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The History of the Happy Hour

Have you ever wondered how “happy hour” got its name? 

 

You’d be surprised to learn that one of our favorite phrases, “Happy Hour!” actually dates back to WWI and a group of homemakers… Sound intriguing? Read on to learn about the history of happy hour

 

Happy Hours at Sea

 

During WWI, a group of well meaning homemakers – determined to make life for our Navy officers at sea more pleasant – started “Happy Hour” on board the Navy’s USS Arkansas, which quickly spread to other ships. These happy hours would be a time for them to smoke and enjoy entertainment including wrestling matches, movies, dances, and boxing in the evenings.

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Modern Day Happy Hour

 

Before dinner drinking really began to take off during the Prohibition. Speakeasys readily advertised happy hours where their guests could enjoy drinks before they headed out to have dinner at restaurants that were not allowed to serve alcohol. As the Prohibition ended in the 1930s, the acceptability of day drinking began to rise in the workplace. For white collar workers in the 1950s and 60s, day drinking was just a part of the job and restaurants began opening advertising “happy hours” for drink specials after work. (Think Mad Men.) Interest in happy hour declined through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but has since made a modern day resurgence. Let’s drink to that!

 

Dallas Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey

 

Well now that you’ve gotten your daily dose of history and useless trivia, it’s time to talk about when you’re coming in to partake in your next Dallas Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey! Join us any day this week for daily happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers; just ask your server for details on which handcrafted cocktails, craft beer, delicious appetizers, and wine specials are available that day! We’re the best sports bar in Dallas for a reason! 

Summer Lovin’: 5 Cocktails to Order Now at The Nodding Donkey

With Memorial Day around the corner and summer heat setting into North Texas, we can almost taste the delicious sites and sounds of summer! While you’re not at the pool or on vacation, be sure to stop by The Nodding Donkey for Happy Hour on the patio, a game of cornhole, and a great time with friends old and new. Here are 5 summertime cocktails to order now that will get you ready for the season:

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1.   Summer Beer

Hello – it has summer in the name! This refreshing summer cocktail includes Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, Shock Top beer, and lemonade. We love how light and easy to drink this cocktail is – you’ll love the tangy twist of lemon and beer combined. 

 

2.   The Tony

Sip this one slowly because it’s stout! This expertly crafted cocktail includes Ketel One vodka, Captain Morgan white rum, Don Julio tequila, and Tanqueray gin. This delicious blend of spirits is The Nodding Donkey’s twist on the classic Texas Tea, and we’re pretty sure ours is better!

 

3.   Margaritas

Margaritas are the quintessential cocktail of summer in Dallas, where there is a Tex-Mex restaurant on every corner and Dallasites reallllly love their Tex-Mex. Order something off of our Texican menu and pair it with our classic house margaritas made with Altos tequila (it’s only $5 on Tuesdays as part of our Dallas drink specials!) or order our top shelf version with Tres Agaves tequila. Either way – you can’t go wrong. 

 

4.   Donkey Punch

Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our signature cocktail, the Donkey Punch! Served by the glass or by the pitcher, this delicious concoction includes Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum and VEEV blended with some other top secret ingredients. All you need to know is that a pitcher is always a good idea!

 

5.   Old Fashioned

The classics are back when it comes to cocktails, and the Old Fashioned is always in style. Ours includes Bulleit bourbon with a splash of cherry and bitters. 

 

The Nodding Donkey is your go-to place for summer drink specials in Dallas! See you this week for Dallas happy hour, lunch, dinner, or late night. 

 

*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. 

Book a Dallas Happy Hour Party at The Nodding Donkey!

Want to know the perfect Dallas gathering place to celebrate the age old tradition of happy hour? A place where drinks flow freely and the food ain’t bad either?

 

The Nodding Donkey Uptown of course!

As the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas, we know a thing or two about having a good time and consider ourselves the perfect place to book a Dallas happy hour party. Simply call to speak to our manager about seating options, menu, etc. because we can accommodate a private party, an informal gathering at the bar, or anything in between. Tell us your vision, and let’s work together to make it a reality!

