Everyday is a Tex-Mex Kind of Day!

Any Tex-Mex lovers in the house?!


If you are looking for the best Tex-Mex in Dallas – at the best prices in Dallas – don’t forget about the amazing deals we offer at The Nodding Donkey. Our menu is loaded with delicious, scratch kitchen Tex-Mex and here are a few of the weekly specials we offer to sweeten the deal:


Tuesday Drink Special: $5 Margaritas

Visit The Nodding Donkey anytime on Tuesday and you can look forward to $5 margaritas made fresh with Altos Tequila. If you haven’t had Altos Tequila, then you’re in for a treat. This award-winning tequila is smooth, with subtle hints of citrus for added vibrancy, and is made with only 100% blue agave. Try it for yourself in our $5 margaritas every Tuesday!


Taco Tuesdays

In addition to great deals on our handcrafted margaritas, Tuesdays are often known as Taco Tuesday around here because we offer great deals on our fabulous street tacos. Choose between tender brisket, chicken, or pulled pork, each topped with homemade pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and a dash of shredded lettuce. Our fire roasted salsa is served on the side.


Thursday Food Specials: $8.95 Fajitas

Thursdays are a great day to visit The Donkey because not only do we offer tons of delicious Dallas drink specials to get your weekend started right, we also offer $8.95 fajitas for lunch and dinner! It’s a deal you just can’t pass up! You’ll get your choice of beef or chicken, then a plate loaded with grilled onions, peppers, sour cream, cheddar cheese, guacamole, and fire roasted salsa to make each fajita just like you like it.


So the next time you are in the mood for Tex-Mex, don’t forget that the best sports bar in Dallas also has some of the best Tex-Mex in Dallas! We can’t wait to see you this week for a margarita, tacos, and more.

*Please note that all specials, promotions, and pricing are subject to change at any time.  Please confirm with your server should you have any questions about current pricing. 

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Our Lighter Side: 4 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Try Now

It may be cold outside – but swimsuit season is right around the corner!


Are you ready?


If your goals for 2018 include staying healthy and getting fit for spring and summer, then it doesn’t mean you have to cut out alcohol all together. The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – has a huge selection of wine, craft beer, and cocktails, and among them, plenty of low calorie options to keep you on track.


If you’re visiting The Nodding Donkey this week for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, then order one of these delicious low calorie options! You won’t even miss the extra calories because they are so good!


Gin & Tonic – Approx. 148 calories

Gin & Tonic is a light, refreshing way to keep the calorie count down. Tonic has only 10 calories an ounce, so add a splash (or more!) of gin and you’re set.


Old Fashioned – Approx. 154 calories

If bourbon neat isn’t your thing, try an Old Fashioned and you’ll still be in the clear. Flavor is added with bitters – a low calorie addition – and at The Nodding Donkey, we add a splash of cherry for flavor.


Martini – Approx. 180 calories

Whether you like it shaken or stirred, a martini is a classic choice for a low calorie cocktail. A martini is nothing more than vermouth and gin or vodka. Pass on the olives and olive juice if you want to cut a few more calories.


Rum & Diet Coke – Approx. 100 calories

Love a rum and coke, but don’t want to overindulge? Try substituting Coke for Diet Coke, and you will cut the calories in half.


The Nodding Donkey has Dallas drink specials going on all week, so be our guest and join us for happy hour, lunch, or dinner any night of the week!

We can’t wait to see you!

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Announcing Dallas Drink Specials for Super Bowl LII at The Nodding Donkey!

Can you believe that Super Bowl LII is right around the corner?!


As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, we’re gearing up for one epic event! Join us Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, as we watch the Eagles take on the Patriots in the biggest football game of the year!


Announcing the Best Super Bowl Drink Specials

To the sweeten the deal, The Nodding Donkey is teaming up with Miller Lite and Bud Light to offer some delicious Dallas drink specials for Super Bowl:


·      Beer Bucket Specials: Grab your friends and head to The Donkey because we’re offering great deals on buckets of beer! For just $20, you’ll get a whole bucket of Miller Lite or Bud Light. Pair those buckets with some pitchers of Donkey Punch and Purple Nurples, and you’ve got a party.

·      Draft Beer Specials: Not only will we have beer bucket specials on Miller Lite and Bud Light, but there will be draft specials too! Of course, we’ll also have all of the usual craft beers and local favorites available at great prices as well.

