DALLAS â" Beer on tap. Excitable sports fans. Speedy servers. Tons of TVs: These are the things that make sports bars great. We tipped a few back in search of Dallasâ best sports bars for Cowboys game watching, just in time for the start of the season.
Stanâs Blue NoteÂ on Greenville Avenue in Dallas
On a non-game day, the bar at Stanâs Blue Note plays host to a weird mix of strangers who sip beer out of mason jars and know their bartender by name. The shuffleboard table always seems to skew to the right, and the bathrooms arenât always clean.
On game day, all that is still true, but the bar is stocked with tons of rowdy football fans, many in large groups.
The small upstairs section of Stanâs Blue Note can be reserved for a special party, and it's usually home to the barâs loudest fans. When itâs not reserved, we've stumbled upon the occasional impromptu beer pong tournament. The service is friendly and the beer is cold. Donât wear your fancy shoes. Best for: Big drinkers
Bryan Street TavernÂ in Dallas
This unassuming Dallas hole-in-the-wall isnât first and foremost a sports bar, but itâs a great scene if you want a laid-back watering hole full of Cowboys fans. Theyâve got an impressive list of Texas beers on tap and a slew of tables tucked into cozy nooks. In the room to the left of the front door when you walk in, several sectional couches face toward a giant television that seems perfect for settling in for a night of fizz and football.
Thereâs also a patio out back â" dog-friendly, no less â" with TVs. The menu is simple with pizza and wings, and both are good. Best for: East Dallas folks
The Owner's BoxÂ in Downtown Dallas
Downtown Dallas isnât known to be a hotspot on the weekends or after dark; itâs busiest during the workweek and especially during lunch. But the Owner's Box, located in the bottom of the Omni Hotel, is a great place for out-of-towners. The wall of big screens show every game you can imagine, and unlike many Dallas bars, you can easily go to The Ownersâ Box alone and not feel like youâre the outcast at a frat party. Best for: The lone sports fan
ChristiesÂ in Uptown Dallas
A come-as-you-are kind of place, Christies doesn't even care that there's an apostrophe missing from its name. Pretty twentysomething young professionals drinking low-cal vodka/soda perch at the bar next to older, rowdy men who slog beer and throw their hands up in protest during bad calls. By the end of the game, this unlikely crew is hooting and hollering in unison â" those rooting for âBoys, that is.
Football fans cram into the tables in the middle of the bar and less avid fans shoot pool in the corner, which is still good yelling distance from the many big TVs. Best for: Casual football fans
Some might think itâs blasphemy to pick a huge sports bar chain as one of the best sports bars in Dallas. Buffalo Wild Wings is not locally owned, and most are the same, regardless of city or state. But they serve some of the coldest beer in town. And your game will be on -- probably on at least three screens within eyeshot.
Perhaps thatâs the best thing about Buffalo Wild Wings: Itâs always the same. Menu items are greasy good, especially if youâre hung over. The beer selection is vast. And that punching bag game will still be there next time you get wild streak. Best for: Those who need a gametime bar in a pinch
FrankieâsÂ in Uptown Dallas
Come early, stay late, and donât expect to sit down at Frankieâs in Uptown Dallas. The beers wonât be cheap, but the clientele will be pretty. And it will be packed mostly full of chatty coeds looking to cheer on their team and perhaps meet a future date.
Frankieâs is regularly lauded as Dallasâ very best sports bar, perhaps in part because of the spunk of its bald-headed owner, Bill Katz. He bursts into the bar intermittently during games, swinging team flags and generally causing a fuss for spectating patrons. He often paints his hairless head with his favorite teamâs colors, and there always seem to be specials on shots. Best for: Singles looking to mingle
Milo ButterfingersÂ in Dallas
Located on SMU Boulevard close to the university, Milo Butterfingers is a rundown watering hole that sells cold pitchers of beer for cheap. Itâs the closest thing to partying in a friendâs dingy game room without having to clean up after yourself. The foosball tables really make this bar feel like home. Best for: The college set
Draft PicksÂ in Victory Park
Tucked behind the also-popular sports bar Hooters in the old Brewery Building is Draft Picks. The massive sports bar has TVs every way you look and lots of room to roam. Draft Picks is ideal for fickle sports watchers who might want to stand during one quarter, sit the next. Thereâs even a stage in the middle of the room, flanked by TVs.
Though itâs not a fussy spot, youâll want to make a reservation if you have a large group. They'll squeeze you all in. Best for: Big groups
What's your favorite bar to watch the Cowboys? Let us know in the comments.