- Pro Bowl!
We still have a week or so before the Battle Between the Chiefs and the 49ers, so in the meantime, there’s the Pro Bowl. We like the Pro Bowl. It makes us wonder if we can swing a trip to whatever tropical location the game is held at. Hawaii is better than Florida, but Florida is cheaper and easier to get to. No matter where your vacation dreams take you, tune into the Pro Bowl (live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando) with us on Sunday at 2p. It’s the second-to-last NFL game of the season – don’t miss it!
Saintsbury Chili Cookoff!
Harder Concepts’ annual chili cookoff is this Sunday when local chili aficionados bring their cauldrons of savory, spicy meat magic to Saintsbury Tavern. The entry fee is only $10, and the winner takes all. You can submit your chili (bring it in your own crockpot) between 5p and 6p, after which the judges will assume their delectable duty and decide whose chili reigns supreme! Weather permitting, there will be live music, but even if it snows, the Harder Concepts Chili Cookoff is always a blast. Be sure to keep a beer on hand – some of these entries will carry the heat!
- NFL Conference Championship Sunday!
Don’t sleep on getting a good seat at your favorite Harder Concepts location this Sunday, because the NFL playoffs reach their penultimate stage when the Titans try to depose the Chiefs in Kansas City, and the Packers head to the comparatively balmier weather in San Francisco to try to take out the 49ers. The AFC Championship game (Titans and Chiefs) is at 2p, and the NFC game (the Pack and the Niners) is at 5:40p. We’re open at 11a, so claim your spot early – we have plenty of pre-game TVs, tons of beers, and both signature bites and classic bar snacks at each location, so you can easily find something to keep you occupied until kickoff! What are your predictions? We’re kind of feeling a Super Bowl battle between SF and KC!
Fight Night For Free!
Hey UFC Fans! Want a spot to watch the McGregor vs Cowboy fight? Saintsbury Tavern is airing it live on Saturday night, and there’s no cover – just show up, get comfortable, and watch these two fight it out. The fight card also includes a battle between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington, plus 10 other bouts! The action starts at 7p. Come by and grab a beer!
- New Year’s Eve Hours
Don’t get too comfortable – the holiday party season isn’t done yet, and each Harder Concepts location will be throwing one last party this decade on New Year’s Eve! Make plans to get some drinks and send 2019 into the history books in style. Party details vary from place to place but rest assured, a NYE spent at a Harder Concepts location is always a memorable night. As for the first day of the new decade, we’ll be taking it easy, as each location will be closed. No matter where you celebrate, get to and from your party safely, whether that’s in an Uber, Lyft, or a ride from your mom. We want everyone to have a fantastic 2020 and to come to Party Harder with us again a year from now!
It's Bowl Time!
The 2019 NCAA Football Season hits its post-season on Saturday when LSU and Oklahoma battle at the Peach Bowl at 3p, and Ohio State and Clemson face off at the Fiesta Bowl at 7p. The winners of each will fight for the championship title on January 13th, but between now and then, there’s plenty of other college football bowl game thrills; the biggest ones are on Saturday (the Cotton Bowl, pitting Penn State against Memphis), and on New Year’s Day, with the Sugar Bowl – Baylor and Georgia – and the Rose Bowl – Wisconsin and Oregon. You’ll have to watch those last two at home (because all our spots will be closed on January 1st), but whatever game you want to watch, let us know and we’ll put it on if it’s not on already!
- Merry Christmas!
From all of us at Harder Concepts, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas, full of family, friends, and good times with all. Togetherness is the best gift you can give, and it’s also the best one you can receive, and we are grateful that y’all have been getting together at our restaurants for the past ten years! We’ll be taking Christmas Eve and Christmas off to be with our own families, but we’ll see you on December 26th, ready to slide you a beer and a shot across the bar!
New Year’s Eve!
We’re going to be counting down the end of the year (and the decade) with some bangin’ NYE bashes at each Harder Concepts location, so stay tuned to this spot and our Facebook pages for details – wind down another year by turning up at your favorite Harder Concept bar and grill!
Per usual, the Cowboys season has been a rollercoaster of frustration and mad-at-Jerry vibes. We will watch our Boys forever and ever, even when the games are rough, the coaching decisions inscrutable, and the penalties are more of a feature than a bug. Sometimes it’s a tall order to be a fan. But if we should feel the cold, creeping sensation of sports despair seeping into our joints, take heart, because while the Cowboys are the Cowboys and Jerry Jones remains Jerry Jones, there is Luka and the Mavs. They play the Sixers on Friday night and the Raptors on Sunday afternoon. Come watch basketball and lift your sports spirits!
- Holiday Turkey Bowling!
Yes, this is exactly what you think it is. On Saturday, December 14, Saintsbury Tavern is celebrating both the holiday season and one of the greatest indoor sports ever invented. We’re setting up a special set of lanes and pins and using frozen turkeys to pick up spares, strikes, and (wait for it) turkeys. You’ll be “bowled” over with good times, especially if you take advantage of the day’s drink specials, so be sure to ask your server about the Holiday Turkey Bowling deals. Get out of the gutter and gobble up some strikes on Saturday at Saintsbury Tavern!
Cowboys Sunday Funday!
The Rams are in town on Sunday to butt heads with the Cowboys, and that game kicks off at 3:30p. Here are our gameday snack recommendations, depending on what Harder Concepts bar you watch football at:
- Ringo’s Pub: Guinness-battered fish and chips. Jolly good nosh for when you’re feeling a bit peckish.
- Scruffy Duffies: Pizza Fries. Two of your favorites in one.
- Addison Ice House: Hill Country Egg Rolls. Loaded with smoked BBQ Brisket and all the trimmings.
- Mucky Duck: Funnel cake fries. You’re a grown-up. Dessert can be the main course.
- Saintsbury Tavern: Trashcan Nachos. Nachos served Jenga style!
Besides those highlights, each location has a hefty selection of pub grub classics and signature snacks and mains, as well as a staggering array of craft beers on draft and in bottles and cans (not to mention the old standbys), so make your game day as delicious as it is dramatic!
- The Holiday Season Is In Full Effect!
It’s December, and your Christmas shopping countdown is set to about three weeks. Whether you strode mightily through the Black Friday crowds in search of deals, or did your shopping on Cyber Monday, browsing Amazon from the comfort of your couch, or even if you plan on cramming your car with gifts the day before Christmas, let this holiday season be noisy with the sounds of laughter and joy. No matter what you or Santa put under the tree, the best gifts of all are the time you spend with family and friends. Here at Harder Concepts, we aim to give our guests great spots for making memories with the people they love, a place where “hold my beer” stories mingle with your favorite tunes or the subtle roar of an NFL game from the TVs above the bar. This holiday season, gather your friends and/or family together at your favorite Harder Concepts spot and raise a toast to each other. Finding the perfect holiday gift is important, but don’t forget about the gift you can’t wrap in a box and ribbon – a night out for beers with your best buds.
Cowboys and Tacos!
This Thursday, while the Cowboys take on da Bears, we’re taking on your post-work munchies with free tacos (with your drink purchase) at the Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern. Come by for a snack and a happy hour beverage and stay for Thursday Night Football!
- It’s Another Thanksgiving, and We Sure Do Appreciate You!
Every year, we marvel at how lucky we are. Running a restaurant business is a lot of hard work, requiring a lot of lessons and experience to make it work, and we are so grateful to have been going strong over the better part of a decade. We think we’re pretty good at our job (building a brand based on good food and beverages and a great rapport with our customers), but we wouldn’t be here if not for the people who pop in for a beer and a bite at a Harder Concepts location. From all of the folks at Harder Concepts, thank you for hanging with us. We’re very fortunate to have such great customers like yourselves.
If you’re looking for a Harder Concepts spot on turkey day, the Mucky Duck will be open in time for the Cowboys game (bar only, no kitchen) at 2p, and Ringo’s Pub will open at 7p. The other three will be closed until Friday. Have a great holiday! GO COWBOYS!
Visit the Vitruvian Lights (Then Get a Beer)!
Between Thanksgiving’s prep and cleanup and Black Friday’s quest for holiday shopping deals, this week’s fun is more or less built on a frame of stress. What better way to unwind than with the Vitruvian Lighting Ceremony? At 6p, the city of Addison flips the switch and turns the trees in Vitruvian Park into a dazzling display of illuminated winter wonder. When you get your fill of strolling over the colorfully lighted paths, wander over to Addison Ice House, where a different set of lights – Coors, Miller, and Bud – will delight your senses. Start the holidays right with the Vitruvian Lights and drinks with your friends at Addison Ice House!
- Thanksgiving Potlucks on Thursday and Friday!
This Thursday at Saintsbury Tavern and on Friday at Addison Ice House, come get your Thanksgiving Potluck on. We’re cooking the turkey, and all you need to do is provide your favorite side or dessert. Got a secret recipe for green bean casserole? Does your stuffing deserve a segment on the Food Network? Are you a legend for your pumpkin pie? Whatever your Thanksgiving culinary specialty is, whip it up and bring it over – tasting our regulars’ signature holiday dishes is our favorite part of the party! Both potlucks go from 6 to 9p. Our stomachs are rumbling already!
Horned Frogs See the Sooners on Saturday!
Despite our assertion that the Big 12 is kind of screwy this year, Baylor and Oklahoma are both 6-1 in the conference, so it’s not as if there are no clear-cut dominators. The Sooners take on TCU at 7p on Saturday night, and while the Frogs sit in the middle of the pack with a 5-5 record, they are still wholly capable of fizzling out the Sooner’s boom. Fans of both teams will want to join their compatriots at their nearest Harder Concepts location to drink beer and see what happens up in Norman. Feel free to stop in early – besides the TCU/OU game, other games you’ll probably want to keep up with are Ohio State and Penn State at 11a, Georgia and Texas A&M at 2:30p, Arkansas vs LSU at 6p, and Oregon and ASU at 6:30p. No matter how their records fare by the end of the night, the real winners are those of us with beers in our hands. Cheers! See y’all this Saturday!
- Thursday Night Football Party at Saintsbury Tavern!
This Thursday, we’re getting a little “extra” with our regular football watching schedule, because we’re throwing in some live music after the game. Of course, there’s also Saintsbury’s usual Thursday happy hour tacos, which are free with your purchase of a drink – you’ll want to get there early because they go fast – and free tacos are always a gateway snack to a fun party. Then there’s the Browns – Steelers game. Seems like there have been a few surprising upsets in the NFL during the past week, so maybe the Browns will pull off a win against the Steelers. That kicks off at 7:30, and when the game’s over, superstar cover band Friday Night Fights will rock you with a cavalcade of your favorite hits from your childhood on up to what’s hot on the charts right now! Come hang with us on Thursday!
College Football Saturday!
We’re in the thick of the season, and for Big 12 fans, this season has been kind of wild, except for with Baylor, which seems to be conquering their conference rivals with relentless, Terminator-like precision. The Bears take on Oklahoma at 6:30p, Saturday night, so please gather with people wearing the same t-shirt color as you at your favorite Harder Concepts location to enjoy beers, snacks, and tall tales of college hijinks during the commercials. Everybody knows somebody who has stories! Perhaps you’ve heard them before! But also: we love football, and we watch it all weekend, so come by whenever and catch your favorite team on one of our screens!
- It’s November!
While your local retailers and possibly some of your neighbors have already put up Christmas merchandise and décor, let’s not forget that November is a pretty sweet month on its own, and it’s kind of a shame if you skip past it and go right to December’s hustle and bustle. From consistently fall-like weather to the first few weeks of hockey and basketball season and Thanksgiving at the end of the month, there is plenty to be stoked about in the eleventh month of the year. Let’s raise some drinks and think of what we’re grateful for! Cheers!
Are you wondering what kind of wildlife will run across the endzone on Sunday? Hopefully, it’s just Zeke this time, though you can’t deny the moves and speed of that black cat from Monday night’s game – if only that kitty could carry a ball, maybe Jerry would look into signing him. But anyway, the Cowboys host the Vikings on Sunday at 7:30p, and we hope you’ll join your friends at your favorite Harder Concepts location to ride the waves of ecstasy and agony that comes with every Cowboys game. Win or lose, it’s the journey during those four quarters that make being a fan such a wonderful emotional roller coaster. Come over, grab some beers, and settle in for another evening of watching all our hopes and dreams rise, fall, rise, false start, and sprint toward victory!
Thank You, Veterans!
Veterans, each and every American owes you a debt of gratitude for choosing to serve in our great nation’s armed forces, fight in its wars, and make all the sacrifices that are intrinsic to life in the military. Words cannot convey how important and selfless our veterans are to the American way of life. Thanks to you, all Americans continue to enjoy the freedoms elucidated by our founding fathers. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
- HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
If you’re getting costumed and going out for Halloween, we hope you add a stop at your favorite Harder Concepts location to your evening’s itinerary. And if you’re going out in your regular clothes, we’d love to see you, too – either way, we are scaring up a fun time. No tricks just treats in the form of beers, cocktails, and great food, and if you go to the Mucky Duck or Saintsbury Tavern, you’ll get some free tacos with your purchase of a drink!
Sleep in, Then Come See Us for Brunch!
Your phone is probably kind enough to lead you through the return to Central Standard Time, but just in case you forgot, Sunday is 2019’s “fall back” day. Use that extra hour of sleep to rest up for an afternoon of brunch, beers, and football!
Cowboys on Monday Night Football!
Them ’Boys are headed to the Meadowlands this week to try to slay the Giants, and while we’re not too worried – the Giants’ 2-6 record is not too scary – we’re still sending all our winning-est vibes to the Cowboys as they line up on MetLife’s frigid battleground Monday night. Of course, our winning-est vibes are made even, um, winning-er when they’re paired with yours, so please join us for this week’s game and think positive thoughts along with us for an impenetrable Cowboys defense and a big win over New York. If beers and snacks help your psychic abilities or whatever it is that transmits that mental energy through the TV to our guys on the field, we are happy to help you out with those, too. Turns out we love beer and snacks almost as much as we love the Cowboys. Monday night’s kickoff is at 7:15p. See y’all then!
- HALLOWEEN WEEKEND!
Put the final touches on your Halloween costume and get ready for a scary good time, because Harder Concepts is throwing down a pair of Halloween bashes on Saturday, October 26th! Saintsbury Tavern’s haunted Halloween party features drink specials and a costume contest with a $300 prize for the best overall costume and a $200 prize for the funniest costume, while the Mucky Duck’s monster mash includes cash prizes for the best, second-, and third-best costumes, as well as promos from Fireball and Jack Daniels Apple. Sterling Masters is MCing, too! The party starts at 7p, and the winners will be decided at 11p! Can’t wait to see your wacky/scary/sexy get-ups!
Friday Is the Last Day to Vote for Mucky Duck!
Just a reminder: Friday, 10/25/19 is the last day to vote for the Mucky Duck in Addison Magazine’s Readers’ Choice awards – the Mucky Duck is up for Best Burger, Favorite Place to Drink Craft Beer, and the Mucky Duck's bartender Rachael Hughes has been nominated for Favorite Bartender. Cast a vote for us right here – we really appreciate it!
Big Tex Cookoff at Saintsbury Tavern!
On Sunday, October 27th, Saintsbury Tavern will host a Big Tex Cook-Off event. If you’ve ever dreamed of wowing State Fair visitors by pushing the envelope in the culinary genre of Fried Food, see how creations stack up, as a team of professional eaters will be on hand to sample and judge your best-fried eats. Can you whip up a deep-fried, funnel-cake-covered kolache, or maybe a deep-fried mint mocha? Saintsbury Tavern is providing the deep fryers for you to make your fried ideas a reality – you just need to bring the food and the $10 entry fee. Creativity, taste, and presentation are all factors in the judges’ decision, the winner takes all. The Big Tex Cook-Off accepts food submissions until 2:30p and the judging is at 3p.
- Football Season! It’s Awesome!
Well, here we are at the start of Week 7 of the NFL regular season, and we would like to report that researchers from the Harder Concepts Department of Hangout Management (HCDHM) performed a study recently, and the study’s results indicate that watching football games all weekend with your friends over beers and game-appropriate snacks like pizza, wings, and nachos are consistently awesome. The team’s findings also suggest that even if your team loses, the experience of a communal football game viewing remains highly enjoyable and likely to be repeated for upwards of 16 consecutive weeks annually. In other words, watching football is awesome. Come watch this week’s college and pro games with us this weekend at your favorite Harder Concepts location. FYI: the Cowboys host the Eagles on Sunday, kicking off at 7:30p!
If you haven’t had time to lurk ominously next to or drift eerily by the Halloween sections at Amazon, Target, Walmart, or your parents’ closet, you might want to haunt those aisles soon. Halloween is but two weeks away, and per usual, each Harder Concepts' location is summoning the spirits of some killer Halloween parties. We’ll give you the devilish details as they come, but prepare to scare up your best costume idea because Harder Concepts’ Halloween monster mashes are known for their spooktacular prizes! Stay tuned, ghouls and boo-oys!
- TX-OU Weekend!
Is there a bigger college football game for Texans than TX-OU? Even if you don’t care about the University of Texas Longhorns this game is just about as important to Texas history and culture as the Battle of Gonzales “come and take it” flag and arrival of the kolache. For those of you who aren’t braving the State Fair’s crowd-sourced insanity and traffic, get done up in your best burnt orange or crimson regalia and park your seat in a chair at your favorite Harder Concepts location. Kickoff’s at 11a. See y’all then!
Wait, Is It Fall Now?
While this incredible weather will probably climb back into the mid-90s by the weekend, you should at least act like these pleasantly autumnal temps are here until winter rolls around, which means you ought to come over for some Oktoberfest beers on your nearest Harder Concept location’s patio. Just imagine taking a big gulp from your pint glass and watching day turn to dusk from the comfort of an outdoor chair, enjoying the semblance of fall, when the mercury drops to 73 degrees or so. Give that denim jacket or light sweater a chance to see the world beyond your coat closet and come chill on one of our patios!
Best of Addison Voting Is Open Through 10/25!
Voting for Addison Magazine’s annual Best of Awards is open for a couple more weeks, and the Mucky Duck is up for a couple of them: Best Place to Drink a Craft Beer, Best Burger, and Best Bartender – Rachael Hughes. Do your old pals at the Duck a solid and cast votes for them right here! We really appreciate your support!
- October Is Here, and Halloween Is Near!
Though you can’t really tell by the weather, October is here, which means you have four weeks to plan and execute your Halloween costume. We always have rad Halloween parties with eye-popping prizes at each of our locations, but even if your costume is one of those “This Is My Costume” t-shirts, Harder Concepts’ Halloween is still fun. Start getting your gear up to spooky speed in time for the holiday today!
And of Course, There’s Still Football!
The one good thing about a Cowboys loss is that a week later, we all get to get our hopes up for a blue and silver victory. Unless it’s a bye week, of course, but that’s part of being a fan, right? If you didn’t have the ups and downs of every Cowboys season, would you love them as much?
