Where to Watch the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas

by Steven Doyle

The Cotton Bowl Classic is a legendary game in these parts starting in 1937 when the TCU Horned Frogs stomped the Golden Eagle’s of Marquette 16-6. This was the beginning of a sweet Texas tradition. Today the latest chapter in the Classic is being played in the beautiful confines in Arlington at Cowboy’s Stadium. Gone are the cold and windy seats on the concrete.

If you haven’t scored a ticket for the game tonight between the K State Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks we have a few suggestions where you might want to watch the game. Check out our list and suggest a few of your own.   

Frankie’s Sport Bar: McKinney Avenue favorite has 68 televisions to watch the game. There’s a happy hour all day until 7pm where you get a buck off each drink. That doesn’t sound like much, but if you have a hundred drinks it adds up pretty quickly. Plenty of bar fare to choose from including burgers and pizza. This is the same place that offers free pizza on Tuesdays.

Lakewood 1st and 10: With a dozen televisions to watch you will find this neighborhood sports bar the real deal. The burger here is solid and the place gets lively at night. Plan a slingshot return the next morning for their Bloody Mary bar.

Goodfriend Beer Garden: The new bar isn’t known as much for their sports watching as their top-tier beer selection and insane burgers made by neighbor Good2Go Taco owners Colleen O’Hara and Jeana Johnson. But isn’t this really what watching a game is all about?

Katy Trail Ice House: See, be seen and watch the game. You can’t really complain about fifty beer taps and plenty of televisions. The rest of the scenery is pretty damned sweet, too. The patio is mammoth and it will be 72 degrees tonight, so there is no better time to check out Katy Trail.

Ten Sports Grill: This is a solid downtown Dallas sports venue with no nonsense revelry, wings literally sold by the bucket and drink specials until 7pm. The television situation is premium.

Coach’s: Give us a dive bar any day. This place is hidden near the Bush and Midway and is a long shotgun shack of a bar with a spastic jukebox, masterful pours on shots, and strong kick ass drinks. The televisions line the long bar and everyone gets a good view. There is no kitchen but there is a Mr. Jim’s Pizza next door and they will accept beer as tipping currency. No website so go to 19021 Midway or call 972) 307-5989.

Cool River: If you are looking for a better menu with a smattering of pool tables, Cool River has your ticket. There are always drinks specials to lubricate and the food is better than any sports venue around. Enjoy a smoke in the cigar and cognac lounge.

Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House: Hidden in the recesses of this steakhouse you will find a pretty spectacular cigar room. This venue is patterned after the original man cave. Your date will feel at home with piano player, but let there be no doubt you can enjoy the game in solace.


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