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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! 

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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Happiest Hours in Dallas - Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey

On a beautiful, sunny Dallas day, all we can think about is a cold drink on the patio with great friends. (And we happen to know where a pretty awesome Dallas patio is! Hint...hint..!) Get your work done, then sneak out a little early for the happiest hours in Dallas - Nodding Donkey Happy Hour!

Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey is from 4-7pm, each Monday-Friday. Every week day, you will receive the same great deals on your favorite drinks and delicious appetizers:


·      Domestic Drafts $3: Boom. Tons of great draft favorites, all for just $3 a glass. Served up iced cold in a mason jar. Budweiser, Miller Lite, Busch, and more - all for only $3 a glass.

·      Wells $3: Hit up the bartender for your favorite mixed drink! At only $3 a pop, a rum and coke or vodka tonic....why choose?! You can have both! 

·      Imported and Local Drafts $4: The Nodding Donkey prides itself on carrying draft beers from all over the place, including a huge selection of Texas craft beer! We have close relationships with many of the breweries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, offering great prices on Texas drafts and frequently hosting pint nights and tastings. Come in during Happy Hour and try some new beers from only $4 a glass. Who needs a better excuse to spread your wings and expand your palate?!

·      House Wines $4: Attention ladies (yes, we are know you are our big wine drinkers!), come in for Dallas Happy Hour specials on all your favorite house wines. Reds, whites, blushes....whatever your poison, The Nodding Donkey has it.

·      Half priced Appetizers: We tend to think our appetizers are already an awesome deal, but during Happy Hour we slash the prices even more to offer all of our appetizers half off! Try some of our amazing fried pickles - aka Willy's Wagon Wheels - or maybe you're in the mood for our homemade jalapeño skins stuffed with cheese and chorizo. Can't decide? The Texas Triple Dip is always on point - giving you our famous brisket queso, salsa, and guacamole all in one.

See you this week for Happy Hour at the best sports bar in Uptown - The Nodding Donkey!


Grab a Burger and a Beer with Us! - The Nodding Donkey

It’s patio weather in Dallas yall, and it’s got us in the mood for good ole fashioned, American burgers and a tall glass of ice cold beer.


Don’t forget that The Nodding Donkey not only has some of the best burgers in Uptown, but we’ve got a great selection of Texas craft beers and the best patio around too! Here are a few recommendations on what to order:




Juicy, all beef patties are topped with all your favorites. Our classic Saloon Burger is by far a customer favorite, topped with smoked onions, pepper jack cheese, and our homemade chipotle mayo sauce. If you love mushrooms, then give the Mushroom Swiss Burger a try, complete with caramelized onions that are to die for. In the mood for something different? Order the Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with crispy onions, crumbly blue cheese, and crunchy bacon. Our burgers come with your choice of side are served on a homemade brioche bun. Need a gluten free option? No problem! Just ask your server, and we can supply a gluten free bun. Simple as that.

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Any beer lover in Dallas knows that The Nodding Donkey is THE place to grab an ice cold beer and hangout! We have your usual favorites – Shiner, Bud Light, Coors, Etc. – but we are also proud to offer a huge selection of the best craft beer around. Our draft list is always changing, but typically includes offerings like Revolver Blood & Honey, Goose Island IPA, Texas Ale Project Fire Ant Funeral, Community Mosaic IPA, and more. Haven’t tried these beers?! Get down here now for Dallas drink specials and to experience the best.




One of the reason’s The Nodding Donkey is known as the best sports bar in Dallas is because of it’s huge indoor/outdoor patio and hangout spaces. TVs, games, and drinks...you just need to bring your posse!