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New Year's Resolution: Eat More Salads.

If you’re anything like us, we’re feeling the “Holiday 15” and it’s time to get back in the saddle when it comes to eating healthy and getting fit.


So one of our resolutions this year: eat more salads.


And you want to know a great place to get some of the best salads in Dallas, Texas... The Nodding Donkey of course!


Not Your Ordinary Bar Food


As you well know, food at The Nodding Donkey is no ordinary bar food, and our Dallas salads are no exception. You can expect fresh, gourmet ingredients washed, chopped, cooked, and assembled right here in our kitchen daily. It’s whole food with the nutrition you need to get healthy in 2018!


Delicious Options


Worried you’ll run into run-of-the-mill options at a Dallas sports bar? Well you’re wrong! Here are a few of our delicious salad options:


·      Mediterranean Salad: Cherry tomatoes, red peppers, olives, and artichokes are tossed in a feta vinaigrette and layered on top of a bed of fresh, crisp lettuce. Served with a side of hummus and pita bread, you just can’t go wrong. Need protein? Just ask your server to add chicken breast!


·      Texas Baja Salad: We call it the Texas Baja because it’s loaded with Tex-Mex goodness! Black beans, cucumber, corn, red bell peppers, onion, avocado, crumbled Oaxaca cheese, and blackened chicken are served on a giant bed of romaine, then sprinkled with tortilla strips.


·      Famous Silver Bowl Salad: You don’t have to go to our sister restaurant, State & Allen, to get the delicious Silver Bowl Salad. Just pop into The Nodding Donkey and we’ll serve one up! Spicy glazed chicken, bacon, oranges, fresh grapes, red bell peppers, and romaine lettuce are drizzled in not one – but two! – amazing homemade dressings! You really can’t go wrong.


Ready to eat more healthy in 2018? Visit the best sports bar in Dallas for delicious salads, made fresh for you with homemade dressings and gourmet ingredients.

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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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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Grab your friends, crack open an ice cold beer, and let’s give a toast because there's going to be a party at The Nodding Donkey every weekend until the end of the year!


Our favorite season of the year is finally here: football season at The Nodding Donkey!


 It all began last weekend when College Football Saturdays kicked off with a bang. Lots of upsets…Texas and Texas A&M both winning in overtime…all the things that make college football just so fun to watch.


Did you know that from now until December, The Nodding Donkey will be open at 10:30am every Saturday? That’s right – we’ll have full coverage of all your favorite teams – whether the game starts early or not. And bonus: you can enjoy the game while sipping on a mimosa or Bloody Mary because we’ll also be kicking off our famous brunch a little early. It’s just one of the reasons we’re the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas.


And calling all Dallas Cowboys fans: we can’t forget about your favorite NFL games either! Join us every Sunday for brunch with an extra dose of football. NFL regular season play kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 8 with the Denver Broncos vs. the Carolina Panthers at 7:30pm. Join us for all the Thursday night fun: big screen TVs everywhere, $5 local drafts, best bar food in Dallas, and more. 


So what if I’m not into football?! If football is not your thing, then come for the FUN! Try your hand at some oversized Jenga or challenge the guy across the bar to a game of cornhole. Plus, our scratch kitchen fare is pretty tasty. The party will be at The Nodding Donkey, and you won’t want to miss it!


Looking forward to seeing you all for football at The Nodding Donkey! 



March Madness is Coming to The Nodding Donkey Uptown!

Basketball season is in full swing, and we can’t wait to start March Madness this coming Sunday, March 13. The final selections will be made, and then it’s non-stop college basketball until April!


Who’s going to take it all? Kansas Jayhawks? How far will our favorite Texas teams go? There is only way to find out… watch with your friends at The Nodding Donkey!


There’s a reason The Nodding Donkey has been voted D Magazine’s Reader’s Choice for Best Sports Bar in Dallas. When the game is on, you know you can count on The Nodding Donkey to hae the best atmosphere, best seats, best food, and best drink specials.


Unrivaled Atmosphere


We can take little credit for this one. Our loyal patrons light it up on game night and the place is electric. Many love the indoor/outdoor, casual feel of The Nodding Donkey. And when the weather is this nice in Texas, you can bet we’ve got the patio wide open and a breeze flowing. It’s the simple things.


Best Seats


You didn’t just come to hear the game, you came to watch the game! Don’t fret. The Nodding Donkey has 17+ big screens spread throughout the Dallas restaurant and bar, giving you plenty of opportunities to see the game you came to watch. And if you’re not really into the game….just head to the bar for a daily drink special and it will suddenly get a little bit more exciting.


Great Bar Food


We hate to even use the term “bar food” because The Nodding Donkey’s food is so much better than that! Our kitchen is run by a chef who knows a thing or two about great cuisine, whipping up fresh, scratch kitchen dishes daily. Even our typical Dallas appetizers are just a step above the rest – prepared with unique ingredients and fresh flavors.


Daily Drink Specials


When you go to a bar, you want to know what the drink specials are. And we’re here to tell ya – we’ve got ‘em! There are always the mainstays – crown & down Mondays, half-priced wine Tuesdays, etc. – but on March Madness game nights we’ll have a few extras to sweeten the deal.


Plan to camp out at The Nodding Donkey for the entire month of March for March Madness! See you then!

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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.


Watch the Dallas Cowboys at the Best Sports Bar in Dallas!

What a great game today! We always love watching the Cowboys, but love it even more when they rally for the win – in overtime no less – against another great Texas team!

If you love the Cowboys as much as we do, then you need to be at The Nodding Donkey Uptown on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. We show all NFL games, so you can keep up with the Dallas Cowboys and all of your Fantasy Football players.

·         Big Screens Galore: There’s not a bad seat in the house for watching games. 17 flat screen TVs adorn our bar, and three of them are 70” monsters.

·         Drink Specials: Sundays are brunch days, which means $3 Bloodys, Manmosas, and Mimosas and $4 Bacardi O-Bombs. Monday nights, we offer $3 Miller Light Draft, $4 Milagro Tequila, and $3 domestic drafts and $3 wells during Happy Hour (3-7pm).

·         Fun and Games: In between games, feel free to enjoy some of our other entertainment. Corn hole, life-sized Jenga, Buck Hunter and other arcade games, darts, and more. Hey, if your team can’t win the football game, then maybe you can make yourself feel better by winning a game of your own!

·         Delicious Food: Our food is a fusion of comfort food, Tex-Mex, southern barbeque, and home cookin’. It’s just plain good food that you’ll enjoy and will have you coming back for more. Enjoy our wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and appetizers that are not your typical bar food. A favorite – BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese. Ooey gooey melted cheese, paired with perfectly tender brisket, served on Texas Toast. Absolutely delicious.

Join us this coming week for some NFL football at The Nodding Donkey Uptown and see why D Magazine readers named us the Best Sports Bar in Dallas!