Anyway, the ’Boys host the Packers this Sunday at 3:30p, and we are confident that game will go better than their trip to New Orleans did last weekend. As always, we hope you’ll join your friends at your favorite Harder Concepts location to catch the Cowboys game, as well as all the other NFL and NCAA games going on. Thursday through Monday, Harder Concepts’ bars and grills are your headquarters for football. Come hang out with us!
- National Drink Beer Day This Saturday!
Admittedly, National Drink Beer Day is kind of a funny holiday, seeing as how every day for us celebrates the consumption of beer and beer-related products. But hey, any excuse to raise a can, bottle, or pint glass is good news to us! So whether you’re into craft drafts or cans of the ole’ domestic classics, come by for a beer this Saturday, and toast the act of drinking our favorite beverage!
Red Bull Soapbox Derby at Austin Ranch!
The Red Bull Soapbox Derby is at Austin Ranch on Saturday, and we are confident that this all-day event will probably be one of the craziest days of fall, as soapbox derby teams from all over the place will enter their wild, wheeled creations into this amazing race for a day of wacky races and outrageous partying. You’re bound to have a good time. As always, we highly encourage attendees to pop into Saintsbury Tavern for some cold A/C and frosty beverages!
Don’t Forget about Football!
As if that’s even possible, right? Anyway, the season is in full swing, and our locations are open in time for you to get your NCAA and NFL fixes. Texas Tech and OU play at 11a on Saturday. Y’all probably don’t want to miss that one, nor do you want to miss the Ole Miss vs. Alabama game, which kicks off at 2:30p. See you this weekend!
- Fall’s Official Launch Party!
Monday is the first official day of fall, so we assume you all will be donning your favorite sweaters, scarves, and jackets to get ready for a nice afternoon of kicking around leaf piles as you sip a delicious pumpkin spice Frappuccino. Oh, wait. We live in Texas! That doesn’t happen until that one week in October before it gets cold. But the temp is dropping a little, enough to make that evening patio weather only one or two degrees above perfect. So let’s toast the change of seasons Monday night – it makes a great excuse to go out for a beer.
Addison Oktoberfest is this weekend! Get your dirndl out of the dryer and iron those lederhosen, because Addison’s biggest fall shebang is not to be missed. While you’re over there, don’t forget to stop by the Mucky Duck before and after to say hi and grab a märzenbier!
- National Beer Lovers Day is Saturday!
If we’re being honest, every day is National Beer Lovers Day if you love beer and drink it regularly. But who doesn’t also love an excuse to raise a toast? Beer is a wonderful thing, one of human civilization’s earliest and greatest inventions, but as wonderful as it is, it has needed a devoted fanbase to rise from its humble beginnings in the cradle of civilization to the craft beer explosion that’s only getting bigger and better year after year. If you think of yourself as a beer lover or know someone who is, why not drop by your favorite Harder Concepts location this Saturday and salute yourself and your fellow brew aficionados with a can, bottle, or draft of your favorite beer? It’ll make a great pairing for watching college football, and it’s also a great reason to get together with your friends and enjoy your favorite beverage. Cheers!
The NFL Season Officially Begins!
Week 1 of the NFL’s 2019-2020 Official Season begins on Thursday, and we couldn’t be more stoked. We are pretty darn excited to watch the gridiron battles from the comfort of our family of bar and grill party spots. The season’s kickoff game is on Thursday night when the Bears host the Packers. That’ll be fun for sure, but we all know we’re really getting amped about the Dallas Cowboys’ season opener, which is on Sunday at 3:30p, when they host the New York Giants. For Cowboys fans, that game is easily the highlight of the whole week, and if you count yourselves among the worldwide Cowboys fan-mily, we hope you’ll join us at your nearest Harder Concepts location for beers, grub, and cheering on America’s Team with a bunch of your rowdy friends. See y’all this Sunday, and don’t forget about Monday night, when the Texans start their season off against the Saints at 6:30p!
- College Football Is Back!
Along with the halls of higher education opening up all over the country this week, the fields of NCAA football glory are ready to ring out with the sounds of battle. College football is back, baby, and we are as excited as ever – watching future football greats play their hearts out for the love of the game, their school, and the chance to make it to the next level arguably makes for the best kind of football, so join us every Saturday at all five Harder Concepts locations to catch your favorite schools’ squads vie for Bowl-game bragging rights! See y’all this weekend!
Last Week of Preseason Football!
Thursday night’s games kick off the last weekend of preseason football, and the Cowboys play the Bucs at 7p. How you feelin’ ’bout dem ’Boys? And in case you didn’t know, the regular season starts a week from Thursday, and the Cowboys regular-season opener against the Giants on Sunday, September 8th at 3:30p! We look forward to seeing your fun fan faces for the next 20 weeks!
Party Harder This Weekend!
While summer doesn’t technically end until September 20, Labor Day Weekend is kind of the last part of the season. Yeah, we know it’ll still be hot for another month, but school has started, Oktoberfest beers are in the coolers at your favorite bars, and pumpkin spice makes its annual reappearance on coffee shop chalkboards. Anyway, seeing as how this is the last hurrah of 2019’s summer season, why don’t you drop by your favorite Harder Concepts location on Saturday or Sunday? You do have that day off on Monday, after all. Let’s all kick it together and raise a beer to another summer’s conclusion.
- Cowboys Hosts the Texans in Preseason!
This Lone Star State rivalry isn’t as heated as say, the Cowboys and the Redskins or the Cowboys and the Eagles, but it’s still a good game to get excited about, so get excited and grab a seat at your favorite Harder Concepts location before 6p on Saturday – all five locations will have the game on, some come by for dinner and drinks and celebrate the wonderful gift that is preseason football. Remember when there wasn’t such a thing, when you had to wait another month for the NFL season to start? That era was practically medieval! See you Saturday!
Hot Enough For Ya?
Whether you’re totally over summer and can’t wait for the three weeks of jacket weather between the end-of-July-through-beginning-of-October’s eyeball-broiling heat and winter’s ever-present whisper of surprise ice storms, or you wish it would hit triple digits in January and stay that way forever and ever, we can all agree that nothing beats the heat like a cold beverage in an air-conditioned bar, preferably during happy hour after a day of slogging it out with the ole’ 9-to-5. Each Harder Concepts location has its own happy hour deals, so pop in to your favorite spot and see what’s cheap between 3p and 7p. There’s always something cold, liquid, and alcoholic on special, perfect for cooling you down.
The Last Sunday BBQ Of The Summer!
This Sunday, wrap up your weekend and the summer season with Saintsbury Tavern’s final Sunday Summer BBQ party – per usual, $5 gets you a heaping plate of brisket, sausage, and baked beans, and there will drink specials and live music to go with that awesome dinner bargain. Join us around 5p for supper and grab some grub before it’s all gone. See y’all this Sunday! Let’s step out of summer and into September with a nice lil’ bbq bash!
- Harder BBQ Party This Sunday!
We’re throwing down this Sunday at Saintsbury Tavern with another BBQ party on the patio! For only five bucks will get you a big ole’ plate of brisket, sausage, coleslaw, and barbecue beans, made with our secret Harder Concepts recipe. The party gets going at 5p, which means that a $5 plate of barbecue-y goodness is a helluva dinner deal, but that’s not all – the patio party also features live music and drink specials all day long. Come by for the brisket, stay for some cheap beers and live tunes! See y’all Sunday evening!
Why Yes, We Are Ready For Some Football!
The regular season is still a few weeks away, but we are so glad football is back in action that even these preseason games are like jumping in a pool after a long, hot day. No matter which Harder Concepts location you visit, we always have games on, whether its NFL or NCAA, and we are more than stoked when you and buddies come by for a game-watching get-together. We hope you join us and raise some beers to America’s favorite sport!
- FOOTBALL IS BACK!
Okay, okay… We know it’s just the preseason, but we really love football, and we really miss it when it’s done for the year, so even those preseason games that don’t affect the official record, bench the starters, yet nevertheless risk dire injuries are still very exciting. The Cowboys start their preseason games on Saturday against San Francisco at 8p, and if you love them as we do, we expect to see your stoked smiles and freshly washed jerseys in person at your favorite or nearest Harder Concepts location. Get their early, because when it comes to football, our seats fill up quick!
Saintsbury Tavern’s Fifth Anniversary Party!
Add another entry to the Harder Concepts history books, as Saintsbury Tavern celebrates its fifth anniversary with a party on Sunday afternoon! There will be free BBQ (until it’s gone, so get there early), $4 Dallas Blonde drafts and $3 select can beer all day long, as well as tequila promos from Casadores and Patron, plus live music all day from Kris Newman (3-6p) and Todd Stewart (7-10p). Come by and toast Austin Ranch’s best hangout spot with us! Take lots of pictures and tag us with #harderconcepts Cheers!
- National IPA Day is Thursday!
Looks like hoppy beers have their own holiday now, so if you’re into IPAs, drop into your nearest Harder Concepts location and see what IPAs they have available on draft and in the cooler. Whether you’re into English, West Coast, East Coast, Belgian, Black, Hazy, Double Hopped, or Triple Hopped, there’s bound to be an IPA that suits your palette. Raise a pint or can in celebration of this enduringly popular style of ale. And be sure to do some reading about how they’re made and where they come from because you know how hop-heads are when it comes to their favorite type of beer: very knowledgeable, and eager to talk about it! Cheers!
Spice Up Your Saturday With Salsa Dancing!
Vitruvian Park turns the heat up in August with the Vitruvian Salsa Festival! Saturdays in August (the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th), Vitruvian Park comes alive from 6p to 10p with DJs, food trucks, salsa lessons, and live bands. Whether you’re a novice or an expert at this spicy dance, you’ll have a blast shaking your hips and moving your feet to the exciting rhythms of salsa played en vivo by some smokin’ hot bands. Lessons go from 6:30p to 7p, and then you can practice your moves the rest of the night! Afterward, be sure to drop by Addison Ice House for a margarita or your favorite craft draft!
Football Is Right Around The Corner!
The last seven weeks of summer are in front of us, but the good news is that that means football season is ready to kick off. The Cowboys’ first pre-season game is 8/10 against the 49ers! That’s less than two weeks away! Hooray!
- Dance To Selena’s Hits At Vitruvian Park!
The next-to-last Vitruvian Nights Live concert of the season is this Thursday, when Vitruvian Park comes alive to the sounds of Selena, courtesy everyone’s favorite Selena tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda. Come celebrate the life and music of this late, great, south Texas legend by shaking your booty to her massive Tejano pop jams! After the show, keep the party going at Addison Ice House, which is just across the park! Cap your night off with one of our signature cocktails or your favorite craft beer – we have a ton of ’em! The music goes from 7 to 9:30p and Addison Ice House is open ’til 2a!
It’s Time To Nominate Your Favorite Addison Bar and Grills!
Addison Magazine’s annual Best of Addison poll is coming up, and Monday, July 29th is the last day to submit nominations. We’d love it if you’d nominate the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House for an award (or two, or three, or more), whether it’s best beer selection, or best pub, or even something like best fries! Check out the submission link here and help your friends at the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House win!
- Free Taco Fridays at Addison Ice House!
We’re biased, but Addison Ice House probably has the best Friday evening deal going on: Every Friday at 6p, the Ice House has free tacos with a purchase of a drink until the tacos are gone! What a way to start the weekend, right?? Pop in early and grab a snack with your drink while the snacks last!
BBQ Party at Saintsbury Tavern on Sunday!
It’s been a while since we’ve done a Sunday cookout, so we’re making sure the one we’re doing on Sunday at Saintsbury Tavern is awesome! For a mere ten bucks, you get a hefty plate full of brisket, sausage, coleslaw and beans, and Saintsbury Tavern’s fantastic bartenders will be slinging some pretty chill drink specials all day long. But wait… THERE’S MORE! The handsome, hilarious, and talented duo of AC/TC (Alex Cantrell and Tony Cook) will be doing sets of your favorite acoustic covers. All in all, it’s a great way to spend a summer evening. The party starts at 6p. Hope to see y’all there!
- Vitruvian Nights Post-Party!
This Thursday (July 11), Vitruvian Park is holding another concert in their summer Vitruvian Nights Live series, and it features ’80s tribute the Molly Ringwalds, who will rock you with your favorite hits from the era of Ronald Reagan, Cindy Lauper, and Aquanet hairspray – if you’ve been watching the new Stranger Things season, the Molly Ringwalds’ set will take you straight to the Starcourt Mall of your mind. Since Addison Ice House is a short walk from the concert spot, you ought to stroll over for some post-pop drinks – Addison Ice House has a great beer selection, a killer menu, and some tasty specialty cocktails. Come see us!
National French Fry Day Is Saturday!
For all you foodies who are up on national celebrations of your favorite dishes, noshes, and snacks, you probably know that Saturday is National French Fry Day. Somewhere, there’s a panel of experts debating things like superiority of shape (waffle, crinkle, curly, regular), composition (potato, sweet potato), and topping (what is delicious, what is weird, and what is weirdly delicious), but your local Harder Concepts locations are more interested in serving up tasty plates either plain or smothered under a bunch of awesome extras. Each location has its own specialty, so drop by your favorite Harder Concept spot and see what kind of fries are on our menu – and if you want to get creative, you could probably see what they put on nachos and go from there!
Beat the Heat With Cold Drinks!
As rough as summer Texas weather can be, there’s truly nothing like the feeling of stepping through an entryway into a cool bar from a hot parking lot, especially when that feeling is quickly followed by a sip of an ice cold beer or chilled cocktail. Do yourself a favor and beat the summer heat with some air conditioning and a frosty beverage at your favorite Harder Concepts bar and grill!
- KABOOM TOWN IS WEDNESDAY!
Celebrate America’s Independence Day a little early with the biggest, boldest, loudest fireworks celebration in North Texas, when Addison turns into the ever-popular, world-famous Kaboom Town! This exciting Texas tradition lights up the skies above Addison Circle every year in honor of America’s freedom, and whether the 2019 event is your first or you’ve been watching it for the past three decades, Kaboom Town never fails to stir your spirit and elicit some heartfelt oohs and ahhs. As always, our staff at the Mucky Duck is ready to help you toast the greatest country on earth with beers and shots, so be sure to drop by on Wednesday and salute Independence Day with your Harder Concepts friends! Enjoy Drink Specials all day, Live Music in the courtyard, and more at the Mucky Duck!
Independence Day Hours
While Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, and Addison Ice House will be closed, the Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern will be open on July 4 at 5p, and if you’re looking for a patio to party on when the sun goes down, we’d love to see your faces – we’ll be happy to wow you with cocktails, shots, and beers. No matter what you do for the Independence Day holiday, please be safe – we want to celebrate freedom with y’all next year and every year after that!
- VNYL’S ANNIVERSARY THIS FRIDAY!
Hard to believe, but North Dallas’s best night club is celebrating its first anniversary. Time flies when you’re having fun, and at VNYL, we have tons of fun! At any rate, we are thrilled to be here a year later and even more excited about the VNYL anniversary party on Friday, June 28, 2019. Join North Dallas’ hottest party crowd as it gets lit to tight beats thrown down by special guest IN/2D – you don’t want to miss this turn-up, and if you want table reservations and/or elite bottle service, hit us up pronto, as we’re selling spots fast! Get done up in your summer best and be ready to rock, because, at this anniversary, VNYL’s gonna get spun, son!
Kaboomtown July 3!
And speaking of getting lit, Kaboomtown, North Texas’s most celebrated fireworks extravaganza is ready to launch on July 3. The sky above Addison Circle will literally explode in a riot of chemical color, and the party down on the ground is second-to-none. As always, your friends at the Mucky Duck are ready to sling you some refreshments of the beer and liquor variety, plus a host of your favorite bar snacks and pub grub, so be sure to stop by and say hi before and after you’ve looked at the sky and cried “ooh” and “ahh” amid the fireworks’ thunder and boom! See y’all next Wednesday!
- Summer Starts This Friday!
The summer solstice happens on Friday, and while we won’t get quite as many hours of daylight as a place like Fairbanks, Alaska (which will get sunlight for almost 24 hours), it is the longest day of the year, and we can expect to see the sun for almost 15 hours, meaning the mood and vibes for Friday’s patio time will be extra golden hour-y. If you’re into getting that perfect Instagram pic, you should have plenty of chances. We’ll be happy to assist your photography with some attractive and delicious margaritas! Make plans with your crew to enjoy the first day of summer at your favorite Harder Concepts location!
Hanging Out at Vitruvian Park? Stop By Addison Ice House!
Whether you’re rocking some rec sports at Vitruvian Park or getting rocked at one of Vitruvian Park’s summer concerts – the next Eagles tribute Desperado on June 27 – make Addison Ice House a stop on your evening itinerary. With a menu full of great bar favorites and some stellar signature plates, plus a robust roster of your favorite craft brews, Addison Ice House and it’s spacious patio is a fantastic place to while away a hot summer night!
- Will The Raptors Pounce On The Warriors’ Dynasty?
We’re not gonna lie – we pretty much expected the Warriors to wrap the Raptors up like a burrito and gulp up a championship in four bites, but that scrappy Canadian dino-boys have managed to run this thing, though game five showed that the Warriors still have plenty of the eye-popping magic that’s made them so dominant this decade. Game six is Thursday night at 8p, and if you’re as invested in this topsy-turvy championship as we are, you don’t want to miss it. Pop into your favorite Harder Concepts location for dinner and beers and stay for the game – it’ll be interesting to see how this series plays out.
Dad’s Day This Sunday!
From showing you how to tie your shoes and teaching you how to drive to unveiling the magic of both the “got your nose” and “pull my finger” gags, dads are pretty great. On Sunday, when Father’s Day rolls around, show your love for all your dad’s antics by taking him out for beers and a bite at your local Harder Concepts spot. Dad’s love a patio and a frosty beverage as much as you do, so bond over a couple of cold ones on our patio!
- Chill Out, Harder Concepts Style
And by style, we mean on a patio, with a cold drink in your hand, smiling from behind a pair of sunglasses. The following assumption probably isn’t historically accurate, but we like to think that the outdoor patio was invented for margaritas. Eh, it’s probably vice versa, but either way, the only drink possibly more satisfying than a frosty marg on a patio is an ice-cold Coors Light after mowing the lawn, but what’s great about the patio margarita is you don’t have to sit in that fresh-from-the-yard grass-and-gas smell. Do yourself a favor and pop into your nearest Harder Concepts location to enjoy that wonderful summery experience of outdoor margs!
