With football season upon us, you can expect many of the bars, restaurants and entertainment areas around Dallas to be packed with excited college and pro ball fans. Which places best facilitate a spectator’s need for oversized screens, great comfort food and plenty of libations? The staff at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates share their picks for the best places in Dallas to watch the game.
For 50 years, Inwood Tavern has been serving up drinks and proudly answering to the title of “dive bar.” The place boasts plenty of TVs for sports watching, as well as a state-of-the-art audio system that comes in handy on Friday and Saturday nights when bands and DJs take the stage.
“Inwood Tavern is a fabulous spot for football watching,” associate Melissa Rountree says. “The establishment has a huge patio and two rooms inside with multiple screens. Plus it’s close to the Park Cities, as well as one of the hottest, fastest-growing neighborhoods, Devonshire.”
Katy Trail Ice House
Katy Trail Ice House is a pet-friendly beer garden and restaurant located off of the Katy Trail. The patio has been lauded as one of the best, and the bar features more than 50 tap beers.
“It’s a laid-back place that I can go to with my friends anytime,” explains Taylor Cousins, marketing administrator for associates Mark Cain and Susie Swanson. “I love the energetic atmosphere and — most of all — the dogs!”
Located near Greenville Avenue and SMU Boulevard is a favorite hangout, Milo Butterfingers. This sports bar features pool, darts, foosball and 15 big-screen TVs.
“This place has a younger crowd but an old-fashioned feel,” says Remington Reece, advertising design coordinator. “It’s a great place to drink pitchers of American beer, play pool and darts, and watch your favorite teams. Milo’s is one of Upper Greenville’s hidden gems.”
Not only does Nodding Donkey have one of the most unforgettable names in the history of sports bars, the place is expertly run by the owners of two Uptown staples: State & Allen and Nodding Donkey Uptown. Here you’ll find a robust menu, pool tables and games.
Associate Diana Stewart has this to say: “The Nodding Donkey has lots of TVs and great food. There’s also a great Bloody Mary bar on Sundays.”
If watching high school football is your preference, then the place to be for the best experience is Highlander Stadium, the home of the Highland Park Scots. This season, the stadium unveils a new digital scoreboard. Our own associate Jennifer Miller leveraged her strong ties to the school to provide Dave Perry-Miller & Associates the opportunity to advertise on the scoreboard.
“My oldest and middle sons played together on varsity when Austin was a senior and Preston was a sophomore,” she says. “It was an amazing time in our lives for them to both be out there and sometimes blocking for each other on punt returns. Our friends used to hold up signs saying, ‘It’s Miller time!’”
Where will you be perched this football season? Share your thoughts on the best sports-watching bars and establishments in the comment box below.