Best Anti-Football Bars In DFW

September 6, 2012 5:00 AM

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It’s that time of the year again—football time—coming at you every weekend and invading almost every drinking spot on Sundays and Monday nights. Although it may seem impossible to escape the fact that the Cowboys are playing, we have found some awesome places where you can step out for a drink and catch some good vibes without having to watch every play or endure the screaming crowds of die-hard fans.

The Usual
1408 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 810-0114

Nestled among the hip Magnolia Avenue strip and hiding behind a windowless brick facade is a classy, contemporary lounge serving up a friendly atmosphere and some of the best hand-crafted cocktails in Texas. The Usual is anything but your usual bar—there’s no smoking, no TV and cocktails are made using fresh ingredients like real egg whites, fresh herbs, homemade infused syrups and tinctures. Reminiscent of a prohibition-era speakeasy, cocktail classics like Sidecars, Montpeliers and the Old Fashioned are the stars of the show, but these master mixologists create all sorts of tasty libations. There is also a great selection of beer and wine. You can order dinner to the bar from the popular Nonna Tata restaurant around the corner; easily making the Usual a good choice.

Times Ten Cellars
1100 Foch St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 336-9463

With a Dallas location and one in the popular West 7th Street Corridor of Fort Worth’s Arts and Cultural District, Times Ten is the place to go for good times and fine wines. Many of the wines featured here are actually produced by Times Ten from grapes grown in its Alpine, Texas vineyard and select vineyards in California. There is live jazz on Sunday nights and a limited menu of small plates perfect for pairing with your wine. So cozy up on one of the couches and enjoy an anti-football night with a tasty wine flight.

The Goat
7248 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75214  
(214) 327-8119

While most places are cranking up the volume for the big game, people at The Goat are belting out songs for Karaoke throw-downs on Sundays or grooving to Tony and Perry’s blues jam every Monday. Dark and divey as they come, this friendly neighborhood jazz bar caters to a truly eclectic clientele of people who come for the great nightly music, cool vibes and fun conversation.  

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The Cedars Social
1326 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 928-7700

From the moment you enter this cozy 1970’s-style cocktail den, complete with a retro-style living room seating arrangement and a fire pit taking center stage, you will know it’s a place for some serious socializing (as the name implies). The ambiance is sophisticated, sexy and cool from the decor and music to the hand-crafted libations and gourmet comfort food. Try a Shakedown Highball or order from the extensive cocktail menu representing 100 years of drinking, and then head out to the patio for stunning views and watch the sun set over downtown.

The Inwood Lounge
5458 W. Lovers Lane  
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 352-5085

How about drinks and a movie, or even just drinks, at this sleek lounge tucked away in a 1947, art-deco movie theater? The Inwood Lounge isn’t just a place to go for a drink after the movie, it’s actually been named one of the best bars in America by Esquire. Maybe it’s because Inwood makes some of the best martinis in Dallas. It could also be because of the vintage atmosphere from the classic music playing in the background to the cascading waterfall wall and art-deco ceiling. Stop in for the weekday happy hours between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and you can taste those famous martinis and house wines for only $5, or enjoy your game-less Sunday with $2 beers and a movie.

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With a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe studying and working in marketing and tourism. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at