It's spring, and spring means three very important things: It's baseball season, the NBA is in the playoffs and it's patio season. While we pretend the Texas Rangers are worth watching and that the Mavericks aren't on their way to being swept in the first round, we flock to that hallowed home of sports and smoking-hot takes, the sports bar. Dallas being a very spread-out city the neighborhood sports bar has become a thing, with each neighborhood and suburb claiming that their spot is the best. We're not here to debate which is better, we're just here to give you 10 spots to catch a game and have a cold one.
10. Time Out Tavern
Yeah, that's right: One of the best sports dives in Dallas sits in the Park Cities. It makes literally zero sense, but it's true. The bartenders are cranky, the sports are front and center and it randomly was used as a spot for a pop-up ramen spot. Like I said, this place makes zero sense, but it's a hell of a place to catch a game, so go and enjoy the weirdness.
5101 W. Lovers Ln., Dallas, totdfw.com
9. The Labb
Denton's best spot to catch sports also features the town's largest patio area that's frequently used for live music. The Labb rose to fame during the summer of 2011 when the Rangers made a world series run and the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The cavernous spot offered $1 beers during the games and would quickly reach capacity. Since then it's become the place to catch everything from a mid-summer ball game to a UFC bout and their beloved Mavericks.
218 W. Oak St., Denton, thelabbdenton.com
8. 1st & 10
So, uh, try to ignore their love of sharing Republican-sponsored photos on Facebook and their love of SMU, and just try to enjoy your sports experience. Listen, I can make a lot of concessions in order to enjoy a good burger (1st & 10 has a fantastic one) and a game. Hell, I can ignore Rand Paul talk for love of basketball, so I'm putting this on the list. You like sports, the people here like sports, so like sports together.
6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 1stand10dallas.com
This Plano spot makes the list because each booth comes with its own speaker, and dammit it's nice to be able to actually listen to the game from time to time. Lets run down the list of what makes this place great: Sound in the booths, damn good food, strong drinks and TVs everywhere. Sports bars aren't hard to do, but kinda easy to fuck up, and despite this place's love of karaoke, they manage to not fuck up.
3000 Custer Rd., Plano, franchisegrill.com
6. Ojos Locos
The premier place to watch soccer is not The Libertine, but a place ex-Observer web editor Gavin Cleaver lovingly called "Mexican Hooters." This Northwest Highway take on the breasturant concept is less about breast and more about the -ruant. There's delicious Tex-Mex food and a litany of drink specials, as well as giant towers of beer. There is no better place to watch boxing, soccer or a random Cowboys game, because this place doesn't get hyped -- it stays hyped.
10230 Technology Blvd. E., Dallas, ojoslocos.com
Downtown Dallas has a few gems (we're looking at you City Tavern), and the Press Box is their sports loving gem. They do a commendable job of picking a quality beer for their monthly $3 specialty brew, and the area is well-lit and friendly. This is not something you often get from a sports bar, hence why this place has become the go-to spot for out-of-town fans who come to Dallas, on business or to catch their team play out in Arlington at the Death Star.
1623 Main St., Dallas, pressboxgrill.com
Weirdly enough this place is a Bears, Vikings and Cowboys bars. In other words it's a little schizophrenic with who it's catering to, but that's not why it's on the list. This Beltline and Preston sports dive makes the list for its many TVs, its pool tables, its thin crust pizza, delicious wings, friendly staff and generally nice ambiance. Sometimes you just want to be a chill bro, and chill at a chill bro spot. This is the place for you to chill, bro.
14902 Preston Rd., Dallas, tntsportspagedallas.com
Greenville Avenue's favorite giant sports dive is the No. 1 spot for M-Street residents to catch a game, stumble into and throw-up during the St. Patrick's Day parade. The Observer named Stan's the best sports bar of 2013, and it's a well deserved win as it's been one of the best spots to drink heavily and argue about Tony Romo for years. Bonus points for their annual UT vs. OU party madness.
2908 Greenville Ave., Dallas, stansongreenville.com
One of the owners of this new addition to Far North Dallas was in Boyhood a.k.a. the toast of the 2014 film world. Also, they went super eclectic with their food menu, that occasionally includes ramen and extremely giant burgers. They also have a penchant for bringing in local sports legends (well, if we consider Michael Huff a sports legend) for each Dallas Cowboy game. Word of advice: Call ahead for a table; this places gets packed out for any big event.
2661 Midway Dr., Carrollton, chopshopsportsgarage.com
The marquee for this McKinney Ave. staple reads "Restaurant. Sports. Cocktails. Games." which about sums it up. Christie's has been going strong since 1991 (before Uptown was a wasteland of hair gel, HPV and sadness) so they've got something working for them, and honestly it's most likely their Hawaiian burger. There's not a lot of sporty options in the Uptown/Downtown area, so having Christie's is good for the sports lover who got trapped in rent hell by choosing to live in the area. Yeah you're surrounded by $30,000 millionaires, but at least there's sports.
2811 Mckinney Ave., Dallas, christiesportsbar.com
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