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4 Reasons to Join The Nodding Donkey for Super Bowl Sunday!

Super Bowl Sunday is February 5, and although our beloved Dallas Cowboys won’t be playing (anyone else still bitter about the tough loss?), it won't stop us from being excited for the big game!


Anyone else ready to party?! At The Nodding Donkey, football and beer is what we do, and no one does it better that us. Here’s why:


1.     Drink Specials

Let’s just put this one out there …you don’t become the best sports bar in Dallas without having amazing drink specials! Pull up to the bar and order a few Texas craft beers, fresh from the tap, or grab your girl a specialty cocktail. Wine, sippin’ whiskey, scotch, or maybe a shot or two – The Nodding Donkey has you covered. The specials change daily, so be sure to ask the bartender for details.


2.     17 Giant TVs

There really isn’t a bad seat in the house at The Nodding Donkey! If you want to watch the game, seats are aplenty in front of one of our giant TVs situated throughout the bar.


3.     Games and Mayhem

Not really into watching the game, but want to be a part of the party? No problem! Head to the patio for life-sized Jenga, jumbo Connect 4, or catch a game of cornhole. There’s something for everyone at The Nodding Donkey!


4.     The Best Bar Food

The Nodding Donkey doesn’t serve up the average bar food. Our menu is stocked with fresh, delicious entrees, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads that will please even the pickiest eater. Need some recommendations? Grab an order of our brisket queso for the table or Willy’s Wagon Wheels (aka: fried pickles). Everything is made fresh to order.


Super Bowl Sunday (or any Sunday!) is a great time to catch a game at The Nodding Donkey! See you February 5 at 5:30pm as we watch the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons! It's a party you won't want to miss!


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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5 Reasons to Dine Al Fresco at The Nodding Donkey

On a nice summer evening, ain’t nobody got time to eat indoors! Give me a shady spot on the patio and ice cold drinks.


If you’ve in the mood for dining al fresco in Dallas, then here are 5 reasons The Nodding Donkey is the place to be:


1.     Cooled, Wrap Around Patio


A great patio is the number one priority when deciding where to have your al fresco dining experience, and The Nodding Donkey has you covered- literally! Our patio has it all: an indoor/outdoor experience, cooled patio areas, and plenty of room to move. It can get busy on the weekends, but what’s the best sports bar in Dallas without a crowd?!


2.     Drink Specials Every Day of the Week


It doesn’t have to be a weekend to enjoy the patio and amazing Dallas drink specials. The Nodding Donkey has something for everyone, every day of the week. Texas craft beers, wells, specialty cocktails, wine, and more – just ask our bartender for the daily specials.


3.     Best Bar Food in Dallas


We may be partial, but we’re pretty darn proud of the “bar food” at State & Allen. It’s hard to even call it bar food when you’re cooking up Dallas scratch kitchen favorites like gourmet street tacos and delicious, fresh salads.


4.     Weekday Happy Hour


Dine al fresco every weekday between 4-7pm, and you’ll receive half priced appetizers and a slew of Dallas drink specials including $4 local and import drafts, $3 domestic drafts, $3 wells, and $4 wine.


5.     Al Fresco Dining with a Side of Sports


Guide Live recently hailed The Nodding Donkey as one of their favorites for “al fresco dining with a side of sports!” Being the #1 sports bar in Dallas is what it’s all about for us, so thank you Guide Live for the shout out!


Come experience the patio life with us this week at The Nodding Donkey! Open for Dallas lunch, dinner, happy hour, late night, and brunch.

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Thanksgiving Hours at The Nodding Donkey

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is now ONE WEEK AWAY! Turkey, pie, football, oh my!

The Nodding Donkey would love to be a part of your Thanksgiving celebration. Whether you come by during the week before, after you celebrate with your family on Thanksgiving Day, or on the weekend to catch some football, we’d love to have you stop in!

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The Nodding Donkey will open late on Thanksgiving Day, giving you (and our employees) time to celebrate with family, then a chance to escape over to the Donkey to celebrate and watch football afterwards.

Week of November 22 – Open 11am-Midnight

Many folks are off work the days leading up to Thanksgiving – or maybe you’re on Fall Break from school and just don’t want to go home yet. Pop into the Donkey for daily Dallas drink specials, lunch specials, and delicious food. Not to mention, our patio is always open for games and people watching.

November 27 – 29 – Open 11am-2am (closed at 11pm on Sunday)

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the crazy shopping weekend in between these days give you lots of reasons to be out and about. After your shopping is done and you are officially exhausted, come over to The Nodding Donkey Uptown for drinks and appetizers to get your mind off the madness. Or are you a big football fan? Because as the best sports bar in Dallas, we’ll be airing all the big football showdowns that weekend. And there are a lot! Baylor vs. TCU, Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, Alabama vs. Auburn, Texas A&M vs. LSU, SMU vs. Memphis, and more. Get here early to get the best seats, but there really isn’t a bad seat in the house with big screen TVs all over the Donkey.

Make a new tradition and join us at The Nodding Donkey during your Thanksgiving Holiday! Lunch, dinner, and an amazing weekend brunch are all waiting for you.

