WHERE TO WATCH FOOTBALL IN DALLAS
Updated: Feb 5
Football season is BACK and we rounded up all the hot spots to watch collegiate and professional 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 your 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.
We think American Football is a pretty beautiful game, too, so why not pull up a picnic table at Art Park 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, too! 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.
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!
8.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.
Sylvan is a new bright and fresh sports bar that claims to make 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.
10.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!
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.
12.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.
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. Make Backyard your Monday Night Football hang-spot with their $3 domestic drafts, $7 Hornitos shots and $200 Hornitos Plata bottles all Monday night, every Monday night!
15.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.
16.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 place has character, a real neighborhood charm, and it has 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.
18.Dahlia on Ross
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.
19.Steam theory brewing company
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Steam Theory is the perfect Brewpub to pair with your football. The scratch kitchen will give you a lift when your team inevitably lets you down, and there's enough beer there to float you into next week, when hope dawns once more. This Trinity Groves gem is really gaining some.... steam????
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 nicest possible employees who will because 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.
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This sports bistreaux and bar in the Las Colinas area 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.
23.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.
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.
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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!