What's the best sports bar in Dallas? Look to this list for 11 options, including Bryan Street Tavern (pictured) and more.

What's the best sports bar in Dallas? Look to this list for 11 options, including Bryan Street Tavern (pictured) and more.

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Dallas is full of great sports bars, no matter your team preference. But what are the best sports bars in Dallas? Turn to these 11 great spots for the Super Bowl, Texas-OU weekend, Dallas Cowboys games or national championships. All have tons of TVs, cold beer and a good atmosphere.

Beer. TVs. These are the most important parts of a sports bar. Dallas has plenty of great bars with both — and more — to make your night a fun one.

Beer. TVs. These are the most important parts of a sports bar. Dallas has plenty of great bars with both — and more — to make your night a fun one.

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The Rustic

If you don't mind the hustle-bustle of Uptown, scoot your boots to the Rustic, a massive restaurant, bar and backyard concert venue. The oversized American flag made out of red, white and blue beer cans above the bar should give you some clues about this place: It's a big drinking, big partying joint for people of all ages. Large TV screens inside and out will show the game. You might want to eat beforehand or prepare to drink your dinner, as waits for a dinner table can be long. The bar is more fun anyway.

Best for: A rowdy after-work crowd. 3656 Howell St., Dallas. therustic.com.

Frankie's Downtown and Frankie's Underground

Frankie's is back, boys. The wildly popular bar closed in Uptown in 2013 but sprung back up — in downtown Dallas this time. Frankie's is sexier this time around, with a downstairs lounge that feels like you're getting away with something. Upstairs, there are a ton of TVs, natch, but also a swanky vibe. It's hard not to like this place.

Best for: A boys or girls night out. Or a date. Or an evening with coworkers. There aren't a lot of rules here. 1303 Main St., Dallas. frankiesbar.com.

Happiest Hour

Here's a look at Happiest Hour during a Texas-OU weekend.

Here's a look at Happiest Hour during a Texas-OU weekend.

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This massive, indoor/outdoor bar is most enjoyable when the weather's nice, but it's so big that there's room for crowds even when the lawn's not open. Expect a packed house, where football fans will likely see long lines at the bar and some standing-room-only spots. (There are lots of tables, too. You just have to be quick.) Happiest Hour is a big, raucous party, all the time, and that's why we like it. Check the website for options for ticketed VIP seats during big games.

Best for: Big groups. 2616 Olive St., Dallas. happiesthourdallas.com.

Lakewood's 1st & 10

If you don't mind drinking and watching sports in a strip mall, head over to this friendly neighborhood joint. The walls of the bar are covered with college signs — enough that most college fans might find his or her flag hanging and instantly feel at home. There's requisite shuffle board, Golden Tee Golf and Big Buck Hunter for those who aren't seriously dialed into the game. Most of the bar-goers here are just nice neighborhood folks kicking back a few beers after a long day at work.

Best for: Sports fans who actually want to watch the game. 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. facebook.com/pages/Lakewoods-1st-10.

The Owner's Box

Downtown Dallas isn't known to be a hot spot after dark. No matter: The Owner's Box, located in the bottom of the Omni Hotel, is a great place for out-of-towners looking to watch the game. (And the TVs will be bigger than the one in your hotel room.) You can easily go to The Owners' Box alone and not feel like you're a stranger at a frat party.

Best for: The lone sports fan. 555 South Lamar St., Dallas. omnihotels.com/hotels/dallas/dining/owners-box.

Nodding Donkey 

Sage Bueltel, photographed in 2012, wears a shirt touting the Nodding Donkey's famous — and potent — brand of jungle juice

Sage Bueltel, photographed in 2012, wears a shirt touting the Nodding Donkey's famous — and potent — brand of jungle juice

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Nodding Donkey is a lively sports bar in Uptown where singles looking to mingle stay until the wee hours. (There was once a Donkey on SMU Boulevard, too, but it closed.) The Donk has notably good bar food if you're staying awhile. And if you're taking tomorrow off, order a Donkey Punch, a jungle juice drink of sorts. Two will light you up. Three, and your bartender will need to call you a cab home.

Best for: Bar hoppers who want a good meal. 2900 Thomas Ave., Dallas. thenoddingdonkey.com.

Stan's Blue Note

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On a non-game day, the bar at Stan's Blue Note plays host to an odd mix of strangers who sip beer out of mason jars and know their bartender by name. On game days, the bar is stocked with spirited football fans, many in large groups. The small upstairs section of Stan's Blue Note can be reserved for a special party or for an impromptu game of beer pong if the mood strikes. Don't wear your fancy shoes.

Best for: The jeans-and-T-shirt kind of sports fan. 2908 Greenville Ave., Dallas. stansongreenville.com.

Bryan Street Tavern

This unassuming Dallas hole-in-the-wall isn't first and foremost a sports bar, but it's a great scene if you want a laid-back watering hole. They've got an impressive list of Texas beers on tap. In the room to the left of the front door, sectional couches face toward a giant television that seems perfect for settling in for a night of fizz and football. The menu is simple with pizza and wings, and both are good.

Best for: East Dallas folks. 4315 Bryan St., Dallas. bryanstreettavern.com.

Buffalo Wild Wings on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas (with several area locations)

Buffalo Wild Wings is not locally owned. Or all that unique. But this sports bar chain is reliable. The beer is cold, and you won't have to fight to find a TV within eyeshot. It's an option if you have one near your home.

Best for: Those who need a gametime bar in a pinch. 4140 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. buffalowildwings.com.

OT Tavern

The bar often runs specials on Jägermeister and Tuaca, and patrons don't shy away from shots. OT Tavern is home base for folks casually playing pool or telling big stories at the high-top tables on most days. Then it's packed on big nights. Try to snag a cozy spot upstairs on a couch if there's room: It'll be like watching the game in a friend's living room, if that friend invited 100 people.

Best for: Chatty sports fans. 3606 Greenville Ave., Dallas. facebook.com/ottaverndallas.

Henderson Tap House

Cheers, guys. Football season is here.

Cheers, guys. Football season is here.

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You might want to grab two drinks at a time to save yourself the hassle when your drink gets low. But once you reclaim your one square foot of floor space so you can stand, sip and watch, you'll join a host of sports fans ready to hoot and holler with you. Table reservations are sometimes available for those who want to spend all night at it.

Best for: Party people. 2323 N. Henderson Ave, Dallas. hendersontaphouse.com.

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Original story published in November 2016. Story updated in January 2019.

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