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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

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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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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Don't Miss Mouthwatering Appetizers at The Nodding Donkey!

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

 

You too?

 

Well good, then we’re in good company.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The Nodding Donkey's Stacked Nachos

The Nodding Donkey's Stacked Nachos

Eat Better in 2017 with Salads at The Nodding Donkey

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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