Now Open: Draft Pick Sports Bar and Grill Near the AAC (Photos)

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The Big Screen at Draft Picks Sports Bar
Draft Picks Sports Bar and Grill, which opened in late September, sits less than a half-mile south of the American Airlines Center, right where Victory Avenue ends. Naturally, as with all sports bars, they have a few TVs, although how many is purely arbitrary. Ten or 20 used to be sufficient. Now a place could have 99 and it wouldn't matter. There just better be at least three in every sight-line at any moment. Our senses have acclimated to the entertainment. It's expected.

Draft Picks? They said screw it and put in movie theater screen. The entire restaurant works around a 19-foot high-definition screen with stadium seating (although it sits slightly below ground so it doesn't swallow the place). Tables for the restaurant are set up around the big screen "pit." Further back is the bar, which can open up garage-style when the weather is nice. In addition to all that, there are cozy "lounging areas" along another wall.

The crowd here varies nightly depending on what event they're showing on the screen (UFC is big) or what is going on down at the AAC.

For food, they've brought in two chefs to run the kitchen, Freddy Barragan and Billy Joe Gardner. The menu is part bar food with nachos, wings, burgers, and hot dogs; as well as part comfort food, which includes chicken noodle soup, chicken potpie (see below) and Frito chili pie. But the dinner menu is more creative with items like grilled vegetable and goat cheese over sourdough bread, beef and stout pie, and chicken and waffles.

Check their Facebook page for daily specials and events.

More photos, you say? Feast your eyes:

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The "small portion" of the chicken potpie.

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Lounge Room at Draft Picks.

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All photos by Lauren Drewes Daniels
Inside/outside bar area.


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This place has terrible service!!!!! Don't bother hiking across the parking lot to walk around the corner to get to the front door.

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Lee
Lee

Yelp used to have a bunch of negative reviews up about this place, but for some reason, their filtering system took them out and left most of the good ones up.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Suprised they didn't inquire with me for help on a name for it..do what everyone else over there does..one word name...should of called it: Sport or maybe Balls

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I suspect tons of ChrisChris douchers tryin' to pick up Ciggy Slag lonely lake momma's, on a night out with her friends. So desperately lonely.  

"Hey, granny, look at my tat's!"

(or)

"I wear my hat backwards, and rest my sunglasses on em, because I'm EXTREME!".

_______I surmise this place would be great for a Mr. RW Whitt, and his middle aged hairplug therapy mission of holding on to life.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

so we think not 1 but 2 sports bars will work in that area?  total fail

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Sounds like a cool concept with the theater and the place looks nice enough.

I'd go there before The Fail Sports Lounge, but if I'm down near the AAC I'm going to have a seat IN the AAC.

MavericksForTheWin
MavericksForTheWin

I was in there last week for dinner and I have to say, it wasn't half bad. I had the chicken pot pie and had a $2 bud. Don't get me wrong, Applebee's can beat the beer price, but not the amount/quality of food. I mean the pot pie was monstrous. 

The Fan Sports Bar for me is a no-go. By far, the only semi-cool asset of The Fan is the little fireplace outside. I had two bad experiences here and need not make a third.

Everyone has their opinions of course, but I'll be heading back for the next UFC fight.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I wouldn't even take a dump in THE FAN Sportslounge...and I have the freakin' itchy, backsweats.

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