Where to Watch Super Bowl XLVI in Dallas: Here Are Your 10 Best Bets

Super Bowl XLV Watch Party at The Nodding Donkey (photography by Sergio Garza)

Does it really matter if you’re rooting for New England or New York? A Super Bowl watch party is just about having more fun than you’re supposed to on a Sunday. (And winning any bets you may have placed.) Here are 10 hot spots that guarantee a good time whether or not the Giants wipe the field with the Patriots.

Super Bowl XLV Watch Party at Frankie's (photography by Jerry McClure)

Where: Nodding Donkey
Why It Makes the List: We like watching games here for the whole package (hootin’ and hollerin’ with fellow fans, beer and bar food, and people watching).
Enjoy: A spot no one can steal, drinks, trips to the lunch buffet, chips and salsa at every table, a free Nodding Donkey tee, games (like thumb wrestling and flick football), dinner, and possibly prizes with your $100 (plus tax) ticket ($10 of which goes to Make-a-Wish Foundation).

Where: Frankie’s
Why It Makes the List: Festive foods, lots of TVs, and people watching in Uptown sounds like the perfect Super Bowl Sunday.
Enjoy: Themed foods and drinks (like New Englad clam chowder and Boston Tea Party cocktails and New York hot dogs with Manhattans), hometown beers (UFO Hefe and Brooklyn Lager), and a trivia contest for cash prizes from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Where: Granada Theater
Why It Makes the List: The bigger the screen, the better, right?
Enjoy: Three huge HD screens to watch the big game along with drink specials, including $3 domestics, fajita plates for sale, and an appropriately festive atmosphere. You can “walk up and walk in” or call 214-824-9933 or e-mail [email protected] to reserve a table for a group. No cost!

Super Bowl XLV Watch Party at The Nodding Donkey (photography by Sergio Garza)

Where: Texas Station Sports Bar & Grill at the Gaylord Texan
Why It Makes the List: As usual, we can’t resist the 52-foot HD screen and front-row lazy boys. Oh yeah, and um, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Rhythm & Blue Dancers will make appearances. That doesn’t hurt, either.
Enjoy: A $99-per-ticket package of delights includes a front row view, one bucket of beer (or one 100-oz. Beer Tower), VIP platter with brisket, ribs, chicken, and sweet potato fries, complimentary Bud Light Platinum sample, and admission ticket to Gaylord’s nightlife spot, Glass Cactus. If you’re not mad at the Cowboys, you  might be interested in taking a free tour of the team’s mobile hall of fame. For reservations, call 817-778-1000.

Where: Primebar
Why It Makes the List: We’re not personally Primebar fans, but any bar rolling out a tent in their parking lot gets our vote of top places to be for big games.
Enjoy: A huge HD projector screen, live entertainment pre- and post-game, and drink specials.

Where: Highland Park Village Theater
Why It Makes the List: It just makes sense to watch a VIP game on a VIP shopping center’s newly renovated theater screen.
Enjoy: Traditional game day fare and a movie theater-size football game. Tickets cost just $35 for adults and $25 for kids.

Where: The Texas Theatre
Why It Makes the List: Can’t you see we heart big screens?
Enjoy: Drink specials all night long. Oh yeah, and no  trash to pick up or dishes to do after either the Giants or the Patriot take home the prize. Entrance is free.

Where: Urban Taco
Why It Makes the List: Ten words for you. Roasted corn con crema lime and mango-sangria Urban Swirl.
Enjoy: Buckets of beer for $20, $5 sangrias, $5 mojitos, $5 margaritas, and $3 XX lager.

Super Bowl XLV Watch Party at Frankie's (photography by Jerry McClure)

Where: The Social House
Why It Makes the List: A bar that can accommodate our barely-interested-in-the-game selves and our diehard Giants fan friends is a perfect spot for us all.
Enjoy: Half-priced appetizers, $7 burgers, $5 Crown and down, $3 domestics, and $9 specialty cocktails: Maker’s Mark First Down with whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Razzmatazz, and Blueberry Blitz with blueberries, Smirnoff blueberry vodka, Effen cucumber vodka, and simple syrup.

Where: Draft Picks
Why It Makes the List: We like being entertained when our team is winning so much it’s boring/losing so bad we can’t watch, so promises of a bean bag toss, quarterback challenge, and paper football tournament reeled us in.
Enjoy: A live DJ, the release of Bud Light Platinum, and wing specials.

Where: The Owner’s Box
Why It Makes the List: The Omni is so cool that not only are they skipping drink specials at their sports bar, The Owner’s Bar, they’re charging you $25 just to enter. It makes our list because we’ve been dying to test out the stainless-steel strip at the bar that keeps your brewski cold.
Enjoy: A bazillion HD screens, including a 16-footer, and cozy seating that you don’t have to share with drunk 20-somethings all in up your space. Make reservations by calling 214-652-4805.

Bars and restaurants, feel free to leave your game day plans in the comments section.