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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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NO COVER: McGregor vs. Diaz Rematch

It’s only one of the most anticipated UFC fights of the year: Connor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz and it’s FREE at The Nodding Donkey!


Join us at The Nodding Donkey on August 20 at 8pm as these two face-off for the rematch we’ve all been waiting for!


The Fight

In UFC 196, Nate Diaz shocked everyone by defeating champion fighter Connor McGregor. Although beat up after Round 1 of the fight, Diaz continued to press on and a lucky stiff left hand sent McGregor to his knees; a final guillotine choke sealed the deal. Nate Diaz was the champion no one expected!


So here we are 5 months later, and the bad blood between these two continues to boil. McGregor has said publicly that this fight “means a hell of a lot to me. This one means more than any amount of golf or money combined.” He’s ready for revenge. As for Diaz, he wants to prove to the world that his victory over “The Notorious” was not a fluke.


The Drink Specials

When there’s a fight at The Donkey, you can count on some great drink specials! Pick up a pitcher of Purple Nurples or Donkey Punch for you and your friends, or grab a glass of ice cold craft beer at the bar. Whatever your poison, The Nodding Donkey has you covered. They don’t call us the best sports bar in Dallas for nothing!


Don’t be left out! Be at The Nodding Donkey next Saturday night, Aug. 20, for the fight everyone will be discussing around the watercooler Monday morning. 

And with that…we leave you with this skit Nate Diaz did for Jimmy Kimmel Live last week. Enjoy!


NOW PRE-BOOKING: Fantasy Football Draft Parties at The Donkey!

It’s that time of year again… Fantasy Football Draft!!


If you have not already, start calling around and get a group together for Fantasy Football 2016! Better yet – tell your friends to meet at The Nodding Donkey for a fantasy football draft party and receive 15% off your tab – simple as that! It’s just one of the ways we strive to be the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas.


Here’s the Nitty Gritty on Fantasy this Year

Every fantasy football league is played a little differently, but basically, you’ll want to do your research now and get your draft picks in before Sept. 7 because the NFL season begins on Sept. 8, 2016, with all picks in no later than October 18, 2016. This gives you plenty of time between now and then to decide when to host a Dallas Fantasy Football Draft Party at The Nodding Donkey!


Pre-Booking NOW!

Pre-booking a fantasy football draft party at The Nodding Donkey is simple! You can either call us at 214.922.8898 or book online here. Fast. Easy. And you get to enjoy the best Dallas drink specials with an extra 15% off! What’s not to love?!


Who Do I Draft?

The interwebs have been buzzing with info on who to draft, who not to draft, who the sleepers are, etc. We’re not about to start recommending strategy or players (we’ve keeping our secrets to ourselves!), but we can steer you toward a few recent articles worth reading:

Sports Illustrated: Sleeper Picks to Draft

Washington Post: Beginner’s Guide to Fantasy Football

NESN: 10 Players You Shouldn’t Draft in the First Round

Remember: Call TODAY to pre-book your team for a Fantasy Football Draft Party at The Nodding Donkey! Open every day of the week for Dallas drink specials, happy hour, late night pizza, and more. 

Reservations & Ordering at the Click of a Button - The Nodding Donkey

Ever feel like you just don’t have time to pick up the phone and call someone?


The Nodding Donkey Uptown knows the feeling well, that is why it is so easy to make reservations and place orders – without ever needing to talk to anyone – with just a few clicks of a button!




Want to easily see if you can book a table at The Nodding Donkey for a casual dinner date in Dallas? It’s easy to see what’s available! Just visit our website, and then click on “Reservations” at the top of the screen. Select the date you are looking for, and all available times will appear. Reserve your table with a few clicks, and we’ll even send you an email to confirm your spot. This feature is especially helpful when a big game is on, and you want to make sure you get a good table!


Order Online – Save the Headaches


One of the biggest reasons we offer online ordering is because sometimes, no matter how hard you try to communicate, someone on the other end of the phone just records your order wrong. With online ordering, there’s no worry – we’ll get the order right! Just visit The Nodding Donkey Uptown, and click “Order Online” in the header at the top of the screen.

Follow the easy prompts to tell us when you want to pick up the order, what you’d like, and if you have any special requests for that meal, dietary restrictions, etc. And you don’t even need to be ordering for that day! You can book you order weeks in advance, and we’ll still have it ready for you.


Make your reservations or place orders online this week! Proudly serving lunch, dinner, happy hour appetizers, weekend brunch, and more at the best sports bar in Dallas!

