Once things for sure, you’ll love this punch!  

 

Summer Beer

Who doesn’t love summer beer? At The Nodding Donkey, we make ours with Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, Shock Top beer, and tangy lemonade. Summer in a glass, I tell ya.

 

Botanical Bubbly

Ladies – this one is for you! Fresh and floral, our Botanical Bubbly combines Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose Vodka and Club Soda for a refreshing summer cocktail. You’ll love the crisp finish. 

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Espolon Paloma

Paloma lovers, where are ya? This one is delicious and perfect for a hot summer day, combining Espolone tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda. 

 

Gilligan’s Island Hurricane

Who needs to get off the island when the drinks are this good? Come try our version of a hurricane with all the rums – dark, spiced, and coconut – combined with juice and grenadine for a fruity favorite worthy of your affections. 

 

Ready to enjoy a summer cocktail? Come see us at the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, The Nodding Donkey! 

The Best Sports Bar in Dallas has the Best Appetizers Too!

As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, you’d expect us to have an amazing selection of beer, wine, craft cocktails, and the like. 

 

You’d expect us to have TVs galore so you can see the big game with ease. 

 

But did you also realize we have some of the best appetizers in town too?!

 

The Nodding Donkey takes pride in all of our scratch kitchen creations, and nothing about our menu is straight “bar food.” Whether visiting us to watch the game, grab a quick bite to eat, or just to grab a drink with friends, don’t forget to try some of these amazing appetizers we have at The Donkey as well:

 

Brisket Queso

 

Let’s getting something straight: you do not want to miss the brisket queso here at The Nodding Donkey. Delicious queso melted cheddar cheese, fire roasted Anaheim peppers, corn pico, jalapenos, chow-chow, and the finishing touch, our in-house smoked brisket. Want to really kick it up a notch? Then, you can also order our Texas Triple Dip, complete with brisket queso, guacamole, and salsa. (Of course – chips are included too.)

 

Willy’s Wagon Wheels

 

We don’t know Willy, but we love his Wagon Wheels! Our Wagon Wheels are simply The Donkey’s version of fried pickles. Hand battered. Crispy. Served with house ranch. So delicious you’ll need two orders!

 

Loaded Cheese Fries

 

Few things say “I mean business” like an order of cheese fries. Whoop and holler for your team, all while chowing down on these fresh cut French fries loaded with bacon, queso, shredded cheddar, and green onions. 

 

Chicken Wings

 

The great thing about our chicken wings is that they’re served your way. We prepare them just for you! Each order is smoked, then fried and served with your choice of sauce: S&A buffalo, bbq, spicy bbq, lemon pepper, or just classic buffalo. 

 

Homemade Jalapeno Skins

 

Stuffed jalapenos never tasted so good! At The Nodding Donkey, we stuff them with Oaxaca cheese and chorizo, wrap them in bacon, then deep fry them to perfection. Wowza. 

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So the next time you think about visiting us at The Nodding Donkey, don’t hesitate to order one of these mouthwatering appetizers! We know you won’t regret it!

Summer Vibes: How to Make the Perfect Skinny Margarita

Summer has arrived and you’re either thrilled you get to lay by the pool – or terrified to wear your suit on your upcoming vacay.

 

Summer isn’t summer without a cold drink in hand, and one of our favorites that’s easy on the waistline is the skinny margarita

 

What is a Skinny Margarita?

 A skinny margarita is simply the flavorful cocktail you love, made a little lighter. But don’t think of it as a “diet margarita,” stripped of flavor and substance. No – a skinny margarita is simply low in calories – not flavor.

 

What’s the Secret to the Perfect Skinny Margarita?

The secret is fresh ingredients. Many margaritas – and cocktails in general – are loaded with heavy mixes made with artificial flavors and colors. Instead, the perfect skinny margarita uses fresh ingredients for a margarita that is guilt-free and tastes great. 