Summer Happy Hour Specials
When the weather is warm and you’re stuck at work, the 3p doldrums are especially brutal. If your brain isn’t grumbling for a nap or a snack, it’s probably craving a nice seat at a friendly bar with a discounted drink in front of it. That’s why each Harder Concepts location kicks its happy hour off around then. Monday to Friday, Ringo’s Pub has $4 wells and a $1 off everything else from 3-7p. Scruffy Duffies for $4 domestic drafts on Mondays, $3 12oz can beers on Tuesdays, $4 Deep Eddy drinks on Wednesdays, and a free taco bar on Fridays. In Addison, Addison Ice House’s happy hour goes from 4-7p on weekdays and offers $1 off well drinks, wine, and draft beers, and the Mucky Duck’s 3-7p Monday through Friday happy hour features specialty cocktails for $7, plus $3.50 drafts and wells, and $5 appetizers. And for you, Austin Ranch people, wells, wine, and drafts are all $1 off at Saintsbury Tavern Monday through Friday, 3-7p. Sneak under the boss’s radar and grab a seat at one of our bars!
Just a reminder: NBA finals continue on Wednesday at 8p, and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Championships is on Thursday at 7p! Catch the action at your favorite Harder Concepts location!
- Stanley Cup and NBA Finals!
You know the year is flying by when you look at the sports news on your phone and realize that it’s already time for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals unless you’re a die-hard hockey fan, in which case you already know all about it. But for those of us who mostly tune in for the Dallas Stars during the regular season and then casually pay attention to whoever makes it to the finals, the Blues and Bruins battle for control of the series in Game 2 on Wednesday night. The action starts at 7p and Boston leads the series 1-0.
As for the NBA finals, the Warriors seek to defend their title against the Raptors, who are making their first championship series appearance in franchise history. If you’re sick of the Warriors, are a secret (or not-so-secret) fan of Drake, or legitimately root for the Raptors, you’ll want to make your nearest Harder Concepts location your headquarters and watch as they attempt to halt the Warriors dynasty. Of course Warriors fans are welcome, also. We totally get why you love that team so much because frankly, they’re pretty awesome. Game 1 of the NBA Finals starts at 7p on Thursday. Come hang out with us and our banks of TVs!
JUNE IS NEAR!
If summer is your season, then June is your month, because even though the season doesn’t officially begin until the 21st, the start of the 6th month of the year is basically the beginning of hot weather party times, when school lets out and the days get longer, and the beer flows like wine or something like that. Regardless of our clumsy poetic ideas, June is when patio season hits its stride, and we would love to see your faces hiding behind sunglasses and a cold beverage, making the summer of 2019 your best one yet. Make some fuzzy memories with us at your favorite Harder Concept during happy hour or on into the night! Don’t forget to ask about each location’s daily specials!
- Memorial Day Weekend!
Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27, and in honor of all the men and women who have given their lives in the service of our wonderful country, we will have different holiday hours at each Harder Location. Addison Ice House and Scruffy Duffies will be closed, and Ringo’s Pub, Saintsbury Tavern, and the Mucky Duck will be open at 5p. As for Saturday and Sunday, the patio is primed for partying, and the weather looks like it’s going to be a perfect slice of late-spring sunshine and warm temps. Fire up the ole’ group text and get your gang together for some day-drinking at North Dallas’ finest family of neighborhood hangouts, the Harder Concepts family of bars. Celebrate barbecue season with a signature burger – each location has its own favorites – and wash it down with a craft beer, signature cocktail, or your favorite shots. See you this weekend, and be sure to raise a glass and a prayer of thanks to the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that we have the freedoms we enjoy!
Stanley Cup Finals
Though it is still kind of a bummer the Stars didn’t make it to the finals, pro hockey is still awesome, and the Stanley Cup Finals start on Monday, and since three of our locations will be open at 5p that day (Ringo’s Pub, Saintsbury Tavern, and the Mucky Duck), we’d love to see your faces chasing the action across our big screens. Game 1’s puck drops at 7p!
- Thanks For A Great Season, Stars!
While it would’ve been awesome to see the Dallas Stars take the Stanley Cup on the twentieth anniversary of their last one, they still played a thrilling and heartfelt season, and even though they were defeated last night, we are still stoked to be fans. So thanks, Dallas Stars. We can’t wait ’til next season!
Call Your Mom (And Bring Her By For Mother’s Day)!
Sunday is Mother’s Day (which you all know already because you’re all good children who would never forget such an important holiday), and if you’re planning on taking your mom out for a celebratory meal on her special day, we’d love to see her face – and yours, too, because it’s fun seeing the family resemblance. But anyway, all five locations have some fun bites and plenty of beers, wines, and signature cocktails, and taking her out for Mother’s Day drinks is a great way to honor all she’s done for you. Let us help you show your mom how much you love her by pouring her favorite craft brew.
How ’Bout This Weather?
Rain or shine, a craft beer or chilled shot is a great way to cap off a long day of work. Whether your 9-to-5 keeps you at a desk all day, or something more outdoors-y, a drink after work is a time-honored way to decompress. Each Harder Concepts location has a daily special in addition to their weekday happy hours, so come by, grab a seat, and ask your server or bartender what the day’s deal is. We’re here to help you unwind, so come see us!
- The Stars Fight On!
Tonight (Wednesday) is Game 4 of the second round of the Central Division playoffs, and the Dallas Stars are looking to even it up. Though they’re down 2-1, our dudes are still scrappy and tenacious, and we’re looking forward to seeing some stellar offense and stingy defense tonight. The puck drops at 8:30p, and we’re ready to get rowdy. Pop into your favorite Harder Concept location and watch Game 4 with us!
Celebrate General Ignacio Zaragoza’s win at the Battle of Puebla, when he and the Mexican army defeated a much larger French force in 1862! That’s the actual reason we raise a cerveza or margarita every year during the first week of May, but we all know that Cinco de Mayo is also a convenient marker for a fun party. Join your compadres y amigos at your nearest Harder Concepts patio, and raise a toast to the most famous fight of the Second French Intervention in Mexico, as well as Mexican culture’s contributions to America and the world! Salud!
Recently, a dear friend who doesn’t go out that often asked where she should go for happy hours on Mondays – it seems that’s the best day for her and her friends to get together for a drink, so we were happy to give her a short list: Addison Ice House’s regular happy hour, Monday through Friday, is $1 off wells, wine, and draft beer, and apps are only $5 on Monday; Mucky Duck’s happy hour goes Monday - Friday from 3p - 7p and includes $7 Specialty Cocktails, $3.50 Wells & Draughts, and $5 Appetizers, and its Monday special is $4 Crown and down; at Ringo’s Pub, the Monday - Friday happy hour is $4 wells and $1 off everything else, with the Monday-only bonus of half-price Fish and Chips and $1 off UK beers. Over at Scruffy Duffies, domestic beers are $4 and Pizza is half-price, and at Saintsbury Tavern in Austin Ranch, you can get a Coors Banquet draft for a buck and fifty-cent Boneless Wings.
- The Stars Are Shining!
The Stars made it past the Predators, and on Thursday, they’ll embark on the next phase of their journey to the Stanley Cup, when they take on the St. Louis Blues at 8:30p! As always, we’ll be doing watch parties at all five locations. Get your gear on and join us for good luck beers as we watch the Stars skate on to championship glory!
The Doggfather himself will be DJing at VNYL as DJ Snoopadelic, part of a dope-as-hell after party following his show at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Before he takes over the decks, his new favorite vocalist, “singing waitress” Erica Kayne, will be performing a few songs, and the party also features sets from the Dallas Cowboys’ DJ, DJSC! This thing is gonna be huge, and you don’t want to miss it. Tickets are still available, so grab yours today right here.
Patio Season Is In Full Spring!
Er, swing… Patio season is in full swing, and this weekend’s weather looks like it will be a good mix of sun and shade and warm temps – sunny enough for your favorite sunglasses, in other words! Chill out with a cold drink in the fresh air at your favorite Harder Concepts location!
- Stars Aim High!
How ’bout those Dallas Stars??? Sometimes you get so wrapped up in thinking about the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavs and the Texas Rangers that Dallas’ pro hockey squad almost falls by the wayside, and then bam! You look up and they’re racing toward the Stanley Cup! Luckily, we’ve been up on Dallas Stars Hockey all season long, and we are thrilled that they’ve made it this far. They’ll face the Predators in Game 4 of the playoffs on Wednesday at 7p, and we’ll have it on at all five locations. As an added bonus, each spot has its own Wednesday night drink special: Ringo’s Pub has $1 off all drinks all day, while Scruffy Duffies has $4 Deep Eddy vodkas. Over at Saintsbury Tavern, pizzas and select cordials are half price every Wednesday, and at the Mucky Duck in Addison, fish and chips plates are half price, and Smirnoff vodka flavors are only $4. Pick your spot, grab a table, and get ready for Stars post-season action!
Easter Sunday is this weekend, and we’ll be taking the day off in honor of the holiday. Whether you’re sleeping in, going to church, or helping the Bunny lay his eggs for your kiddos, have a wonderful Sunday!
- Grilled Cheese Day!
We’re celebrating this delicious, classic sandwich this Friday at Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies with some gourmet spins on the ole’ standby and some highly complementary beer pairings. Choose from either a regular Three Cheese Grilled Cheese sandwich or a Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Turkey and Bacon. If you get it at Ringo’s Pub, we’re pairing your grilled cheese with a Guinness, and at Scruffy Duffies, your sandwich’s beer buddy is Land O’ Milk and Honey from 903 Brewers in Sherman. Treat yourself to an incredibly satisfying sandwich experience this Friday!
Harder Concepts is partnering with Mohawk Militia on Saturday to collect toiletries and new or gently used bath towels for people whose budgets are too tight for these basic necessities. Stop by any of our five locations: Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, Mucky Duck, Addison Ice House, and Saintsbury Tavern before Saturday to drop off your donations. You’ll be helping a lot of folks who need the assist, and you’ll be eligible to win some cool prizes! See you all this Saturday at Addison Ice House for our last donation drop off party!
- It’s the Final (Four) Countdown…
College basketball’s whirlwind of a season comes to its conclusion on Monday night with the Championship game, and leading up to that is the semi-finals between the Final Four teams, and if we’re being honest, we are kind of surprised to see Texas Tech’s logo in the bracket – not in a bad way, but when you think about the Final Four, you usually think about names like Duke and Gonzaga. Whether you think Texas Tech is a Cinderella story or not, we are stoked to root for them as they take on Michigan State Saturday night at 7:49p. We’ll have the game on at all five Harder Concepts locations, and if you’re a Spartans fan, you’re in luck because Saintsbury Tavern is the official north Dallas watch party location for Michigan State – get there early and get a seat with a good view of a TV, because we bet there are more than a few Texas Tech fans who live in and around Austin Ranch. Also, prior to that game is the other Final Four game between Auburn and Virginia; it starts at 5p. As for the championship game, it takes place on Monday at 8p. Hope to see y’all for the conclusion of one of the wildest NCAA tournaments in a while!
If not for beer, we wouldn’t be in business, and that’s just one of the many benefits we can ascribe to the delicious, bubbly beverage we love so much. Whatever your favorite style, whatever your favorite brewery, whether you prefer draft to can, can to bottle, or are happy to drink beer out of a boot, join us this Sunday and raise a brew in tribute to beer. And as an added bonus, Sunday is when we do our weekly crawfish boil at Saintsbury Tavern, so come by and get yourself a pound of spicy freshwater critters and wash them down with a cold swallow of your favorite beer!
- Thursday is Rangers Opening Day!
It’s the start of the season and the end of an era, as this will be the last year the Texas Rangers play in Globe Life Park, or if you prefer, the Ballpark. Whatever you want to call it, that park has been the site of a lot of fond memories, and we hope this season is full of many more. The first pitch of the official season gets tossed at 3:05p on Thursday, and if you’re ducking out of work early to catch it, we’d love it if you’d come to watch the game with us at your favorite Harder Concepts location. Win or lose, Rangers baseball is part of life in North Texas, so come celebrate that life with us! Play ball!
March Madness continues, as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament whittles the competition down to its famed Sweet 16 round. Like always, there have been some surprising upsets and close calls for perennial favorites – we’re looking at you, Duke – and this weekend’s games are sure to be nail-biting barn-burners. Friday night features the games between Michigan State and LSU at 6p and Purdue and Tennessee at 6:30p, and Saturday’s games pit Duke against Virginia Tech at 8:30p and Virginia against Oregon at 9p; the winners will fill in the brackets for Sunday’s Elite 8 games. We’ll have all of them on, so be sure to pop in and catch the action!
- March Madness Is Upon Us!
The Madness has begun, and time is running out to fill out your brackets! Here’s a link for a printable bracket (plus helpful and exciting videos and other content), so pick your teams and get ready for the annual college basketball championship scramble! We’ll have all the games on at all five locations, so be sure to pop in and catch some hoops – if you work on a laptop, come by for lunch and hook up to our WiFi for the afternoon! We’ll be sure to play dumb if your boss asks how many beers you had!
Ring in spring with some day-drinkin’ this Sunday – it’s supposed to be in the upper 70s, and we’ve been boiling up crawfish at Saintsbury Tavern on Sunday evenings, getting the get-together goin’ around 5p. Grab your gang and get to Saintsbury for a Sunday fun day patio hang!
And Before We Forget…
Big thanks to everyone who came out for our tenth annual St. Patrick’s Day party! We’re glad we had a couple of days to recover because it was a big party. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Here’s to planning next year’s bash!
- Ringo’s Pub St. Patrick’s Block Party!
File this under “time flies when you’re havin’ fun,” because Ringo’s Pub 10th annual St. Patrick’s Block Party is on Saturday, and it seems like only yesterday that we cordoned off Ringo’s Pub parking lot, set up some tents, carted in some kegs, and threw down the biggest St. Patty’s Day bash in North Dallas. But wow, 10 years – that’s a lot of green beer, a lot of Guinness, and a lot of Jameson! Like the previous nine St. Patrick’s parties, we’ll have gallons of all that wonderful, Irish-y beer and whiskey, plus DJs all day long, and leading up to the big day, we’ll be offering $2 Guinness drafts at Ringo’s Pub and $2 Guinness Blonde at Scruffy Duffies all day, every day through Friday, March 15, 2019. The St. Patrick’s Block Party goes off at 11a, and the after-party continues until 2a at VNYL! Put on something green and come kick it with us on Saturday!
Saintsbury Tavern’s Sunday evening crawfish party will take on an Irish flavor on Sunday, so be sure to join us for green beer and those spicy aquatic critters we love so much!
Rangers Home Opener Is Just A Couple Weeks Away!
Great news, baseball fans! The Ranger’s home opener is March 28 when they take on the Chicago Cubs. It’s the final home opener at Globe Life Park, so mark your calendars to join us for this historic baseball moment!
- Raise Money for Layla’s Legacy with Help from a Couple of “Throwback” Bartenders!
This Thursday at Saintsbury Tavern, we are excited to get a couple special “throwback” bartenders to sling drinks for charity – Harder Concepts co-founder Jerry Elliot and Norton Real Estate’s Matt Norton will be revisiting their glory days behind the bar from 5:30-7:30p, and they’ll be donating all their tips to Layla’s Legacy, a wonderful charitable organization that helps fund research for pediatric brain cancer. After their shift, Jerry and Matt will be hanging out, so be sure to come by to see if these old dudes still have their old drink slingin’ skills and help a great cause while you’re at it!
We’re going all-in this crawfish season with weekly crawfish boils at Saintsbury Tavern every Sunday evening from 5p to 10p, starting this weekend! Besides pounds of that delicious aquatic critter cooked up with Cajun spices, corn, sausage, and potatoes, we’ll have live music on the patio and some super drink specials. Wrap your weekend up with some crawfish at Saintsbury Tavern!
Ringo’s 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Block Party
Faith and begora! Have we really been throwing this party for ten years??? Time flies when you’re having drinks, and we have certainly had a lot of them! Suffice to say, we’ll be going big for our big anniversary, but count on live music, gallon upon gallon of green beer, St. Patty’s Day drink specials, and lots more. Stay tuned!
- Gumbo Cookoff and Mardi Gras Preview Party!
Mardi Gras isn't officially until Tuesday, but we’ve decided to give you a preview with a Sunday evening party at Saintsbury Tavern. Besides live music from the Music Ninjas and $3.50 select canned beers, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s, we’re also gearing up for Fat Tuesday with a gumbo cookoff. Bring your own gumbo in a crockpot and $10 to enter – the best recipe wins all! Entries must arrive by 6p. The party starts at 5p and the Music Ninjas jam from 6-9p. See y’all this Sunday!
That gumbo get-together on Sunday is basically the first part of our Mardi Gras celebration; the second part is on Tuesday, March 5th, the date of actual Mardi Gras, when Saintsbury Tavern does a traditional Mardi Gras crawfish boil. Whether you celebrate Lent or love an excuse to party, our Fat Tuesday is gonna be a blast – we’ll be serving crawfish by the pound for $5, along with $5 burgers, and $5 hurricanes. The good times roll at 5p, so come ready to eat some spicy critters and wash ’em down with a tasty, jet-fueled, New Orleans-inspired classic!
And Speaking of Parties…
March is full of reasons to celebrate, and here at Harder Concepts, party-planning is at the top of our list of skills. Stay tuned for news about St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness!
- National Margarita Day Is Friday!
The classic combo of tequila, lime juice, triple sec or Cointreau, and salt remains a fixture in every bar’s cocktail list. Friday is the annual celebration of this highly popular vehicle for tequila consumption, and we think it’s a great way to kick off the weekend – on the rocks at your favorite Harder Concepts location. Celebrate National Margarita Day Friday with a Harder Rita. Salud!
Great news, folks: we are almost done with winter! Spring officially begins March 20, but we’re gonna get patio season going a little early with an afternoon get-together at Saintsbury Tavern’s Patio Kickoff Party on March 3. We’ll have more details for y’all as it gets closer to the date, but the hangout sesh features a gumbo cookoff and live music. What better way to say “peace, smell ya later, February!” than an outdoor party at a chill bar and grill? Mark your calendars for March 3rd and cross your fingers for some spring temps – rain or shine we’re throwin’ down, but you know how the saying goes: Sun’s out, guns out. Let’s get the warm weather party seasons off to a great start!
- Welp, Valentine’s Day Is This Week!
If your idea of a good Valentine’s Day date is taking your sweetie for a night out to a fun bar and grill with great food and a huge selection of craft beers, then your local Harder Concepts location is more romantic than a couple’s Instagram photo snapped in front of the Eiffel Tower with that Superzoom “Hearts” song playing. Of course, if you’re single when V-Day rolls around this year, it’s also a great place to mingle – with other people who are happy to be single. Rally your single friends this Thursday and celebrate you doing you! As an added bonus, there are free tacos with your drink purchase at the Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern, so whether you’re bae’d up or flying solo, free tacos are still totally awesome.
