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11 spots to celebrate March Madness in Dallas

Ball out at some of our favorite bars, restaurants, and hangout spots in the city for March Madness.

March Madness is finally hitting Dallas, and the city is buzzing with excitement as NCAA teams prepare to ball out on the court. While tournament tickets might be pricey, Dallas has a plethora of activities this weekend to keep you in the action. We’ve got the scoop on local events, plus the best spots for game-watching and bracket monitoring. Check out our 11 picks below.

Hero by HG

3090 Nowitzki Way (Uptown)

With large, theater-like screens and immersive audio quality, catching the games at Hero by HG during the NCAA tournament in Dallas will make you feel like you’re at the American Airlines Center (which happens to be next door). Add in some fun arcade games, six full-service bars, and the option to “build your own bowl,” and it’s got everything you need to cheer on your favorite college team. So grab your squad, share a Mega Mule, and let the party begin.

Happiest Hour

2616 Olive St. (Uptown)

Just steps away from American Airlines Center, Happiest Hour will keep the madness going all weekend. Guests can watch the game on over 40 screens, including the 30-foot LED screen in The Garage. All weekend long, guests can purchase specialty cocktails from a March Madness-themed menu and be entered into a special “swoopstakes,” with winners and prizes announced each round. On April 8, at the end of the tournament, a grand prize winner will be announced.

Quarter Bar

3301 McKinney Ave. (Uptown)

Quarter Bar is offering some saucy specials during game times. Fans can enjoy $12 Patron Silver Margaritas, $12 Grey Goose Espresso Martinis, and $7 High Noons. Plus, guests can enter bracket contests for a chance to win up to $500.

AT&T Discovery District

308 S Akard St. (Downtown)

At the AT&T Discovery District in the heart of downtown Dallas, you won’t miss a minute of the action when you watch the games on their massive 104-foot media wall. Grab a cocktail at The Exchange and have a seat in the Discovery Garden for a truly incredible viewing experience. 

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Vincent’s Sky Bar at the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District

800 N Harwood St. (Arts District)

This Saturday, March 30, Vincent’s Sky Bar at the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District is buzzing with March Madness in Dallas! Partnering with Community Beer Co., they’re hosting all-day basketball festivities. Vincent’s will open at 11 a.m. and Community Beer Co. will be there from 2-6 p.m. offering seven different beers on tap. Guests can watch all the games (plus pre- and post-game coverage) on large HD TVs while they test their free throw skills in an arcade-style basketball game.

Stan’s Blue Note

2908 Greenville Ave (Lower Greenville)

Watch your favorite teams battle it out at one of Dallas’s longest-standing, most iconic dive bars. With multiple large screens, a home-like back patio, and prizes given out at various points of the night, Stan’s is a fun place to sit and stay, even if your bracket gets busted.

The Porch

2912 N Henderson Ave (Knox Henderson)

College basketball fans can enjoy a nice array of hearty bites at one of Knox Henderson’s buzziest spots. The Porch is offering Sweet Chili Wings served with celery for $16, Brisket Nachos with all the best toppings and Brisket Queso with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo, both for $14.

Henry’s Majestic

2303 Pittman St. (Oak Cliff)

During all March Madness games, Henry’s Majestic – which has recently relocated to Oak Cliff – will offer $4 Estrella, $6 Screwball, and a $7 Elvis shot, comprised of Screwball, banana, and honey. Fans can also enjoy $10 Buffalo egg rolls and $12 wings and fries. Now, these are some specials to go mad over!

The Hub

1289 Johnson Rd (Allen)

From the Sweet Sixteen to the Final Four, The Hub is the ultimate destination for March Madness. A large back patio with astroturf makes for the perfect spot to watch the games in spring weather – which is even more exciting on a movie-theater-sized screen. If you’re a bit far from Dallas, this suburban sweet spot maintains a sporty spirit for fans everywhere.

Shark Club

8451 Parkwood Blvd (Plano)

You won’t miss a beat at Shark Club. At this Canadian-bred sports lounge based in Plano, guests can order a variety of unique bar food options as well as light bites. Watch all the games on their 44 TV screens or two large media walls – and keep an eye on their 50-foot sports ticker for updates by the minute.

Fanzo

5977 Preston Rd. (Frisco)

The newly opened Fanzo in Frisco is the ultimate sports fan destination. Guests can enjoy March Madness games on numerous screens, including a seven-foot-high video wall. Plus, skip the basic bar food, and try some next-level creations from chef Vijay Sadhu – including the chicken lollipops with spicy Manchurian or gochujang sauce, or the braised short rib, topped with Mexican curry mole and fenugreek mashed potatoes. After all, an occasion this special calls for equally exciting cuisine.

