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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! 

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!

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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