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How to Make the Perfect Skinny Margarita 

 

Use Premium Tequila 

 When opting for fresh, perfect skinny margaritas, don’t settle for anything less that 100% pure agave tequila. Surprisingly, one shot of tequila has less calories than a shot of vodka, so you’re already on your way to a lighter cocktail. 

 

Substitute Orange Juice for Triple Sec

 If you want that fresh citrusy flavor in your margarita, you can get it with freshly squeezed orange juice, adding less calories than a traditional orange liqueur like Triple Sec. 

 

Add a Splash of Water

If you feel like your margarita has too much bite, cut the sour with a splash of water. The water works as a perfect complement to the lime juice and tones the flavor down, bringing out the sweetness instead of extreme tart flavor.

 

Skip the Blender

 Your skinny margarita will taste better over the rocks than blended frozen. While we love a frozen margarita as much as the next person, it tends to numb your tongue, making it difficult to enjoy the full spectrum of flavor in your cocktail.

 

Fresh Lime Every Time

 Again, always use fresh lime juice instead of a mix or even the bottled lime juice for the fullest flavor. 

 

Agave Nectar Sweetens Without the Guilt

 Many traditional recipes will have you use simple syrup, but substitute agave nectar and you’ll get that same sweetness you crave – at a fraction of the calories. Plus, agave nectar helps regular blood sugar. 

 

So before you start believing you’ve got to cut all indulgences out of your diet asap, make a skinny margarita at home and enjoy the fresh flavors of summer that are also easy on the waistline. And if you’re looking for the best cocktails and craft beer in Dallas, you can always come see us at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – The Nodding Donkey. 

How to Grill the Perfect Burger at Home

Memorial Day and the summer grilling season is right around the corner, which means cookouts and time spent hosting backyard shindigs with friends. Sure, you’ve got a great grill – but do you have what it takes to make the perfect burger? The Nodding Donkey has a few tips for you on how to make the perfect Dallas burger at home (when you can’t come see us of course):

 

1.    Buy the Right Meat

 

You want patties that are juicy and moist, so skip the 90/10 meat even though you may think it’s better because it’s lean. You want a little fat to give the burgers flavor. Instead, opt for a beef chuck that is an 80/20 mix. 

 

2.    Use the Thumb Technique

 

Ever made burgers and they poof up like a balloon in the middle, making it very difficult to eat them on a bun? Prevent the balloon effect by gently putting a thumb-shaped divot in each patty before putting them on the grill. That divot will rise, but keep the meat more even when cooking. Genius! 

 

3.    Don’t Overhandle the Meat

 

As you’re forming the patties and adding in your secret mix-ins (yes, we know everyone has their own secret formula for the perfect patty), be sure not to overhandle the meat. Overhandling the meat makes the meat dry and hard, not juicy and flavorful. 

 

Also – be sure not to overhandle the meat on the grill either. Only flip the patty once the patty begins to lift from the grill grate and no longer sticks, but do not press the patty as it cooks. This will only press out precious juices that add flavor.

 

4.    Make the Patties Larger than the Bun

 

Meat shrinks as it cooks, which means if you make those patties too small, then the buns are going to seem huge. Instead, form patties that are slightly bigger than your buns in order to make the perfect burger. 

 

5.    Let the Meat Rest

 

After grilling, let the patties rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat and create the best burger possible.

 

Happy Memorial Day from your friends at The Nodding Donkey! 

 

And as always, if you want to skip all this grilling nonsense and get the best burger in Uptown Dallas prepared for you, then come see us this week at The Nodding Donkey! 

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The Mystery Behind the Copper Mug

What makes that copper mug so special anyway? 

 You know…the one that holds the Moscow Mule? 

 

At The Nodding Donkey, we pride ourselves on being the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, and with that comes a killer drink menu. A few years ago, the Moscow Mule took off as a customer favorite and continues to be extremely popular today. But why the copper mug? Here are a few reasons why the copper mug and the mule go hand-in-hand:

 

1.   It’s Science Baby.

Here’s the thing – copper is a natural insulator. Even in the heat of summer, that drink will stay cooler in the mug. And yet at the same time, the copper quickly takes on the ice cold properties of your mule, giving you that icy, frozen sensation every time your lips meet the metal. Not to mention, the handle is perfect for keeping the heat of your hand away from the cool drink, allowing the drink the opportunity to stay at optimal temperatures longer. 