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Table full of Mexican dishes

8 of Phoenix’s signature dishes and drinks

From the tequila sunrise to fry bread, these are the most famous area delicacies that we created (or perfected).

As you venture into Phoenix’s vibrant food scene, you’ll find a fusion of flavors that clearly embody the essence of our city. If you’re looking for a true taste of Phoenix, here are eight of the most famous drinks and dishes that were created here, perfected here, or otherwise represent our diverse culinary landscape.

Cheese Crisps at Rosita’s Place

Phoenix

A cheese crisp sounds simple: It’s a flour tortilla topped with cheese and baked to a crisp in an oven. But there’s an art to it, and family-owned Rosita’s Place, founded in 1964, is a great place to get one. They start with a fresh tortilla and offer onion, chilies, jalapeños, tomatoes, and/or meat, including chorizo, chicken, carne asada, and more. The Mexican-themed decor — complete with Saltillo tile and high-back carved wood chairs — makes it a fun place to hang a while as well.

Chimichanga at Macayo’s

13 Valley locations

Local lore says the chimichanga was created when a burrito was accidentally dropped in a deep fryer, but there’s some discrepancy about whether it first happened at Macayo’s or at Tucson’s El Charro. No matter which tale is true, Macayo’s is the king of the chimichanga locally. In 2010-11, it led a charge to get it named an official state food, and in 2021, it set a Guinness World Record for the longest chimi ever made at 25 feet, 7 inches. A variety of meats and toppings are offered, and at lunch, it’s a steal at $12.99.

Fry Bread at Fry Bread House

Mesa and Phoenix 

The unassuming Fry Bread House was launched in 1992 by Cecilia Miller, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation who moved to the city with her husband, a reverend. She wanted to provide traditional home cooking to other Native people who had been displaced from their ancestral lands. In 2012, the eatery won a James Beard Award for being an “American classic” and it’s received umpteen honors from local media. The deep-fried dough, flat with puffy edges, is slathered with beans and/or meat — try the red chili beef — along with cheese, lettuce, and other toppings. It also comes as a dessert with honey, powdered sugar, chocolate and butter, or cinnamon and sugar.

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Original Chopped Salad at Citizen Public House

Scottsdale

The average visitor might not know about this legendary chopped salad, but among locals, it’s one of the most-raved-about dishes in town and even has its own Facebook page. It was born as the Stetson Chopped Salad at the now-defunct Cowboy Ciao in Old Town by executive chef Bernie Kantak and carried over as the Original Chopped Salad when he opened Citizen Public House in 2009. Its current incarnation includes smoked salmon, couscous, chopped baby arugula, dried sweet corn, tomatoes, toasted pepitas, dried currants, Asiago cheese, and buttermilk-herb dressing. It’s composed in colorful, photo-friendly rows and hits notes of salty, sweet, smoky, and herbal on the palate.

Sonoran Hot Dog at Carniceria Los Amigos

Guadalupe and Phoenix

Although Sonoran dogs are, of course, from Sonora, Mexico, Phoenix has adopted them as a signature dish because they’re ubiquitous at late-night sidewalk carts, food trucks, carnicerias, taco shops, and spiffy Scottsdale eateries alike. We like the friendly ambiance and flavors here, including the mixture of mustard, tangy mayo, dollops of avocado salsa, copious amounts of powdered cheese, grilled spicy pepper on the side, and the soft yet substantial bolillo roll. Pro tips: The Guadalupe location has a couple of tables but in South Phoenix, it’s only “para llevar” (to go). Also, brush up on your Spanish; you’ll need it.

Prickly Pear Margarita at Gertrude’s Restaurant

Phoenix

If you’ve been in Phoenix for five minutes during the span of late summer to early winter, you’ve probably seen prickly pear fruits. They’re deep pink, egg-shaped protrusions on top of the flat pads of Opuntia genus cactus. The taste is difficult to describe other than sweet and delicious. Enjoy it while being surrounded by desert flora and fauna at Gertrude’s within the Desert Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels. Garden admission isn’t required to eat there, but we strongly suggest it so you can learn more about the 50,000 desert plants on site. The gift shop sells bottles of syrup, too.

Tequila Sunrise at the Arizona Biltmore

Phoenix

Phoenix is famous for its stunning sunsets, but did you know it’s also the home of the Tequila Sunrise? According to the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, longtime bartender Gene Sulit concocted it in the 1930s for a guest who wanted a refreshing poolside cocktail. Although it’s been corrupted over the years to include grenadine, the OG was made with the deeper-hued crème de cassis, which drifted to the bottom of the glass and helped create the hues that mimic a soft dark-to-light sunrise. 