You know that time of day, usually around 3p, when your mind starts to wander, you look at the clock a lot more frequently, and you find excuses to get up and go to the breakroom? That’s probably because your brain is ready for happy hour. If you’re feeling those symptoms, we highly suggest ducking out of the office as soon as possible and heading directly to the nearest Harder Concepts location. In Plano, this means a trip to Ringo’s Pub for $4 wells and a $1 off everything else from 3-7p, or Scruffy Duffies for $4 domestic drafts on Mondays, $3 12oz can beers on Tuesdays, $4 Deep Eddy drinks on Wednesdays, and a free taco bar on Fridays. For people in Addison getting antsy to get out of the office for a beverage, Addison Ice House’s happy hour goes from 4-7p on weekdays and offers $1 off well drinks, wine, and draft beers; while the Mucky Duck’s 3-7p, Monday through Friday happy hour offers $7 specialty cocktails, $3.50 drafts and wells, and $5 appetizers. And in Austin Ranch, Saintsbury Tavern’s Monday through Friday deal zone also goes from 3-7p, during which wells, wine, and drafts are all $1 off.
- National Pizza Day is Saturday!
Raise a slice this Saturday to the most popular pie in America, the pizza pie! All five Harder Concepts locations offer delicious, fresh pizzas topped with top-quality, flavorful ingredients. When you have the gang together and you’re out for drinks, our pizzas are perfect partners for beers and shots, and leftover pieces make for a great breakfast. Pizza may very well be the best bite for all occasions, so whatever you’re commemorating, mark the moment with some ’za from your favorite Harder Concepts spot.
If you’re getting out of the house during the week or grabbing a drink on your way home from work, Harder Concepts bar and grills each have their own happy hour prices and daily deals. For Addison peeps, there’s the 4-7p weekday happy hour at Addison Ice House, located at Vitruvian Park, which offers a $1 off well, wine, and draft beers. If you’re near Addison Circle, head to the Mucky Duck between 3p and 7p, Monday through Friday for $7 specialty cocktails, $3.50 drafts and wells, and $5 appetizers. For our friends in Plano, go to the Shops at Legacy, where Ringo’s Pub offers $4 wells and a $1 off everything else from 3-7p, and Scruffy Duffies has a different deal every weekday: On Mondays, domestic drafts are $4; Tuesdays feature $3 12oz can beers, while on Wednesdays, Deep Eddy vodka flavors are just $4. Scruffy Duffies has a free taco bar (with drink purchase) on Fridays, and wells and domestic drafts are $4 all day on Sunday. Over in Austin Ranch, Saintsbury Tavern’s happy hour goes from 3-7p Monday through Friday, offering $1 off wells, wine, and drafts, plus a great prices on daily dine-in deals: fifty cent boneless wings on Mondays, $5 ’Merica Burgers on Tuesdays, half-price pizzas every Wednesday, and a free taco bar with a drink purchase on Thursdays. See ya after work!
- SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
Yeah, we know the Cowboys aren’t in the Super Bowl, and yes, we are just as tired of the Patriots as you probably are. But frankly, we are actually kinda amped to see the Rams try to take the Pats down—a resurgent Los Angeles Rams kind of feels like a good memory from the ’80s, which is almost always a fun vibe to have in your brain! And anyway, the Super Bowl is still the Super Bowl, complete with all its pomp, grandeur, excitement, excess, and multi-million-dollar commercials. In other words, it’s still a blast, and even a Super Bowl starring teams that aren’t necessarily your favorites is still a fun game. As an added bonus, both teams have a Plano Senior High School alum on their respective squads – Rex Burkhead is a New England running back, while Joseph Noteboom is the Ram’s rookie offensive lineman. Of course, all five Harder Concepts locations are hosting watch parties, so get your own squad together and drop by for the best pub grub and beer selections you could ask for while watching the biggest football game of the year! Don’t sleep in, because our tables fill up fast! See y’all Super Bowl Sunday!
Is It February Yet?!
Is it just us, or has January felt like it’s 84 days long? Maybe that’s why Gregor, when he invented the Gregorian calendar, made February a short month. Okay, that’s probably not why, but if you need an excuse to toast something, come by on Friday (February 1st) and raise some beers and shots to 2019’s continual forward motion. May we breeze through these frigid months into the warmer parts of the year, when spring springs forth, the temp warms up, and shorts become a more regular component of our daily outfits. We can’t wait for patio season. Hopefully, that ol’ groundhog decides to hang around instead of ducking back into his den.
- Pro Bowl!
If you want to see Jason Garrett coach one more game this season, you’re in luck, because he’s running the show for the NFC’s all-stars in this season’s Pro Bowl, on Sunday at 2p. Zeke, Tyron Smith, Amari Cooper, Zach Martin, Demarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and Byron Jones are all on the team this year, so while the Cowboys are out of the post-season, at least they’re getting recognized in the league overall. As far as excuses to day-drink on a Sunday go, you could do a lot worse than the Pro Bowl, so come by your favorite Harder Concepts location for beers, shots, and snacks!
Need a spot for some post-work chill-out time? Your local Harder Concepts bar and grill is waiting for you to drop in! Each location has its own happy hour specials, plus its own daily deals. For Addison folks, there’s the 4-7p weekday happy hour at Addison Ice House, which offers a $1 off well, wine, and draft beers; if you’re over near Addison Circle, stop by the Mucky Duck between 3p and 7p, Monday through Friday for $7 specialty cocktails, $3.50 drafts and wells, and $5 appetizers. In Plano, Ringo’s Pub offers $4 wells and a $1 off everything else from 3-7p, while Scruffy Duffies (it’s BFF next-door neighbor bar) has five different daily deals -- $4 domestic drafts on Monday, $3 12oz can beers on Tuesday, $4 Deep Eddy drinks on Wednesday, a free taco bar (with drink purchase) on Friday, and $4 wells and domestic drafts all day on Sunday. Finally, Saintsbury Tavern in Austin Ranch has its happy hour from 3-7p Monday through Friday ($1 off wells, wine, and drafts), paired with a killer discount on food each day: Mondays are fifty-cent boneless wings, Tuesdays are $5 ’Merica Burgers, Wednesdays have half-price pizzas, and Thursdays feature a free taco bar with a drink purchase. Come through when you’re done with your daily grind!
- Conference Championship Sunday!
While we wish last Saturday had had a different outcome, we’d like to thank the Cowboys for a great season all the same. It was a good run, and like we say every season, can’t wait ’til next year! NFL football goes on, of course, and we are still stoked about the conference championship games this Sunday – sure, it would be awesome if the Cowboys were playing instead of the Rams, but now we have a reason to root for the Saints! The NFC championship game is on at 2p, and the AFC game is at 5:40p. Each Harder Concepts location will be open, so get your pre-game going early with a bite and some beers. See y’all this Sunday!
When your brain is bursting with fun facts, where do you go to showcase all that knowledge? A chance to compete on Jeopardy! is every trivia head’s pie-in-the-sky dream, but until you get to suit up and phrase your responses in the form of a question for ole’ Alex Trebek, there are Harder Concepts’ trivia nights, held on Tuesdays at Ringo’s Pub in Plano and at Addison Ice House, and on Wednesdays at the Mucky Duck in Addison. Sign-ups at each spot are at 7:30p, so get your team to your table and get ready to smart it up for fun prizes and bragging rights!
- HOLY COW(BOYS)!
How ’bout them ’Boys??? We know every post-season win always feels huge for this team, but darn it—it feels good to be… What? Cautiously optimistic? Full-throttle stoked? Wherever you fall in the emotional spectrum of Cowboys fandom, you at least have to feel that tingle of excitement that the dream is alive again. The game against the Rams is on Saturday at 7:15p, and while you can certainly watch it at home, we would love for you to join your friends at your favorite Harder Concepts location to cheer on America’s Team as they fight to keep this season’s Super Bowl hopes alive. With some luck and the skill of Dak, Zeke, et al, maybe you’ll get to celebrate another W! See y’all Saturday. GO COWBOYS!
What are you doing after work? Going to happy hour? Sweet! We’ll be there, too, ready to pour you a cold beer or refreshing cocktail. Whether you’re in Plano, Addison, or Austin Ranch, there’s a Harder Concepts spot ready for you to get settled and unwind after you finish your daily grind. Each location offers a weekday happy hour from 3-7p, plus exclusive daily specials. Be sure to ask your server or bartender what the day’s deal is!
- Hello, New Year!
The New Year has begun, and we are absolutely thrilled! We hope you had a fun, safe send-off for 2018, and we also hope you’re ready to join us in 2019 for lots of great times at your favorite Harder Concepts location, whether you’re grabbing lunch, meeting your crew for happy hour, getting the squad out for a girls night, or popping in to watch your teams go for glory. We’re stoked to see what this year has in store! Come party with us!
Saturday, the North Dakota State Bison make their seventh trip to Frisco for the NCAA I Football Championship Subdivision title game, and with them come the Herd, that legion of fans who have made our bars their home away from home each time. On Friday night, we’ll be holding the party for the Herd at VNYL, and in addition to swag and prize giveaways (including autographed memorabilia), free appetizers from 7-9p, drink specials, and former player appearances, the night’s entertainment comes courtesy Awesome Sauce, Plano’s favorite ’80s rock tribute! The tickets are $20, and they’re limited to 400, so get yours before they’re gone!
NCAA National Championship Game
The 2018-2019 NCAA football season culminates on Monday in the National Championship game at 7p, pitting the Clemson Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide. While the Tide are always a tough opponent, Georgia nearly got ’em last year, losing by a mere three points, and Monday’s game will be one you don’t want to miss. We’ll have the game on at each Harder Concepts location, and each spot will have its own special, so ask your server what the night’s deal is.
- Bowl Games Galore!
Christmas excitement may be over, but the college bowl season is ramping up! Today (Wednesday, day after Christmas), we’re bleedin’ purple for the TCU Horned Frogs, as they square off against Cal in the inaugural Cheez-It Bowl, which is one you’ll want to have plenty of snacks for – we may not sell those yellow cheezy squares, but we have lots of great munchies at each Harder Concepts location, so if you plan on watching that snacktacular football game (which kicks off at 7p), we encourage you to drop by one of our spots and catch it on our bank of big screens.
Of course, the Cheez-It Bowl is not the only game on Wednesday – Boston College and Boise State get into it at the First Responder bowl at 12:30p, and Minnesota and Georgia Tech play in the Quick Lane Bowl (kicking off at 4:15p). Thursday’s bowls include Temple and Duke in the Independence Bowl at 12:30p and Wisconsin and Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl at 8p. On Friday, there’s the Music City Bowl with Purdue facing Auburn at 12:30p, followed by Syracuse and West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl, and Iowa State and Washington State at 8p in the Alamo Bowl.
Saturday’s a big bowl day: Florida and Michigan play in the Peach Bowl is at 11a. Also at 11a: the Belk Bowl, which pits South Carolina against Virginia. At 12:15p, Nevada faces Arkansas State in the Arizona Bowl, and then we have the two college football playoff semi-final bowls: the Cotton Bowl is at 3p, featuring Clemson and Notre Dame, and the Orange Bowl at 7p, where ’Bama faces Oklahoma.
We get a day off from college football bowls before resuming on NYE day with the Military Bowl at 11a, where Virginia Tech takes on Cincinnati; and the ever-popular Sun Bowl, featuring Pitt and Stanford at 1p. Then there’s the Redbox Bowl, with the Oregon Ducks attacking the Michigan State Spartans. Other bowls on Saturday: the Liberty Bowl (Missouri and Oklahoma State at 2:45p), the Holiday Bowl (Northwestern and Utah at 6p), and the Gator Bowl at 6:30p, in which North Carolina State tries to take down Texas A&M.
For casual football fans, that might seem like an adequate number of college football games, but there’s still lots more – the first day of 2019 kicks off with the Outback Bowl at 11a (Mississippi State and Iowa), and the Citrus Bowl, where a trophy cup full of grapefruit, limes, lemons, tangerines, oranges, cuties, tangelos, yuzus, and ugli fruit will be awarded to the winner of the battle between Kentucky and Penn State. If you want to party on New Year’s Day, we suggest getting’ down during the Fiesta Bowl, which features LSU and University of Central Florida fighting it out at noon. Then there’s the legendary Rose Bowl; at 4p, Washington and Ohio State kick off what is sure to be a memorable game, and if it isn’t, there’s still the parade, right? Finally, the last bowl game before the National Championship Game is at 7:45p on January 1, when Texas and Georgia face off for the right to call themselves the Sugar Bowl Champs.
We hope to see your faces behind some pints of craft beer for one or a few or even all of these games! Hooray for football!
New Year’s Eve Parties!
Believe it or not, there’s more to this time of year besides college football – the end of the year has crept up on us like a mom who likes to startle her kids when they’re totally engrossed in playing with their new toys, and as such, we are throwing a big, bangin’ New Year’s Eve party: Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies are teaming up for a bash that features a free champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and your favorite jams courtesy DJ Reewind. This two-bar party has one cover, so hit us up on Facebook for details!
- Wander in a Wonderland of Lights on the Big Red Bus!
If you want to see Christmas Lights Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, we’re meeting at Scruffy Duffies for Deep Eddy cocktails at 7p and then hopping on the Big Red Bus for a trip to The Star and Willow Bend to check out awesome holiday lights, as well as grab some drinks along the way! Wear your ugly sweaters, because we’re awarding prizes for the Ugliest Sweater Worn By a Man, Ugliest Sweater Worn By a Woman, and the Most Creative DIY Sweater – if you’ve rigged your holiday sweater with some lights, this is literally your time to shine. Your ticket to ride includes three holiday-themed Deep Eddy cocktails, your bus ride, and all the good times you can handle.
Have you finished your shopping yet? Good thing there’s Amazon Prime, right? Jokes aside, from all of us at Harder Concepts, we hope you have a wonderful holiday, full of fun, family, friends, food, and French fries, or whatever other alliterative words you want to finish that sentence with. Football? Fireball? Anyway, thank you again for being our customers, and we hope your stocking is full of more goodies than coal! Just a heads up, all of our locations will be closed Christmas Eve, but Ringo's Pub and Saintsbury Tavern will be open at 7p Christmas Day.
- Crawl Around the Shops In An Ugly Sweater!
Hey y’all, if you want to have a holly, jolly, crawl-y Christmas, join your pals at Harder Concepts in an Ugly Sweater Christmas Pub Crawl across the Shops at Legacy's three Harder Concepts locations! The fun starts at Ringo’s Pub at 8:30p, from which we will amble over to the VNYL at 9:30p, and mosey on to Scruffy Duffies to finish the evening at 10:30p. Miller Lite will be on hand with fun swag, and each spot will have sweater-specific specials for your holiday drinking pleasure! Hope to see you there!
Deck the Halls With College Bowl Games
Wow, is it already college football bowl season? Answer: Yes! And it starts on Saturday! There’s the Celebration Bowl (North Carolina and Alcorn State), the New Mexico Bowl (Utah State vs North Texas), the Cure Bowl (Tulane vs Louisiana), the Las Vegas Bowl (Fresno State and Arizona State), the Camellia Bowl (Georgia Southern and Eastern Michigan), and the New Orleans Bowl (Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian State). More college football than you can shake a chicken wing at! And speaking of chicken wings, they’re on the menu at your favorite Harder Concepts location! Stop by this Saturday for a bite, a beer, and a bowl game or three!
Don’t forget about Scruffy Duffies Margarita Mondays! Besides $5 Perfect Patron Margaritas (on the rocks) with an optional $3 Anejo Tequila floater, there’s also half-price dine-in pizzas! It’s a perfect prelude to a Monday Night Football party!
- Call a T/O on Holiday Hustle with a Drink!
If y’all have figured out a way to make the holidays easy, please, let us know. But in the meantime, you can always decompress from holiday stress at your favorite Harder Concepts location – lunch and/or happy hour are great opportunities to take a breather with a bite and a beer! And each location has weeknight specials, so be sure to ask your server what the nightly offer is. The holiday season is supposed to be fun, and we’re here to help! In closing: Remember Harder Concepts when you’re looking for holiday cheer, snacks, and beer!
You’ve heard of this popular activity known as “watching football,” right? If you’re new to his hobby, it typically takes place on Sunday (though there are also games on Monday night, Thursday night, and all day on Saturday), and here in North Texas, watching football is centered around a local team known as the Dallas Cowboys – you may have actually heard of them since their nickname is “America’s Team” – and they are playing the Philadelphia Eagles at 3:25p. The Cowboys are currently in first place in their division, so lots of people are even more excited about them than usual! Every Harder Concepts location celebrates this team no matter how they play, so please join us on Sunday afternoon – we love football, so of course we will have the other Sunday games on for your viewing pleasure. Another favorite team around here is the Houston Texans, and their Sunday game kicks off at noon. And then there’s a team from faraway New York called the Jets. Even though they aren’t from Texas, they have fans here, who congregate at Addison Ice House to watch their team at the weekly Official Jets Watching Party. And this Sunday, the Jets fan club is doing a toy drive to help underprivileged kids have a nice Christmas. If you’d like to participate, please bring an unwrapped toy or gift card that’s appropriate for kids (either one between $10 and $20) to the Jets Christmas Party, which starts at noon this Sunday.
This coming Monday (12/10), Scruffy Duffies is starting a weekly margarita special – Margarita Mondays feature $5 Patron margaritas (on the rocks) with an optional $3 Anejo Tequila floater. And if you’re in the mood for pizza, Mondays also feature dine-in pies for half-price!
- Cowboys Thursday and Free Tacos!
The Cowboys are following up their annual Thanksgiving game with another Thursday night showdown, this time against the Saints. You probably know this already, but the ’Boys are now on top of the NFC East, and according to FiveThirtyEight, they have a 39% chance of winning their division and a 46% chance of making the playoffs. All the more reason to catch their game this week – we’re pretty sure you can send good vibes directly through a TV screen, so come by your favorite Harder Concepts bar and grill and watch the game intently! And if you watch the game at the Mucky Duck or Saintsbury Tavern you get a bonus: FREE TACOS! Come and hang out with this Thursday!
Live Music at Saintsbury Tavern!
We have another performance from Jim Martin and the Fallen Souls slated for Friday night – if you caught this band the last time they played, you know you’re in for a heavy helping of classic blues, R&B, and classic rock, from Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon to the Stones, Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty! Pop into Saintsbury Tavern this Friday and rock out with Jim Martin and his crew!
We’re kicking off the 2018 Christmas holiday season with a fun bash this weekend, as Scruffy Duffies will be throwing an Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday night. You know the drill for this: Pull on your gaudiest, busiest, knittiest, holiday sweater and get extra festive with some Christmas cocktails and your favorite craft beer at Scruffy Duffies. If you only go to one ugly sweater party this year, this is the one to make, as it’s put on by DFW Ugly Sweater, the original celebrators of red and green Festivus finery, who, since 2002, have collected toys and donations to help less fortunate children all across the Metroplex. As such, we’re asking you to kindly bring a toy or a gift card (like to Target or some other place that sells things that kids enjoy) valued between $10 and $20 to help DFW Ugly Sweater make the holidays happy for some underprivileged kids. The party starts at 7p! Can’t wait to see your silly sweaters!
- Wednesday Onesie Pub Crawl!
