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Best DFW Bars For College Basketball

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The college basketball tournament is one of the most exciting and biggest sporting events of the year. It is a great opportunity to gather at your favorite bar and watch your college team on the big screen. The great thing about the DFW area is that there are plenty of choices when it comes to where to watch the game. The difficult part is actually trying to narrow it down. These are some of the best bars in DFW to watch tournament games.

McKinney Avenue Tavern
2822 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 969-1984

Owned by Big Al Mack (Yes, the radio personality) and his business partner, Redneck Steve, this is a great little neighborhood sports bar that is great for watching any and all sports games. The bar features more than 25 flat screen TVs, meaning the game is going to be on, no matter who you're cheering for. The bar is in an 80 years old so it brings a great atmosphere and a lot of character. The beer menu and the food options are the usual suspects but they are great options if you just want to relax with friends and watch the games on a large TV.
Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill
3227 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 999-8932
www.frankiesbar.comEverywhere you look in this restaurant, you will see a TV. On Sundays, this sports bar is crawling with fantasy football enthusiasts. If you need a break from the game, there are also pool and Golden Tee available for patrons. Wireless receivers are available for the tables so you will always be able to hear the play-by-play. The bar also features two patios for great weather, both equipped with 42" plasma HD tv's. This bar has only been open since 2010 but has since then grown into a local favorite in the Uptown area and their menu is considered by many to be the best of bar foods.Related: Some Great DFW Area Sports Bars

1601 N. Central Expressway
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 690-4867

This bar and restaurant combo is a staple for Dallas sports fans. In fact, some consider it the original Dallas sports bar. In 1995, Humperdinks began brewing their own award-winning beer and served it in their Arlington location. They now serve their beer in all the DFW locations. This bar is great for groups so it is perfect for gathering up a large group of friends to go watch the games.

The Nodding Donkey
2900 Thomas Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 922-8898

From the same people that brought you the State and Allen Lounge, The Nodding Donkey is like a southern restaurant version of a tailgate party. The bar features 16 flat screen tv's including two 83" screens so you will be sure to see your favorite game on the big screen. The menu features quintessential southern comfort food including BBQ and Tex-Mex. Playing Jenga and enjoying a cold beer on the patio is a great way to enjoy the games on the big screen.

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The Pour House
2725 W. 7th St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 335-2575

In addition to their sporting events, The Pour House has a very vibrant nightlife. Offering live music, karaoke, DJ's and special events, this is definitely a hot spot in Fort Worth. However, don't let the DJ's fool you. This is also a great place to hang out and watch the game. The bar features plenty of televisions and show any and every sport on them. Not only is there a great atmosphere at The Pour House, there is also a great menu. Chef Alfonso has created an award-winning menu that offers lunch, dinner, a late-night menu and "hangover" brunch.

Kelsi Gerwell is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas-Fort Worth. Her work can be found on


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