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Room for All

With over 17 huge TVs throughout The Nodding Donkey, there isn’t a bad place to watch the game! Find a table close to the bar, or plan to play some corn hole or Jenga outside. We truly have something for everyone, no matter what you’re definition is of a Super Bowl Party.


Amazing Party Food

Skip the trouble of making an appetizer, and come to our party where the appetizers come to you! Donkey Balls, Loaded Nachos, Fried Pickles, Jalapeno Skins, and more are waiting for you.


We look forward to seeing you at The Nodding Donkey for Super Bowl Sunday on February 4! Game starts at 5:30pm, but we’ll have the pregame on before. Come early to claim your spot!


*Please note that all specials, promotions, and pricing are subject to change at any time. Please confirm with your server should you have any questions about current pricing.

Dallas Happy Hour Favorites

After a long day at work, it’s time to unwind with Happy Hour. And what better place to celebrate Happy Hour than Dallas’ favorite sports bar – The Nodding Donkey!


Ice Cold Beer: $3-$5

The Nodding Donkey has a huge selection of domestics, imports, and local craft beers available! Our goal is to introduce you to new beers you haven’t tried yet, while still offering the traditional favorites. We love sourcing new Texas beers and supporting local artisans just doing their thing. And with so many new craft breweries popping up, there is always something new to try! During Happy Hour, the prices range from $3 for domestics, all the way up to $5 for local Dallas craft beer.


Wells: $4

If beer is not your thing, then what about a mixed drink?! The Nodding Donkey has $4 Wells everyday during Happy Hour! At that price, you can afford to order several of your favorites, or treat your coworkers to a drink or two. A few top picks: vodka tonic, rum and coke, or a whiskey sour.


House Wine: $5

Wind down with a glass of your favorite wine, just $5! Each house wine – whether red, white, or sparkling – is carefully chosen to win the approval of even the pickiest wine drinker. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at our Dallas happy hour wine selection!


Half Price Appetizers

No happy hour is complete without munchies. Order some smoky guacamole, Donkey balls, or maybe some cheese fries – you really can’t go wrong with any of our starters!


Mark your calendar to join The Nodding Donkey for Happy Hour! It’s 4-7pm every weekday at your favorite Dallas, TX sports bar!


*Please note that all specials, promotions, and pricing are subject to change at any time. Please confirm with your server should you have any questions about current pricing.

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New Year's Resolution: Eat More Salads.

If you’re anything like us, we’re feeling the “Holiday 15” and it’s time to get back in the saddle when it comes to eating healthy and getting fit.


So one of our resolutions this year: eat more salads.


And you want to know a great place to get some of the best salads in Dallas, Texas... The Nodding Donkey of course!


Not Your Ordinary Bar Food


As you well know, food at The Nodding Donkey is no ordinary bar food, and our Dallas salads are no exception. You can expect fresh, gourmet ingredients washed, chopped, cooked, and assembled right here in our kitchen daily. It’s whole food with the nutrition you need to get healthy in 2018!


Delicious Options


Worried you’ll run into run-of-the-mill options at a Dallas sports bar? Well you’re wrong! Here are a few of our delicious salad options:


·      Mediterranean Salad: Cherry tomatoes, red peppers, olives, and artichokes are tossed in a feta vinaigrette and layered on top of a bed of fresh, crisp lettuce. Served with a side of hummus and pita bread, you just can’t go wrong. Need protein? Just ask your server to add chicken breast!


·      Texas Baja Salad: We call it the Texas Baja because it’s loaded with Tex-Mex goodness! Black beans, cucumber, corn, red bell peppers, onion, avocado, crumbled Oaxaca cheese, and blackened chicken are served on a giant bed of romaine, then sprinkled with tortilla strips.


·      Famous Silver Bowl Salad: You don’t have to go to our sister restaurant, State & Allen, to get the delicious Silver Bowl Salad. Just pop into The Nodding Donkey and we’ll serve one up! Spicy glazed chicken, bacon, oranges, fresh grapes, red bell peppers, and romaine lettuce are drizzled in not one – but two! – amazing homemade dressings! You really can’t go wrong.


Ready to eat more healthy in 2018? Visit the best sports bar in Dallas for delicious salads, made fresh for you with homemade dressings and gourmet ingredients.

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The Nodding Donkey Delivers – For Free!

Want to stay in, snuggle up, and watch Hallmark Christmas movies all day?


Or are you more of a “stay in and watch football for hours” kinda person?