Wednesday night, we’re climbing into our onesie pajamas and hopping on the Big Red Bus for a pre-Thanksgiving pub crawl, and we’d love for you to join us. The crawl starts in the Colony at Shakertins at 8p, then head on over to Saintsbury Tavern at 8:45p. We’ll grab another drink or two there, and then get on the bus to shuttle over to the Shops at Legacy, where we’ll be closing at the night at VNYL as Awesome Sauce turns up the heat with their ’80s hard rock covers. The shuttle is free, but space is limited, so get there early to claim your seat!
Harder Concepts Thanksgiving Hours
This year, most of our staff is taking Thursday night off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but if you need a breather from your relatives or want to sneak out of the house with grandma for a cocktail or two, Ringo’s Pub will be open at 8p. All other Harder Concepts will be closed until Friday when they (including Ringo’s Pub) will reopen at 5p. We say this every year, but we want y’all to know that we have tremendous gratitude for our staff and our customers. If not for y’all, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love. Thanks again for everything!
- Holiday Hustle Time!
As the store décor has stated, the time for Holiday Hustle is upon us, which means you probably have a good amount of stress and extra to-do list items added to your routine. In order to keep your good cheer, you need to blow off that steam, whether its from workplace end-of-the-year crunch time, lengthy shopping lists, visiting relatives, or a hundred other holiday hassles. Breaking for a bite to eat, grabbing happy hour drinks with friends, or going out on the town and chilling at a bar is a great way to avoid Grinching out over the next six weeks, and your favorite Harder Concepts locations are happy to help with all those activities. Be sure to come see us when you need a respite from rushing around in the name of Holiday have-to’s!
Temps are falling and Burl Ives is calling, so really, the only thing left to make the holiday season official is to light those trees. On Sunday, the Shops at Legacy will be kicking off the Holidays with their annual Lights at Legacy ceremony, in which that big ol’ tree will come alive with the magic of electric color. It’s a sight to behold, after which, you should totally drop by Ringo’s Pub or Scruffy Duffies to start the Diwali-Thanksgiving-Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-party time with a celebratory beer and/or cocktail!
- Saintsbury Tavern’s First Rib Cookoff!
This Sunday, Saintsbury Tavern is holding its very first rib cookoff, a friendly competition designed to be both delicious and annual! Fire up your smoker, rub a rack of ribs, and heat those babies to succulent perfection, then bring ’em up to Saintsbury for our panel of highly knowledgeable and experienced judges – entry is $10, and the best ribs will take home a savory reward. All proceeds benefit Mohawk Militia, Chef Patrick Stark’s charitable organization that provides assistance, education, and employment to veterans by helping them get involved in clean eating and sustainable urban farming. Monday is Veteran’s Day, and contributing to Mohawk Militia is a great way to say thanks to our fellow Americans who have served in the armed forces – besides the entry fees from the rib cookoff, we’ll also be collecting donations for Mohawk Militia at the event, and you can also make a donation online at this link.
FYI, Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away, and Christmas is but a month after that – if you’ve been to a Target or a Walgreens or a Starbucks or pretty much any store, you’ve probably seen the transformation from pumpkins to Christmas décor. But we’re giving you this friendly lil’ reminder because each Harder Concepts location offers holiday parties headquarters. If you’d like to book holiday snacks or a get-together for your family, friends, office, book club, or whatever other groups you like to congregate with, hit up your favorite Harder Concepts location on Facebook!
- Halloween Is Tonight!
Wednesday night is Halloween, which means you can wear that awesome Spongebob/Hot Dog/Banana/Pirate/Jason-Witten-As-Commentator costume one more time – after all, the best Halloweens are the ones where you get lots of mileage out of your get-up. Chances are good that the staff at each Harder Concepts location will be wearing their costumes too, possibly even some Halloween-night exclusives, so get ready to snap some pics Instagram! Lastly, each Harder Concepts location has its own Wednesday night deal, so be sure to ask your server what tonight’s special is. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Down, Set, Drink!
College football is in full swing, and while we’re kinda bummed that TCU is having one of those seasons, we’re still stoked about Texas, who are tied for first with Oklahoma and West Virginia. The ranking will change one way or another on Saturday, however, since Texas and West Virginia face each other at 2:30p. Of course, we’re rooting for the Longhorns, so be sure to join us at your favorite Harder Concepts location to catch the game. Other games you might be interested in: Ohio State and Nebraska at 11a, Utah and Arizona State at 3p, and Oklahoma and Texas Tech at 7p. See y’all on Saturday!
Cowboys Are On Monday Night Football This Week!
Finally, one more football update: as you can see from the headline, the ’Boys are on this week’s Monday Night Football broadcast, playing the Titans at 7:15p. Do you miss the old Hank Williams Jr. theme song? Good thing there’s YouTube, right? Join us for this time-honored Monday night football tradition. We’ll have a cold beer waiting for you.
Don’t Forget About the Time Change!
Oh yeah, one more thing: the switch from Daylight Savings Time back to standard is on Sunday, and while your phone may update its clock on its own, your microwave still needs your help. Don’t forget to set your old school timekeepers back an hour!
- Halloween Season Draws Near!
Halloween is a week away, and your spooky pals at Harder Concepts have cooked up a witch’s brew of fun activities for the weekend, so all you ghouls and ghosts can get your groove on at North Dallas’ best family of party rockin’ bar and grills. So, without further ado (or a-boo, because Halloween puns), here’s the Harder Concepts Halloween schedule:
Friday night: Get your costumes on and hop on the Big Red Bus for Crawloween – the Harder Concepts Halloween pub crawl! Crawloween kicks off with live music at 7p at Growler USA (6520 Cascades Ct in the Colony) and then heads to Saintsbury Tavern, Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, and VNYL! Tickets are $30, and we’ve also partnered with the Marriott on some room discounts, in which $100 gets you on the bus as well as an after-crawl crash pad. Get tickets right here!
On Saturday night, Mucky Duck, Saintsbury Tavern, and Ringo's Pub have Halloween parties that feature DJs, drink specials, and costume contests – all with CASH prizes! You gotta be in it to win it, so dress your best and show up to party Harder!
Also on Saturday: VNYL’s Halloween Ball! Besides a dance party like Plano has never seen before, VNYL will be giving away $1500 in cash prizes for the top costumes, so be sure to dress in the funniest/sexiest/scariest/most creative costume you can dream up!
And one more thing: as much as we love the season for its ghosts and hauntings and ghoulish theatrical gore, we don’t want any of y’all to end up in a truly scary way – whatever your get-up is and wherever you go, get home safely! Whether that’s an Uber, Lyft, or the good grace of a designated driver, get a ride!
- How ’Bout This Weather?!
By now, you’ve probably filled up on Texas weather memes (the one about the temp dropping from 90 to 55 like it just saw a state trooper is our favorite) so we won’t post any, but suffice to say, Fall is here, though this kinda feels more like winter. But whatever the weather does – and this being Texas and all, the weather can do anything, anytime, anywhere – your pals at your local Harder Concepts bar and grill are ready to slide a beer or a cocktail your direction when you get stir crazy from watching the rain drizzle down your windows and need to get out of the house. Call your buds and/or squad and warm up with some beverages and bites at your favorite Harder Concept bar!
Don’t forget about Saintsbury Tavern’s, wonderful wing special every Monday – come by to watch Monday Night Football and get 50-cent Boneless Wings and $1 Coors Banquet beers, plus all other domestics for only $3. What better way to check in on your fantasy football picks than with some cheap wings and beers?
Thursday night’s game is the Broncos and Cardinals, kicking off at 7p. Saturday’s top college games include Oklahoma and TCU at 11a, ’Bama and Tennessee at 2:30p, and University of Central Florida and East Carolina at 6p – UCF is ranked at 10 right now, so it should be an interesting game, especially if TCU turns it up on the Sooners and pulls out a surprise W. Of course, the game you don’t wanna miss on Sunday is the Cowboys/Redskins showdown at 3:30p, but we’re also stoked about the Saints and Ravens at 3p – we’ll have both games on, plus whatever other ones you wanna watch, because we have a ton of TVs. Whether you live in Plano, Addison, or The Colony, there’s a Harder Concepts bar and grill waiting to be your football watching HQ, so belly up to the bar during football season at Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, the Mucky Duck, Addison Ice House, or Saintsbury Tavern! Come get beers and watch the game with us!
- Official FC Dallas Watch Party!
Hey football (aka soccer) fans, Saintsbury Tavern is hosting the Official FC Dallas Watch Party on Saturday! Watch your favorite pro soccer team facing off against DC United. The ball drops at 3:55p, and you’ll have a chance to win some sweet autographed FC Dallas swag! The Watch Party starts at 3:30p. See y’all then!
And speaking of Saintsbury Tavern, they’re doing a killer Monday Night Football special -- $0.50 Boneless Wings on Mondays. $1 Coors Banquet and $3 domestics! We’re pretty confident that’s the best deal you can find in North Dallas on a Monday, so bring some bucks and belly up for a Yellowbelly and some cheap wings!
The Fighting Irish are looking pretty good this year, and we’re kinda pulling for them to elbow their way to the semis. They play Pittsburgh on Saturday at 1:30p. Come catch this game with your friends at your nearest Harder Concepts location!
- Hockey Is Back!
The Stars season opener is this Thursday, and we are super stoked for a “stellar” season! Maybe this will be the one where they bring the Cup home for some victorious hijinks! All you North Dallas Stars fans, we hope to see your faces and jerseys at your favorite Harder Concepts location! The puck drops Thursday at 7:30p against Phoenix, so join us for opening night action!
Thursday is also National Taco Day, and Saintsbury Tavern and the Mucky Duck are sliding some free tacos your way when you buy a drink during happy hour! Celebrate this wonderful culinary invention’s big day with your amigos at Harder Concepts!
And on Friday: MORE TACOS!
Scruffy Duffies has free Friday happy hour tacos now, too!
While it’s fun to head to east Dallas and watch this annual showdown, let’s face it: it can get pretty wild and congested over that way. That’s why Saintsbury Tavern is throwing a Texas/OU watch party on Saturday, so all you North Dallas fans can catch the game and get down with some drinks without hours of traffic after the game is over. The game will be on at all the other Harder Concepts locations, too. College football fun is just an Uber ride away!
Saintsbury Tavern gets spicy this Sunday with its very first Chili Cookoff. Designed to be an annual event, competitors will cook their secret recipe off-site and bring it in by 5:30p for judging at 6p. The entrance fee is $5, and there’s a $100 prize for the best and a $50 prize for the next-best! We’ll also have the Cowboys game on (they’re playing the Texans), and Seth Jones is playing a solo set on the patio from 6-7:30p. See you Sunday! Hope you’re hungry!
- There’s Like, This Totally ’80s Party!
Saintsbury Tavern is throwin’ back to the ’80s on Saturday night with a totally radical party – if you have legwarmers and spandex, this is the best reason to stretch ’em on! We’ll have the decade’s best jams blastin’, and we’re gonna be ready to party in our loudest, Reagan-era costumes. Whether your ’80s flavor is Sunset Strip Hair Metal, Madonna, the Goonies, or Cobra Kai, get dressed up and get down with us!
Also known as “Business As Usual Day,” Friday celebrates one of the world’s oldest inventions, which is coincidentally our favorite beverage. As you are probably aware, each Harder Concepts location has a carefully curated selection of locally brewed beers as well as craft brews from all over the country and the world, plus the good ole’ standbys like Bud, Miller, and Coors. Get Uber or Lyfted to your favorite Harder Concept spot and knock back some bottles, cans, and/or pints of one of mankind’s greatest ideas!
Week 4 of the NFL Season is upon us, and if you haven’t been by a Harder Concepts bar on a Football Day yet, you’re missing out on a super fun party! Each bar is basically like a church for football fans, and like every congregation, the more the merrier! This Saturday, we’re the most stoked for the West Virginia – Texas Tech game at 11a, the Baylor – Oklahoma game at 2:30p, and the Ole Miss – LSU game at 8:15p. As for Sunday, the Cowboys play at noon, but we’ll be keeping tabs on all the other lunchtime games as well. Whatever your team is, get to your local Harder Concept bar and grill early because those tables fill up fast! See y’all this weekend!
- Jets Game Thursday Night!
If you love the New York Jets, come in for a landing (see what we did there?) at Addison Ice House, the official base for North Texas Jets fans! Their game against the Cleveland Browns kicks off at 7:20p, and this is a great opportunity to show off that Sam Darnold or Quincy Enunwa jersey you’ve been waiting to rock.
Scruffy Duffies is open on Saturdays and Sundays in time for your favorite football games – Saturday’s college matchups you don’t want to miss include Michigan and Nebraska and Georgia and Missouri, both at 11a; Alabama and Texas A&M at 2:30p; and the Official Michigan State Watch Party at 6: 30p. On Sunday, NFL action starts with Texans and Giants at noon – as well as the games between Buffalo and Minnesota, the Packers and the Redskins, and the 49ers and Chiefs; at the Mucky Duck, they’re hosting a Ravens watching party at noon, too – and the Cowboys play Seattle at 3:30p. Scruffy Duffies has a huge beer selection and plenty of your favorite pub grub items, so get there for lunch and stay for America’s Team!
This weekend is the world-famous Addison Oktoberfest at Addison Circle Park, and we’re excited for four days of polka, pretzels, sauerkraut, and of course, delicious, Munich-style beer! Everything you need to know, from what to eat to each day’s scheduled entertainment to where to park, can be found here, and if you’re looking for a place to chill before and after the event, that can be found at the Mucky Duck! The Duck will have specials on Oktoberfest beers and brats. We hope to see you this weekend!
- Tacos with Sol at Saintsbury Tavern!
Saintsbury Tavern has another free taco night on Thursday, and for this week’s fiesta, they’re partnering up with Sol Beer. Bottles of Sol are only $4 each, and tacos are free when you buy a drink! Pretty great (and cheap) way to get an early start on the weekend, right?
Get your jerseys on, because the Cowboys first home game kicks off this Sunday at 7:20p! We’re doing watch parties at all Harder Concepts locations, and we’d love to see you and your crew at one of our tables for the game! Come by early and snag a table, because, on gameday, we fill up fast! See y’all on Sunday!
And More Football
As you probably know, this time of year features football games four days a week, starting with the Thursday night game, filling up Saturday with college games, and Sunday with the NFL, and finishing strong with that fall favorite, Monday Night Football. Whatever your favorite team is, we probably have it on, and if not, we’ll find your game because we have NFL Sunday Ticket, so drop by on game day to your favorite Harder Concepts location and settle in with some beers and bites!
- Taco Bandito Night at Saintsbury Tavern!
Thursday night (aka tonight), Saintsbury Tavern is hosting a free taco night with a twist – Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is gonna be in the house to celebrate the glory of tacos with specially priced cans of Neato Bandito! The Dallas-based brewery’s Mexican-style lager is a great compadre for our complimentary tacos, and on Thursday night only, they’re only $4! The Free Tacos party goes from 6-8p, so get your amigos together and join us at Saintsbury Tavern!
Cowboys Season Kickoff!
Holy cow! Boy are we glad the NFL’s regular season is back – we were getting antsy watching these preseason games! But lo and behold, the Dallas Cowboys kick off the 2018-2019 season at 3:25p this Sunday, taking on the Panthers at B of A Stadium. Will we be having watch parties? YOU BETCHA! Football season is our favorite sports season of the year, and we are ready for football action with all the beer and snacks and friendly staff you could hope for. The doors at (most) Harder Concepts locations open at 11a, so come early to get a table, because we’re gonna get packed! See y’all on Sunday! GO COWBOYS!
Hey North Dallas Jets fans, don’t forget y’all have a home here, too – Addison Ice House is your official New York Jets watching location, and we are stoked to watch your boys with you on Monday night, when the Jets start their season in Detroit, at Ford Stadium against the Lions. Kickoff is at 6:25p, so come by for happy hour and get settled with a beer!
And If You’re a Michigan State Fan…
Scruffy Duffies is the Official Fan Location for North Dallas Michigan State fans! We hope to see y’all on Saturday night when they play Arizona State!
- Hop on the Big Red Bus for One More Party at the Yard!
As the Roughriders’ season comes to a close, we’re doing one more trip to the Party at the Yard on the Big Red Bus on Thursday, starting with a pre-party at Scruffy Duffies! Your ticket includes a pre-party tailgate at Scruffy Duffies, the trip to the game on the bus, and admission to the block party at the game! As always, the folks from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. will be there with the beer, so grab a ticket, hop on the bus, and enjoy a little Thursday evening throwdown at the best regular sports party in North Dallas! The party starts at Scruffy Duffies at 5:30p, and you can buy your tickets right here at Prekindle.com.
The Cowboys play the Texans in the Last Pre-Season Game!
Thursday night, the Cowboys play their last pre-season game, facing the Texans at 7p. We’ll be doing watch parties at each Harder Concepts location, so get your gang together and meet up for the last of the Cowboys “appetizer” games.
Aloha! Sunday evening, we’re saying bye to summer in style with a tropical-themed party at Saintsbury Tavern. The End of Summer Luau will be the chilliest hangout sesh you’ve had all summer, with a Hawaiian-themed hog roast, discounted Fish Bowls, and live music courtesy, Dave Semans. Give those white pants one more go-round for the year and pair ’em with your best aloha shirt – while we may not be in the islands, we’re gonna pretend! The End of Summer Luau starts at 6:30p! Aloha!
- Comedy Show at VNYL!
Why stay in on Sunday night when you could be hanging at VNYL, cracking up at some live stand-up comedy? L.A.-based comic and Joe Rogan-regular Justin Foster is dropping by VNYL to lay some laughs on you, with opening bits courtesy Tyson Faifer and Demetrie King. You can get tickets online for only $8 or at the door the night of the show for $12, but either way, these dudes are hella funny, and you don’t want to miss this hilarious show!
Besides “can I get a shot of Fireball?” one of the most frequently asked questions at each Harder location is “what are y’alls special today?” Each bar is different, and the specials vary from day to day, but here’s a sampler while you plan your week. Starting on Monday, pop into Scruffy Duffies for half-price dine-in pizza. On Tuesday at Ringo’s Pub and Addison Ice House, there’s Live Trivia (which features fun prizes and in-game specials), while the Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern both have sweet deals on burgers. Wednesdays nights: head to Scruffy Duffies for Rock ’N Roll Bingo, the Mucky Duck for their Live Trivia night, or Saintsbury Tavern for their half-price pizza special. Then on Thursday, both the Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern offer complimentary tacos with your drink purchase. Plan your drinkin’ week accordingly!
- Need a Spot for Your Fantasy Football Draft?
Give us a shout if you need a place for your fantasy football draft! All five Harder Concepts locations have plenty of seats, TVs, and all the beer and snacks you could hope for, with great (and free, of course) WiFi signals and awesome food and drink specials. Hit up your favorite spot on Facebook and book your Fantasy Football Draft party today!
This Thursday, get down with ya girls DJ Sno White, DJ Kenzi Sway, and DJ LING LING as they spin the hottest jams for a special female-forward service industry night at VNYL! VNYL’s getting the party rolling with some $5 Crown-and-down and $100 bottles, and best of all, there’s no cover! We’re keepin' it lit 'til the weekend’s last call!
