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6 Game Day Approved Hot Spots for Football Saturdays Near SMU

Whether you're popping in for a pre-game pint or settling in for an all-day tailgate, these watering holes are fan favorites that will keep you within minutes of the SMU game day action.

Taylor Voth
Posted on Oct 8, 2018

Ozona Grill & Bar

A build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and an award-winning patio are just two of the many reasons you should take your football festivities to Ozona Grill and Bar. Conveniently located along Upper Greenville and just minutes from SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium, dreaded game day traffic will be a thing of the past. Indulge in a frozen margarita or a frosty Texas brew on the cozy patio and snack through a menu of local fare before heading to the game.


Barley House

When an establishment's motto includes the words, "where beer is a way of life!" you know it's an ideal place to claim a table and enjoy a day of football. Barley House, located on SMU Blvd. provides a lively pub atmosphere, with plenty of taps, drink specials and TVs everywhere to make sure you don't miss a down. Plus, stay late to celebrate a 'W' with live music most every Saturday night.


Chelsea Corner

Is there a better place to spend a beautiful football Saturday than a sprawling patio space, sipping mimosas and noshing on an extensive and delicious brunch menu– all while cheering on your favorite team? We think not. Boasting 19 large HD screens, creative cocktails and a laid-back vibe, Chelsea Corner, who has been part of the Knox Street landscape since 1974, has perfected the game day experience. Gather your football friends and enjoy!


Milo Butterfingers

The beloved sports bar has been bringing cold beer and good times to Dallas, Texas for more than 45 years. Snag a table or sidle up to the bar to keep a close eye on every score update for the SMU Mustangs – there are no bad seats when there are over 15 screens to choose from. Play a round of darts and toast to every touchdown with the new friends you're sure to make at this Dallas staple.


Slater's 50/50

Located on bustling Greenville Avenue, cute and casual Slater's 50/50 prides itself on offering a well-curated beer selection, excellent burgers and enough screens to keep everyone involved in game day fun. They even open early for certain games and have an expansive rooftop patio for those who prefer to yell at the defense under the ambiance of cafe lights.


Katy Trail Ice House

This easygoing beer garden is located in the heart of Uptown, right off the Katy Trail. Choose from one of the 50 beers on tap, and stake your claim on one of the many picnic tables available on their giant patio while you order up one of their famous burgers or BBQ. Gather around a screen with your 50 new friends and enjoy your Saturday to the fullest!