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Now that football season is here, Cowboys fans have it easy: Just about every bar and restaurant equipped with TVs will be tuned in on game day. But what if you're a die-hard Cheesehead or a Steelers fanatic, or a loyal Texas Tech alum? After all, Dallas is a city of transplants. Hit up one of these 15 NFL or college team bars and get your game on. (And for more suggestions on where to watch the Cowboys, try this map.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

San Francisco Rose

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If the name didn’t give you any indication, San Francisco Rose on Lower Greenville is a popular place to watch the San Francisco 49ers. Even more than that, though, it's a haven for dedicated Red Raiders -- they've got every Texas Tech game showing every Saturday. [Photo: Joel McCloskey/Yelp]

Press Box Grill

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Louisiana expats gather at Downtown’s Press Box Grill to yell “Geaux Tigers” at the television on Saturdays while Louisiana State University plays. With the thirty-six beers on draught and over forty more in bottles, there’s plenty of booze to drown your sorrows if the Tigers aren’t playing too well. A group of rowdy Steelers fans also make their home at Press Box on Sundays. [Photo: Google Maps]

Vernon's Gastropub

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Even though Wisconsin is clear across the country, there are still plenty of Cheeseheads in DFW, and they all congregate at Vernon’s on Sundays. Considered to be one the biggest Packers fan hangout in Dallas, this recently revamped Addison "gastropub" offers a solid menu of snacks and beers for the full game day experience. [Photo: Lauren M./Foursquare]

Trinity Hall

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This traditional Irish pub is known for hosting soccer, cricket, rugby, and other Euro sports, but they also make plenty of time to show American football and root for the home team. With Southern Methodist University just down the street, Trinity Hall is the second-best place to watch the Mustangs play behind Gerald Ford Stadium. Sure they have beer at the stadium, but there’s no Irish whiskey.

McKinney Avenue Tavern

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University of Oklahoma fans that have made their home in Dallas can find plenty of their fellow alumni cheering on the Sooners at McKinney Avenue Tavern in Uptown on Saturdays. The scene here is particularly packed for the historically huge Texas-Oklahoma game that is held at the Texas State Fair, so steer clear if you aren’t ready to hear a lot of “Boomer Sooner” while drinking your booze.

Alamo Drafthouse

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On the other side of the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry, it makes sense that Longhorns hang out at Alamo Drafthouse, a place that got its start in Austin. The official Texas Exes chapter of Dallas organizes weekly official watch parties at the Richardson location, and entry is always free. Best of all, the group has negotiated some great food and drink specials, so you won’t have to worry about sobriety in the potentially stressful first year of the Charlie Strong era.

Primebar Dallas

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When they’re not practicing their midnight yell, Texas A&M alums cheer on the Aggies at Primebar in Uptown. Even though the team has moved to the SEC, Primebar still offers cheap beer and snacks to Aggies every Saturday. In addition to $3 off regular menu prices and specially created gameday menus, you can also order a few Miller Lites for $3 each, or splurge a little for the $4 house wine and a $5 burger while you watch.

6th Street Uptown

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Even though it’s named after an Austin institution, many people you’ll find at 6th Street Bar on Cedar Springs went to college in Stillwater, Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma State University official alumni group, 6th Street Bar is the exclusive place in Dallas to spend a Saturday afternoon watching the Cowboys run all over the Big 12.

Christie's Sports Bar

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Christie's remains a hot spot for watching Cowboys games: Lots of big-screen TVs, good happy hour specials, a huge menu of decent bar food, pool tables and a pet-friendly patio from which you can catch the game, plus Jagermeister and Fireball whiskey on tap for post-touchdown shots. (Kidding. Sort of.)

Dublin Square

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In Fort Worth, you can find a little piece of Florida every Saturday afternoon at Dublin Square. This charming pub is a comfortable place to watch the game, and has plenty of budget-friendly drink specials to whet your thirst, whether or not the Gators are winning. NFL fans can also make their home here –- the bar hosts watch parties for Saints, Jets, Cowboys, Bears, and Gators fans.

Fox and Hound

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You won’t have to look hard to find fans in maize and blue on Saturdays at the Dallas location of Fox and Hound. The official University of Michigan alumni group hosts their watch parties here, so it may be a good place to go network with a bunch of people who got their MBAs at one of the best public universities in the country.

Buffalo Joe's

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It’s a long way from Boston to Dallas, but there is no shortage of tried-and-true New England Patriots fans that hail from the Northeast, not to mention the fans who jumped on the bandwagon after years of Super Bowl success. The self-described group of diehards convince the management to turn on the sound during the game, and occasionally Buffalo Joe’s even serves up New England specialties like clam chowder to make these fans feel like they’re on the East coast.

Quaker Steak & Lube

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When they’re not hosting bowling parties and picnics, the Big Blue Wrecking Crew of DFW gather at Quaker Steak and Lube in Plano to watch the New York Giants. Even though there’s some rivalry there between the Giants and Cowboys, expect no animosity here – it’s a thoroughly family-friendly environment according to the group.

Twilite Lounge

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Saints fans laissez les bon temps rouler on Sundays at Twilite Lounge in Deep Ellum. During the game, the bar serves up frozen Irish coffee that is made with the original recipe from Parasol’s in New Orleans’ Irish Channel. If slushy drinks aren’t your thing, there are still specials on beers and wells during every Saints game.