- Cowboys Kick Off Their Preseason!
The wait is over! Your beloved boys in blue and silver are stepping onto the field on Thursday night for their first pre-season game, taking on the Niners at 9p! Drop by your favorite Harder Concepts location to catch the Cowboys stretch their legs with some touchdown runs, and don’t forget to ask your server what the daily drink special is – each location has its own primo deal!
Hey DFW Jets fans, we’re excited to invite y’all to another season of watching your boys at Addison Ice House, the official location for watching the monsters of MetLife Stadium. On Friday night, the Jets open their pre-season with a game against Atlanta, so get your green on and join your fellow fans at the Ice House for beers, snacks, and Jets football! Kick off is at 6:30p and happy hour starts at 3p if you wanna get a good seat and an early start!
We hope you’re ready to get totally radical because we’re throwing an ’80s throwback bash at VNYL on Sunday night, starring your favorite ’80s rockers Awesome Sauce! Awesome Sauce will be rockin’ your favorite Reagan-era party jams, and they’re gonna feature some special guests throughout the night, so tease up that hair, stretch out that spandex, and come party with us!
- Preseason Football Party!
It seemed like forever ago that the Super Bowl ended and we were left without football, but that’s silly because it returns every year at the beginning of August with the preseason games! The 2018-2019 season is officially a few weeks away, but the preseason games start Thursday night at 7p with the Ravens and Bears game! Of course, each Harder Concepts location will have the game on, but at Saintsbury Tavern, we’re starting the evening off with free tacos during happy hour – come by for some drinks and complimentary tacos, stay for the start of another spectacular season of the NFL!
This Thursday, raise a glass of your favorite India Pale Ale for National IPA Day! We don’t know if this is statistically true or not, but anecdotally, IPAs seem to be the most popular craft beer style in America, so grab your buddies and come by for a draft or can of your favorite hoppy delight! BTW, what’s your favorite locally produced IPA? There’s a good chance we have it, so be sure to ask your server which ones are on tap and in the cooler!
It’s International Beer Day on Friday! Whether you’re a fan of pales, IPAs, stouts, sours, wheats, lagers, pilsners, or the good ol’ fashioned staples from AB and Miller-Coors, let’s all cheer beer! It’s one of mankind’s oldest and greatest inventions, and the best way to celebrate it is to drink it! Belly up to the bar at your favorite Harder Concepts spot and have a couple!
And a Finally,
Emerald City is bringing their high-energy live band experience to VNYL on Friday night, so if you’ve been missing live music, pop in to party with this excellent, eclectic band! Emerald City is renowned for their spot-on renditions of your favorite pop hits from across the decades, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to get you in the party mood! The music starts at 8p! Get ready to dance!
- Saintsbury Tavern Is, Like, Totally Throwing an ’80s Party!
Great news! You finally have an excuse to buy a can of Aquanet, feather that hair, push up the sleeves of your white sport coat, zip up a Member’s Only jacket, or slip into some sexy Jazzercize leggings, because on Saturday, July 28th, Saintsbury Tavern is doing a totally awesome Throwback to the ’80s Party! Dress to impress someone with a giant car phone and even bigger bangs, and prepare to rock your best, most dated dance moves to the top hits from 30+ years ago. The trip to the past begins at 7p. Smell ya later, nerds!
Ringo’s Pub celebrates its 9th anniversary, and we couldn’t be prouder – what started as a dream to open an English-style pub with UK beers and traditional grub like fish ’n chips and shepherd’s pie turned into a reality, and here we are almost a decade later carefully crafting that perfect pour of Guinness! As it turns out, Guinness is sponsoring our celebration, and they’re bringing some fun swag. Rock out to live music, and dig into some tasty eats – besides our usual menu, we’ll also be roasting a whole hog, and we’ll have some killer drink specials in honor of our 9 years of offering the people of Plano a proper pub experience. Cheers, mates!
- Saintsbury Tavern Turns 4!
We don’t know what you did when you turned four, but Saintsbury Tavern is celebrating its 4th anniversary with beer and live music! This Sunday, join your friends and the Saintsbury staff at our Austin Ranch hangout to grab some brews, eat some food, and rock out to your favorite ’80s party rock with Awesome Sauce. Jerry’s Famous BBQ will be on hand for your delighted consumption, there’s a cornhole tournament, and we’re serving $3 canned beers and $8 specialty fishbowls all day long. The party starts rockin’ at 6p. Swing by and raise some beers to Saintsbury’s four years!
This Thursday, VNYL’s kicking off the weekend with a bumpin’ party starring DJ Kenzi Sway. While she drops the bass, we’re dropping a hot drink special on you -- $5 Crown ’N Down all night long. The party starts at 8p – come get lit at North Dallas’ hottest nightclub!
Whether you sip it, shoot it, dress it, chill it, or pour it in a tall glass with salt, soda, and grapefruit juice, tequila is awesome. Pretty much everybody has a story about it, and on Tuesday, we hope to hear your best ones as each Harder Concepts location celebrates Mexico’s most popular liquor! Salud, amigos! Viva la tequila!
- Final Week of the World Cup!
The world’s biggest soccer event winds down to its final match on Sunday – Tuesday and Wednesday’s semi-final games will determine which teams will faceoff for the 2018 championship, and there’s also the third-place game at 9a on Saturday, when Belgium takes on whoever loses the England/Croatia semi-final game. Join us on Sunday for the exciting conclusion to the biggest international sports showdown this side of the Olympics! We have three locations open early Sunday for the game - Ringo's Pub will be open at 10a, Saintsbury Tavern will be open at 9a, the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House will be open at 9:30a.
Our friends at Four Corners Brewery just hit the big time, as the popularity of their delicious beers like Local Buzz and El Chingon has drawn the attention of Constellation Brands, the conglomerate in charge of your south-of-the-border favorites, Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico, as well as two reputable American craft breweries, Ballast Point and Funky Buddha. Constellation Brands just acquired Four Corners, and now beer drinkers all over the world will get a taste of what we’ve been enjoying for the past few years. It’s a huge win for a local company, and we’re stoked that the rest of the world gets to share in a tasty Texas secret. Cheers to you, Four Corners!
- Happy Independence Day!
From all of us at Harder Concepts, we hope your Independence Day is full of friends, fam, dogs (both the furry, barking kind and the ones you put on the grill), beers, fireworks, and toasts to the greatest country in the world. We love America, and we’re lucky to be here!
Each Harder Concepts location is closed for the July 4th holiday, but we’ll be back in action at regular opening times on Thursday. Also on Thursday: free tacos at the Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern. Buy a drink, grab a taco, say hello to your friends between mouthfuls of deliciousness! See y’all on the 5th!
There’s about another week and a half of World Cup action, with the quarterfinal games starting on Friday with France and Uruguay at 9a. You’ll have to catch that one at home, but Ringo's Pub will be open in time for the match between Brazil and Belgium at 1p. If you think in terms of food, that game will be like acai berries on a thick, puffy waffle. Or chimichurri sauce on a thick, puffy waffle, whichever you prefer.
- Kaboom Town!
It’s that time of year when the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in the air give proof through the night that Addison loves to celebrate Independence Day! Kaboom Town, the city’s annual Independence Day fireworks extravaganza is on Tuesday, July 3, and per usual, the Mucky Duck is the official spot for pre- and post-Kaboom Town partying. We’ll have barbecue, beers, and live music on hand to make sure your Independence Day tributes are loud and proud, so toast American freedom with some drinks after you watch some truly dazzling, explosive sky art. Wear your stars and stripes with pride!
World Cup Continues!
Wanna watch the World Cup? The tournament has a couple more weeks left, and the round of 16 games start on Saturday. Who’s your favorite? We’re gonna go with Portugal, who play Uruguay on Saturday at 1p, because we hear they have nice beaches there, or maybe Croatia because it’s where they film the King’s Landing scenes from Game of Thrones (that game is on Sunday at 1p). No matter what, we’ll have the afternoon games on at your favorite Harder Concepts spot, and we hope to see you and your team jersey waving a scarf at the bar! GOOOOOOOOOOAL!
Happy Hour Specials
As the days get hotter, the best thing you can do outside a dip in the pool is cool off with an ice-cold draft or can of craft beer, and each Harder Concepts locations comes packed with the best local brews you could ask for, plus plenty of the tried-and-true Big Beer favorites. So whether you’re keen on the Texas brewery scene or proud to toast your buds with a hearty “Dilly dilly,” drop by one of our spots for a bite and a frosty beverage. We’re here to help you beat the heat.
- FC Dallas Watch Party!
As if there isn’t enough awesome soccer action going on right now, we’re “kicking” even more your way this weekend with an FC Dallas Watch Party at Scruffy Duffies this Saturday! Our boys are in New York to play the Red Bulls, so we thought it would be fun to get the fans together to watch an away game from the comfort of your favorite brews ’n bites hangout. Of course, getting together with fellow fans to watch a game is cool and all, but we’re making it an Official Occasion by bringing in the FC Dallas Girls and FC Dallas Drum, and Tex Hooper and the team reps will be tossing out some sweet giveaways and prizes! The match starts at 5p, so join us on Saturday afternoon to watch FC Dallas rock NY!
VNYL’s Grand Opening!
Get ready to get your groove on, North Dallas, because VNYL’s grand opening is finally here! While we were bummed to shut the doors on the Brixton, we’re super stoked to reopen the space as VNYL, and we’re ready to offer y’all a signature nightclub experience with killer cocktails and tight jams courtesy DFW’s top DJs, many of who spin actual vinyl records! It’s old skool style in a thoroughly modern setting, and you’re gonna wanna look your best for this opening weekend party. VNYL gets going on Thursday, and the grand opening party goes off every night! See you there!
- World Cup Time!
Live from Russia… it’s the 2018 FIFA World Cup! Starting Thursday, soccer er, football fans the world over will be glued to the TV (or the fields, if they’re one of the fortunate thousands who are watching from stadium seats) to watch their favorite countries face off in the biggest game of the planet’s most popular sport. Some of those people live here in North Texas, and if you’re one of them, we want to let you know that we’ll have the games on for your viewing pleasure, with Ringo’s Pub being the main Harder Concepts location for World Cup action. Ringo’s will be open at 11a and they’re offering daily World Cup drink specials, so put on your favorite jersey and come by for pints, bites, and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLs!
On Saturday, we’re teaming up with Plano Magazine for a Father’s Day Weekend brews cruise to three awesome breweries: Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co., Four Bullets Brewery, and Union Bear Brewing Co. Starting at Ringo’s Pub, we’ll hop on the Big Red Bus at 10:30a sharp (which shouldn’t be problem, because dads love being early) and head out for a day of hoppy, happy beer times, guided by the expertise of a local beer pro. At each stop, you’ll get three 5 oz beer samples, and the trip includes a brown bag lunch and a souvenir beer glass. Space is limited, so grab a spot for you and your dad (and your mom and/or your siblings) online at this handy ticketing link. Cheers to Father’s Day beers!
- Help the Mucky Duck Win Some Awards!
It’s Best of Addison season again, and we’re very excited to announce that the Mucky Duck is up for two Readers Choice awards: Best Fries and Best Place to Drink Craft Beer! Seeing as how we take pride in both our food and our beverage selection, we’re proud to have been nominated, and if you need to be reminded about what makes our fries and our tap wall so special, feel free to drop by and order up a plate (we highly recommend the cheese fries with the works) and cold, tasty, local craft draft. Voting is open until June 17th, and you can make your selections at AddisonMagazine.com.
FC Dallas has a home game this Saturday against the Montreal Impact, and we’re doing another pre-party/Big Red Bus trip to Toyota Stadium to cheer ’em on! Per usual, we’ll be meeting at Ringo’s Pub for drinks at 5:30p and hitting the road around 6:30p for the 7p game. If you’ve never been to an FC Dallas game, there’s no better way to go than with a pre-party and a ride on a party bus! Get your tickets right here!
The NBA and NHL Finals!
If we’re being honest, things aren’t looking great for LeBron and the Cavs, but anything can happen, and Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Wednesday at 8p. Maybe they’ll make a miracle happen! As for the Stanley Cup Finals, the Capitals are in it to win it on Thursday at 7p, but the Golden Knights might have some of that brand-new-expansion-team-shocking-everyone-with-an-incredible-inaugural-season magic left in them, so who knows! Both basketball’s and hockey’s championship series have been kind of surprising, so join us this week and see how sports history unfolds!
- Live Music and Free Queso!
One of the best things about summer in Addison is the Addison Summer Series, a weekly concert every Friday evening that takes place at either Addison Circle Park or Beckert Park. It’s a free, all-ages show from 7-9p, and this season’s series kicks off this Friday with the Jordan Kahn Orchestra at Addison Circle Park, which is conveniently in the vicinity of the Mucky Duck. The Mucky Duck is celebrating the concerts that happen in its ’hood by offering free chips and queso (with a drink purchase) and a 15% discount on food items, so be sure to drop by the Duck for a beer and a snack to go with the show!
As we all know, dogs are pretty much the best (even when they’re the worst, like when you come home and find they’ve explored the trash can again, they’re still pretty awesome), and on Sunday, Dallas Pets Alive will be at Saintsbury Tavern holding a dog adoption event. Besides some loveable, adoptable dogs, you can also grab a free hot dog if you donate a dollar to help DPA’s operating costs. Make this summer even awesomer by bringing home a new furry friend!
The NBA Finals Start Thursday!
Bummer about the Rockets. But hey, that’s the breaks, right? Hopefully, Chris Paul’s hammy gets better, and he and Eric Gordon and James Harden and the rest can make it all the way next season. Even though our boys in Houston are out, we’re still stoked about watching the Finals, because there is no better basketball than that which happens at the end of the NBA’s season. Game 1 of the Finals is Thursday night at 8p. Can LeBron make it happen this time? Watch the Finals with us and find out!
- The Brixton’s Last Waltz
Maybe you’ve heard the news, maybe you haven’t. But here it is again: after about a year, we’re shutting down the Brixton. Long story short, we started out with a general contractor who was in way over his head, and those costs made keeping our head above water with this venue more challenging than we could handle. Sadly, this week will be the Brixton’s last. We’re going out with a bang, though. The Brixton’s final weekend is packed with live music – Thursday happy hour has blues masters Jim Martin and the Fallen Souls. Friday night is the party rock stylings of Emerald City. And Saturday night we’re “stayin’ alive” with everyone’s favorite disco throwbacks, LeFreak! So while we’re a little bummed to have to go in a different direction, we’re still stoked to party with the amps turned up to eleven one last time. Please join us this week as we send the Brixton off to live music heaven and get ready to get down when the space reopens as VNYL, Plano’s first and only nightclub!
One more thing: while our dream to run a music venue didn’t pan out like we planned, we are incredibly grateful to our staff, customers, and all the musicians who graced our stage and played their hearts out. Thank y’all so much!
Memorial Day Weekend
Patio season is in full swing, and this coming weekend has the added the bonus of an added day, so we hope to see your faces smiling behind a pint or a rocks glass at one of our outdoor tables. No matter what, though, don’t forget why we have Monday off – while you’re enjoying a drink in the sun, give some thoughts of gratitude to all of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to make America what it is today!
- Ringo’s Is Up for Another Award!
Exciting news! Looks like Ringo’s Pub is nominated again for a couple of awards for Plano Magazine’s annual Best of Plano issue! Your favorite neighborhood pub is up for both Best Beer Selection and Best Bar Food, and if you’d like to help us win, hit up this link and check the circles by Ringo’s Pub name! You can vote daily until May 27th, please and thank you!
Watch the Rockets Take Off!
If you root for the Houston Rockets and are looking for a spot to watch their series against Golden State, drop by Addison Ice House to watch the games, as it is the Official Watch Party Location for Houston fans in North Texas. Of course, Warriors fans are welcome, but we’re gonna be cheering for James Harden and the boys as they try to launch a trip to the championship. Though they’re currently down 1-0 against Golden State, the Rockets have plenty of heat in their game, and we’re stoked to see if they can vanquish the Warriors’ quest for back-to-back trophies. Game 2 of the series is tonight (Wednesday), and tip-off is at 8p. See you Rockets fans this evening!
This weekend is Taste Addison, and outside of Kaboomtown, it’s probably our favorite local event, as the city’s brightest spots for eating and drinking bring out their best grub and bevvies to Addison Circle for a weekend of tasty fun. For foodies, in particular, Taste Addison is a slice of heaven, but even if you don’t know the difference between tartar sauce and steak tartare, you’ll still have a blast. And in accordance with annual tradition, the Mucky Duck is the official Taste Addison pre- and post-party location. So after you’ve made the rounds exploring the food and drink festival, come by the Duck for some low-key hang time!
- Crawl on the Bus!
Get your drinking pants out of the dryer, because we’re loading up the Big Red Bus for lil’ Friday night pub crawl action. Staring at the Mucky Duck, we’ll head to the Shops at Legacy for rounds at Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies before trippin’ to Austin Ranch to say hi to our pals at Saintsbury Tavern. After some drinks over there, we’ll close out the night back in Addison. Sounds like a pretty solid Friday, right? Tickets are available here! Spots are limited (the bus is big, but it’s not, you know, infinite), so grab yours today!
Big Red Bus FC Dallas Par-Tay!
On Saturday afternoon, we’re pilin’ in the Big Red Bus (it’s getting a lot of action these days!) for another trek to Frisco to watch FC Dallas play L.A. Galaxy. The game is sold out, but we still have tickets available that are part of our party package. We’re offering a pre-party tailgate at Saintsbury Tavern, a ride to Toyota Stadium on the Big Red Bus, and admission to the match! Tickets are only $40, and they’re available right here. Get ’em while they last – they’re going fast!
Don’t Forget Mom!
Finally, Sunday is Mother’s Day! Your mom loves brunch just like you do, so bring her by your favorite Harder Concepts location for a bite and a drink! We’d love to see her sweet face!
- Cinco de Derby Weekend!
Not that we ever need an excuse to party, but Saturday has two reasons to raise a pint glass – Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby – so we’re gettin’ down with three fun events! The first one is pre-Cinco de Mayo bash on Thursday, in which we’ll start with drinks at Scruffy Duffies at 5:30p before boarding the Big Red Bus to go to the RoughRiders block party at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Your ticket includes the Deep Ellum Brewing Co.-sponsored pre-party, the ride on the bus, and admission to the RoughRider block party. If you wanna grab a seat on the Bus, get your ticket here!
Then, on Saturday, we’re celebrating both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby with Cinco de Derby parties at Addison Ice House and Saintsbury Tavern. At the Ice House, Noble Wolf Vodka will be in the house giving out samples of their grapefruit vodka, and we’ll be making mint juleps (the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby) with Woodford Reserve – if you’re a craft cocktail aficionado, you’re gonna wanna sample one (or more than one) of these! Following the race, we’re switching horses from bourbon to tequila, with frozen margaritas made with Dulce Vida and ’ritas on the rocks made with Casa Amigos! And over in Austin Ranch, Saintsbury Tavern’s party features specials on Patrón and Dos Equis, as well as our famous taco bar, with a live performance by none other than Warren Dunlevy! Book your rides now, because Saturday’s parties are gonna be lit!