Tepary Bean Burger at Valentine

Phoenix

Tepary beans are organic heirloom beans often called “the original superfood of the Sonoran Desert” because they’ve been an integral part of the Indigenous diet here for hundreds of years. Though many places mash them into hummus and serve it as a starter, Valentine makes it a main dish on the brunch menu. As always, Valentine knocks it out of the park using the beans to craft a crispy outside, creamy inside veg burger served on a squash bun with amaranth tempeh and avocado. It comes with a side of kicky “salsa secca tots.” Explore the menus for more examples of Chef Donald Hawk’s culinary wizardry using native ingredients — even in the coffee drinks.

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Man with His Small Dog and a Beer at an Outdoor Patio

9 best dog-friendly patios in Greater Atlanta

You and your furry best friend will be welcome at these local spots designed for sociable animal lovers.

Spring is here, and the warmth in the air is drawing everyone — humans and dogs alike — outside. Looking for a place to get brunch, dinner, or drinks where your furry bestie can come along? We always recommend using the BringFido app to run a location-based search, but we’ve made it easy on you this time: Here are our top recommendations for dog-friendly patios in Atlanta. 

Slow Pour Brewing Company 

Lawrenceville

Located on Clayton Street in downtown Lawrenceville, Slow Pour is proud to be Gwinnett’s first craft brewery. Here, you’ll find a long list of beers on tap, a large tasting room, and regular trivia or comedy night events — plus an outdoor space that’s perfect for you and your canine companion. Slow Pour even stays on theme with its signature food truck Good Dog, where you can sit, stay, and eat your fill of hot dogs and soft pretzels. 

Lucky’s Burger and Brew

Roswell

At this American bar and grill, you’ll find both outdoor and covered patios featuring artificial turf, regular live music, and plenty of space to relax for both you and your pup. Lucky’s is widely known for being dog-friendly — in fact, the restaurant itself is named after the owners’ golden retriever. And if you can’t get your fill of the savory burgers, you’ll find additional Lucky’s locations in Town Brookhaven and Marietta Square Market, too.

Lazy Dog

Alpharetta

Lazy Dog Restaurant on Haynes Bridge Road is a chain restaurant that’s designed for you to put your feet up and get comfortable. According to patrons, the restaurant is very dog-friendly, and sitting on the patio feels almost like being inside. Enjoy a cocktail with your meal or stop by on Saturday or Sunday for weekend brunch. 

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El Tesoro 

Edgewood/West End

With locations in Edgewood and West End, El Tesoro is your new go-to if you’re craving authentic Mexican and your pup doesn’t want to be left at home. Street-style tacos, margaritas, and family-friendly games draw customers to these two restaurant locations. And in the winter months, El Tesoro has you taken care of with heated tents and fire pits allowing you to enjoy outdoor dining.

Cortie, Cortland‘s mascot, loves a good restaurant patio.

HOBNOB

Alpharetta

Make your way up north to Halcyon in Alpharetta to check out HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern, a sports bar with both outdoor seating and a rooftop area. Enjoy some bourbon and a steak while your dog naps at your feet. Halcyon not convenient? You’ll find additional HOBNOB locations in Brookhaven, Perimeter, Atlantic Station, and Vinings.

Pickle & Social

Buford

This Gwinnett-based restaurant calls itself the “ultimate hangout spot,” offering food and drinks, live entertainment, and indoor and outdoor pickleball courts that all combine to allow you — and your dog — to #BeMoreSocial. Join in a game of pickleball or cornhole, or order a signature drink, sit back, and enjoy the live music. Either way, Pickle & Social welcomes both you and your pet to come out and enjoy the day. 

StillFire Brewing

Suwanee

StillFire Brewing in Suwanee welcomes dogs both inside and outside of its taproom. StillFire’s craft beer and homey atmosphere have won 29 national, international, and regional awards in the past three years. Snap a photo of your dog to post on Instagram and you might even get a feature on @pupsofstillfire, an account that reshares all of the brewery’s favorite four-legged patrons.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers 

Decatur

Originally launched in 2009, Grindhouse Killer Burgers now boasts locations in Decatur, Piedmont, Brookhaven, Athens, the Atlanta airport, and Memorial Drive. Dogs are welcome to accompany their families for dinner or a drink on the patio. Grab one of the restaurant’s signature burgers or build your own, and don’t forget to try a specialty cocktail, too.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall 

Old Fourth Ward

Ladybird is found along the Beltline (mile marker 9.25) in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward district. With a whopping 10,000 feet of outdoor space, Ladybird has a 4,000-square-foot patio that’s perfect for a weekend brunch with your furry bff. The restaurant’s menu of “elevated campfire cuisine” also includes a local beer list and bespoke cocktails. 

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