FC Dallas is back on the road again, with a stop in DC already under their belt and a Saturday matchup at Gillette Stadium looming. Where will you be watching the Saturday night game vs. New England? If you're planning on visiting an FC Dallas Pub Partner, check out their info below, including updated drink specials!
And as always, if you decide to come out keep your eyes peeled for FCD staffers – we’ll be there with scarves on!
Why you should try it: A hub for the University of North Texas crowd, Lucky Lou’s has no shortage of activities to keep you busy during commercial breaks. With two foosball tables, two pool tables, darts and touchscreen bowling to go with eight HD TV’s, it’s the ultimate game-watching – and playing – establishment. This week the Inferno, FC Dallas' official supporters group, will be rooting the team on from Lucky Lou's. And with free wi-fi, you won’t miss an @fcdallasweb Tweet.
Recommended beverage: Who needs a recommended beverage when you'll be surrounded by the Inferno? Just belly up to the bar and get ready to be rowdy!
Why you should try it: Located in the Shops at Legacy and featuring eight flat screen TV’s, Ringo’s Pub is quickly becoming a favorite of the soccer crowd in Plano. The owners are true soccer fans, coming up with the idea for the pub while watching an FC Barcelona game a few years ago. “We’ve got great taps, 13 beers on draft featuring everything from Guinness to Magic Hat,” says Shaun Kelley, day manager and avid soccer fan (he attends all FC Dallas home games). “We’ve got excellent pub food, good prices, great atmosphere for games. Sound will be on during the game, but we let you guys make it your own atmosphere, so come on down.” Word is that Ringo's was especially rowdy for the last FC Dallas away game vs. New York, so if you've never been there before this weekend might make for the perfect time to try it!
Recommended beverage: Ringo's is going all out for this game! The pub is featuring 1/2 price bottles of wine - a perfect pairing with the 1/2 price nachos and cheese fries available to all those in FC Dallas gear.
Locations: Dallas/Uptown and Addison
Why you should try it: With two locations in high-trafficked areas, The Londoner prides itself on maintaining the authentic feel of a true British pub experience. And of course, that translates to a great place to watch a soccer match! The Uptown location has two levels with two TV’s on each and full sound during the match. With weather predicted in the 70s around game time, you may not need the fireplace, but it lends an authentic feel difficult to find anywhere else.
Recommended beverage: This weekend the Londoner will feature $2.50 Coors Light draft and $4 Sam Adam's Boston Lager - although true FCD fans will stay away from the latter!
The Ginger Man Pub
Locations: Plano, Dallas and Fort Worth
Why you should try it: With 71 beers on tap and 83 bottle varieties, you’d be hard pressed to find a larger selection of beers than you’ll get at this Texas establishment (Ginger Man was founded in Houston before expanding nationally). The friendly staff (check out one of the Plano bartenders featured on our pub page) and a patio perfect for a halftime breather make all three of their DFW locations a great place to grab a drink and watch the game. Happy hour runs until 7 p.m. on Saturdays, so get there with plenty of time prior to kick off to take advantage.
Recommended beverage: Mention FC Dallas and you'll get a Miller Lite for $3. Ask for the $4 Mystery Beer and who knows what you'll get!
Locations: Dallas and Allen
Why you should try it: A traditional hub for soccer fans in the DFW area since 2001, Trinity Hall’s two locations each offer a 32-foot long mahogany bar to rest your elbows on while you sip an Irish whiskey. With a variety of food that ranges from filet mignon to fish and chips, you won’t be drinking on an empty stomach while you watch Cunningham and Co. take the pitch. The Uptown location in Mockingbird Station gets crowded (especially on game nights), so get there early to secure your spot.
Recommended beverage: Franconia Wheat and Franconia Kolsch are on special for $4.25, and you'll be buying local - the Franconia Brewery is located in McKinney, Tx.
Lochrann’s Irish Pub & Eatery
Why you should try it: With its close proximity to Pizza Hut Park, this Irish pub practically feels like home – but with two drop-down screens showing the FCD game and multiple flat screens lining the front and back bars, it’s far superior to your home viewing experience. “It’s a fun atmosphere and a great energy being across from the park,” says owner Deina McNabb, who’s such a long-time fan of the team that she’s specially created the Inferno Burger (named after the FCD Supporter’s section) in the team’s honor. “If you like spice it’s really good,” says McNabb. The burger features fried jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and spicy mayo. Lochrann’s will also be offering $5 Pub Burgers to anyone wearing FC Dallas apparel on Saturday.
Recommended beverage: Pitchers of Miller Lite will be $8 on Saturday - how can you go wrong?
For more information, including pub addresses and Web sites, check out www.fcdallas.com/pubs.