 

2.   They Taste Better.

Okay, this one is subjective, but many experts believe that when copper reacts with vodka, it creates an oxidation effect, boosting the flavor profile of the mule. Also – copper increases the carbonation in the mug, simply by keeping the drink colder than other glasses can do. And maybe it’s just us, but it seems like the citrusy lime flavor gets a boost too when met with the chill of a copper mug. 

 

3.   It’s Timeless. 

Ever since the Moscow Mule was invented in the 1940s, the copper mug has been a part of the experience. Whether you believe that the copper enhances flavor or not, you can’t argue that there is something timeless about holding a Moscow Mule in a copper mug. 

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Thirsty for a mule? Come see us at the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, Texas – The Nodding Donkey – today for Moscow mules, beer, wine, and more! 

What Makes The Nodding Donkey the Best Sports Bar in Dallas, Texas?

A few years ago D Magazine dubbed The Nodding Donkey the best sports bar in Dallas and it’s a reputation we’ve been striving to live up to ever since! We know you have options when it comes to where you watch the game, and we’re thrilled you choose to come hang out with us at The Donkey. 

 

For those of you who haven’t caught a game or joined us for happy hour at The Nodding Donkey, here are just a few reasons why we’re the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas:

 

20 Massive TVs

Want to watch the game? Want to watch a game others aren’t watching? With 20 huge TVs we make sure there isn’t a bad seat in the house to catch all the action. And if you’re interested in watching a game that others aren’t watching, just let our staff know. We’ll get it going on one of our big screens, with options available for both indoor and outdoor viewing. 

 

The Best Parlor Games

 

Life-Sized Jenga. Cornhole. Giant Connect 4. These are just a few of the parlor games you can find here at The Nodding Donkey. We want to create an environment that is fun for all, so take in the indoor/outdoor space and play a few games during halftime or commercial breaks. Not really into the game but along for the fun? Then our parlor games help pass the time (craft beer and cocktails help too). 

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Cooled Patio – All the Way Around

 

One thing our guests truly love about The Nodding Donkey is the wrap around patio, offering an indoor/outdoor vibe that’s just perfect for a cool Spring evening. And for those Summer evenings when it’s a balmy 100 degrees in North Texas….The Nodding Donkey has misters to cool you right off! 

 

Best Bar Food in Dallas, Texas

 

Bar food is hardly a thing here at The Nodding Donkey because ours far suprasses the typical offerings. Sure, we might offer appetizers such as fried pickles and chicken strips, but the also come with a difference you can taste. Hand-breaded, fresh never frozen, scratch kitchen cooking….these are the types of things that set our menu apart and make our food the best bar food in Dallas.

 

Come see us this week at The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas for hockey, baseball, and more! 

The Weekend isn’t Complete Without Brunch at The Nodding Donkey!

If you love eating at The Nodding Donkey during the week, then don’t miss the opportunity to try our weekend brunch as well!

 

The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – is open on weekends and serves Dallas brunch from 11am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great chance to catch an early game and eat some amazing food. 

 

Brunch: Tex-Mex Style

As is the case with most of our menu items at The Donkey, our brunch menu looks like it’s been hit by the Tex-Mex train. Each of our traditional brunch offerings has been infused with a little bit of Mexican…or maybe a little bit of southern bbq. Either way, you’re gonna love it. Here are a few of our customer favorites:

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Brisket & Scramble Tacos

Each of these breakfast tacos is stacked high with hickory smoked brisket, fluffy scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, and a green chili sauce, all wrapped in warm corn tortillas. Frankly, this is a meal we’d eat any time of the day, it’s just so good.