Either way – you’re going to need to eat at some point  - and we’ve got some good news for you: The Nodding Donkey offers free delivery! 


No need to leave your home; you can still get the delicious flavors of the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, all without leaving the couch.


Step #1: Visit our online ordering page.


Our online ordering is powered by Amazon Prime, and the first question it will ask is, “what is your zip code?” We just want to verify that you are within The Nodding Donkey’s delivery zip codes. If you live in and around Uptown Dallas, then you’re good to go. If you live in Plano, you might be out of luck.


Step #2: Pick what you want!


Once you’re signed in, begin looking through our menu and decide what to order. The full menu is available online, and many of our entrees come with a photo so you can see exactly what you are ordering for food delivery in Uptown Dallas. Choose between tasty appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sides, Texican entrees, or burgers. And on the weekends, you can even order brunch delivered straight to your door!


Step #3: Checkout and Wait!


Once you’ve picked all your favorites, simply sit back and wait! We’ll take it from there. You will receive an approximate wait time at checkout, so you know exactly when to expect your food. It will show up hot and ready to be consumed.


So the next time you’re hunkered down at home and have no motivation to get out for food, order lunch, dinner, or brunch from The Nodding Donkey with free delivery every day! 

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Grab a Hot Lunch at The Nodding Donkey This Week

In between rushing around to get last minute gifts, wrapping up work at the office, and the hustle and the bustle of the season, don’t forget to grab a bite at The Nodding Donkey!


Our casual atmosphere is perfect for a quick drop-in for lunch, dinner, or even happy hour. Here are a few of our favorite lunch entrees to try now:


BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese

This has been a customer favorite for years and continues to be a winner. Ooey gooey cheddar cheese is melted with house smoked brisket, topped with homemade bbq sauce, pickled sweet jalapenos, and bacon. Come see what all the fuss is about, and it might just become your favorite too!


Cuban Donkey Wrap

All the protein and carbs you need to get you through your day are wrapped up in this delicious wrap. We take a jalapeno cheddar tortilla and stuff it with our homemade pulled pork, black beans, crispy pickles, melted swiss cheese, donkey mustard, pico, and lettuce.



Skip the drive-thru lines and get a chicken sandwich at The Nodding Donkey that’s just a cut above the rest. Delicious chicken – breaded or grilled – is served in a brioche bun with avocado, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. You’ll love the hearty – and healthy – spin on the classic chicken sandwich.


All of the sandwiches and wraps at The Nodding Donkey come with your choice of fresh cut fries, waffle fries, salad, fruit, or potato salad. We can also do gluten free buns; simply ask your server!


So this week as you’re finishing up the last of your holiday to-do list, be sure to pop into The Nodding Donkey for one of the best lunches in Dallas! We are conveniently located at the corner of Thomas Street and Allen Street in Uptown Dallas, Texas.

Sean's Philly Sandwich at The Nodding Donkey - YUM!

Sean's Philly Sandwich at The Nodding Donkey - YUM!

Holiday Stress Busters: Cocktails at The Nodding Donkey

It’s no surprise that the holiday season is the most stressful time of year for most people. Parties to attend, gift to buy, year-end quotas to meet… there’s a lot going on!


Why don’t you join us for one of the best stress busters in town – cocktails at The Nodding Donkey!


There are so many good ones on the menu, each handcrafted with fresh, gourmet ingredients for a difference you can taste. Here are a few of our favorites to help you take a load off this holiday season:


Donkey Punch

The signature favorite here at The Nodding Donkey. Available both by the pitcher and by the glass, Donkey Punch is a classic trash can punch made with Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum and a variety of top secret ingredients that give it that distinctive flavor you can only find here at The Nodding Donkey.


Irish Mule

Sure, you’ve had the Moscow Mule (we have those too fo course), but what about the Irish Mule? Our Irish Mule is made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, and freshly squeezed lime juice. It’s sure to take the edge off a crazy day of work or holiday shopping.


Top Shelf Margarita

Order something fabulous off The Nodding Donkey’s Texican menu, then pair it with a Top Shelf Margarita. Enjoy the flavors of Tres Agaves tequila, agave, and freshly squeezed lime juice, all combined to give you the best margarita in Dallas.


Flawless Fizz

Any vodka drinkers in the house? If vodka is your spirit of choice, then give the Flawless Fizz a try! Kruto Flawless Vodka, lemon juice, and club soda are combined for a light and refreshing cocktail you’re sure to love.