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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Sports & Drinks Are What We Do!

“Sports and shots are what you do at The Nodding Donkey.” – GuideLive

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Dang Straight. The Nodding Donkey Uptown is THE place in Uptown to watch the big game and grab a drink (or two or three) with friends.

Last year, The Nodding Donkey was proud to be voted the Readers Choice “Best Sports Bar in Dallas” by D Magazine. A huge honor! And recently, GuideLive selected The Nodding Donkey as the best spot for sports watching Uptown Dallas, one of 12 of the best spots in Uptown. We’re honored that over and over again we are recognized for what we do best.

So for the drinks…The Nodding Donkey is always running drink specials sure to wet your whistle. Any day of the week, come on in to The Nodding Donkey Uptown for the best drink specials in Uptown Dallas. Here are just a few of the specials you can expect weekly:

 ·      Mondays: $4 Crown and Down

·      Tuesdays: Half Priced Wine

·      Wednesdays: $3 Donkey Punch

·      Thursdays: Half Priced Local Beer

·      Fridays: $5 Specialty Cocktails

·      Happy Hour Every Weekday – 3-7pm: $3 Wells, $3 Domestic Drafts, $4 Import and Local Drafts, $4 House Wine

·      Saturdays: $20 Purple Nurple Pitchers

·      Sundays: $20 Donkey Punch Pitchers

Not to mention, everyday of the week you can get shot specials on some of our favorite liquors. For just $5 each, get a shot of Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire, or Firefly Moonshine in Apple, Peach, or Strawberry. So delicious!

So what’s it going to be? Local, craft beer? Glass of red wine? Maybe a Donkey Punch? Join us this week for a game and a few drinks. Texas Rangers baseball is on this week, as well as the Women’s World Cup.

 The Nodding Donkey Uptown is located at the corner of Thomas Ave. and Allen Ave. in Uptown Dallas, Texas.


See the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight at The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. It’s only the most anticipated non-heavyweight fight in 30 years and you can see it live at The Nodding Donkey Uptown in Dallas, Texas!

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Join us May 2 as we all watch these two championship fighters duke it out in the ultimate championship fight, live from the MGM Grand is Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather

What can we say – the guy is undefeated as a professional boxer. Mayweather has won 10 world titles and the lineal championship multiple times, competing in 4 different weight classes over the years. Accolades and awards abound for Mayweather, with two decades of victorious fights under his belt. He’s a fiery competitor with the most precise punches in professional boxing.

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquaio has a resume of his own that rivals that of Mayweather. He was the first to win the lineal championship in 4 different weight classes, has won 10 world titles, and is the first and only boxer to be a world champion in 8 divisions. When he’s not boxing, Pacquiao is quite the character. He is a congressman – being elected to the Phillipine House of Representatives, had a short stint playing professional basketball and coaching in the Phillipines, and has had both acting and singing gigs. He’s known for his aggressive, explosive punching style.


Both men have different styles and boxing pedigrees, so it’s definitely going to be a fun fight to watch!  Odds Shark repots Mayweather as the favorite to win it all, but Pacquiao is expected to be his most challenging opponent yet. And at 38, Mayweather may not be the fighter he once was. Will Pacquiao’s explosiveness give him the edge?

Who do you think is going to pull it out?!  Join us at The Nodding Donkey Uptown for the best Mayweather vs. Pacquiao watch party in Dallas, drink specials, and amazing food! You won’t want to miss it!

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!

Basketball is on at The Nodding Donkey!

The SuperBowl last Sunday marked the official end to football season, and frankly, that’s okay with us.

Sure, the SuperBowl game ended up being pretty exciting, but we can’t help but wonder how much more awesome it could have been if the Dallas Cowboys hadn’t gotten snubbed from their run at the championship! (No, we aren’t bitter or anything!)

Anyway, we’re happy to put this season behind us and move on to focus on basketball season! Maybe next year – right Cowboys fans?!

Basketball! Dallas Mavericks. SMU Mustangs. Kansas Jayhawks. And more. They are all live and in primetime on one of our 17 big screen TVs – 3 of which are 70” screens! With giant screens everywhere, there’s not a bad seat in the house for watching your favorite team duke it out for victory.

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We can host watch parties! Don’t forget that we are also more than happy to host your team’s watch party. Just give us a call in advance, and we can make arrangements to host your event – no matter how large or small. You’ll receive that same casual, fun flare that you’ve come to love from the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas.

Games! And if you’re not in the mood to watch the game, but want to join the fun, then settle in for some giant Jenga, cornhole on the patio, golden tee, buckhunter, and more! There is always something going on at The Donkey.

Drink Specials! Yes, when you visit the best sports bar in Dallas, you come to expect drink specials, and yes, we’ve got ‘em! $3 wells and $3 domestic drafts during Happy Hour (3-7pm on weekdays) and then a myriad of daily drink specials including your favorite beers and mixed drinks.

So join us this week at The Nodding Donkey Uptown to enjoy a great atmosphere, great drink specials, and great friends!