So you have your brackets all filled out and are ready for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship better known as March Madness to get underway. Of course, you have also laid the foundation for skipping out on work on Thursday and Friday to watch two of the more exciting days on the sports landscape. Here is a random sampling of some of the better spots in DFW to watch the games while playing hooky:
Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill has three locations in DFW (Uptown, Lewisville and Sundance Square), tons of flatscreens showing the games and a menu that USA Today called "a classic bar menu -- but it's a menu on steroids." Should the need for an adult beverage arise, Frankie's offers twenty local and international beers on tap and dozens more by the bottle.
Fresh off its first St. Patrick's Day bash, Fort Worth's hottest spot Reservoir-Bar, Patio & Kitchen will also be a great place for watching the March Madness action with its 38 HD TVs and the open air atmosphere will likely make for big crowds if the weather cooperates and continues to feel like spring.
The Texan Station Sports Bar & Grill inside the massive Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine has a 52' wide screen and 50 other flatscreens that will be showing the games. The menu features burgers, BBQ and traditional bar snacks along with a vast selection of brews and cocktails. Don't forget the 52' wide screen has leather recliners that are available for reservation. Further information, call 817-718-1000.
Buffalo Wild Wings is the "Official Hangout of NCAA March Madness" and will be showing all the games on their flatscreens in addition to an online and mobile pop-a-shot game that will use a new augmented reality technology that enhances the game when played at the restaurants. Fans earn points each time they play, with a leaderboard reflecting the top 100 scores. On April 8th, the fan with the most points will win a trip for four to the 2014 NCAA Final Four at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Further information available here. There are multiple locations throughout DFW.
The Nodding Donkey Texas Sports Saloon in Uptown has 16 flatscreens including two 83" screens for watching the college basketball. The menu is southern-style food including BBQ and Tex-Mex. Drink specials include $1 Bud Light drafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hooters has 15 locations throughout DFW that all have plenty of flatscreens with chicken wings and cold beer. There is a special for those missing work to watch the basketball called Hooters Hooky offering those who buy an order of Buffalo Shrimp getting an equal or lesser order for free. Hooters also has a $100,000 Bracket Challenge specifically for the DFW locations. For further details and to sign up, visit here.
Humperdinks Restaurant & Brewery has five locations in DFW including Arlington, Addison, Richardson, Northwest Hwy and Greenville Ave. in Dallas. The menu features gourmet burgers, award-winning micro brews, steaks and seafood and there are plenty of TVs for watching the games. ESPN The Magazine experts ranked Humperdinks as the "23rd Greatest Sports Bar in the Universe."
The new Dave & Busters on Walnut Hill and 75 in Dallas has three 130-inch screens in its lounge area of its sports bar. The bar itself also has plenty of TVs for watching the games. the food menu includes steaks, ribs, pasta, burgers and chicken wings. To view the extensive drink menu, visit here.
BoomerJack's Grill & Bar has five locations in DFW that are complete with flatscreens, cold beer and my personal favorite Cowtown Steak Fingers. The Lincoln Square location in north Arlington has 133 TVs and the Bedford and West 7th spots have patio areas that will be ideal destinations if the weather is nice.
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