Is your mouthwatering yet? Wondering where you can get cocktails near meVisit us at The Nodding Donkey this week for these signature Dallas cocktails and more! And if cocktails aren’t your thing, don’t forget about our craft beer and wine available as well.


See you this week at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas!

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Join us for Thanksgiving Weekend Football at The Nodding Donkey!

Turkey and football go hand-in-hand, and once that turkey is gone, join your friends at The Nodding Donkey for an epic weekend of FOOTBALL! All the big games. All the big screens. All the amazing Dallas bar food. All the fun. You won’t want to miss Thanksgiving Weekend at The Nodding Donkey!


Key Matchups

As always, Thanksgiving weekend promises some of the best matchups in football. Here are a few of our favorite matchups you won’t want to miss:

Thanksgiving Day

·      3:30pm – Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers

·      6:30pm – Ole Miss Rebels at Missisisippi State Bulldogs

Friday, Nov. 24

·      11am – Baylor Bears at TCU

·      11am – Navy at Houston

·      7pm: Texas Tech at University of Texas

Saturday, Nov. 25

·      2:30pm: Alabama at Auburn

·      6:30pm: Texas A&M at LSU


We’re Open on Thanksgiving Day!

We’ll be opening at 3pm on Thanksgiving Day, so you’ll get here just in time to grab a drink before the Dallas Cowboys kickoff! Then stick around and watch Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State with us!


Amazing Food & Dallas Drink Specials

What football game is complete without a few appetizers and the best drink specials in Dallas, Texas? Order a pitcher of Donkey Punch or Purple Nurples for the table, and and an order of the Texas Triple Dip too! That’s queso, guac, and salsa with hot tortilla chips, sure to please even the pickiest fan. And if you need a complete meal, our menu is chock full of sandwiches, burgers, sandwiches, Tex-Mex entrees, and wraps to fill your belly. Just don’t forget about our daily drink specials to go alongside it; craft beer on tap, handcrafted cocktails, wine, and more – you’ll find what you’re looking for at The Nodding Donkey.

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Join us at The Nodding Donkey anytime this Thanksgiving Weekend for great food and great football. We love being your favorite sports bar in Dallas!

What Your Brunch Order Says About You

It’s time for a little reminder: brunch at The Nodding Donkey is epic! Who doesn’t love a hot breakfast and morning cocktails after a long week or late night out?!


Brunch is served at The Nodding Donkey in Uptown Dallas, Texas each Saturday and Sunday, 11am-2pm. (We’re actually opening our doors even earlier on Saturdays this Fall for college football - 10:30am!) We’ve got a full menu of all your favorites, and we think what you order says a lot about you. Here are a few of our completely unscientific thoughts on the matter:


Brisket & Scramble Tacos

Perfect for: The Tex-Mex Junkie


You live in Dallas solely so that you can have close proximity to more Tex-Mex restaurants than anywhere else! You’ll eat tacos three meals a day, and make no apologies for it! Our Brisket & Scramble Tacos are right up your alley with hickory smoked brisket, green chile sauce, scrambled eggs, and freshly grated cheddar cheese on corn tortillas. 


Lounge Eggs & Bacon

Perfect for: The Traditionalist


You don’t like change. You can’t handle it when the latest iPhone update makes you relearn how to use your phone. You like things the way you like them, and your personal motto is, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” When it comes to breakfast, you like the traditional favorites: bacon and eggs. And that’s why our Lounge Eggs & Bacon, served with a slice of toast on the side, are the perfect Dallas brunch entrée for you!


The Giant

Perfect for: The Southerner


You take a lot of pride in your southern roots – particularly those that are from the great State of Texas! You likely went to a state school in Texas, or maybe an SEC school somewhere else in the South. Either way, you believe the only way to make breakfast is the way mama did – with lots of grease and goodness! You’ll love our southern sausage gravy, drizzled over fluffy homemade biscuits, then served with bacon on the side. The Giant is sure to win your heart! 


So what do you think? Do you agree with us? Either way, come join us for the best brunch in Uptown Dallas at The Nodding Donkey!

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Brewery Spotlight: Revolver Brewing Company

As you know, The Nodding Donkey loves celebrating our Texas heritage and great Texas craft beer. We have many local, Dallas-Fort Worth area craft beers available on tap, including a couple from Revolver Brewing Company.


