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5 Reasons to Dine Al Fresco at The Nodding Donkey

On a nice summer evening, ain’t nobody got time to eat indoors! Give me a shady spot on the patio and ice cold drinks.


If you’ve in the mood for dining al fresco in Dallas, then here are 5 reasons The Nodding Donkey is the place to be:


1.     Cooled, Wrap Around Patio


A great patio is the number one priority when deciding where to have your al fresco dining experience, and The Nodding Donkey has you covered- literally! Our patio has it all: an indoor/outdoor experience, cooled patio areas, and plenty of room to move. It can get busy on the weekends, but what’s the best sports bar in Dallas without a crowd?!


2.     Drink Specials Every Day of the Week


It doesn’t have to be a weekend to enjoy the patio and amazing Dallas drink specials. The Nodding Donkey has something for everyone, every day of the week. Texas craft beers, wells, specialty cocktails, wine, and more – just ask our bartender for the daily specials.


3.     Best Bar Food in Dallas


We may be partial, but we’re pretty darn proud of the “bar food” at State & Allen. It’s hard to even call it bar food when you’re cooking up Dallas scratch kitchen favorites like gourmet street tacos and delicious, fresh salads.


4.     Weekday Happy Hour


Dine al fresco every weekday between 4-7pm, and you’ll receive half priced appetizers and a slew of Dallas drink specials including $4 local and import drafts, $3 domestic drafts, $3 wells, and $4 wine.


5.     Al Fresco Dining with a Side of Sports


Guide Live recently hailed The Nodding Donkey as one of their favorites for “al fresco dining with a side of sports!” Being the #1 sports bar in Dallas is what it’s all about for us, so thank you Guide Live for the shout out!


Come experience the patio life with us this week at The Nodding Donkey! Open for Dallas lunch, dinner, happy hour, late night, and brunch.

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Have you tried The Nodding Donkey's New Menu?

If you haven’t been in to The Nodding Donkey in Uptown Dallas anytime recently, then you may not have heard that our Executive Chef has completely revamped our menu, offering you a brand new dining experience!

Not Your Typical Bar Food

No sir. Don’t come to The Nodding Donkey on gameday expecting the usual nachos and buffalo wings. We pride ourselves on taking the ordinary, humdrum menu items you’ve come to love, and giving you a new twist on them! Our Brisket Queso is a perfect example of this: cheddar cheese is melted and blended with fire-roasted Anaheim peppers, freshly smoked brisket (smoked in house), corn, jalapenos, pico, and chow-chow. The blend of flavors and textures is tantalizing!

Fresh Ingredients

All of our ingredients at The Nodding Donkey Uptown are fresh and locally sourced when possible. All eggs from are local, free-range chickens. Entrees are made fresh to order. It’s these small things that set The Nodding Donkey apart from the rest! Looking for something on our new menu that’s extra fresh?! Try our Miso Tuna Salad: fresh tuna is seared to rare perfection, then placed on a bed of napa cabbage, jicama, carrots, cucumber, and cilantro, then drizzled with a miso-peanut sauce. So good!

Something for Everyone

With the release of The Nodding Donkey’s new menu, our staff has worked tirelessly to offer something for everyone. Maybe you’re just in for a game so a few of the best drink specials in Dallas and an appetizer hits the spot. Or maybe you are meeting a friend for a workday lunch, so a salad or sandwich sounds pretty good. Maybe even one of our daily lunch specials. Our menu is stocked with a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, Texican favorites, and appetizers sure to please even the pickiest eater! Not to mention, those with food allergies can rejoice! Many items on our menu are gluten free and peanut free! Just let your server know your dietary restrictions.

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Come on in to The Nodding Donkey this week to catch your favorite college football game, drink a few craft beers, and sample some of our new menu offerings! You’ll be glad you did!

Don't Miss Thirsty Thursday at The Nodding Donkey!

Beat the heat all summer long at The Nodding Donkey Uptown, where our patio is always lively and the drinks are always cold!

Thirsty Thursday is coming up tomorrow – and as always – the drinks will be flowing! Lots of great local, craft brews to choose from and always a drink special or two on mixed drinks and wine as well. It's a great opportunity to try some new beers and find some new favorites - all sourced locally! Here are a few brews on tap now and HALF PRICE on Thirsty Thursday!


·      Nine Band Brewing – Cactus Cat Kolsch: Brewed right here in Allen, Texas, this classic German beer does not disappoint! It’s light and refreshing, with grassy notes that had a sharp, crispness to it. You’ll love this one!

·      Community Brewing Co. – Mosaic: This award-winning IPA is sure to please all beer drinks alike! Brewed with a new hop called “mosaic,” it’s full of hops, but also has just the right amount of malt to balance the flavor. This is a perfectly balanced IPA sure to be your new favorite!

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·      Revolver Brewing – Blood & Honey: The ever popular Blood & Honey is on tap at The Nodding Donkey Uptown! It’s an American Pale Wheat Ale with hints of honey, citrus, and herbs. Well-balanced and lovable – and at half off – you’re sure to get more than one glass!

·      Texas Ale Project – Fire Ant Funeral: Texas Ale Project calls this “the anecdote to the big sting.” Complexity is well balanced, created using 7 different malts that blend harmoniously for a delicious amber ale you will not want to miss.

Join us this Thursday – and every Thursday - at The Nodding Donkey Uptown for Thirsty Thursday in Dallas! Remember – HALF PRICE on all local, craft beers and MORE! Pair these amazing drink specials with the best patio in Uptown, and you’ve got the recipe for an amazing Thursday night.