Five Places to Watch Opening Day. And Drink.

Categories: Whimsy

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You can't get this at the City Tavern, but you'll be better off anyway.
It's Opening Day. You planned on going to go the stadium ring in Spring and tackle the big, bad Boomstick (above), but then your boss tossed a few extra TPS reports in your inbox. You'll never make it to Arlington on time.

Oh well. You didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on Stubhub for nosebleeds anyway. Hurry up and get those reports filed. Then head to one of these bars to watch the game on your own terms. There will be no Boomstick, but there will be plenty of beer, and you won't need to take out a second mortgage to buy it.

*****

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I've had them both. Katy's burger beats a stadium burger hands down.
Katy Trail Ice House
Two huge high-definition TVs hang on either side of the roll-up door that lets you into the Ice House, and at least half the patio has a good view. And the staff is still pouring one of Dallas' largest selections of Texas beers.

*****

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Jake's
Jake's casts a green, flickering glow out on the street of most of its locations. Half of it's their neon signs and outdoor lighting, but the other half is all the TVs. There's nothing special going on at Jake's during the game, but happy hour starts at 4 p.m. -- about when the game should end.

*****

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Eat one for every run the Rangers score.
City Tavern
No patio here, but if beer is your thing, and you're downtown, this is the best place to watch the game. I watched Game Six of the World Series here to a packed house, so there's still a bitter taste in my mouth, but I still love this bar. If you work downtown and want to sneak back into the office after the game and pretend nothing happened, you're all set. Just remember to eat some mints and wipe the chicken wing sauce off your cheek.

*****

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St. Pete's Dancing Marlin
It's not the bar, though I like it too; it's the bartenders and the patrons. For whatever reason, every time I see the Rangers on at St. Pete's, there's a handful watching every pitch.

*****

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Time Out Tavern
I stumbled on this sporty dive bar when I had a long wait for a table at nearby NHS. The Tavern has as much sports junk hanging from the walls and ceilings as they do TVs, and the place is no-nonsense when it comes to showing games. I didn't see any baseball here last year, but that's the beauty of Opening Day. There are 162 games ahead of us, and probably as many worthy bars.


Location Info

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Time Out Tavern

5101 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

St. Pete's Dancing Marlin

2730 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

City Tavern

1402 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Jake's Hamburgers

2422 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Katy Trail Ice House

3127 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


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Steve
Steve

The TOT is locals-only, man.  Locals only.

Ian
Ian

good call on St. Pete's. I dont know what it is about that place, but I just like it. I think something of a throwback of a local bar/restaurant where there isn't a hyper-obsession with being "something". There's always a handful of random people in there just taking it easy. It certainly reminds me of a little spot in, say St. Petersburg or any other beach town where you've got some townies just drinking and takin 'er easy.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im so meh/mad today, stuck in the office grrrr!  Half my buddies are out tailgating already and the others are headed to the bar at 1 to watch rangers and golf.  Damn TPS reports

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Opening day beautiful spring weather, friday afternoon start, AL Pennant Champions......Masters Weekend.....Easter.......life is good.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

are you all going to be wearing the coon skin hats, and beaver pelts?

todd
todd

love me some st. pete's.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

last place in the world I'm wasting my time is on a patio in Dallas......then I know my soul was truly on vacation. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

That sucks SM, I try to never let the TPS reports get in the way of the baseball. It's MY holiday!  Ya'll can have the rest.

What we have working:-Brats and Shiner

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

AWESOME.  Time to camp and cook. 

ps-Who cares about the Masters,Corby?

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