About Revolver

Travel just about 30 minutes southwest of Fort Worth and you’ll find the picturesque little town of Granbury, Texas. Granbury is home to many shops, wineries, and small town Texas fun, but our favorite stop is the Revolver Brewing Company.

The Revolver Brewing was founded in 2012 by a father/son duo, Ron & Rhett Keisler. In a few short years, folks in North Texas and beyond have taken notice of Revolver because they make delicious craft beer. What makes their beer special? We all know the flavors of the beer start with the water, and we love that Revolver uses it’s own well water from the Trinity Aquifer. It’s the minerals in the water – along with the highest quality ingredients – that give Revover it’s distinctive taste. And their brewery doesn’t use run-of-the-mill equipment either. Revolver’s equipment was all custom produced in the U.S. by a master craftsman. It’s the little things that make this beer stand out!


The Nodding Donkey’s Top Picks


At this point I’m sure you’re wondering, “Okay, so what about the beer?!”


The Nodding Donkey has two of our favorite Revolver Brewing Company craft beers on tap right now:


Revolver Blood & Honey: It’s the beer that put them on the map, and if you haven’t tried it yet, get over to The Nodding Donkey and give it a try! It’s an American Wheat Ale that’s smooth and perfectly crafted with gourmet ingredients including Texas honey, Blood Orange zest, and spices. It goes great with appetizers, burgers, Tex-Mex – just about anything you want to pair it with!


Revolver High Brass: The drinkability is strong with this one. This American Blonde Ale goes down ultra smooth. We love that it’s got a mild pilsner malt that’s flavorful without being overbearing. Another unique thing about this beer? It uses Saphir hops imported from Germany.


Head over to The Nodding Donkey this week for a craft brew from Revolver Brewing Company – or any of our other North Texas Craft Breweries! We love supporting local beer! Don’t forget to join us Monday-Friday, 4-7pm, for Happy Hour Drink Specials every day!

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North Texas Beer Week is Here! – The Nodding Donkey Uptown Dallas

The annual tradition continues…and this year it’s bigger than ever!


North Texas Beer Week runs Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 5, with plenty of amazing beer tastings, pairing classes, parties, and more to enjoy along the way. Read more from The Nodding Donkey to learn what NTX Beer Week is all about!




Basically, North Texas Beer Week is a week jam packed with events to educate, inspire, and open your eyes to new and amazing craft beers you may not have tried otherwise. The NTX Beer Week website is an awesome resource with search tools available to narrow down your search for the types of events you are looking for – because there are a lot of events! From Dallas, to Addison, to Lewisville, and Fort Worth – there is bound to be an event near you!


Our sister restaurants – State & Allen and Ross & Hall – are both hosting various events during NTX Beer Week:

·      Fri. October 27

o   Ross & Hall’s Lakewood Brewing Company Beer Tapping

·      Sat. October 28

o   State & Allen’s Avery “Rumpkin” Beer Tapping

·      Mon. October 30

o   State & Allen’s Deschutes “Abyss” Beer Tapping

·      Tues. October 31

o   Ross & Hall’s Cobra “Nitro Dawn of the Dank” Beer Tapping

o   State & Allen’s Halloween Happy Hour

·      Wed. November 1

o   Ross & Hall’s Night with Peticolas Brewing Co.

·      Thurs. November 2

o   State & Allen’s Prairie Artisan Ale Beer Tapping

o   Ross & Hall’s Alesmith “Speedway Stout” Beer Tapping

·      Sat. November 4

o   State & Allen’s Founders “Highly Acclaimed KBS” Beer Tapping


4th Annual Brewer’s Ball


Wrap the week with an unforgettable night at the 4th Annual Brewer’s Ball on Friday, November 3 from 7-10pm. 500 VIP guests will enjoy amazing craft beer and scratch kitchen food offerings from Dallas’s best restaurants – including State & Allen and Ross & Hall!


And as always, if you aren’t interested in any of these events and just want to drink some of the best craft beer in Texas at the best bar in Uptown Dallas, then head over and visit us at The Nodding Donkey! We’ve have our own North Texas Beer Week celebration! 

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Remember Folks – The Nodding Donkey Delivers!

Whether you’re trying to decide what is for dinner on a weeknight or want to order in on game day so you don’t miss any of the action, The Nodding Donkey has you covered with free delivery!


Easy Ordering!