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The Nodding Donkey is your Bowl Game Headquarters

Unless you’ve been living under a rock….or in a cave…or been stuck at your inlaws all week…then you know it’s college bowl game season! And there is only one place to watch the action: The Nodding Donkey Uptown!


The best sports bar in Dallas will have all the games on for your viewing pleasure. It’s always a rowdy time, with Dallas drink specials, 17+ huge big screen TVs, plenty of space for all, and the best fans in Dallas.


Dallas Drink Specials

The Nodding Donkey’s got you covered with beer, wine, liquor, and cocktails. If draft beer is what you’re after, then you will love the selection at The Donkey. Tons of local craft brew favorites – brewed right here in the Dallas area- and then other mainstream names too. Many of our liquors also hail from the great state of Texas because we love supporting local artisans.


17+ Big Screens

You should have no problem finding a great seat at The Nodding Donkey, with big screens everywhere! Bring your friends, wear your favorite college shirt, and root for your team! Here’s the lineup of some of the upcoming games:

·      Dec. 29

o   4:30pm: Russell Athletic Bowl – Baylor vs. North Carolina

o   8:00pm: Texas Bowl – LSU vs. Texas Tech

·      Dec. 30

o   6:00pm: Music City Bowl – Texas A&M vs. Louisville

·      Dec. 31

o   11:00am: Peach Bowl – University of Houston vs. Florida State

o   3:00pm: Orange Bowl – Oklahoma vs. Clemson

o   7:00pm: Cotton Bowl – Alabama vs. Michigan State

·      Jan. 1

o   Noon: Fiesta Bowl – Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

o   4:00pm: Rose Bowl – Stanford vs. Iowa

o   7:30pm: Sugar Bowl – OSU vs. Ole Miss

·      Jan. 2

o   Alamo Bowl – TCU vs. Oregon


Newly Remodeled Spaces – Indoors and Out

Afraid you’re going to feel like a sardine packed into the bar?! No need to worry about that at The Nodding Donkey! The Nodding Donkey Uptown has plenty of room indoors and out, leaving plenty of room for you to mix and mingle.


Join us this upcoming week for BOWL GAME CENTRAL! Who are you rooting for?!

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Seasonal Beers to Try Now!

The Nodding Donkey loves when the weather cools down, and all the breweries start rolling out their seasonal brews for all to try. Beers with added spice and citrus underknowns, reminiscent of the autumn chill that’s in the air.

While there are so many great beers out there, here are a few of our favorite seasonal beers to try today!

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat

Shock Top is a perennial favorite on our draft list, and currently they’ve come out with a seasonal Pumpkin Wheat that just feels like Fall. They’ve taken their traditional Belgian-style wheat ale and made it even better! Brewed with ripe pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, this beer is crisp and flavorful.

Goose Island Autumn Ale

We love Goose Island’s beers, and their Autumn Ale is no exception! A rich, red ale brewed with hops from Goose Island’s own hops farm - Elk Mountain Farms, the Autumn Ale has hints of spice and pine, leaving you wanting more with every sip. The perfect hearty beer to sip on a cool evening.

Lakewood Brewing’s Punkel

Another pumpkin beer?! Nope – you’ve been Punkeled! Lakewood Brewing’s Punkel beer is the perfect compliment to pumpkin pie, with no pumpkin in it whatsoever. Instead, Lakewood brews their autumn favorite with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger, making it the perfect German lager for sipping.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

A classic German malt beer that is great with pork chops and lighter fare, Sam Adams Octoberfest is smooth, with deep caramel notes and a toasty sweetness. It’s a go-to for just about any day of the week!

The Nodding Donkey is proud to support craft breweries, and for that reason, our drafts and beer offerings are constantly revolving! Visit us today and ask your server to see if we have any of these seasonal favorites available at the best sports bar in Uptown!

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Come See us at The Great Texas Food Truck Rally - This Weekend!

No plans this weekend?! Then we’ve got the perfect spot for you to hang with friends old and new, drink some ice cold beer, and just enjoy an awesome September weekend.

Yes, The Nodding Donkey Uptown is always perfect for that, and we will be open this Saturday at 10am for college football all day long, but we’re actually talking about another great venue this weekend: The Great Texas Food Truck Rally!

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The Nodding Donkey has been the beer garden sponsor of this amazing event for a couple years now, and every year the event gets bigger and better! This year, the event moved to Reunion Tower, giving everyone more run to spread out and enjoy themselves. Not to mention, there is more parking and EVEN MORE AMAZING FOOD TRUCKS!

