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The Best Places to Watch the Cotton Bowl

Kick off the 2021 college football playoff in style! Here's where to watch Alabama vs. Cincinnati in Dallas.
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Once again, the Cotton Bowl falls on New Year’s Eve, so you should think of the day as a two-in-one special. In the afternoon, you watch Alabama vs. Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m. At night, you celebrate the end of 2021 at the city’s hottest bars and restaurants. And we here at D Magazine have recommendations for the best local places to watch the big game before you start 2022 off right.

Draft Sports Bar and Lounge at Sheraton

Dec. 31, All Day, Sheraton Dallas

Those unwilling to commute to Jerry World can begin the day at Sheraton Dallas for its “Roll Tide Tailgate” special. The food and drink special includes $4 breakfast burritos, and $4 draft beers from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. If beer and breakfast are not your speed, the hotel restaurant includes over 25 televisions, local beers, and gourmet cocktails and eats.

The Scout at The Statler

Jan. 1, All Day | The Statler

All-day happy hour? All-day happy hour. Yes, the abundance of New Year’s Eve (and Day) college bowl games means back-to-back specials including $19.56 pitchers of beer and $4 pints. Or splurge on the Brew & Bowl package, which features 20 wings, two buckets of beer (four peers per bucket), and a two-hour bowling package.

College Football Semifinal Fan Bar Crawl

Dec. 30, 3 – 11:30 p.m. | Various Locations in Deep Ellum

Two words: bar crawl. Well, eight, if you’re getting technical, as The Bud Light College Football Semifinal Bar Crawl is an excellent way for Crimson Tide and Bearcat fans to unite over a shared love of college football and free shots. Alabama fans begin at Bottled Blonde, while Cincinnati’s start at Electric Shuffle. After that, you’re free venture throughout the 10 participating bars in Deep Ellum that also includes Backyard, The Free Man, Whiskey Hatchet, Truth & Alibi, Deep Ellum Distillery, RoPo & Logan, and Off The Cuff. Each ticket purchase provides free entry, up to 5 free welcome shots, and discounted food and drinks specials. You can buy tickets here.


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