Ordering your favorites from The Nodding Donkey has never been easier! Simply find the link on our website for Free Delivery and you will be transported to our ordering page. Our delivery service is powered by Amazon, and on their site, you’ll see our entire menu – brunch, sandwiches, burgers, starters, entrees, and more – along with pictures so you can make sure it’s what you really want. Just click to add whatever you like, then wait! A friendly delivery person will have your order to you in no time – hot and ready to enjoy.


Are you on the go? You can even get the Amazon Prime Now app and order your food there instead of on the website. Same food, same features, but easy ordering when you aren’t in front of a computer screen.


Absolutely Free Service!


There is really no downside to ordering our free Dallas food delivery from The Nodding Donkey, because it’s just that – FREE! Stay home in your PJs and still enjoy a delicious brunch. We won’t judge! It will be the same price as it you were dining with us.


What Food is Available for Delivery?


As we said earlier, our whole menu is right there for you to peruse. Burgers, Texican entrees, salads, sandwiches, and even sides – all your favorites from the best sports bar in Dallas are waiting for you right there.


So even if you can’t make it into The Nodding Donkey this week, don’t forget about our Free Delivery services that bring The Nodding Donkey’s delicious food to you! Fast, easy, free, and delicious – what more could you want?!

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Spend NFL Sundays at The Nodding Donkey

Sunday Funday is even better this time of year because you can catch all of your favorite NFL games right here at The Nodding Donkey. Whether it’s an early game or the primetime evening special, The Nodding Donkey has you covered!


Noon Game? Join us for Dallas Brunch!


So your team is playing at noon. Perfect! It’s a great excuse to join us for the best brunch in Uptown Dallas! The Nodding Donkey’s brunch menu is centered on simple dishes cooked well, with quality ingredients and unique flavors you can taste. Everything has a little Texican flare to it because who in Dallas doesn’t love great Mexican food?! Try our Brisket & Scramble Tacos, made with hickory smoked brisket, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, and a homemade green chile sauce. Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more southern – like our Backyard Benedict. A playful twist on the traditional Eggs Benedict, our version uses fluffy biscuits, layered with fried eggs and Candadian bacon, then drizzled in tasso ham gravy. Comfort food at it’s finest. Whatever you like, The Nodding Donkey has a brunch offering for you!


Primetime Game? Join us for Dallas Drink Specials and Dinner!


So what if you have to work Monday? Plan to spend the afternoon and evening watching football with your friends at The Nodding Donkey! Our juicy burgers make the perfect lunch or dinner, and our Texican menu is jam-packed with creative, mouthwatering dishes that bring out the best of Tex-Mex. Burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, etc. – The Nodding Donkey has you covered! Just don’t forget to order your favorite beer or cocktail to go with it! We keep the bar stocked and the menu full of the best craft beer, so you’re biggest decision will be deciding what to order!


Join us this week for NFL Sundays at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas

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Game Day Ready: Don’t Miss these Appetizers at The Nodding Donkey!

When you’re sipping your favorite craft beer, playing a game of corn hole, and watching your favorite team on one of our giant TVs, it’s only natural you’ll want something to munch on too.


You’re in luck. Part of what makes The Nodding Donkey the best sports bar in Dallas is the delicious appetizers you can get to accompany the game. Here’s a rundown of a few crowd-pleasing favorites:


Donkey Balls

Say what you want about the name…the result is delicious. We start with a ball of Oaxaca cheese – the mozzarella of Mexico if you will – add a dash of jalapeno, then deep fry it until nice and crispy. Dip it in marinara or ranch, and you’ve got the perfect game day appetizer.


Brisket Queso & Chips


Yes, we know this is Dallas, and just about everyone serves some form of queso, but do they start with brisket smoked in-house? Add fire roasted peppers, corn, pico, jalapenos, and fresh chow-chow, and you’re got a killer queso made only by yours truly – The Nodding Donkey. And here’s an insider tip: want 3 dips instead of just one? Go for the Texas Triple Dip, where you will get our brisket queso, smoky guacamole, and homemade salsa all in one.

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Loaded Cheese Fries

These aren’t your average French fries folks. Fresh cut fries are piled high with that delicious queso we just mentioned, plus cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions. Just do yourself a favor and order two orders because they are that good.


Willy’s Wagon Wheels

When it comes to fried food, we just can’t resist the fried pickles. Hand battered and then deep-fried, these pickles can’t be beat.


Hungry yet? Join us for game day and order any one of these incredible Dallas appetizers, along with your choice of craft beer, shots, cocktails, and more at The Nodding Donkey! 

