Food & Drink

Where to Pre-Game Before a Stars or Mavs Game

Here are 12 of the best restaurants within walking distance of the AAC.

Grace Baird
Posted on Oct 27, 2022

Victory Park is one of the hottest areas in the city. It's hard to deny the energy as you walk through Victory Plaza to the American Airlines Center (AAC) with a hot ticket in your hand. Start the night off right and hit the town for happy hour with your crew before the big game! With all the great choices near AAC, we've dwindled your options down to 12 walkable and tasty local watering holes. Take a look at our favorite pre-game dives and bars rooting the Mavs or Stars to victory!


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Hero - Mega-Mule


2-minute walk to AAC

HERO is the closest hangout to the AAC and it's great before and after game day. You'll be blown away by the drink menu (including large format drinks), the massive space, indoor and outdoor seating and arcade games – and you'll be even more impressed with the dining menu. Catch happy hour before the game on weekdays 3-6 p.m.


Dibs on Victory 

3-minute walk to AAC

Less than a block from the AAC, Dibs is the perfect colorful sports bar for comfort food and cocktails on the patio. Order a few shareable apps like the nachos, fried pretzels or the 24K Gold Trophy Wings (yes, you read that right.) Dibs also offers happy hour Monday – Friday 4-7 p.m. and a late-night menu starting at 10 p.m.


Credit: Mesero
Credit: Mesero


5-minute walk to AAC

Mesero has everything you love about Tex-Mex and beyond in Dallas. Try the Frozé to get the party started – made with frozen rosé, vodka and Licor 43, a delicious Spanish liqueur. The community plates and shared appetizer menu boasts two types of nachos, THREE types of queso, ceviche, flautas and much more. Mesero offers happy hour Monday – Friday 3-5 p.m.


Burgundy Swine Wine Bar 

4-minute walk to AAC

Enjoy a memorable wine bar experience within walking distance to the AAC. Check out their wine selection from emerging regions like Portugal, Australia, South America, Mexico and Texas. Design your own cheese and meat boards with an exquisite atmosphere in a modern and unique space! Burgundy Swine Wine Bar offers happy hour with half-off glasses Monday – Friday 3-6 p.m.



4-minute walk to AAC

Make for a star-studded night, beginning to end, by starting with a lavish drinking and dining experience at Imoto. First things first, peruse the extensive wine, cocktail and sake list. Local celebrity Chef Kent Rathbun brings flavors from the East right to the heart of Dallas with his own unique spin. If you need your sushi fix, hop over to the traditional sushi bar for classic sashimi or their hand-made signature rolls. Imoto offers happy hour Monday – Friday 5-6:30 p.m.


Credit: Billy Can Can
Credit: Billy Can Can

Billy Can Can 

5-minute walk to AAC

Enjoy an upscale meal at Billy Can Can, a 19th-century saloon-style restaurant. Don't miss their extensive drink menu, grab a cold beer straight from the parlor, or sip on a saloon signature cocktail or wine. From bourbon to cognac and brandy, they will have the perfect thing to lift your spirits. Dinner options include roasted snapper, scallops and grits, buffalo tenderloin and more. Billy Can Can offers happy hour Monday – Friday 5-7p.m.


Happiest Hour 

5-minute walk to AAC

The name doesn't lie. It really is difficult to be in Happiest Hour without a smile. There are great views and lots of space to sit with your friends and contemplate the night. Their local drafts list and drink menu will get you in the spirit, and the "happytizer" menu has all your bar favorites like chicken wings, pulled pork sliders and loaded cheddar fries. Happiest Hour offers happy hour Monday – Friday 5-7 p.m.


Te Deseo 

5-minute walk to AAC

Looking for a stunning rooftop overlooking the city with a vast collection of tequila, mezcal and cigars? Inspired by bold Latin American flavors, Te Deseo's energy makes it a great place to start or end a game night. You can also enjoy a bottle service experience in the upstairs Catalina Bar & Lounge or on the stunning Terrazza featuring city views. Te Deseo offers happy hour Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5-7 p.m. available only at the bars.


Royal 38 

8-minute walk to AAC

Royal 38 features a menu of 20 plus signature cocktails as well as all the classics you love. These libations are complemented with an extensive menu of shared plates, salads and entrees. If weather permits, enjoy Royal 38's beautiful yet casual patio that is perfect for pre-game talk over cocktails. Royal 38 offers happy hour Wednesday – Friday and Sundays 4-6 p.m.


Credit: The Henry
Credit: The Henry 

The Henry 

8-minute walk to AAC

The Henry is a beautiful two-story restaurant serving new American dishes in a casual setting. Take advantage of their happy hour deals like the $6 wines, $4 draught beers and plenty of appetizers to enjoy on the cheap – the fresh guacamole and parmesan truffle fries are always a good choice. Sip one of their beautiful cocktails, all while enjoying a picturesque view of the Dallas skyline. The Henry offers happy hour Monday – Friday 4-6 p.m.


Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar 

9-minute walk to AAC 

Saint Ann is home to Dallas' largest garden patio! With a fresh take on happy hour, crisp cocktails, impressive wines, and modern New American fare made, Saint Ann's is great for groups to sip, dine, and stay awhile. Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar offers happy hour Wednesday – Friday 4-6 p.m.


Harwood Arms 

10-minute walk to AAC

The perfect pre-game spot to drink with the luck of the Irish! With pints of Guinness, the finest whiskeys, and the tastiest fish and chips, Harwood Arms is the District pub where it feels like you are stepping into another world, and hopefully another win! Harwood Arms offers happy hour Monday – Thursday 4-7 p.m.


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