 

Backyard Benedict

Traditionally fussy and stuffy, our eggs benedict gets a makeover! Think biscuits and gravy – but better! – as each of our fresh biscuits is toasted and topped with Canadian bacon, fried eggs, and tasso ham gravy. 

 

Salsa’d Eggs

We frequently get requests for Gluten Free menu items in Dallas, and this one is perfect for brunch! Fluffy scrambled eggs get sautéed with salsa, then served with sliced avocados, pico de gallo, and corn tortillas. 

 

Brunch Drink Specials in Dallas at The Nodding Donkey

As you’re contemplating which menu item to order, don’t forget to save room for Dallas drink specials! Bloody Marys and Mimosas are just $4 during brunch! Or get $20 buckets of beer! 

 

Got weekend plans? Join us at The Nodding Donkey for Dallas brunch

What’s for Lunch? Try Lunch Specials at The Nodding Donkey.

Not sure what to have for lunch this week? Treat yourself to a fabulous lunch at a fraction of the cost with Dallas lunch specials at The Nodding Donkey!


Dallas Lunch Specials

 Who says a great lunch must be expensive? Here is the rundown on our dallas lunch specials, each with a price tag that’s easy on the wallet:

 

Monday: Burgers - $8.95

 Our burgers far surpass the fast food burger any day! We only use premium beef and fresh brioche buns for a difference you can taste. Choose between the Saloon Burger, Mushroom & Swiss Burger, or Bacon Blue Cheese Burger.

 

Tuesday: Salads - $9.95

 Don’t forget that swimsuit season is only 2 months away? Get one step closer to that summer body with a delicious salad at The Nodding Donkey! 5 great choices including the famous Silver Bowl Salad, the Mediterranean Salad, and the Texas Cobb Salad. 

 

Wednesday: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich - $9.95

Our mouthwatering Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is hard to beat with crispy chicken, tossed in sweet cayenne sauce, then wedged in a soft brioche bun. It’s an easy choice for Wednesday’s Hump Day lunch. The only hard choice is deciding which craft beer to pair with it.

 

Thursday: Fajitas - $9.95

Tex-Mex reigns supreme in Dallas, and our fajitas are always on point. Perfectly seasoned chicken and beef and all the fixins. Life is better with fajitas in it! 

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Friday: Chicken Strips - $8.95

 

Served plain and spicy, you simply can’t go wrong with our homemade chicken strips. Each is battered in 9 herbs and spices before hitting the fryer. Plus – you can fabulous fresh cut fries on the side. Want them gluten free? That’s an option too, just ask your server.

 

Ready for the best lunch specials in Dallas, Texas? Come see us this week for lunch specials at The Nodding Donkey!  


*Pricing and specials are subject to change without notice. Ask your server for details.

Register NOW: 9th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament

It’s that time again…time for one of our favorite events of the year! Can you believe we’ve been doing this for 9 years?! 

 

It’s time to register for the 9th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament. A great day of fun where we drink too much, laugh too much, eat too much, and oh yeah – we play some golf too.

 

When and Where?

 

The Dallas charity golf tournament takes place on Friday, June 7, 2019. Work until noon, then join us at noon, as the tents will open at that time, and then the actual tourney starts at 1pm and lasts until around 7pm. We will be at The Golf Club of Dallas this year, located at 2200 West Red Bird Lane, Dallas, Texas, 75232.

 

What Can I Expect?

 

Tents open at noon for event registration, lunch, and beverages brought to you by your favorite Dallas sports bar – The Nodding Donkey of course! Next, you’ll move on to the course, where we’ll compete 4-man scramble style. After the tourney, dinner and drinks are served and winners are announced. Basically – you’ll have tons of fun with friends new and old, what’s not to love?!

 

How Much Is it?

 

The 9th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament is $150/player, and that includes your cart, day of golfing, driving range access, lunch, dinner, and beverages. When you register online, your fees come with a charity receipt, so support a good cause and get a tax break while you’re at it. 

