Where to Watch the 2011 World Series in Dallas

photography by Jason Acton

Some people watch the World Series to celebrate (or, sadly, mourn) their team’s success (or lack of) in seeking Major League Baseball glory. Others find the World Series to be a convenient excuse to drink. Whichever you are, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 great bets for watching the Rangers take down the Cardinals beginning with Game 1 at 7:05 p.m. today. (Full schedule of games here.)

photography by Jerry McClure

Where: Old Monk
Why It Makes the List: No, it’s not what one normally thinks of as a sports bar, but it feels like home.  A long list of beers, comfort foods, and two new TVs on the patio seal the deal for us.
Enjoy: Discounted drinks: $1 off drafts, wells, and calls from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Where: Texas Station Sports Bar and Grill at the Gaylord Texan
Why It Makes the List: This bar’s 30-by-52 foot TV will always earn itself a spot on our watch party list.  We’re suckers for a giant screen. It doesn’t hurt that a trip to the Gaylord Texan feels like a mini-vacation, either.
Enjoy: Buckets of domestics for $20, 100-ounce Modelo Especials for $25, and “Triple Play” platters of appetizers for $19.

Where: Brackets
Why It Makes the List: We like Brackets for both its devotion to sports (20 high-definition TVs) and its endless distractions (hello, ping-pong, billiards, Wii, and darts). Its menu keeps us occupied, too, with gourmet sliders and pizzas. Good food takes the burn out of a slow inning. (Arrive early for $2 pints, $2 wells, and half-priced pizzas up until first pitch.)
Enjoy: $12 domestic pitchers, $15 import pitchers, $18 domestic buckets, $22 import buckets, and complimentary valet.

Where: McKinney Avenue Tavern
Why It Makes the List: The MAT is a hot spot for any kind of game. It’s the perfect spot for sports enthusiasts and their I-drink-for-any-occasion friends.
Enjoy: A wall of 25 TVs, $1 Ranger Jell-O shots, $2 beer specials, and $4 Cruz-aritas

Where: The Nodding Donkey
Why It Makes the List: This sports saloon is a sports lover’s paradise. We head here for fresh air (garage door walls), a neighborhood vibe (tucked away in the State-Thomas neighborhood), and, most importantly, to watch the game with likeminded people all decked out in Ranger colors.
Enjoy: Firestarter Vodka drinks for $3 during Game 1.

The Nodding Donkey (photography by Jerry McClure)

Where: Ten Sports Grill
Why It Makes the List: Ten is arguably the best sports bar in downtown Dallas, and no, it’s not because it’s one of the few. It’s a frill-less watering hole for serious sports aficionados (and celeb athletes) that serves up cheap beer and delicious bar food. Just like a good sports bar should.
Enjoy: $2.50 domestics, frozen drinks, and wells, $15 beer buckets, and 2 for $10 food specials.

Where: J. Gilligan’s, Arlington
Why It Makes the List: Unsurprisingly, Arlington’s J. Gilligan’s does it big for Rangers game days. For the Series, find giant white tents sprawled out in the parking lot, an outdoor GoVision Jumbo HD TV (in addition to plenty of other TVs), and a DJ post-game.
Enjoy: $2.75 Coors Lite drafts

Where: Lakewood’s 1st and 10
Why It Makes the List: Our Best of Big D pick as best sports bar for 2010 still delivers good food, good service, and dedication to the game. You won’t find drunken frat guys hollering over the announcers, but loyal Rangers fans watching each play in anticipation.
Enjoy: $15 Miller Lite buckets and their self-proclaimed “stoutest drinks in town.”

Where: BlackFinn, Arlington
Why It Makes the List: They have a ridiculous number of TVs (and some massive screens) plus the entire bar has “game sound.” You want to feel like you’re actually in the ballpark? Sit in traffic on the way to Arlington, fight for parking, and hear the game loud and clear at BlackFinn.
Enjoy: $13 Miller Lite or Coors Lite beer towers (about eight beers) and $2.50 Bud Lite drafts.

Where: Social 121, Plano
Why It Makes the List: They told us “complimentary queso bar until the 4th inning,” and we had no further questions.
Enjoy: Cheese, lots of cheese, and a break from bar food, with an upscale menu boasting fancy flatbread, fish, and more.

–research by Bailey Powell and Meg Jones


  • Yes! great list of places! thanks!
    Do Dallas Cheap

  • cb foodie

    Is that a typo for Brackets? “$12 domestic pints, $15 import pints.” That’s no deal.

  • chase

    no katy trail icehouse means this list is an utter failure.

  • hello i would like to let you all know that here at studio Mykonos rest. we are rolling out our 200inc. screen thats right 200inch. for the game with $3 beers imp.and dom. $2 shoots and comp.app.all night we are at 8232 preston rd. plano,tx phone is 1-469-362-7771

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  • and every time rangers hit a home run we will give away things cool things

  • EB

    Katy Trial is a great place to hang out but not a great place to watch a game….too many people standing up in front of the tv’s outside to be able to ‘watch’ the games.

  • BYOB at Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum tonight…and the game will be on our 110″ HDTV . Dogs welcome on the patio!

  • Raya Ramsey

    @cb foodie. BIG typo (or miscommunication somewhere). It’s supposed to be pitchers. Thanks for catching it.

  • Mallory

    Watch the Rangers at The Social House in Addison!

    $7 burgers, $3 domestic drafts & ½ off select apps

    123” projection screen, 22 flat screens & over 50 beers on tap!

    Monday – Sunday 4PM – 2AM
    5100 Belt Line Rd., #410
    Addison, TX 75254
    (972) 392-4300

  • Thanks for mentioning BlackFinn at Arlington Highlands. Come on out for the game and see the other places we have to watch it: http://arlingtonhighlands.com/cms/index.php?page=dine

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  • all i have to say is 200inc screen with comp .food and give ways every time rangers hit home run her at studio mykonos T 8232 preston ,Plano,tx 75024 and free whisky tasting

  • At Thomas Ave beverage Co. (TABC), we’ve got 4 TV’s outside on our huge patio, and 5 inside! Happy hour until 7 ($2 off all drinks) & domestic beer buckets for $17.50! We’ve got room for everyone!

  • wow 200inch. thats all i need to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Dollar Dog Day @ REDFORK
    bring your pooch and get $1 bl drafts!

    RedFork has plenty of t.v.’s for GAME 1 of the WORLD SERIES!!
    Best Burger in Dalls and great pizza

    RedFork Dallas
    2537 N. Fitzhugh Ave
    Dallas, TX 75204

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  • Chad

    New Jake’s on Henderson great place to watch game! Great burgers and $3 u call its for happy hour and $3 dom schooners! Great bar and patio with open air dining inside. Perfect! GO RANGERS!!!!

  • This is a good list to start but like The Social House in Addison said: Addison is the place to be.

    Here’s a list of where you can go in Addison for a WORLD-CLASS WORLD SERIES EXPERIENCE:

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  • THANKS Side Dish !! We appreciate the recognition. We have 600 sq ft of HD on our big screen in our main dining room so the players look REAL BIG…

  • We are proud to be part of you list Side Dish. THANKS, and as Scott Siers just said thats 600Sq FT of HD RANGERS. You gotta see it to believe it…ITS BIG

  • we at studio Mykonos at 8232preston rd love to see you all here for the game and comp.apps on our 200inc. HD screen

    $3 beers IMp.OR DOM. $2 shots and everytime rangers hit home run we will give things away .

  • TJ

    OMG Tony, we get it.

  • EhhhWhat did you say

    Uhhhh how many sqf are in 200 inc.s? Is that bigger than my iPad?

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