You want to gather the gang, watch the game, and relax in a laid-back atmosphere. What you don’t want is soggy wings, boring beers, and ambivalent servers dressed as referees. Say hello to Wheelhouse. It’s sporty (local brews, burgers, and big screen TVs), but it also offers elevated pub fare and expertly crafted cocktails—all in a space designed by an award-winning architecture firm. Below, 15 reasons why it’s ideal to watch the game at a non-sports-bar bar.
- When the weather is nice, the floor-to-ceiling, guillotine-style windows roll up to let the outside in.
2. With 12 TVs, there’s not a bad seat in the house. During evening games, an outdoor projection screen offers a big-screen view.
3. A fully-loaded package of channels and subscription to NFL RedZone means you won’t miss your favorite teams play, even if it’s not the marquee game.
4. On Sundays and Mondays, you can get The Standard Burger (voted Best Burger in Dallas by D Magazine) and a draft beer for just $10. Seriously.
5. The weekend brunch menu features all-American classics—shrimp and grits, brisket breakfast tacos, and blueberry pancakes—with nods to Texas flavors.
6. Party of 8 or more? Make a reservation and your first round of house-made pretzels is complimentary.
7. The outdoor pavilion is covered from the elements, dog-friendly, and kid-friendly with lawn games and lounge seating.
8. That pavilion (known as Center Court) was designed by the world-renowned Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig. Its showpiece, Daniel Arsham’s Moving Figure, juts out onto Oak Lawn Avenue and is both an arresting public artwork and prime photo op.
9. Gameday snacks are executed to perfection. We’re talking dry-aged beef nachos with house-made queso, ahi tuna nachos, smoked salmon dip, crudité with green goddess dressing…
10. Free (and fast) WiFi makes it easy for you and your Fantasy Football league to update rosters and track points.
11. The chefs create rotating gameday features celebrating some of Dallas’s most notorious rivalries. They kicked off the season with a Carolina vs. Texas-style barbecue showdown. Up next: Philly cheesesteaks for when the Eagles take on the Cowboys November 11.
12. On Sundays, brunch features a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. Pick your vodka (salt or no salt) and fix it to your liking with house-made mixes, tomato juice, and toppings like bacon, olives, pickled okra, peppers, celery, and beef jerky. Splash in Worcestershire, Tabasco, and horseradish to make it as spicy as you please.
13. Beers on tap are a who’s who of local breweries, including Peticolas, Community Brewing Co., Small Brewpub, and Lakewood Brewing Co.
14. The cocktail menu was created by Cuffs & Buttons, the award-winning mixologists and creative drivers behind Midnight Rambler.
15. Unexpected moments of refinement on the Wheelhouse menu mean there’s something for everyone. (You’d never expect to enjoy frosés, oysters on the half shell, and beef tartare during halftime.)
Wheelhouse is located in the Design District at 1617 Hi Line Drive. Complimentary valet. Open seven days a week for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–Midnight. Sunday, 11 a.m.–10 pm. For daily updates, follow @wheelhouse_dallas on Instagram.