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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! 

What’s for Lunch? Try Lunch Specials at The Nodding Donkey.

Not sure what to have for lunch this week? Treat yourself to a fabulous lunch at a fraction of the cost with Dallas lunch specials at The Nodding Donkey!

Dallas Lunch Specials

 Who says a great lunch must be expensive? Here is the rundown on our dallas lunch specials, each with a price tag that’s easy on the wallet:


Monday: Burgers - $8.95

 Our burgers far surpass the fast food burger any day! We only use premium beef and fresh brioche buns for a difference you can taste. Choose between the Saloon Burger, Mushroom & Swiss Burger, or Bacon Blue Cheese Burger.


Tuesday: Salads - $9.95

 Don’t forget that swimsuit season is only 2 months away? Get one step closer to that summer body with a delicious salad at The Nodding Donkey! 5 great choices including the famous Silver Bowl Salad, the Mediterranean Salad, and the Texas Cobb Salad. 


Wednesday: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich - $9.95

Our mouthwatering Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is hard to beat with crispy chicken, tossed in sweet cayenne sauce, then wedged in a soft brioche bun. It’s an easy choice for Wednesday’s Hump Day lunch. The only hard choice is deciding which craft beer to pair with it.


Thursday: Fajitas - $9.95

Tex-Mex reigns supreme in Dallas, and our fajitas are always on point. Perfectly seasoned chicken and beef and all the fixins. Life is better with fajitas in it! 

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Friday: Chicken Strips - $8.95


Served plain and spicy, you simply can’t go wrong with our homemade chicken strips. Each is battered in 9 herbs and spices before hitting the fryer. Plus – you can fabulous fresh cut fries on the side. Want them gluten free? That’s an option too, just ask your server.


Ready for the best lunch specials in Dallas, Texas? Come see us this week for lunch specials at The Nodding Donkey!  

*Pricing and specials are subject to change without notice. Ask your server for details.

Football Saturdays at The Donkey Uptown

College football season’s been great so far, hasn’t it?! We’re one month in, and you’re either loving it or hating it, depending on how your team is doing so far. We’re just now starting to get into true conference play, and this is where it starts to get fun!

Don’t miss any of the big games! Come on down to The Nodding Donkey Uptown this Saturday – and every Saturday – during football season to celebrate or drown in your sorrows with like-minded folk.

We’re opening at 10am every Saturday during football season, so you won’t miss a beat on ESPN College Gameday or any of the other pregame shows going on. With 17 large flatscreens – 3 of which are 70” – you can guarantee we’ll be showing all the big matchups. Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, SMU, LSU, TCU, and more. Here are a few of the big games to join us for this Saturday, Sept. 27:

·         11:00am: SMU vs. TCU

·         2:30pm: #6 Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

·         3:00pm: University of Texas vs. Kansas

·         6:30pm:

o   Texas Tech vs. #24 Oklahoma State

o   #17 LSU vs. New Mexico State

·         7:00pm: #7 Baylor vs. Iowa State

And when you’re not watching the game, play a game of life-sized Jenga, washers, or cornhole, just to name a few. Drink specials are always flowing at the best sports bar in Dallas, and on Saturdays, we have $4 Firefly Moonshine all day long.

If you haven’t tried Firefly Moonshine, then you’re missing out. All the way from South Carolina, Firefly Moonshine is handcrafted in small batches so that it’s big on flavor. It comes in a variety of flavors from the classic White Lightening to Apple Pie, so there’s something for everyone.

$4 Firefly Moonshine on Saturdays at The Nodding Donkey!

$4 Firefly Moonshine on Saturdays at The Nodding Donkey!

Join us this Saturday at The Donkey for some college football and Texas-sized fun! 

Fall is in the air...can you feel the FOOTBALL fever?!

Football season is right around the corner, and there’s nothing better than enjoying a College Football Saturday at The Nodding Donkey Uptown. Like minded patrons, rooting for their favorite teams, enjoying their favorite brews and lawn games - fun times are had by all, yall!

We’re deep in the heart of Texas – Dallas, TX – so we’ll be airing all your favorite Big 12 and SEC football games every Saturday: Texas A&M, UT, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, OU, and OSU, just to name a few. And of course we can’t forget our hometown favorites, the SMU Mustangs! In fact, most of the team schedules are up on our website here, so you can stay up-to-date on when your favorite team is playing. But really, just plan to stay parked at The Nodding Donkey every Saturday because we’ll be showing pregame shows and all the big games from open – close. Season openers are coming in a week and a half! Some of the big games to join us for are as follows:

·         Thursday, August 28

o   5PM – Texas A&M @ #9 South Carolina

·         Saturday, August 30

o   6PM – Texas Tech vs. Central Arkansas

o   6PM – TCU vs. Stamford

o   6PM – OU vs. Louisiana Tech

o   7PM – Texas vs. North Texas

o   7PM – OSU vs. #1 Florida State

·         Sunday, August 31

o   6PM – SMU @ #10 Baylor

Or if NFL Football is more your thing, then join us on Sundays to watch our beloved Dallas Cowboys duke it out each week! Hosting a Fantasy Football Draft? Come on out to The Nodding Donkey Uptown, and we’ll give you 20% off your entire group’s bill! How’s that for a fantasy of a good deal?!

In Texas, football is king. And there’s no better tailgate party than at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

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