Within the pantheon of Dallas superstars, Gina Miller is the Goddess of Sports. She is the face, voice, and presence of the sports culture within Dallas—covering every event from the NBA Finals to the NFL Draft. Follow her Featured Trip for a fashionable and sporty getaway to Dallas, including sports bars, arenas, and some of the best shopping in the city.
Once a railroad line that ran from Missouri to Texas, the now-repurposed Katy Trail offers three and a half miles of prime pathway to walkers, joggers, bikers, and all of the other flavors of outdoor-loving folks (even you, rollerskaters).
Looking for a place to relax with a cold beer and take the edge off? The Katy Trail Ice House is the perfect spot, offering one of Dallas’s largest outdoor beer gardens and 50 beers on tap. Long wooden tables fill their patio, reminiscent of the large beer gardens in Germany. The Katy Trail Ice House is also a local favorite spot for catching a game, with tons of TVs, you can count on them to always be playing the big game.
Combining honest-to-goodness Texan fare with a casual vibe and, well, if we’re honest, a healthy portion of TVs, The Nodding Donkey has managed to make itself one of Dallas’s favorite sports bars—and if you’re looking for a great place to catch the big game, you’ll do well by holing up in here for a bit… or a while.
As Dallas’s self-proclaimed most independent neighborhood, you can bet your boots that the Bishop Arts District has something that’ll make you want to stick around for a while. Whether you’re looking for a boutique or antique shop, a great little restaurant, or just a good bar where you can escape the Texas sun (or revel in it on a patio), the Bishop Arts District will have just what you’re looking for—even if you didn’t know you were looking for it!
A sports bar with a near impossible amount of ritz and glamor, The Owner’s Box is an experience that’s pretty unique to Dallas: a high class sports bar with the duds to back up the glitz. And with everything from a spread of pool tables to dozens of screens to watch the big game—and the grandpappy of them all: a 16 foot behemoth—coupled with all the class you could hope to pack in a sports bar, The Owner’s Box makes for a unique experience that you’d be hard-pressed to find outside of Dallas.
On top of being right in the middle of Downtown Dallas, Klyde Warren Park usually has something exciting going on. From yoga to free music and dancing lessons to Zumba, this absurdly active communal space plays host to some of the coolest community events in the city.
Meso Maya is not exactly your typical Tex-Mex, though technically the food is a fusion of Texan and Mexican cuisines. From rich mole sauces, to fresh ceviche, to handmade tamales, there will certainly be one of your Mexican favorites on Meso Mayas menu.
If you’re in the mood for the utmost in uptown vibes, then head to McKinney Ave. Jam-packed with great restaurants, bars, and cafés, if you’re looking to do a bit of exploring while you’re in town, McKinney Ave is a great place to explore—especially because it’s so close to downtown.
The Social House is a fun spot for some tasty food and cocktails in a lively and…social atmosphere. Offering over 100 beers on tap, if you are a fan of microbrews, you’ll be over the moon with their extensive selection. hey have a ton of giant games in their outdoor beer garden including giant jenga, cornhole, and a combination soccer/beer pong game they call bubble soccer that involves trashcans and large exercise balls.
A much-beloved, local sports bar that’s usually bursting at the seams with activity, McKinney Avenue Tavern is an awesome place to catch the big game—and soak up heaps of local culture while you’re at it.
While also being the home turf of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium also offers a host of other sights to see—and we think you should come take a tour! Within these walls (that support the world’s largest domed structure, no less), you’ll find art, a pro shop, and the venerable locker rooms; you’ll also be able to stretch your legs out on the hallowed field!
A Dallas staple for many years, Snuffer’s is recognized by locals as a solid choice when you’re looking for a juicy hamburger or club sandwich. But Snuffer’s real claim to fame is their Cheddar Cheese Fries; a large basket of hand cut fries topped in melty delicious cheese.
Built before the Great Depression, this wonderful slice of shopping nirvana is a must for any of you who pack extra duffel bags in your luggage in case some prime shopping sneaks up on you (or you’d planned to do a little shopping all along). And with names like Chanel, Anthropologie, Dior, and rag & bone, there’s bound to be a few places where you can fill up your extra luggage.
Al Biernat’s is first and foremost a steakhouse, serving prime cuts, high quality beef, and excellently prepared dishes from start to finish. If you are looking to splurge, definitely order the Wagyu or bone-in filet.
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