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Down to the Final Four -- time to pick a winner!

Posted 11:43am on Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010

The Final Four winners in our Best Damn Sports Bars bracket represent the ever-evolving state of the sports bar. No longer are we satisfied by dingy man caves with cloudy TVs, greasy wings and cheap beer. We demand so much more -- gourmet food, great atmosphere, big flat screens and beautiful women. According to DFW.com voters, these four hot spots delivered, emerging from our bracket of 32 area sports bars as your regional champions and Final Four.

Best Straight-Up Sports Bar:

Pour House

It has so many personalities -- lunch spot, nightclub, casual hangout -- but above all, Pour House is still your favorite place to watch games. The new location on West Seventh Street has only upped the ante with tons of flat screens. So it really isn't surprising that Pour House defeated all of the traditional sports bars in its region and soundly took down No. 1 Fox & Hound in the final. Well played, PH.

Best Upscale Sports Bar:

Whiskey & Rye

This relative newcomer has managed to become a local hangout even though it's inside a hotel (the Omni in downtown Fort Worth). It could have something to do with the cushy seats and the eclectic menu (Ugly Pug baby-back ribs, anyone?). Whiskey & Rye fought off a valiant challenge from Charleston's, edging the restaurant/bar by a few votes.

Best Breastaurant: Jakes

The bodacious burgers and waitresses at Jakes on Camp Bowie Boulevard upended No. 1 seed Bone Daddy's in Grapevine. Somewhere, our party guy, Jay, and his buddy Dave the Breastaurant King are weeping. But sometimes the stomach rules all else, and it's tough to beat Jakes' burgers.

Best Wing-Dinger: Buffalo Bros

This TCU-area favorite prevailed on the strength of its zingy wings and tasty pizza, defeating chain giant Buffalo Wild Wings in the final. Go Frogs.

Congrats to the Final Four. But now it's time to face off in a final vote. VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. The winner will be revealed in next week's DFW.com INK edition.

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