Dallas Drink Specials: All Week at The Nodding Donkey!

You don’t have to wait for a big game or event to get great Dallas drink specials at the best sports bar in town.


Nope – The Nodding Donkey has drink specials every day of the week. Here’s a rundown on our regulars:


Mondays: $6 Crown Royal

Start the work week off right with $6 Crown Royal all day long. Getting it on the rocks, or make it a Crown and Coke – the choice is yours. Want to change it up a little bit? Order our Vanilla, Regal Apple, or Deluxe Crown, all for just $6/glass.


Tuesdays: $5 Margaritas

Texican Tuesday is complete when you order a $5 margarita, specially created just for you with Altos Tequila. Altos Tequila is 100% agave tequila, handcrafted in small batches in Los Altos, Mexico, With Maestro Tequilero Jesus Hernandez at the helm for the last 17 years, this tequila is smooth and makes a mean margarita.


Wednesdays: $4 Donkey Punch & Purple Nurples

We’re asked all the time what makes our Donkey Punch and Purple Nurples so great, and well, the secret stays with us! Both are our own signature cocktails, and can be ordered as individual drinks or as pitchers. And at $4 a glass on Wednesdays, you can afford to order a round to celebrate Hump Day!


Thursdays: $5 Three Olives Vodka

Oh how we love vodka. And on Thursdays, your favorite vodka drinks are just $5, made with Three Olives Premium Vodka. So order up your favorite vodka tonic, martini, or Moscow Mule, all at one amazing price.


Fridays: $4 Captain Morgan Loconut

Grab a shot of Captain Morgan Loconut for just $4 on Fridays! What’s that you say? You aren’t familiar with Loconut? Captain Morgan’s Loconut is a blend of their signature rum, spices, and a coconut liqueur. It will make you dream of summer on the beach.


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

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Burgers & Football: Saturdays at The Nodding Donkey!

Opening weekend for college football was a doozie, wasn’t it?!


Texas lost.

Baylor lost.

We’re not even going to talk about what happened to Texas A&M.


It wasn’t a great first week for the great State of Texas, but good news: THERE’S PLENTY OF FOOTBALL LEFT! And it can only go up from here, right?!


The Nodding Donkey Opens at 10:30am on Saturdays for College Football!

Join The Nodding Donkey every Saturday this Fall for college football in Dallas! We’ll have all the games from all the teams, so you won’t miss your favorite. And with over 17 big screen TVs throughout our Dallas restaurant and bar, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. Sit outside and enjoy some lawn games while you watch, or enjoy a cozy seat at the bar inside. Your choice! Lots of options and lots of fun.


Burgers + Football = Good Times

Forget about heating up your grill. Grab the gang and head to The Nodding Donkey for the best burgers in Dallas! Get our classic Saloon Burger with chipotle mayo, smoked onions, and pepper jack cheese. Or maybe you’d like to try our personal favorite, the Bacon Blue Cheese Burger. Loaded with crispy fried onions, blue cheese crumbles, and of course, bacon, it’s pretty close to burger perfection. Burgers are always made to order, so be sure to tell your server what you like, and we’ll make it just for you.


Dallas Drink Specials!

The Donkey is not only the best place in Dallas to watch college football, but it’s also the best place for Dallas drink specials! Enjoy one of the many great craft beer on tap, everything from local brews to mainstream favorites. Don’t forget about our full menu of craft cocktails, shots, wine, and more.


Join us this weekend at The Nodding Donkey as we usher in a new season of college football! Doors open at 10:30am, and we’ll be here all day to rejoice in the win or drown our sorrows in a pitcher of Donkey Punch.

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New Dallas Restaurant: Ross & Hall to Open Soon!

The folks that brought you The Nodding Donkey – your favorite sports bar in Dallas – are proud to announce another sister restaurant: Ross & Hall!


Ross & Hall is coming to Dallas this Fall and will be located just outside of the Deep Ellum/Downtown Dallas bubble. As its named would imply, the restaurant will be located at the corner of Ross Ave. and Hall St. Sound familiar? It should! State & Allen – our big brother in Uptown – bares a similar name.


What Kind of Cuisine Can I Expect at Ross & Hall?