Which Dallas food trucks can you expect? Let’s just say there is something for everyone! Over 20 food trucks are expected to roll up to the premises on Saturday night. A few of your favorites: Easy Slider, Bellatrino, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, What’s Da Scoop, and more will all be there and ready to take orders!

Oh and did we mention there is music?! Some amazing bands out of Nashville, Los Angeles, and of course some local favorites will all be gracing the stage. The main stage is conveniently located near The Nodding Donkey & Ziegen Bock Beer Garden, so be sure to come by and say hi and then grab a seat for the concert. The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas - will be serving up Dallas craft brews, along with other favorites.

Admission to this great event is $10 and proceeds benefit Executives in Action – an organization that helps put professionals into non-profits where they can use their talents to help others. Festivities start Saturday, Sept. 19, at 2pm and run until 10pm. 

See you there!

The Nodding Donkey is Gluten Free Friendly!

Over the years, we have noticed that the incidence of customers requesting dietary restrictions – such as gluten free menu options – has grown substantially. For many people it’s a dietary requirement, for others they just feel better and more healthy when they cut gluten from their diets.

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At The Nodding Donkey, we never want anyone to feel like they can’t have an amazing meal just because they need a meal that is gluten free! With the launch of our new menu options, providing gluten free entrees, appetizers, and brunch offerings were one of our highest priorities. So if you’re someone who suffers from Celiac Disease – or just wants to cut gluten – here are a few of the options available for you at The Nodding Donkey!


How about trying our Smoked Guacamole? It’s made fresh to order with chunks of fresh avocado, pico de gallo, roasted fresno peppers, and smoked bacon. It’s a twist on the traditional favorite that you are sure to love! Served with corn tortilla chips.


If you want a salad, then you’re in luck – because all of our salads except the Texas Baja salad are gluten free! That means the Original Silver Bowl Salad, the Texas Cobb, the Mediterranean, and the Miso Tuna Salad are all gluten free! The Miso Tuna is definitely a standout favorite: Sesame Tuna is seared rare then placed atop a bed of fresh napa cabbage, carrots, jicama, cucumber, and cilantro.

Sandwiches & Burgers

All of our sandwiches and burgers are available with gluten free buns, you just have to ask your server! So there is no need to miss out on the delicious tastes of our famous BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese, brand new Grilled Ham & Cheese, or a good old fashioned Saloon Burger.


Our Salsa’d Eggs are just what you need! Delicious local, free range eggs are scrambled, then sautéed in salsa and served with avocado, pico, and corn tortillas.

At The Nodding Donkey we are proud to offer gluten free menu options in Dallas!

Celebrate the U.S.A. at State & Allen and The Nodding Donkey!

Making July 4th plans?! While you’re planning, don’t forget about our sister restaurant – State & Allen Kitchen + Bar - and the amazing July 4th brunch they have put together!

The event starts at 10am on Saturday, July 4th, and goes until 3pm. During those hours, you can experience an impeccable Uptown Dallas brunch with the only Bloody Mary bar in Uptown. Eggs, bacon, sausage, chicken and waffles, homemade biscuits, the whole nine yards. State & Allen knows how to do brunch right! And not to mention that they care about providing you with the freshest, highest quality food, so that’s why all of their eggs are form local, free range chickens.

In addition to great food, State & Allen will have live music from some of you local favorites, drink specials on Miller High Life and Jack Daniels, and chances to win some amazing door prizes. What might I win, you ask? Well how about some Dallas Cowboys or Texas Rangers tickets?!

So get up Saturday morning and head over to State & Allen – conveniently located at the corner of State St. and Allen St. in Uptown Dallas – and get your July 4th celebration started!

Once you’re done celebrating July 4th and all the festivities are past, head over to The Nodding Donkey on Sunday to watch the U.S. Women’s soccer team duke it out against Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals! Game starts at 6pm, so be here! The crowd will be rowdy and the drinks will be flowing! Dallas drink specials, 17 giant, big screen TVs, yard games galore, and fun for all is what you can expect during the game. We’re expecting a full house, so get to The Nodding Donkey early to find your seat and cheer the U.S. women’s soccer team on to victory!

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Best Appetizers in Uptown are at The Nodding Donkey

We’re in the midst of some great sports matchups – The College World Series, Stanley Cup, NBA Finals – and you can catch them all with us at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

While here, be sure to get one of our amazing appetizers. The starters at The Nodding Donkey Uptown are not your typical bar food! Our team of chefs only uses the highest quality ingredients, ensuring the fresher, most flavorful dishes. Just because it’s food at a bar, doesn’t mean it has to stereotypical bar food!

