Baseball Has Arrived! Here Are Eight Patios Well-Suited to Watching the Game

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Both the front and back patio at Lake House Bar and Grill are perfect for baseball watching.
I love baseball but building a stadium miles outside of a city center is just stupid. Except for a special occasion, I can't be bothered to drive all that way to buy an expensive ticket, eat a bad hot dog, drink overpriced beer, and then figure out how to get back without dancing with the Arlington po-po. This year I plan on getting my baseball fix right here in Dallas. Here are some great patios what will let you catch some sun while watching the great American pastime on a big-screen TV.

Lake House Bar and Grill Patio (pictured above)
Bicycle Cafe is long gone and the replacement concept seems like a good fit for East Dallas. A few weekends ago the place was filled with amateur softball players who had been pushed off the field by rainy weather. Large windows and louvers open up the space to let the outside in, and TVs are everywhere.

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Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House
Are you tired of seeing Goodfriend in every single post we do about outdoor drinking? I'm not.

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The Nodding Donkey Uptown
I'm going with the Uptown location because it's more open than the new SMU spot. Sitting inside at the bar isn't that different from sitting outside on the porch when they have all he windows open. I'm a fan of these smoked wings and this Travis Street bar boasts huge TVs.

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The Greenville Avenue Londoner
Fish and chips, a bar that straddles the indoors and out, a roof deck, and LCD's everywhere. What more do you want?

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Vickery Park
The Sunday brunch set are a boozy bunch here. Vickery Park is my pick for those weekend afternoon games. Remember that brisket sandwich we wrote about a while back? It's as cheesy as ever.

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Whitehall Exchange
Having an open bar on a busy street corner makes for a special sort of atmosphere I think is particular suited to watching a game on TV. Where else can you snack and swill beer while mingling with pedestrians as they walk through the Bishop Arts District? Where else can you mingle with pedestrians anywhere in Dallas?

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Katy Trail Ice House
This is the best baseball bar in Dallas without a doubt. The massive patio is always filled with red and blue, the beer is plentiful and the TVs are huge. Just remember to keep the noise down, OK?

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Why mess with a hot dog when you could have one of these?
Jake's Hamburgers
Does anyone know who pays the electric bill at this place? Every time I pass the Henderson Avenue location early in the morning, the televisions illuminate the street corner with their flickering light. If you like Keller's you'll recognize some of the burgers here. I've become partial to the Jake's Special, pictured above. It's a classic burger.

Location Info

Lake House Bar and Grill

7510 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

1154 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Nodding Donkey Uptown

2900 Thomas Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Londoner Pub

2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Vickery Park

2810 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Whitehall Exchange

500 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Katy Trail Ice House

3127 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Jake's Hamburgers

2422 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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15 comments
Maureen79
Maureen79

You listed several places that aren't open until 4:00 today - and the game is at 1!

undlax13
undlax13

I have to completely disagree with Katy Trail. I'm sitting at the table with my Hamilton jersey on in that picture for opening day of last year. When I asked if we could get the sound of the game over the speakers (I was backed by every single person sitting aroud me), I was yelled at by a "manager" who proclaimed "PEOPLE AREN'T HERE FOR BASEBALL, THEY'RE HERE FOR THE MUSIC".  

I wish I was kidding. It's a great place to hang out but for watching a game please try somewhere else. And someone please tell the "managers" to start acting like they actually care about their customers

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

David Bauerkemper this article is for you

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Hands down the best spot for "al fresco" dining and baseball is Keller's on NW Highway...

Throw fido in the pick up, order up the #5 with special sauce, a cold brewski, and tune the radio into the Rangers broadcast.....drop the tailgate and enjoy !


CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Good choices.............but come dog days of summer, I will hunting the AC spots for indoor viewing- St. Pete's, Owner's Box (Omni), and Milo Butterfingers.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I love al fresco dining.  It's just that the season for doing so around here is so short.

gabe48
gabe48

The gorgeous outdoor patio and fabulous wood grilled burgers at Whiskey Cake in Plano, now that's the place to eat, fresh hand cut fries, NOT the frozen fries you find at most restaurants.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@CitizenKane Oh, man. There is no sport better realized on radio than baseball. This trumps just about everything on my list.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Actually it is proabably longer than most places up north. Just split into two different times.

todd
todd

@gabe48 Three Little Pigs and a double whisky neat.  


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@scott.reitz @CitizenKane My favorite patio is the one at my buddies house where he has a pool, a large grill for our cookouts, a kegerator, A TV on the patio but the sound synced to hear Eric Nadel hollering about 3 run jimmy jacks.....man I cant wait

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