Ross & Hall will be an American scratch kitchen and beer garden. Expect to see a laid back menu full of eclectic entrees, pizza, burgers, and of course DRINK SPECIALS! Ross & Hall will be a full beer garden, planning to have a massive selection of craft beer on tap. Everything from your everyday Miller Lite to local craft brews from Lakewood Brewing Co. will be available on tap, ice old and ready to enjoy! Not that into beer? Then be on the lookout for huge chalkboards throughout the restaurant, showing off our daily Dallas drink specials ranging from impeccable bourbons to fine wines. Says owner Jonathan Calabrese, “We want people to come in and enjoy a scotch or a Miller Lite.” 


So Ross & Hall will be just like State & Allen?

No we’re not saying that! The beer garden, for one, is going to be epic and unique to Ross & Hall. We also want to honor the historic nature of Ross Ave. and create something that expresses the area. Our team is bringing the best of State & Allen, The Nodding Donkey, and Social Pie and bringing it to Ross & Hall. Ross & Hall, while only 3 miles from State & Allen, is a totally different neighborhood with a different vibe. We’re altering the menu to cater to your needs and wants! In the months to come, feel free to provide feedback on the menu as we cater to the area and make this the best new restaurant in Dallas.


Stay tuned for more information to come, but we’re excited to share this new location with you! As always, join us at The Nodding Donkey for your sports bar fix. You know we’ll always have the game on and amazing Dallas drink specials. You know, we wouldn't want anyone to go thirsty around here! ;)

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Reserve Your Table Now for Mayweather vs. McGregor at The Nodding Donkey!

Who’s ready for the Money Fight?!

Join The Nodding Donkey and all your friends on August 26 at 8pm CST to see Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor face off for the fight of the year!

Reserve your table now by emailing mweatherall@calwink.com. Tables are filling up fast, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to get the best seats in the house!


Is it in the bag for Mayweather?

Many analysts believe the fight is in the bag for Mayweather – the undefeated, eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion – but McGregor is going to be a tough opponent in his own right. McGregor – the current UFC lightweight champion - brings power behind each of his hits, something Mayweather is not accustomed to do. Plus – McGregor is tough, able to take quite a few hits without going down. That’s a good quality to have, since he’s going to need it against heavy hitter Mayweather who has stamina and speed on his side. Mayweather has been pushing for this fight, so we’ll all see whether or not he can come out victorious.


What about Dallas drink specials?!

As always, you can expect the best Dallas drink specials at The Nodding Donkey! With our wide selection of ice cold craft beer on tap (much of that being local Dallas favorites), handcrafted cocktails, cheap wells, sippin’ whiskey, and of course our famous Donkey Punch, you’re sure to find a drink for you. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to get an order of fried pickles (wagon wheels as we call ‘em), loaded cheese fries, or brisket queso for the table.


Mayweather vs. McGregor: Dallas Watch Party at The Nodding Donkey

Tables are filling up fast for our Mayweather vs. McGregor Dallas Watch Party, so email mweatherall@calwink.com today to reserve yours for Aug. 26 at 8pm! Until then, come on by and join us for lunch, dinner, late night pizza, or a nightcap.


Want 20% off your Tab? Book a Fantasy Football Party Today! 

Want 20% off your tab at The Nodding Donkey?

We figured you might.

And it is easier than you think! Call your friends, find out who is in for Fantasy, then host your Dallas Fantasy Football Draft Party at The Nodding Donkey. Everything on your tab – craft beer, shots, pitchers of Donkey Punch, specialty cocktails, wine, etc. – it’s all 20% off during your party! Yeah, we know it’s a steal of a deal, but it’s our way of saying thank you for making us the best sports bar in Dallas.


When Should I Book My Party?

The Nodding Donkey is taking reservations now for Fantasy Football Draft Parties, so call today to get on the calendar and get the best dates available. Or you can book by visiting our website and making a reservation here.

Each fantasy league is a little different in terms of dates and rules, but the first NFL game of the season starts on Sept. 7, so you’ll need to have your picks ready by Sept. 6, with all drafts completed by Oct. 15. That’s a little over a month to do your research, book your party, and make this the best season of fantasy football yet!


Who Should I Draft?

Everyone’s got their strategy and opinion on how to draft, who to draft, etc….and frankly we’re keeping our strategies to ourselves…but we can offer up a few of our favorite articles for a little light reading to get you started:






So go on and do yourself a favor: look at your calendar and book your Dallas Fantasy Football Party at The Nodding Donkey today!

It’s fast. It’s easy. You’ll get some great deals on the best appetizers in Uptown. And with 20% off your entire tab, it just doesn’t get much better than that! 

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