 

Dallas Happy Hour Specials

A big part of what makes our happy hour so spectacular is the happy hour specials. Plenty of tasty options; perfect for a crowd. Here’s the rundown:

 

·      Beer: Bottled or on draft, The Nodding Donkey has a plethora of delicious options to choose from. Local craft beer, imports, domestics, and more – you’re going to have a hard time deciding which to get. Fortunately you won’t have to. With domestics at $3/glass, imports at $4/glass, and locals at $5/glass, you can afford more than one.

 

·      Wells: Cheap Dallas drink specials are a happy hour must, and $4 wells open the door to a whole world of possibilities. Order bourbon neat, a vodka tonic, rum and coke and more. Not sure what you want? Just tell our bartender what type of liquor you like and he or she can offer recommendations.

 

·      Wine: Wind down after a long day at the office with one of our house wines, only $5/glass during Dallas Happy Hour.

 

·      Half Priced Appetizers: What Happy Hour is complete without a few snacks? Our half priced appetizers hit the spot! Chips and dip are always a hit, so brisket queso and an order of guacamole are “must-haves.” Want more food? Try the crispy chicken tenders, wagon wheels (okay they are really fried pickles), or stacked nachos.

 

Book now to have your Dallas Happy Hour party here at The Nodding Donkey! Happy hour is every weekday, Monday – Friday, from 4pm-7pm.

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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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Enjoy Half Priced Appetizers During Dallas Happy Hour!

That’s right – the only place to do Dallas Happy Hour is at The Nodding Donkey! Not only will you get great drink specials, but you’ll also get half price on our amazing appetizers!

So what’s on the appetizer menu at The Nodding Donkey? Glad you asked! Here are a few of our favorites:

·      Brisket Queso: We’re a sucker for a good queso, and The Nodding Donkey’s brisket queso knocks it out of the park! Creamy cheddar cheese is kicked up a notch with our tender brisket, smoked in-house. Then add fire roasted peppers, corn, pico, chow chow, and jalapenos, and you’ll want to order two! And at half price during Dallas Happy Hour – you can!

·      Chicken Wings: When the big game is on, all you really want are some wings to go with it! The Nodding Donkey’s signature chicken wings are smoked in-house, then fried, but you can get baked wings upon request. Then douse the wings in your choice of sauce: BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Classic Buffalo, or State & Allen Buffalo Sauce.

·      Smoky Guacamole: Are you on a gluten free diet? Then the smoky guac may be just the thing for you! Freshly made, chunky avocado is mixed with pico, roasted fresno peppers, and our secret ingredient – smoked bacon.

·      Willy’s Wagon Wheels: If crispy fried pickles are your thing, then you’ll love our version! Hand-battered then deep fried to perfection, these crunchy morsels are hard to stop eating!

Are you ready for Dallas happy hour on the patio with drinks and appetizers? Visit The Nodding Donkey this week, 4-7pm each weekday, and you’ll get our delicious appetizers HALF OFF! And be sure to ask your waiter about all of our amazing happy hour drink specials as well – craft beer, cocktails, and more are all available at discounted happy hour rates.

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Looking for Dallas Drink Specials? Look No Further than The Nodding Donkey.

You don’t get to be the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas without offering some mighty good drink specials and a top notch selection of the best cocktails, craft beers, and wine.

 

And at The Nodding Donkey, we don’t limit our Dallas drink specials to the weekends only. Join us any day of the week and you’re sure to find a drink special that’s right up your alley. So what’s available now? Here’s the rundown on all our current weekly drink specials:

 

Monday - $5 Crown & Down

Fighting the Monday Blues? Stop into The Nodding Donkey and get your favorite mixed drinks at a price that can’t be beat! 

Tuesday – ½ Priced Wines

Ready to relax and sip a glass of wine on the patio? We call Tuesday Ladies Night because it’s the perfect night to grab your friends and enjoy your favorite wines at half price all day long! Whether you prefer red or white, there is something for you on our carefully curated wine menu.

Wednesday - $3 Donkey Punch & Purple Nurples

In order to get you through the midweek slump, The Nodding Donkey is offering its signature cocktails – Donkey Punch and Purple Nurple – for just $3/glass.  But watch out – they both pack a punch!

