Where To Watch Football in Dallas // updated for fall 2022
Football season is BACK, BABY, and we have once again rounded up all the hot spots to watch college and NFL football in Dallas this fall! Whether you are looking for a dive bar, Irish pub, sports bar or just a great spot to watch sports where you will be surrounded with big screen TVs, we've got you covered! Dallas and the surrounding cities have tons of spots that make for the perfect bar to grab a drink and waste away the weekend indulging in all things Football!
Go BIG at Hero. So many times, the big-game experience at a bar is a cramped affair. But Hero features the space for your larger-than-normal dining party or your big event! Another plus? Both the healthier menu items and Hero's takes on more typical bar food are the perfect pair for a great game.
Frankies carries a lot of pedigree into the Great Dallas Sports Bar Debate. They won both Best Cocktail Bar and Best Sports Bar in the Dallas Observer's 2020 Best of Dallas Awards. It's a staple in the heart of Downtown on Main, known for home-made wings, pizza(one of the best pies in Dallas), burgers and that secret Frankies Dust that makes it all taste just a little bit better.
3. sidecar social
Don't just go out — GO. ALL. OUT at this 20,000 square-foot experience in Addison. This place is completely over the top and we LOVE it for watching the biggest of big games! The food here is greatness — try the smoked burnt end nachos ($12) immediately — and there are infinite TVs for your viewing pleasure. For non-game nights, check out the live band karaoke as well!
4.ArtPark Trinity grove
We think American Football is a pretty beautiful game, too, so why not pull up a picnic table at ArtPark at Trinity Groves for your favorite game? Here, the 30 outdoor TVs set up for sports nights make for a really unique football watching experience, and the chef-crafted treats from some of Dallas' best Master Chefs will leave you wanting more.
This Lower Greenville staple features more than 50 TVs and 18 rotating beers on tap. We love the roof space, too! Feed your ADD by playing games while watching games! Christie's is one of our favorite spots for bar games.
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It should come as no surprise that everyone's favorite pizzeria/beer garden/nightclub also moonlights as a pretty great spot to consume all the football. The Saturday and Sunday parties here for football watching will rival any nighttime party in Dallas! More than 40 local craft beers and a modern spin on all your Italian food favorites means you'll never lack something tasty to cram into your face while modern gladiators assault each other for your viewing pleasure.
Pub fare doesn't deserve the Nodding Donkey, but you certainly do! This Dallas staple is a must visit. Never did a chicken strip, a fried pickle disc or a nacho shine on the plate like they do at this Uptown establishment. It's a great patio situation, and your game is on next. Do it.
Landmark Bar & Kitchen is notable not only for the fun vibes, backyard and arcade games, but also because of the absolutely insane viewing screen that clocks in at a little bigger than 130 square feet! Add in the amazing selection of shareable drink options and enclosed, air-conditioned patio space, and we are hooked on this spot this season.
Toller Patio is another great outdoor spot to watch your favorite team hand it to their heated rivals. 17 big screen TVs enfold you in all the Saturday or Sunday action, so there's nothing left for you to do but unwind with a beer-and-a-shot, a handcrafted cocktail or a boozy pop. Don't forget you can bring your pup to this dog-friendly location!
10.Bryan Street tavern
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This tried-and-true Old East Dallas haunt specializes in pizza and patio life. But on gameday, it's the convenient projector screen display that will have your attention as you take full advantage of College Gameday specials on Saturday and Happy Hour all day on select Sundays.
11.sylvan avenue Tavern
Sylvan is a bright and fresh West Dallas sports bar that makes the "best pizza in DFW," according to its website. It's a pretty bold claim, but it's one we will be investigating further several gamedays this football season. Try Waylon's Favorite on the pizza menu or the Loaded Joe on the, uh... not pizza menu.
12.Katy Trail Ice House
Welcome to Dallas' outdoor bar Mecca, the Katy Trail Ice House, an "Austin-style" beer garden and restaurant with a 50-foot long bar and 50 beers pouring out of it on tap at any given time. Don't leave without trying their margarita, which won D Magazine's Best of Big D Best Margarita of 2020. We all know you have been here before anyway, so go back and yell loud for your team!
📍Plano, Texas + The Colony, Texas + Allen, Texas + Prosper, Texas
Shakertins is a hit in Dallas' northern burbs, y'all. Be sure to check their website and their Insta before you go, becuase their drink specials are CONSTANTLY updated in both spots, and sometimes depending on what featured game they are showing at each of their four locations!
14.Redfield's neighborhood tavern
Work smarter to see the game, not harder. Spend your gamedays surrounded by 75-inch TVs at Redfield's — it just makes sense — the little football men are bigger on a 75-inch screen. Despite this very on-brand sports bar feature, the vibe at Redfield's is welcoming and laid back. It's almost like you never left home, except here you won't have to clean up after yourself.
15.Off the Cuff
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Off The Cuff is Deep Ellum's e~l~e~v~a~t~e~d take on Hooters, and thank The Maker for whoever had this idea. Great design, great Birria Tacos and all the football you can watch. There just isn't another bar in the Deep Ellum area that is geared toward sports like Off the Cuff. And it's refreshing to see that there is still a place in our fair burg where you can get a Lone Star or Bud Light for less than $5.