Austin Avenue

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Buckeye nation is spread all around the country, and Dallas is no exception. Richardson’s Austin Avenue is the official home of the Ohio State Alumni Club’s watch parties, which occasionally serve as fundraisers for scholarships to send Dallas-area kids off to Ohio State. The Southern Steel Fan Club of North Texas also watches Steelers games here.

The Social House

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After losing their weekly home for watching the Bears on Lower Greenville three years ago, the Chicago Bears Fan Club of North Texas moved their weekly watch parties to Social House in Addison. Here, they have their own private room and entrance for enjoying the game.

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San Francisco Rose

If the name didn’t give you any indication, San Francisco Rose on Lower Greenville is a popular place to watch the San Francisco 49ers. Even more than that, though, it's a haven for dedicated Red Raiders -- they've got every Texas Tech game showing every Saturday. [Photo: Joel McCloskey/Yelp]

Press Box Grill

Louisiana expats gather at Downtown’s Press Box Grill to yell “Geaux Tigers” at the television on Saturdays while Louisiana State University plays. With the thirty-six beers on draught and over forty more in bottles, there’s plenty of booze to drown your sorrows if the Tigers aren’t playing too well. A group of rowdy Steelers fans also make their home at Press Box on Sundays. [Photo: Google Maps]

Vernon's Gastropub

Even though Wisconsin is clear across the country, there are still plenty of Cheeseheads in DFW, and they all congregate at Vernon’s on Sundays. Considered to be one the biggest Packers fan hangout in Dallas, this recently revamped Addison "gastropub" offers a solid menu of snacks and beers for the full game day experience. [Photo: Lauren M./Foursquare]

Trinity Hall

This traditional Irish pub is known for hosting soccer, cricket, rugby, and other Euro sports, but they also make plenty of time to show American football and root for the home team. With Southern Methodist University just down the street, Trinity Hall is the second-best place to watch the Mustangs play behind Gerald Ford Stadium. Sure they have beer at the stadium, but there’s no Irish whiskey.

McKinney Avenue Tavern

University of Oklahoma fans that have made their home in Dallas can find plenty of their fellow alumni cheering on the Sooners at McKinney Avenue Tavern in Uptown on Saturdays. The scene here is particularly packed for the historically huge Texas-Oklahoma game that is held at the Texas State Fair, so steer clear if you aren’t ready to hear a lot of “Boomer Sooner” while drinking your booze.

Alamo Drafthouse

On the other side of the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry, it makes sense that Longhorns hang out at Alamo Drafthouse, a place that got its start in Austin. The official Texas Exes chapter of Dallas organizes weekly official watch parties at the Richardson location, and entry is always free. Best of all, the group has negotiated some great food and drink specials, so you won’t have to worry about sobriety in the potentially stressful first year of the Charlie Strong era.

Primebar Dallas

When they’re not practicing their midnight yell, Texas A&M alums cheer on the Aggies at Primebar in Uptown. Even though the team has moved to the SEC, Primebar still offers cheap beer and snacks to Aggies every Saturday. In addition to $3 off regular menu prices and specially created gameday menus, you can also order a few Miller Lites for $3 each, or splurge a little for the $4 house wine and a $5 burger while you watch.

6th Street Uptown

Even though it’s named after an Austin institution, many people you’ll find at 6th Street Bar on Cedar Springs went to college in Stillwater, Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma State University official alumni group, 6th Street Bar is the exclusive place in Dallas to spend a Saturday afternoon watching the Cowboys run all over the Big 12.

Christie's Sports Bar

Christie's remains a hot spot for watching Cowboys games: Lots of big-screen TVs, good happy hour specials, a huge menu of decent bar food, pool tables and a pet-friendly patio from which you can catch the game, plus Jagermeister and Fireball whiskey on tap for post-touchdown shots. (Kidding. Sort of.)

Dublin Square

In Fort Worth, you can find a little piece of Florida every Saturday afternoon at Dublin Square. This charming pub is a comfortable place to watch the game, and has plenty of budget-friendly drink specials to whet your thirst, whether or not the Gators are winning. NFL fans can also make their home here –- the bar hosts watch parties for Saints, Jets, Cowboys, Bears, and Gators fans.

Fox and Hound

You won’t have to look hard to find fans in maize and blue on Saturdays at the Dallas location of Fox and Hound. The official University of Michigan alumni group hosts their watch parties here, so it may be a good place to go network with a bunch of people who got their MBAs at one of the best public universities in the country.

Buffalo Joe's

It’s a long way from Boston to Dallas, but there is no shortage of tried-and-true New England Patriots fans that hail from the Northeast, not to mention the fans who jumped on the bandwagon after years of Super Bowl success. The self-described group of diehards convince the management to turn on the sound during the game, and occasionally Buffalo Joe’s even serves up New England specialties like clam chowder to make these fans feel like they’re on the East coast.

Quaker Steak & Lube

When they’re not hosting bowling parties and picnics, the Big Blue Wrecking Crew of DFW gather at Quaker Steak and Lube in Plano to watch the New York Giants. Even though there’s some rivalry there between the Giants and Cowboys, expect no animosity here – it’s a thoroughly family-friendly environment according to the group.

Twilite Lounge

Saints fans laissez les bon temps rouler on Sundays at Twilite Lounge in Deep Ellum. During the game, the bar serves up frozen Irish coffee that is made with the original recipe from Parasol’s in New Orleans’ Irish Channel. If slushy drinks aren’t your thing, there are still specials on beers and wells during every Saints game.

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