 Looking for suggestions? Here are a few dishes to try at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

·      Texas Queso: Everyone has their take on the traditional queso, and we have to admit, we think ours is the best! We use a creamy blend of fine cheeses and Anaheim peppers to create just the right amount of kick. Topped with chopped brisket, fresh corn, homemade pico de gallo, and a jalapeno relish, you will love this dip!

·      Smokey Guacamole: If our queso doesn’t peak your interest, then what about some homemade guacamole and chips! Ripe avocadoes, fire roasted fresno peppers, freshly made pico de gallo, and smoky bacon made for the perfect blend!

·      Fried Jalapeno Skins: Our jalapenos are stuffed with chorizo sausage and Oaxaca cheese, then wrapped in bacon and deep fried. The result = incredible. Served with our signature red ranch, these jalapeno skins do not disappoint!

·      Stacked Nachos: A bed of warm tortilla chips stacked high with queso and other cheeses, seasoned beef, picked jalapenos, lettuce, and pico de gallo. It’s hard to beat!

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Join us at The Nodding Donkey Uptown this week to catch a game and try one of these incredible starters! We pride ourselves on being the best sports bar in Dallas, which means our atmosphere, food, and drink specials just can’t be beat. Any night of the week, you’ll sure to find a deal on great food and great drink specials in Dallas.

It's Back - The Great Texas Food Truck Rally!

If you attended The Great Texas Food Truck Rally last year, then you know what a fun event this is! Swarms of delicious food trucks of all varieties, live music, beer garden, great atmosphere, and fun! A few of the great Dallas food trucks we saw were Easy Slider, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, What’s Da Scoop, and more.

The 2015 Great Texas Food Truck Rally will take place on September 19, 2015 from 4pm to 10pm. Due to the success of the event last year, the event has been moved to the lawn of Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas – an awesome venue that can accommodate more people and more trucks than ever, not to mention, incredible views of downtown Dallas! This should save everyone for waiting in line for food, leaving more time to enjoy the event.

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The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas – will be there as one of the primary hosts of the beer garden. The beer garden will once again be conveniently located near the stage, so you can grab your favorite beverage, find a seat, and enjoy some great music! This year’s bands have yet to be announced, so stay tuned for more information on that. Last year’s bands were incredible, so we’re expecting nothing less for 2015.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Executives in Action. Executives in Action is a non-profit that places skilled professionals in other non-profits to help them benefit their causes. For example, Executives in Action can place someone who is a lawyer in a non-profit that could use the services of a lawyer, but cannot otherwise afford one.

Enjoy a great afternoon on the lawn of Reunion Tower and benefit a great cause! Come see us – The Nodding Donkey Uptown – on September 19 at The Great Texas Food Truck Rally! Tickets have yet to go on sale, but stay tuned to our website for more details on how to purchase as we move closer to the event.

5 Reasons to Love our Donkey Swag!

You asked, and we answered! You are our loyal patrons. The people who visit us week in and week out, popping in for a basketball game on one of our big screens, delicious weekday lunch, a nice Dallas happy hour, or even a quick game of cornhole.

We love that you voted us D Magazine’s Best Sport Bar in Dallas, so when you wanted Nodding Donkey gear, we listened!


Here are 5 reasons to love our new Donkey Swag!

1.     Variety! That’s right. There’s something for everyone! T-shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks in both men’s and women’s styles! Lots of colors and choices for you to choose from.

2.     Quality! Our swag is made of high quality cotton, super soft, and super comfy! They feel better with every wash!

3.     Style! These aren’t your run of the mill t-shirts. They are styles that are timeless and fun. Our staff is already in love with all the choices!

4.     Support! Support your favorite neighborhood bar and restaurant by wearing our gear. We love seeing people around town in their Nodding Donkey swag.

5.     Effortless! What’s easier than putting on a t-shirt, jeans, and flip flops and heading out the door?! Our Nodding Donkey shirts will instantly be a part of your regular wardrobe rotation.

Come in to The Nodding Donkey Uptown today for a meal, cold beverage, and to purchase your Donkey Swag! We’re open 7 days a week: Sunday-Wednesday from 11am-midnight and Thursday-Saturday from 11am-2am.

The Nodding Donkey always has specials going on  - lunch specials, drink specials, happy hour specials, you name it! And don’t forget about our special weekend brunch, served 11am-2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s the best brunch in Uptown with egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, eggs benedict, and more.

We can’t wait to see you this week at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!