Thursday - $5 Local Drafts

The Nodding Donkey is not only known for its Dallas drink specials, but also for its extensive selection of local craft beer.  We love supporting local breweries and passing the tastes of Texas along to our customers. Be sure to try Revolver Blood & Honey, Community Mosaic IPA, and Texas Ale Project Fire Ant Funeral – three of our customer favorites.

Friday – Happy Hour from 4-7pm

The work week is over, so head to The Donkey for Dallas happy hour specials from 4-7pm and catch a game while you’re at it. Our happy hour specials change daily, but always include some of our favorite beer, signature cocktails, and wine.

Saturday & Sunday - $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas from Open – 1pm

Weekends at The Nodding Donkey are reserved for the best brunch in Dallas, and what better way to polish off the meal than with $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas. 

Cheers!

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Happy Hour Specials at The Nodding Donkey

Feel the need for a little pick-me-up after a long day at the office? Yep, us too.

Each weekday from 4-7pm, join the folks at The Nodding Donkey for our Dallas happy hour specials! Each day we offer a wide assortment of specials to whet your whistle. Draft beer, wine, cocktails, and more are all waiting for you at The Nodding Donkey- at a fraction of the price during Happy Hour! Here’s the rundown:

1.     Draft Beer

Grab a glass of ice cold draft beer for a mere $3 a glass for domestics or $4 a glass for imports/local craft beer! As the best sports bar in Dallas, we pride ourselves on having a wide selection of beer. Variety is the spice of life and we’ve got it in spades when it comes to our available draft beer. And at $3 a glass, you can afford a few! Don’t forget to check back often to see what's new.

2.     Wells

Have a hankering from something stronger? Order up a $3 well during our daily Dallas Happy Hour! Lots of favorites to choose from – rum, bourbon, tequila, etc. – just order up a mixed drink and we’ll get it fixed for ya in lighting speed.

3.     House Wine

Calling all wine-os… Happy Hour is the perfect chance to relax and unwind with your favorite house wines. $4 gets you a glass of house chardonnay, cabernet, merlot, etc. Plus snag a spot on the patio for great people watching as you sip the evening away.

4.     Appetizers

We wouldn’t want you drinking on an empty stomach…so grab an order of appetizers – half off during happy hour! Here are a few of our recommendations: chips and salsa, brisket queso, jalapeno skins, wagon wheels (aka fried pickles), or stacked nachos.

Can’t wait to see you for Dallas Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey! 

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New Year. New You. Try Salads at The Nodding Donkey.

It’s a new year, and the new year typically comes with new years resolutions. Most of us want to spend less, enjoy family and friends more, be less stressed, and of course – lose weight and get healthy!

 

You may think dining at The Nodding Donkey Uptown is going to be difficult when you’re on a health kick, but think again! The Nodding Donkey has tons of great menu options available for Dallas lunch, dinner, happy hour, or anytime. Our foods are prepared fresh with fresh ingredients, local even when we can. And when you want to pack in a few more greens, you’ll definitely need to check out our amazing selection of salads! Delicious combinations that are sure to fill you up, while being easy on the waistline. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

·      The Famous Silver Bowl Salad: When looking for the best salad in Dallas, you definitely need to try this one! It’s THE salad to order at The Donkey and it’s loaded with goodness: Fresh grapes, bacon crumbles, red bell peppers, orange slices, and spicy chicken are atop a bed of romaine lettuce, then tossed with not one – but two made-from-scratch dressings. So good.

·      Miso Tuna Salad: Looking for something with an Asian flare? Get out of your comfort zone and try the Miso Tuna Salad. Sesame Tuna is the star of this dish, seared to perfection, then placed atop a salad chock full of napa cabbage, jicama, carrot, cucumber, and cilantro. And the miso-peanut sauce that’s drizzled on it is amazing.

·      Mediterranean Salad: Fresh and simple, our Mediterranean salad boasts grilled chicken, olives, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, and lettuce, tossed in a homemade feta vinaigrette. Served with a pita and hummus, or without for Dallas gluten free eating.

 

These are just a few of the salad offerings available at The Nodding Donkey! Swing by today for lunch, dinner, Dallas happy hour, or anytime and we’ll treat you the healthier side of the best sports bar in Dallas!

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