University of Michigan Alumni Association

 

Whether you're visiting from out of town or among the thousands of Michigan alumni and fans who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Michigan Alumni Club of Dallas welcomes you for Michigan-Florida game weekend!  There's lots to do here in the DFW "Metroplex" - but when you're ready for a break, below are a few suggestions on where to meet up with other Wolverines for food and local brews.  Check back for late-breaking updates or visit our Facebook page.

GATHERING SPOTS

Nickel and Rye, 2523 McKinney Avenue, Dallas - Uptown's "Michigan Bar".  You know you're in friendly territory when you see a Michigan flag over the entrance and a huge Block M painted on the outdoor patio.  Nickel and Rye offers a great selection of beer from national and local breweries, including Deep Ellum Brewing Co. in Dallas.  For each pint of Deep Ellum beer you buy, Nickel and Rye and Deep Ellum will donate $2 to our scholarship fund (Thursday 8/31 through Sunday 9/3).  Nickel and Rye also features great food and an excellent selection of cocktails.  Enjoy happy hour specials from 4 PM-7 PM on Thursday and 3 PM-7 PM on Friday.  See below for other events.

Houston Street Bar & Patio, 902 Houston Street, Fort Worth - Fort Worth's "Michigan Bar", is opening its doors early for Michigan fans. Starting at 9:30 AM, get fired up for the game with pregame drinks and snacks.  Rallybus is offering round-trip transportation between Houston Street Bar & Patio and AT&T stadium.  Use promo code RALLYBUS5 to get $5 off.  You'll also receive a ticket good for $5 off a $10+ purchase at Houston Street after the game - limit one ticket per check.  (Note: Rallybus is an independent provider not affiliated with the alumni club or Houston Street Bar & Patio.)

Fox and Hound, 18918 Midway Road, Dallas - our original "Michigan Bar".  If you're staying in the north suburbs or north Dallas, this location is probably closest to you.  Full bar with lunch/dinner menu.  Huge room with multiple screens for watching the football game on Saturday if you don't have tickets.  Plenty of free parking.

 

PRE-GAME + TRANSPORTATION

Nickel and Rye2523 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, our Uptown Michigan bar, is opening its doors early for Michigan fans. Starting at 9 AM, get fired up for the game with brunch and drinks on the patio.  Rallybus is offering round-trip transportation between Nickel and Rye and AT&T stadium.  Use promo code RALLYBUS5 to get $5 off.  (Note: Rallybus is an independent provider not affiliated with the alumni club or Nickel and Rye.)

Houston Street Bar & Patio902 Houston Street, Fort Worth - Fort Worth's "Michigan Bar", is opening its doors early for Michigan fans. Starting at 9:30 AM, get fired up for the game with pregame drinks and snacks.  Rallybus is offering round-trip transportation between Houston Street Bar & Patio and AT&T stadium.  Use promo code RALLYBUS5 to get $5 off.  (Note: Rallybus is an independent provider not affiliated with the alumni club or Houston Street Bar & Patio.)

Humperdinks Arlington, 700 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX, opens at 10 AM with a section for Wolverine fans. Humperdinks offers parking with a $15 round-trip shuttle service to the stadium starting 3 hours before game time.  If their lot is full, overflow parking should be available across the street (observe posted signs). Management recommends you arrive on the early side to get a seat and sign up for the shuttle time of your choice.

 

TAILGATING

Alumni Territory Season Kickoff Tailgate, Arlington Convention Center, Arlington.  The official Alumni Association tailgate featuring food, beer, wine and an appearance by the Michigan Marching Band.  Admission is $100 for adult members and includes food and a hosted bar (beer and wine).  Kids 5 and under get in free, and anyone not wishing to drink alcohol at the tailgate can purchase a "minor" tailgate ticket for $80, regardless of age.

Do-it-Yourself tailgating.  Check out these tips for doing your own tailgate at AT&T Stadium.  Labor Day in Dallas is typically sunny and HOT - be prepared with sunscreen and plenty of fluids.

Other tailgating.  The U-M Club of Dallas Facebook page may feature posts from local alumni who are organizing their own tailgate activities.  If you're a local, we encourage you to join our Facebook group and share your plans.

 

GAME WATCH PARTIES

Don't have tickets to the game?  Catch it at one of our three DFW watch party locations:

Nickel and Rye, 2523 McKinney Avenue, Dallas.  Indoor and patio seating.  Nickel and Rye will donate 10% of your tab to our scholarship fund if you wear maize and blue or mention "Go Blue!" to your server.

 Houston Street Bar & Patio, 902 Houston Street, Fort Worth.  Indoor and rooftop seating (only limited TV viewing on rooftop).  Houston Street will donate 10% of your tab to our scholarship fund if you wear maize and blue or mention "Go Blue!" to your server.

 Fox and Hound, 18918 Midway Road, Dallas.  Indoor seating with patio break area (no TV viewing on patio). The largest and oldest Michigan bar in the DFW area, Fox & Hound features an extensive menu, full bar and plenty of big screen TVs.

 

EVENTS, HAPPY HOURS, AND SPECIALS

Thursday, August 31

  • Nickel and Rye: Happy hour 4-7 PM. $5 burgers all night long. Live music starting at 7
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Happy hour 3-8 PM.  Meet downstairs to watch the Ohio State @ Indiana game starting at 7.

Friday, September 1

  • Nickel and Rye: Bell's Brewery pint night - keep the glass!  Happy hour 4-7 PM. Live music starting at 7. Live DJ starting at 10.
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Happy hour 3-8 PM.

Saturday, September 2 - Game Day

  • Nickel and Rye: Opens early for brunch on the patio at 9 AM.  If you have tickets to the game, you can purchase round-trip transportation between Nickel and Rye and AT&T Stadium.  (Note: Rallybus is an independent provider not affiliated with the alumni club or Nickel and Rye.)  Or, stay for the Michigan-Florida watch party that begins in early afternoon.  After the game, catch the Alabama vs. Florida State game at 7. Live DJ after the game.
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Only blocks from the Omni, the bar opens at 9:30 for drinks and snacks.  If you have tickets to the game, you can purchase round-trip transportation between Houston Street Bar & Patio and AT&T Stadium.  (Note: Rallybus is an independent provider not affiliated with the alumni club or Nickel and Rye.)  Or, stay for the Michigan-Florida watch party that begins in early afternoon.  After the game, catch the Alabama vs. Florida State game at 7.
  • Fox and Hound: Opens at 11 AM. Full bar with large assortment of beer. Watch party begins in early afternoon

Sunday, September 3

  • Nickel and Rye: Opens for brunch on the patio at 10:30 AM
  • Houston Street Bar & Patio: Texas BBQ Lunch on the Rooftop, 12:30-1:30 PM  (private Michigan party - advance registration required) Let’s keep the Texas party going! Join us to celebrate the Wolverines’ efforts against the Gators with an authentic Texas BBQ lunch on the rooftop at Houston Street Bar & Patio in downtown Fort Worth.  Food will be served from 12:30-1:30 PM, but Houston Street's happy hour specials will be available all day starting at 11:30 AMLongoria's BBQ, which has made Texas Monthly magazine's list of the Top 50 barbecue joints in Texas, will serve smoky brisket, juicy chicken and its trademark brisket sausage.  The cost of the BBQ lunch is only $10 per person for Alumni Association members and $20 for non-members.  To ensure a pleasant rooftop experience for all, capacity is limited and advance registration is required.  Register now.  If you don't have tickets to the BBQ, you can still enjoy happy hour specials all day on the lower level of the bar.