- Official Ravens Fans, Fly by for Our Official NFL Draft Party
This Thursday, the Mucky Duck is host to a different kind of bird – they’ll be hosting an official draft party for the Baltimore Ravens! From 4-7p, the Flock is roosting at the Duck, and this draft party is not to be missed! Besides a nice lil’ drink special ($3.75 Bud Light tall boys), $5 appetizers, and a free taco bar (while supplies last), the Ravens cheerleaders will be in the house, and they’re bringing Poe with them! And then, from 5-7p, former Ravens running back Justin Forsett is gonna make an appearance!
Wednesday’s wet weather notwithstanding, we’re about to be in the best part of patio season, when the sun is out, the air is warm, the drinks are cold, and the company is chill. Join your buds at your favorite Harder Concepts location’s outdoor seating area for some frosty beverages – each spot has a great happy hour, and its own daily specials, so be sure to ask your server what the deal of the day is!
- Get on the Big Red Bus for an FC Dallas Party!
On Saturday, we’re taking the Big Red Bus to Toyota Stadium to watch FC Dallas take on Philadelphia Union, and you’re invited! The game package includes a pre-party tailgate at Ringo’s Pub, the bus ride to Toyota Stadium, and entry to the game! Space is limited, so get your ticket here to ensure your seat on the bus!
Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Pub Crawl!
Friday night at Saintsbury Tavern, Deep Ellum Brewing Company is in the house for a fun party to celebrate their beers and promote their highly anticipated vodka! Besides glassware and swag giveaways, there’ll be killer specials on Deep Ellum Lager and Deep Ellum Vodka, so be sure to drop by and try ’em out!
Rockets Fans, Where You At?
The NBA playoffs are rolling, and Addison Ice House is excited to be the official Houston Rockets Bar for North Dallas, so if you’re a Rockets fan, come by the Ice House for a beer and a bite while watching your boys blast through the semis – they’re currently up 1-0 against the T-Wolves, and game 2 of the series is on Wednesday night at 8:30p!
- The Duck Has Been Around for Seven Years!
As the saying goes, time flies when you’re havin’ fun, and we’ve had so much fun at the Mucky Duck that we almost forgot that Wednesday, April 11 is the Duck’s seventh anniversary! As our first bar in Addison, the Mucky Duck was a dream come true, because way back when, we used to hang out at the original Mucky Duck at the Prestonwood Mall, and we always hoped we’d be able to make our own version of that dearly departed drinkery, which is why our bar on Addison circle bears that name in loving tribute. The Mucky Duck has been a cornerstone of the Harder Concepts brand, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who’s ever stepped through the doors, drank a beer (or three), and come back for more, as well as all the people who are or have been members of the Mucky Duck team. Thanks a lot, y’all. Here’s to another awesome seven years!
Let’s forget about last Saturday’s cold snap and get excited for another season of beautiful weather, the kind that’s perfect for grabbing a cold beer, putting on sunglasses, and relaxing on your favorite Harder Concepts patio. Whether you’re hanging at Ringo’s Pub or Scruffy Duffies in Plano, the Mucky Duck or Addison Ice House in Addison, or Saintsbury Tavern in Austin Ranch, our patios are designed to maximize your warm-weather good times. Come by for happy hour and enjoy some sun!
- RoughRiders Opening Day!
Get ready to get your tailgate on this Thursday, as we celebrate the Frisco RoughRiders Opening Day! Your favorite Double-A Rangers affiliate kicks off their season on Thursday evening, and we’re starting the night off with a tailgate party at Scruffy Duffies before hopping on the Big Red Bus and heading to an even bigger block party, the very first Deep Ellum Brewing Party at the Yard – featuring none other than DJ Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa! Your ticket includes the party at Scruffy’s, the Big Red Bus ride, and admission to the block party, located in the area outside the outfield wall of Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Food is all-you-can-eat, and there will be great drink specials, too! For more information and to buy tickets, click here, but don’t sit on this, because space is limited and seats on the bus are going fast! Don’t miss the biggest party in North Texas!
Oh hey, favorite holiday, nice to see you again! As anyone who’s ever been to a Harder Concepts bar and grill knows, we love beer. From the most under-the-radar, small-batch local brew to your favorite big-box domestics, beer is our favorite beverage. This Saturday is National Beer Day, and we’ll be raising a can, and glass, and bottle in celebration of one of humanity’s greatest achievements! Please join us! Cheers!
- Final Four Saturday
The last two games of the 2018 NCAA basketball semi-finals are on Saturday when the final four teams compete to move onto the championship game on Monday night! We’re stoked to see how this year’s tournament ends up – Kansas and Villanova weren’t too surprising, but Loyola making it this far has been a pretty cool bonus! Game 1 pits Michigan against Loyola-Chicago at 5:50p, and in game 2, Villanova and Kansas square off at 7:50p. Whether your bracket’s busted or you’re some kind of mathematical odds wizard and have made perfect picks, join us at your favorite Harder Concept for these awesome college basketball games – if you’re watching them at Scruffy Duffies or Saintsbury Tavern, enjoy half-price pizzas and deals on Miller Lite drafts during game time! And also, please join us for the championship game Monday night at 8:30p!
Easter is this weekend, and all locations except Addison Ice House will be open; Mucky Duck opens at 5p after the staff has found all those hidden eggs. See you this weekend!
- …And Now We’re Thinking About Next Year St. Pat’s Party!
Faith and begorrah! Our 9th annual St. Pat’s Day party was a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without all you partiers. So much music, so much beer, so much fun! From all of us at Harder Concepts, big thanks to everyone who came to our party – St. Patrick’s Day has always been our favorite drinking holiday, and y’all make the work we put into our annual block parties totally worth it. Next year will be our 10th one, and now that we’ve had a week to recover, we’re thinking about how to go even bigger. Thanks again for partying with us!
March Madness is crazy every year, and this year’s upsets are some real head-scratchers! If you would’ve told us A&M was gonna beat UNC, we would’ve patted you on the head and said “bless your heart,” but here we are, with the Tarheels calling it a day and A&M moving on to face Michigan in the Sweet 16. And who among you had even heard of UMBC??? Y’all know now, though, especially if you’re a fan of Virginia.
In any case, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds are this weekend, and we’re expecting even more wild wins and surprise losses. We’ll have all the games on, so join us for what is arguably the best basketball you’ll see all year!
- 9th Annual St. Pat’s Block Party is Saturday
This Saturday, March 17th, we are proudly presenting our annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at the Shops at Legacy. It’ll be our ninth time to put this bash together, and we are excited to say that it’s our biggest one yet. If you’ve been to any of the previous eight, you know we mean business. We’re taking over the parking lots for Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies, and spilling into the Brixton, and we’re ready with a veritable ocean of green beer, as well as a festival’s worth of live music – and this year’s lineup has something for everyone. Like country? Local Yoakam will be here to play your favorites from Dwight, Garth, King George, and More. How about rap? Hip Hop Hooray will be in the house to bump live versions of your favorite party jams. What about ’80s hair metal? Awesome Sauce has got you covered. Emerald City is ready to rock your favorite pop hits from the past 40 years, and finally, Le Freak is on deck to get your booty moving with their high energy disco tribute act, plus acoustic performers and DJs between each band. Ringo's Pub and Scruffy's open at 11a, and the Block Party gates open at 1:00p if you get here before 5p, your cover is half-price. Get your green on and join us for the biggest bash of the spring!
Keeping up with college basketball’s annual dance can feel like a whirlwind, but we’re here to help, as each Harder Concepts location has enough TVs to satisfy your bracket-guessing aspirations – depending on who you ask, the odds of picking a perfect March Madness are between 1 in 128 billion or 1 out of 9.2 quintillion, which is a 9 followed by 18 zeroes. But no matter how accurate your picks are, we hope you’ll catch your favorites over some beers and burgers at your favorite Harder Concept spot. We open in time for lunch! Come watch college basketball with us!
- St. Pat’s Day Pre-Party Pub Crawl!
Here at Harder Concepts, there is no bigger party than our St. Patrick’s Day block party bash. Every year, Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies team up for a huge blast of live music, green beer, and great times – we always try to top ourselves, and 2018 is no exception. In fact, we’re so stoked about our March 17th St Patrick’s Day party, we’re doing a celebratory pub crawl preview this Saturday, loading up the Big Red Bus for a drinktacular trek both to Saintsbury Tavern and the Mucky Duck before coming back to the Shops at Legacy to close out the night!
Starting at 7p, we’ll be grabbing some beers at Ringo’s Pub, before jumping on the BRB and heading to Saintsbury Tavern in Austin Ranch. We’ll hang at Saintsbury for a round and then boogie on down the road to Addison for more drinks at the Mucky Duck, after which, we’ll return to Plano to party at Scruffy Duffies. If you want a spot on the bus, hit us up on Facebook to reserve your spot – and if you have friends who’ve never been to our annual St. Patrick’s Block Party, bring ’em along for this partylicious preview pub crawl!
In 2016, fans of American Idol had to say goodbye to their beloved making-the-pop-star series, when Fox announced its 15th season would be its finale. But less than two years later, ABC announced that it would be rebooting Idol in 2018, and the new series premiere airs this Sunday night. One of the contestants is a bluesy R&B songwriter named Ron Bultongez, who, after immigrating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, made a home and a name for himself right here in Plano; he digs this town so much he named his first EP Thank You, Plano, and on Sunday night, he’ll be at the Brixton celebrating his Idol run when the nightclub and music venue hosts the Official Ron Bultongez Watch Party for the series’ premiere on Sunday, March 11th. The watch party kicks off at 5p, and Ron will be in the house, so be sure to drop by, watch the show, and show him some love!
- Kickoff FC Dallas’ Season With a Pub Crawl!
We are super excited to announce our partnership with FC Dallas, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting your friendly neighborhood pro soccer team – to kick off the 2018 season, we’re doing a Shops at Legacy pub crawl Friday night to celebrate FC Dallas’ season opener on Saturday. The pub crawl stops at Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, the Gingerman, and the Brixton, and in addition to appearances by FC Dallas’ drumline, spirit girls, and mascot, the first 200 people to show up get a free team scarf! Friday night’s pub crawl starts at 8p, and on Saturday, we’re bringing the Big Red Bus to Toyota Stadium for a lil’ tailgating action for their season opener against Real Salt Lake! We hope you’re as stoked as we are! Let’s help make FC Dallas’ 2018 season a huge hit!
Another Weekend of Awesome Live Music!
Get ready to bang your head on Friday night, when the Velcro Pygmies return to the Brixton to blast your favorite hard rock classics! VP are a perfect way to finish the FC Dallas pub crawl, so be sure to get your second winds ready and open up the reserves in your party tanks. Then on Saturday night, the InVersion Band is in the house and ready to party with their spot-on versions of every awesome pop and rock hit from the past 40 years. From Aerosmith to “Uptown Funk,” this band does it all – get ready to let loose and shake your thang!
- Scruffy Duffies’ National Margarita Day Party with Don Julio!
Thursday, February 22 is National Margarita Day, and we’re celebrating with a Build-Your-Own-Margarita party at Scruffy Duffies, sponsored by Don Julio! We’re encouraging y’all to branch out with this classic drink; there’s more to margs than sweet ’n sour and lime juice, and for this little shindig, we’re doing it like a Bloody Mary Bar. Order a Don Julio Blanco margarita, splash your favorite Smirnoff flavor on top, and then add your favorite mixers! Try it with a little bit of Smirnoff Raspberry and add some jalapeños to it, or add some Cointreau, then top it with OJ and Sprite – it’s a margarita party, so get loco, amigos! Of course, if you can’t make it to Scruffy Duffies, we’re celebrating at the other five Harder Concept locations, so drop by your favorite and toast the day with a refreshing, salty-and-sugary beverage!
Get your groove on with your favorite pop, dance, and funk hits when Emerald City hits the stage at the Brixton Friday night. They’re the reigning rulers of the North Texas cover band realm, and they’re one of our all-time favorite live acts, and if you’re putting on your best and stepping out on the town this Friday, slide over to our dance floor and party with EC’s irresistible energy!
- V-DAY IS HERE!
Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. For guys who are coupled up, this holiday might make for some stress, seeing as how advertisements and other media seem to turn up the pressure to do something special for those special someones. And while some wives and girlfriends might have outsized expectations, most of them just want their men to plan something that’s outside of the normal couple routine. Traditional Valentine’s Day stuff is great and all, but you don’t always have to go wild with the heart-shaped extravaganza. A lot of times, just taking the reins on a night out is what makes a big impact on the ladies. Of course, we love to help people have fun, and this Valentine’s Day, we have some stuff going on that’ll make your Valentine’s Day efforts give your bae all the feels.
If you’re in the Plano area, reserve a spot at our Valentine’s Dinner and Jazz concert – if you’re looking to do something that’s romantic and different, a four-course dinner for two and some mellow music is a perfect idea. For $60, you and your date each get an appetizer, a starter salad, a choice of main course (steak, salmon, or chicken, and each comes with a side), and choice of cheesecake for dessert, plus two glasses of champagne. Dallas crooner Jeremy Smith and his band will set the mood with a great selection of standards from the 1940s on up to some funky ’70s grooves. To grab your spot, go to the Brixton’s Facebook page, or call 972-307-0300.
In Austin Ranch, Saintsbury Tavern is whipping up a special Valentine’s Day treat: the kitchen wizards are making a big batch of chocolate strawberries filled with Patron XO! The strawberries will be in limited supply, so get ’em while they last! And whether you’re bae’d up or single, each Harder Concepts location has happy hour and chef specials to celebrate your romantic state of affairs – even if you think Valentine’s Day is a greeting card conspiracy, you’ll find something to make heading out on Wednesday worth your while at your favorite Harder Concepts bar and grill!
- Harder Concepts’ Mardi Gras Parties!
Looks like it’s that time of year again, where we’re all supposed to get all the partying out of our system before Lent starts on February 14, which means that February 13 is Fat Tuesday! To help you prepare your souls for a month of comparative contrition, we’re throwing Mardi Gras parties at the Mucky Duck, Saintsbury Tavern, and at all three of our locations in the Shops at Legacy (Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, and the Brixton!) Each one features beads, a crawfish boil, live music (Christian Sly is at the Duck, DJ Sean is at the Brixton, and the other spots feature fun surprise guests), and drink specials like $3 select cans and $5 Hurricane Punch at the Duck, and $4 Heinekens at Saintsbury! Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Need a Valentine's Day Date Idea? How About Our Party At the Brixton?
We’ll fill you in with the details next week, but we’re throwing a fun Valentine’s Day-themed party at the Brixton next Wednesday, which is great for all y’all who are stuck for an idea or do things at the last minute. Check back next Tuesday for the specifics – in the meantime, you can drop hints to your sweetie about “something special.”
- Lady’s Night at the Brixton!
Get your squad together because the Brixton’s ushering in the month of love with Ladies Night on Thursday 2/1, featuring none other than the Bachelorette’s James McCoy Taylor in the house to do a meet and greet and a raffle to win a date with him! Do you suppose he’ll give the lucky winner a rose? Either way, be sure to snap a pic with him!
The Brixton’s Weekend Party Bands!
The first weekend in February jams pretty hard at the Brixton! Friday night features DJ Sean Michaels, spinnin all the best jams. Then on Saturday, come on down and shake (shake shake) your booty with Le Freak, DFW’s premier tribute to hits of the disco era – you’ve never seen a groovier band than them, and if you’ve got polyester pants and platform shoes waiting for their time to shine, Saturday is the night to rock ’em! See y’all on the dance floor!
Super Bowl Sunday!
The biggest game of the year is here, and we are so ready to party, we’re practically shooting fireworks out of our eyes! Of course, we’ll have the game on at five of our locations, so whether you’re picking the Patriots or siding with the Eagles (as Cowboys fans, it’s tough to go with either this year, but football is football, right?), we want you to watch the game with us! We’ll be offering all-day drink specials at each location, as well as half-price pizza at Scruffy Duffies, free taco bars at the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House, and a real-deal tailgate party at Saintsbury Tavern – Harder Concepts BBQ master Jerry Elliot will be grilling for the game, canned beer is $3 all day long, and we have some sweet raffle prizes to dish out, so be sure to buy a ticket when you get there! Kick off is at 5:30p, but you'll want to get here early so you can get a table, and then we can discuss the odds of an Eagles victory over Tom Brady and the rest of the Pats’ powerhouse.
- Harder Concepts Inaugural Pub Crawl
Last Saturday we gave the Big Red Bus a test run with our barbecue tour, and this Saturday, we’re saddlin’ up again for our very first Harder Concepts Pub Crawl! It's time! Starting at Ringo’s Pub at 6:40p, we’ll head to the Mucky Duck in Addison, then Saintsbury Tavern in Austin Ranch, to finish the night at Scruffy Duffies around 10p. Your ticket includes a commemorative shirt, a swag bag, chips and queso, drink specials at each location, and free cover at the Brixton to watch Walton Stout! Though the bus is huge, space is limited, so email Kirsten at email@example.com to claim your seat. A special thank you to our sponsors Heineken, Dos XX, and Dulce Vida Tequila!
Join your friends at Addison Ice House for our Grammy’s Watch Party Sunday! This year’s award show is gonna be awesome – besides performances from Lady Gaga and Pink, Little Big Town, and Chris Stapleton! And since Absolut is sponsoring the green room at the Grammy’s, we’re doing drink specials with Absolut Lime all night! The show starts at 6p, so come hang out with us and party like a pop star!
- Like Barbecue? Get on the Bus!
We are excited to announce a beer-y delicious bus trip happening this Saturday – if you love barbecue and craft beer, then this “magical meat-stery tour” is right up your alley. We’re hopping on Harder Concepts’ Big Red Bus for a tour of best three bbq joints in North Dallas – Winner’s BBQ in Plano, Hutchins BBQ in Frisco, and Hard 8 BBQ in The Colony. The bus, customized ’65 Fleetline double-decker all the way from merry ol’ England, is stocked with local craft brews from Full Clip Distributors, so you’ll be able to wet your whistle on the way to sample each spot’s holy trinity of brisket, ribs, and sausage. The tour will start at Scruffy Duffies and is 21-and-up, while the bus is indeed spacious, seats are limited, so get your ticket at this link here!
…And Now for the Conference Championship Games!
Is it fair to say that the Titans didn’t stand a chance last weekend? While all the other divisional playoff games were, well, games, it’s no surprise that the Patriots are gunning for another AFC title. Will the Jaguars surprise the world with an upset? Join us this weekend and find out – the Jags and Pats play at 2p this Sunday, and the Eagles and Vikings face off in the NFC championship game on Sunday at 5:30p. Our locations will be open in time for kick off, and we’d love to have you over for brunch and beers before the games. Stake your seat and make your predictions!