16. avenue sports grill
The hometown vibes are strong at Avenue Sports Grill on Lower Greenville. So what better place to cheer on your hometown team on Saturdays and Sundays? The burgers are one of the highlights at this spot, which also features a pretty strong brunch game for those who are so inclined, and there are plenty of revolving craft brews on the taps as well.
Level up your gameday experience at Moxies at the Crescent in Uptown, but remember to get a reservation if you're not sitting at the bar. We love Moxies' decadent gameday fair, including their steak bites and poutine! Separately, of course.... although.....
The game is always on at Backyard. This dog-friendly, fun-driven space keeps your gameday exciting with all manner of bar games. The 45 TVs ensure that your game of choice will always be easily accessible, and the shareable apps and snacks here are a must. Try the Flaming Hot Elote ($10) and the Cowboy Caviar ($11), a truly addictive batch of corn, onion, bell pepper, black olives, pineapple, cucumber, black beansand feta served with tortilla chips. They host a Texas Longhorns watch party every Saturday, so Sooners beware this fall.
19. uptown pub
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The West Village has another gem for watching football in Uptown Pub. Set in one of the landmark buildings on McKinney Avenue, this place offers more than just your typical pub menu — there is truly something for everyone! When the weather permits, enjoy yourself on the biggest pet-friendly patio in Uptown in this more-than-100-year-old space.
20.Henderson Tap House
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God Bless Henderson Tap House for being FILLED to the brim with TVs and super close to our Stay Love List AirBnB! We love the ambiance, the brisket tacos and the ribeye au poivre. They are home of the OU Club of Dallas, so Longhorn fans beware on Saturdays.
21.Stans Blue Note
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Stan's Blue Note, which opened in 1952, is one of those timeless, slightly divey spots on Greenville that we hope never changes. Owner Mike McRae claims his place is the "oldest, continuously open bar in Dallas," according to the Lakewood Advocate, and it is still vibing strong with the community, as Stan's was voted Best Sports Bar in Dallas in D Magazine in 2019 and won both Best Bar and Best Place to Watch a Game from Advocate Magazine in 2021.
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Timeout advertises itself as "the best sports dive in Dallas," and that is exactly what it is! This is another shamelessly divey haunt with character, a real neighborhood charm, and specials every day of the week, which makes it our kind of place. Though there is no food menu at Timeout, many of the surrounding restaurants routinely deliver there.
23. Jaxon Beer garden
This Downtown hang features a MASSIVE, nay, an EPIC patio and accompanying outdoor bar which plays well since football season usually features some of the best patio weather of the year in DFW. With more than 40 beers on tap and a crucial $4 Sunday draft special, need we really say more?
24.Dahlia bar & bistro
For your upscale football watching needs, may we present Dahlia on Ross. The fancy 35-seat bar is the place to be, and keep the short rib sliders coming for the duration, please and thank you. This place is for you if you prefer a nice mimosa accompanying your gameday to a plain old beer.
Mayers Garden is the perfect place to celebrate life's big moments, and as every football fan knows, every Saturday and Sunday in the fall is a HUGE life moment. If there is a game on, they are showing it at this fabulous neighborhood watering hole with a pup-friendly patio. They've got live music every Sunday, but it's never intrusive enough to detract from your enjoyment of the game. Ooph, and those chicken nuggies, too.
Team Love List has been consistent patrons of Cannons Corner for the past year and it is one of our favorite places to eat, drink and watch sports. They have plenty of TVs and they never mind to change a channel for you. They also have the greatest staff and servers who will become your new best friends by the end of the game!
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You want to be in the Owner's Box. That applies to both sports games and sports bars. The Owner's Box at the Omni downtown is a sports lover's dream: oversized seating areas, private game-watching table technology and a massive 16-foot screen (among many other screens) so you get to see every angle of whatever game interests you.
📍The Colony, Texas
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This sports bistreaux and bar in The Colony is the brainchild of a pair of friends who were both walk-ons for the LSU Tigers baseball team — how cool is that? The place got our attention with its modern vibe and its authentic Louisiana food menu. They really deliver on both. Plenty of space, plenty of beer and a great gameday atmosphere.
29.Katy Trail Outpost
The Dallas area couldn't get enough Katy Trail Ice House, so they had to install another one up in Plano, despite the fact that the actual Katy Trail stops well, well short of its namesake Outpost. This West Plano staple has the "best patio in the area," according to its website and features 28 beers on tap, a really nice barbecue menu and great cocktails to go along with your football watching.
Are you a shark? Well, if you're reading this, probably not, because sharks can't read. While the sports bar competition is fierce up in Plano, what sets Shark Club apart is the 90-foot long sports ticker and dual (that's right, two) 20-foot screens for an immersive footballing experience while soaking in the suds.
📍Dallas, Texas + Frisco, Texas
Let's take a look at Concrete Cowboy's Yelp reviews for just a moment, shall we? Ahem, "Girls dancing on tables and poles, people so drunk they were escorted out, football on the screens." The party is on at Concrete Cowboy, where it's part nightclub, part sports bar, all industrial-chic glamfest all the time. With football on the screens.
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Everyone's favorite pub in Uptown is good for a gameday, too! The pub grub is to die for — our favorite is the corned beef poutine — and the atmosphere is always welcoming. If Larry is behind the bar, tip him well. He is one of the best in Dallas!