 

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Register Today for our Dallas Charity Golf Tournament! 

 

Registration is already filling up fast, so visit the link here to reserve your space. Find a few friends to complete your foursome - or register alone and we’ll place you with a team who will be your new best friends by the end of the day. 

 

What are you waiting for? Register now! In the meantime, visit us at The Nodding Donkey for March Madness, MLB Baseball, and all the games you’d expect at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas.   

March Madness: Catch the Action at The Nodding Donkey!

Yesterday was Selection Sunday which can only mean one thing – March Madness is here! At the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – we’re pretty excited and ready to share the action with you!

 

What’s the March Madness Schedule?!

 

Anytime, a game is on, you know we’ll have it on one of our 17+ big screen TVs. There’s not a bad seat in the house, and it’s one of the reasons our guests love coming back again and again for gameday action. Here’s the rundown on game dates so you’ll know when to join us:

 

·     March 19: First Four – 5:40pm and 8:10pm

·     March 20: First Four – 5:40pm and 8:10pm

·     March 21: First Round – Games begin at 11:15am and continue into the evening hours. Join us anytime for Dallas drink specials, happy hour, or lunch!  

·     March 22: First Round – Games begin at 11:15am and continue into the evening hours. Make it a great Friday and grab craft beer and a seat on the patio for a little March Madness.

·     March 23: Second Round – Times TBD

·     March 24: Second Round – Times TBD

·     March 28: Sweet 16

·     March 29: Sweet 16

·     March 30: Elite 8

·     March 31: Elite 8

·     April 6: Final 4

·     April 8: Final 4

 

It’s going to be a fun couple weeks, but this week is the best because there is so much basketball to see! 

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Dallas Drink Specials at The Nodding Donkey Every Day!

 

Any day of the week is a great day to get a bargain on some of the best craft beer, cocktails, and wine in Dallas! Check here to get the complete list of Dallas drink specials, including deals on our famous Donkey Punch and Purple Nurples, along with deals on buckets of beer on the weekends. 

 

Who’s ready for March Madness?! See you this week at The Nodding Donkey, the best sports bar in Dallas, for all the fun!

2019 Cocktail Trends You'll Want to Know About

As the best sports bar in Dallas, we’ve got a pulse on what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to cocktails, spirits, craft beer, and wine. 

So what can we expect to see in the cocktail industry this year? We’ve scoured the expert lists and taken note of what we’re seeing in-house to bring you our list of expected 2019 cocktail trends

 

Multi-Sensory Experiences

 We’re seeing an influx in multi-sensory experiences that add to the enjoyment of a cocktail and make it feel more unique. One way bartenders are doing this is with smoked cocktails and spirits. Another is with variations in ice – giant chunks of ice, small shaved ice pieces, and even customized branded ice are taking the scene and adding to the overall cocktail experience.

 

It’s All About Colors that Pop

 With social media taking over so much of our lives, a trend toward creating cocktails that not only taste great – but look mouthwateringly fantastic too – is a very real thing. Look to see more bright colors, striking garnishes, and interesting glasses take over your local bars and Instagram account alike.

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Drink Your Veggies

Cocktails that infuse vegetables are on the rise, offering healthier alternatives to the sugar laden cocktails of the past. Chefs are seeing more herbs too. Think cucumber, dill, carrots, and even mushroom incorporated into cocktails near you.

 

 Less Sweet; More Savory

In line with more veggies, expect to see less sweet cocktail offerings. Bartenders are pairing down the cocktails, going back to simpler ingredient lists, made with higher quality ingredients. Bitters are also on the rise, contributing to fresh – and not overly sweet – flavor combinations.

 

Sustainability

Bartenders nationwide are discussing how to leave a smaller carbon footprint, with sustainability even finding its way into the cocktail discussion. Bartenders are looking for ways to leave less waste and skip wasteful add-ons like straws. 

 

What do you think? What’s on the horizon for 2019? 

 

Ready for a drink? Join us at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas