Check this out, all you armchair sports fans.
With the Super Bowl on Sunday, the NBA All-Star Game shooting hoops at the Cowboys' new stadium Feb. 14, and the Vancouver Winter Olympics beginning Feb. 12, it's all but guaranteed you will be seriously craving a full-service sports bar.
Luckily, your roster of familiar sports-bar haunts just increased considerably. Over the past year, in locales ranging from Fort Worth and Mansfield, to Bedford and Southlake, no fewer than six sports bar-pub-restaurants have opened.
The following is a breakdown of these sports speak-easies including the two most vital statistics on the mind of any rabid sports barfly: "How much is the beer?" and "How many flat-screens do you have?"
The Pour House
2725 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth
Hours : 11 a.m.-2. a.m. daily
Info : 817-335-2575;
Size : 9,300 square feet, accommodating 440 customers, inside and on patio.
Screens : 25 flat-screens (most measuring at least 50 inches), two 110-inch projection screens.
On tap : 50 varieties of bottled beer.
Super Bowl drink specials : Beer buckets of domestic and Mexican brands ($11 for domestic; $13 for Mexican). For the brunch before the game (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), there will be a Bloody Mary bar, along with $5 bottomless mimosas and poinsettias (champagne and cranberry juice).
Super Bowl food specials : 35-cent wings, Texas chili dogs ($2.50),; chili nachos ($6.49), Frito pie ($4.95), chili cheese fries ($4.95).
Special Super Bowl features : Miller and Coors giveaways.
NBA All-Star Game specials: Same beer bucket and wings specials for the Super Bowl will be available.
Olympic Games specials: The Pour House will offer its daily drink specials throughout the Olympic run. Drink specials detailed at www.pourhousefw.com.
Vibe : Elegant touches include tufted cushions, wide banquettes and horseshoe-shape outside sofa nooks. Shifting colors (from lime green to pomegranate, to blood orange) of smoky glass panels above the bar act like a party-time mood ring.
Rockstar Sports Bar & Grill
5751 Bridge St., Fort Worth
Hours : 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
Info : 817-451-1105; www.myspace.com/rockstarsportsbar
Size : 8,000 square feet, accommodating 221 customers.
Screens : One projection. Eight flat-screens plus two regular televisions, with screens ranging from 21 inches to 52 inches; projection screen measures 80 inches.
On tap : Six beers, 20 bottled varieties.
Super Bowl drink specials : $1.50 drafts and $2 longnecks, $5 pitchers. Several drink specials made with Hpnotiq blue liqueur including Bubbles and Blue (Hpnotiq mixed with champagne).
Super Bowl food specials : 25-cent Buffalo-style wings. Other popular food items: Rockstar loaded potato skins ($6.45 for six) and Rock-on burger served on a cornbread bun ($5.95).
Special Super Bowl features : Patrons will be invited to place a business card in a fishbowl on the bar. Right after the game, one entry will be drawn, and that person will receive a free dinner for a party of four.
NBA All-Star Game specials: 25-cent wings, along with $1.50 drafts and the $5 pitchers of beer
Vibe : This one has one of the more striking decorative color schemes of fire-engine red, inky black and gray. Music is clearly dear to the heart of the Rockstar owners, as they have hung no less than 15 autographed guitars (including one by Vinnie Paul of Pantera) on the freshly painted walls.
4001 Bagpiper Way, Suite 101, Arlington
Hours : 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
Info : 817-468-3332; www.blackfinndallas.com
Size : 10,000 square feet, with capacity for 348 customers inside. Full-service patio, accommodating 60.
Screens : 60 flat-screens (all 52 inches). Five 110-inch projection screens. Five booths are equipped with mini-televisions.
On tap : 18 beers (six of them craft beers such as the BlackFinn ale), 35 in bottles. Trademark drink at BlackFinn is the 3-foot high (128 ounce) draft beer tower ($12).
Super Bowl drink specials: There will be happy hour half-price drink and appetizer specials 4-8 p.m.
Super Bowl food specials : Popular "game day" menu items include: 50-cent Jerry Jones wings, Romo sliders (nine for $9), BlackFinn bacon and bleu cheese fries ($7.75), the Windy City all-beef frank ($2.75) and the Midwest BBQ dog (topped with coleslaw, BBQ sauce and diced red onions for $2.75).
Super Bowl special feature : "Best seat in the house": The winner of BlackFinn's slider eating competition, held last Sunday, wins a perch on a leather couch, surrounded by two other leather chairs, where he or she, along with three of the winner's guests, will be catered to by a personal waitress.
Olympic Games specials: There will be $3 shot specials, some of which will be named after certain Olympians, such as Shaun White.
Vibe : BlackFinn has cultivated an English-Irish pub theme, with its soft light spilling from discreet wall sconces, dark wood and a felt-green color scheme. Its more refined sports-restaurant is summed up in the selection of deep burgundy booths. Brass abounds, in the railings, studs for chair accents and beer taps.
1239 Main St., Southlake Town Square, Southlake
Hours : 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Info: 817-251-6776; www.jacksporch.com
Size : 4,100 square feet, accommodating 172 customers.
Screens : Ten flat-screen televisions, all of them 52 inches.
On tap : Six, eight in bottles.
Super Bowl drink specials : Happy hour all-day drink specials: $3 well drinks, $3 beers, $4 house wine. The house drink is a special margarita called a Porcherita ($9). There is also a Dirty Porch-Martini ($8).
Super Bowl food specials : Regular menu items to be featured include Kobe beef sliders ($9), salmon sliders ($9), stuffed chicken with goat cheese ($12), the Porch burger ($8), portobello fries ($6) and three flavors of hummus: red pepper, black bean and roasted garlic ($6).
Special Super Bowl features : A game of "squares" will be set up, whereby customers fill up a board with certain numbers, hinged to whatever the score will be at the end of each quarter. If that number is drawn, at the end of each quarter, then that winner will receive a round of drinks.
NBA-All-Star Game specials : Jack's will reinstate its all-day happy hour prices that Sunday.
Vibe : The entryway is lined with richly upholstered leather stools facing granite-topped areas to place drinks. A little nook is outfitted with low-slung leather sofas, all flanking a small fireplace. The tables are made from beaded copper, giving the place an almost speak-easy feel.
781 W. Debbie Lane, Mansfield. (There's also a Fat Daddy's in Fort Worth, but the information below applies to Mansfield.)
Hours : 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday
Size: 22,000 square feet, with space for 735 customers plus 70 on the patio.
Screens : 22 flat-screens, ranging from 32 to 42 inches. Largest one is 72 inches. Two screens on the patio.
On tap : Eight, 20 in bottles.
Super Bowl drink specials : Miller Lite draft for $2.50.
Super Bowl food specials : Popular regular items offered during Super Bowl: regular nachos ($7.99), quesadillas ($7.99), chips and queso ($5.99), chicken-fried steak ($9.99), nachos combo platter ($9.99) on which nachos come with chicken or beef, pico de gallo, sour cream, queso and chili.
Special Super Bowl features : Fat Daddy's will stage an "armchair quarterback" game. Two large inflatable chairs will be placed on the stage. After 4 p.m., every customer will get a raffle ticket. Before the beginning of each quarter of the game, two raffle tickets will be drawn, and the two winners will sit in the armchair and receive prizes.
Vibe : During the week, Fat Daddy's cultivates an air of hunting lodge-
meets-sports museum, as various antlered heads hang over the fireplaces while other rooms boast a variety of vintage sports items, including fishing tackle, catcher mitts and masks, and
golf clubs. And feast your eyes on
the entryway's revolving stage, holding
a 1968 bell-pepper red Camaro in
1833 Airport Freeway, Bedford
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
Info : 817-510-1310;
Size : 8,600 square feet, accommodating 350. The 1,500-square-foot patio seats 100.
Screens: 40 flat-screens (ranging from 40 to 52 inches), one 12-foot projection screen and one 72-inch-screen television on the patio.
On tap : 12, 18 in bottles.
Super Bowl drink specials : A Supertini, served in a 35-ounce martini glass, will be available for $12.99. There will also be $2.50 "You Call It" specials, where a customer can call a single-liquor mixed drink.
Super Bowl food specials : The entire regular menu will be offered, with such favorites as Buffalo, Asian and barbecue wings ($7.99 per dozen); or a sampler platter including onion strings, Buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, Buffalo fries and deep-fried stuffed jalapeños ($13.99).
Special Super Bowl features : Lots of beer-company paraphernalia, including pint glasses, key chains and beer coozies, to give away.
NBA All-Star Game specials : Big Shots' traditional $2.50 "You Call It" drink specials will be revived.
Olympic Games specials: During the Olympics, Big Shots will concoct several patriotic drinks (starting at $2.50), many tinted red, white or blue.
Vibe : The Cowboy Corral sums up the electric atmosphere of Big Shots. Running along one side of the bar is an area facing the biggest television (itself surrounded by smaller screens, creating an altar of sports viewing). It is bordered by clusters of high-top tables and multiple booths. For the Super Bowl, banquette tables allowing for family seating will be installed, accommodating at least 100 people just in the corral.
Andrew Marton is a Star-Telegram senior arts writer, 817-390-7679