If you wanna shake your booty this weekend the Brixton’s the place to show off your moves! Massive, high-energy pop band Emerald City is on Thursday night, and we’re turning the joint into a dance club circa the ’90s on Friday, which means… EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! Then on Saturday, get into the groove with PriMadonna, who’ll be covering your favorite jams by the Purple One and the Material Girl.
- Thanks, Bison Nation!
Big thanks to those North Dakota State University fans who came all the way down here to hang out with us at watch their boys win another FCS championship! The crowd at our three Shops at Legacy locations was awesome, and we had a ton of fun – we always pull for the Bison, because we love seeing the fans in town for the game. Thanks for calling Texas your home away from home, and congrats on the win! We hope next year’s season brings y’all our way for another big game!
This Friday (1/12), the Brixton gets sultry, sexy, and sassy, as the always dapper Eli Rose hosts a burlesque show starring the Texan Tigress of Tease, Minnie Mimieux! She, along with Raven Rose, Miss Tosh (from Los Angeles) and LouLou La Duchesse de Rierre (from Montreal) will be performing every thirty minutes, imbuing the Brixton’s plush, luxurious environs with an air of voluptuous glamour! If you’re looking for an excuse to get dressed up for a fun date night, this burlesque show is perfect! Cover is only $10, and the show starts at 9p.
The NFL Playoffs Are Here!
Seems like it was yesterday that we were chompin’ at the bit for the NFL season to start, yet here we are, already looking at Divisional Playoff Weekend. Of course, it’s a bummer that the Cowboys didn’t get a spot at the table, but part of being a fan is saying “next year is gonna be the one!” In the meantime, we’ll have the divisional games on all weekend; on Saturday, the Falcons and the Eagles play in the NFC game at 3:30p, while the Titans and the Patriots play in the AFC game at 7:30p. On Sunday at noon, the Panthers and the Steelers vie for their spot in the conference championship game, and the Saints and Vikings fight to advance in the NFC at 3:30p. Best advice: come by early, because our tables fill up faster than Leonard Fournette on an open field!
- Happy New Year!
We hope you had a great time saying adios to 2017, and from everyone at Harder Concepts, may 2018 be your best year yet! And to get the new year rolling on a high note, we’re throwing another party for the awesome North Dakota State University fans coming into town again for the 2018 Football Championship Subdivision Game! The mighty Bison of NDSU will be thundering across the field at Toyota Stadium to face the defending champs, the James Madison University Dukes, and we are thrilled to be the official headquarters for Bison fans, starting on Thursday at Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, and the Brixton. Our block party covers both Friday and Saturday, and the cover includes access to all three bars, as well as live entertainment at all three locations. Whether you’re a Bison fan or just like to party, join us for this mega-bash this weekend!
National Championship Game
College football’s 2017-2018 season culminates on Monday night when the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs face each other in the National Championship Game, broadcast live at 7p from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. We’ll have the game at each Harder Concepts location, so come by during happy hour to claim your seat – and don’t forget to ask your server what’s on special!
- The Year Is Coming to an End…
…So let’s party! We’re wrapping up 2017 with a send-off shebang at each Harder Concepts location, and you’re gonna want to be there to celebrate with us! At the Shops at Legacy, one cover will get you into the parties at Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, and the Brixton. For just $20 at the door, you get party favors, a champagne toast, and a balloon drop at midnight, and over at the Brixton, we’ll be ringing in the New Year with your favorite rock and pop hits played live by the M80's!
For our friends in Addison, both the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House are hosting NYE parties. At both fiestas, your ticket features live DJs, party favors, drink tickets, and a midnight champagne toast (drinks included in ticket price at the Duck!) And finally, over in Austin Ranch, Saintsbury Tavern has a no-cover NYE throwdown with drink specials, Red Leather playing live renditions of your favorite party rock jams, and a champagne toast when the ball drops! Don’t miss the last party of the year! Closeout 2017 and kick off 2018 with us!
On New Year’s Day, four teams will vie for the College Football National Championship Game on January 8 in Atlanta: Oklahoma and Georgia face each other in the Rose Bowl at 4p, while Clemson and Alabama go head to head at the Sugar Bowl at 7:45p. We’re excited to broadcast those ones, and we hope you’ll join us for this annual ritual of football awesomeness at Saintsbury Tavern. But in the meantime, there are other bowl games leading up to the big ’uns, and we’ll have those on, too. On Thursday, catch Virginia vs. Navy in the Military Bowl at 2:30p; Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech play in the Camping World Bowl at 4:15p; Stanford and local heroes TCU at the Alamo Bowl at 8p, as well as Michigan State and Washington State at the Holiday Bowl, also at 8p. Friday’s bowl games include the Belk Bowl (Wake Forest and Texas A&M) at noon, the Sun Bowl (NC State vs. ASU) at 1p, the Music City Bowl (Kentucky and Northwestern) at 3:30p, the Arizona Bowl (Utah State vs. New Mexico State) at 4:30p, and USC and Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl at 7:30p. Then there are three bowl games on Saturday: the Liberty Bowl at 12:30p (Iowa State and Memphis), and the Fiesta Bowl at 4:30p (Washington takes on Penn State), and Wisconsin and Miami in the Orange Bowl at 7p. On Monday, there are three other bowls besides the two semi-final games: Michigan and South Carolina at the Outback Bowl at 11a, Auburn and University of Central Florida in the Peach Bowl at 11:30a, and Notre Dame and LSU in the Citrus Bowl at noon. If you win some money on any of these, buy your buds a round!
- Happy Holidays!
Wow, Christmas is less than a week away! Seems like it snuck up on us even faster this year! Anyway, we have a Christmas Potluck tonight (Wednesday 12/20) at Saintsbury Tavern, and it’ll be like the ones we do for Thanksgiving – we cook the turkey, you bring the sides and desserts, and we’ll all raise a glass to a wonderful holiday season. And speaking of the holiday season, we have special Christmas hours – all locations, except for Scruffy Duffies will be closed on Christmas Eve (watch the Cowboys game at Scruffy's!), and select locations will be open in the evenings of Christmas day. On Christmas, celebrate with us at Ringo's Pub, they will be open at 8p while the other five locations are closed. And if we don’t see you between now and the 25th, from everyone at Harder Concepts, thanks for hanging with us, and we wish you a wonderful Christmas!
Thursday Pub Run, Friday Grinch Party
Head to Addison Ice House on Thursday for the monthly pub run! This month’s run goes along the Vitruvian Trail (the lights are amazing) and the Brookhaven Jogging Trail – it’s an easy 3-miler that you can run, jog, or walk, after which, you’ll gather at Addison Ice House for beers and food specials, as well as a raffle for prizes like a $25 Ice House gift card, and ASICS gear from Santa’s ASICS bag, which has a pair of running shoes in it! The sign in time is at 6p, and the run starts at 6:30p and your $15 registration fee (cash only at the door, or online at this link) includes a free beer.
On Friday, Addison Ice House is throwing a party entitled “How the Ice House Stole Christmas.” Themed around everyone’s favorite holiday villain-turned-hero, this get-together features Heineken drink specials and a special guest appearance. The event starts at 5p, so pop in when you get done with work, or after you’re finished gathering up all the presents in Whoville.
- FC Dallas Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl!
This Friday, join up with the FC Dallas crew for a festive holiday celebration of friends, drinks, and the ugly sweaters that make Christmas great! From 8p to midnight, we’ll be bar hopping around the Shops at Legacy, starting the party at the Brixton, moving it to Ringo’s Pub, then Sambuca 360, and finishing strong at Scruffy Duffies. In addition to drink specials and fun giveaways, there’s an Ugly Sweater Contest with prizes, and winners will be picked in four categories: Most Grandma-ish, Best Christmas Spirit, Best Couples Sweaters, and Best Christmas Movie/Song – if you have a Home Alone, Jingle All the Way, or Die Hard sweater, this may be your time to shine! Better yet, if you’re one of the first 200 to register, you’ll receive a special FC Dallas scarf! Go here to sign up! We look forward to seeing your best worst holiday attire!
The Mucky Duck in Addison is hosting their own Ugly Sweater Party Friday night, and to celebrate Ugly Sweater season, there’ll be $4 Cinnamon Toast Crunch shots. No, these delicious blasts of liquor do not have cereal in them, but they really do taste like our favorite bowl of breakfast goodness – they’ll probably take you back to Saturday mornings as a kid! The Duck’s Ugly Sweater get-together starts at 8p. See y’all then!
And Speaking of Bowls!
College Football Bowl Season starts this weekend! On Saturday, there’s the Celebration Bowl (Grambling vs. North Carolina A&M) at noon, the New Orleans Bowl (Troy vs. North Texas!) at 1p, the Cure Bowl (Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State) at 2:30p, the Las Vegas Bowl (perennial Big 12 spoilers Boise State vs. Oregon) at 3:30p, the New Mexico Bowl (Marshall vs. Colorado State) at 4:30p, and the Camellia Bowl (Middle Tennesee vs Arkansas State) at 8p. Head down to your favorite Harder Concepts location, park yourself in front of a TV, and settle in with beers and snacks!
If you need some laughs after Monday night football, pop into the Brixton to catch comics Paul Varghese (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) and Justin Foster (Joe Rogan Experience) at the Brixton! The show starts at 7p, so come by for happy hour and stay for the jokes!
- Sexy Santa Pub Crawl Friday!
Let’s get ready to stumble! This Friday, starting at Scruffy Duffies at 7p, we’re gonna do a lil’ holiday pub crawl at the Shops at Legacy – and we encourage you to get Sexy Santa’d up! From Scruffy Duffies, we’ll head next door to Ringo’s Pub at 8p for more holiday cheer, and then take the party over to the Brixton at 9p, where we’ll rock out with OverDrive’s high-energy party jams! What better way to wrap up a pub crawl with than with live music? There's no cover, but check-in is required for a wristband.
Ugly Sweater Parties!
Great news! It’s time to break out those tacky holiday sweaters for a couple North Dallas shindigs this weekend of the ugly sweater variety. On Friday night, don your gaudiest holiday sweater and head to Saintsbury Tavern in Austin Ranch for our Miller Lite-sponsored party. There’ll be Miller Lite swag, drink specials, and a prize for the ugliest sweater! Wipe the queso off your cuffs, because you’ll need it again on Saturday when you head to the Brixton in Plano for the 15th Annual DFW Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive. This annual event is a great opportunity to help bring Christmas to the kids of CASA, aka the Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained advocate who provides a voice and assistance for abused and neglected children as they navigate the legal system and the shifting dynamics of foster care. The organization asks that you spend about $20 on a toy or gift card for children between the ages of 1-18; that small expenditure will go a long way in bringing these kids a little holiday cheer! And in addition to the biggest DFW assembly of hilariously terrible Christmas attire, the party features Awesome Sauce blasting you with your favorite ’80s rock jams!
Join other North Texas Jets fans this Sunday at Addison Ice House for a holiday-themed Jets watching party! Your boys will be playing the Broncos, and kickoff is at 3p. Sunday is also the last day of the Addison Ice House’s toy for queso drive, so we encourage you to bring an unwrapped toy for kids aged 1-18 – you’ll be making a difference in the life of a child, and that’s awesome no matter what happens on the football field!
- Cowboys and Redskins on Thursday!
Thursday night’s NFL game features one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, and as rabid Cowboys fans, you know we’re pumped about it! Since Zeke is still out, expect Alfred Morris to make a splash against Washington. You should also expect that each Harder Concepts location will fill up early since the game kicks off at 7:30p, so make plans to get a spot as soon as you get off work before the Cowboys take the field – lucky for y’all, there’s happy hour and each spot has its own Thursday night specials, so be sure to ask your server what the best drink deal is. See y’all Thursday night!
We hope you’re ready to rock, because the Velcro Pygmies are in town all the way from Kentucky, and they’re hitting the Brixton’s stage Friday night with their glam-metal looks and party rock sound! They’re masters of all the hard-rockin’ hits of the ’80s, from Poison and Def Leppard to Ozzy and Van Halen, but they can also throw out dancefloor bangers like “Purple Rain,” and “Brick House,” plus the occasional favorite from Toby Keith and even Neil Diamond (and yes, they can play some Skynyrd). The party starts at 9p. Bonus points if you use a can of Aquanet to get ready.
Boy are we excited about this one! Dallas culinary legend and the mastermind behind the Knife Steakhouse restaurant family is teaching a holiday cooking class this Sunday at the Brixton. Starting at noon, Chef Tesar will prepare three-holiday dishes paired with festive cocktails made from Red River Whiskey and Western Son Vodka. If you’re a fan of the Dallas dining scene, John Tesar is a personality you’re gonna wanna meet. Space is limited, so get your tickets pronto! Click this link to grab yours!
- Turkey Time!
Big thanks to everyone who joined us at our Thanksgiving potlucks on Tuesday at the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House – we’re doing one more on Wednesday (tonight) at Saintsbury Tavern, so bring your favorite side dish to go with the turkey we’re cooking. All Harder Concepts locations will be closed for Thanksgiving, so come by and say hi Wednesday night. In fact, there’s a pre-Thanksgiving party at the Brixton if you need an excuse to get out of the house – or wear a onesie! Get those adult footie pajamas (or whatever one-piece garment you own) out of the drawer and rock it at the Brixton Wednesday night while Awesome Sauce melts your face with their covers of ’80s hard rock party jams!
Though we’re taking Thursday off, we’ll be back in action the next day, as each location will reopen on Friday; if you’re out shopping for Black Friday deals, you’re probably gonna want a beer and a shot or two after all that running around! And speaking of Black Friday, in Plano, there is a Shops at Legacy Black Friday Pub Crawl that starts at 7p at Scruffy Duffies, goes to Ringo’s Pub at 8p, and ends up at the Brixton at 9p, where we will throw the party into fifth gear with the always awesome Party Machine. The pub crawl is free, but you need to RSVP because you get swag at the beginning – go to the Facebook invite to let us know you’re coming along! Oh yeah, and also: thanks again for hanging out at our bars! We are truly blessed to have such great regulars, and we are incredibly grateful for your business and your support!
- Hints of the Holidays!
Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is a just a week away, which means Christmas is right around the corner too. And per Christmas tradition, we’ll be watching the tree lighting at Addison Circle this Friday night; if you’re doing that too, join us after for drinks at the Mucky Duck! And over in Plano at the Shops at Legacy, there’s the Lights at Legacy party on Sunday from 4-7p. There’s lots of fun stuff to do with the family in the afternoon, culminating in the lighting of the new Legacy Christmas Tree at 6:30p. When the kids head home, you oughta head over to Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, or the Brixton for some Christmas cheer served in a pint or rocks glass.
Our Harder Concepts Family has a few traditions we do during the year, like our St. Patrick’s Day parties and Halloween costume contests. One of those is the annual Thanksgiving potluck at the Mucky Duck in Addison. While it’s not a crazy throwdown like Mardi Gras, we love it because it’s a lower-key get-together that has the feel of a Friendsgiving hangout. For years, we’ve been cooking the turkey and inviting our regulars to bring sides and desserts, and it always ends up being a fun gathering, with plenty of pie and green bean casserole. This year, we’re doing our annual Thanksgiving potluck on Tuesday 11/21 at the Mucky Duck, as well as another potluck on Wednesday 11/22 at Saintsbury Tavern. We’d love for y’all to be a part of our Thanksgiving holiday gatherings, so whip up your favorite side or dessert and join us!
- Thank You, Veterans
Saturday is Veteran's Day, and we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has served in the armed forces for choosing to make the sacrifices so all of us can enjoy the American way of life. We owe our blessings to the freedom you’ve fought for. From everyone at Harder Concepts, we thank you.
College Football’s Heating Up
How ’bout that Big 12? OU is number 5, and TCU’s number 6, and they’re both tied at 8-1, having both lost to Iowa State, who should change their name to the Spoilers. In any case, the Sooners and the Horned Frogs face off at 7p, so if you have a stake in that game, you’ll want to come by early to grab a spot at your favorite Harder Concepts location. Other games you might want to watch on Saturday: Michigan State and Ohio State play at 11a, and so does Oklahoma State and the aforementioned Iowa State. The USC and Colorado game at 3p ought to be a good one, and ’Bama plays Mississippi State at 6p. See y’all Saturday!
The Dallas Cowboys are in Atlanta on Sunday to take on the Falcons, but we hope you’ll join us at the Brixton to watch the game, after which we have some awesome fun planned: former Dallas Cowboy special teams hero Kenny "The Shark" Gant will be in the house signing autographs, and Brian Lynn Jones and the Misfit Cowboys will be rocking the stage with their high-octane country jams. Kickoff’s at 3:30p, so come get a seat during brunch!
- Wanna Win a Dallas Cowboys Gameday Experience???
On Thursday, 105.3 the Fan’s Jeff Cavanaugh is gonna be hanging out at Saintsbury Tavern, and we’re giving away an incredible prize while he’s there – a Dallas Cowboys Gameday Experience! One lucky winner will walk away with an awesome prize package: two tickets to see the Cowboys play, bus transportation to and from the game, and tailgate party passes that include beer and food! What better way to see the ’Boys on their home turf? The event goes from 6-11:00p, and you must be present to win, so show up early to register for the contest!
This Sunday will probably be the last weekend of great patio weather so we're celebrating! Join us at Saintsbury Tavern and enjoy $3 can Beer all day, Jerry's famous BBQ, and more!
Since November is a month for giving thanks, we just want all our customers to know how grateful we are for your patronage. You’ve helped us realize a lot of dreams, and over the years, we’re happy to have gotten know y’all. Thanks for making such a great community of beer aficionados, sports fans, and lovers of live music. We are lucky to pour drafts for you!
- Harder Concepts’ Halloweekend Parties and Prizes!
What’s up, goblins and ghouls? Are you ready to dress to impress us with scary-good costumes? You’re gonna wanna pull out all the stops this year, because we’re giving away almost $6,000 in costume contest cash prizes across five Harder Concepts locations this Saturday! Ringo’s Pub, the Mucky Duck, and Saintsbury Tavern are awarding $250 prizes for the funniest costumes, $250 for the sexiest ones, and $500 grand prizes for the best overall. Scruffy Duffies is doubling down on those with $500 funniest, $500 sexiest, and $1000 for the best overall, and the Brixton is throwing down $250 for third place, $500 for second place, and a whopping $2000 for the best – if you’ve got a good get up, you could turn it into serious cash! Not only that, Scruffy Duffies party is hosted by none other than the Ticket’s Donovan Lewis. There will be DJs and drink specials at Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, the Mucky Duck, and Saintsbury Tavern, and Awesome Sauce is rocking the Brixton’s party with your favorite ’80s rock jams! You’ll also want to drop by the Brixton on Friday night to catch OverDrive’s live versions of a huge variety of hits!
Spice Up Your Sunday with Pepper Theft!
Need an excuse to get extra mileage out of your Halloween costume? Drop by the Brixton on Sunday for brunch, stay for the Cowboys game at 3:30p, and then hang out after the game for DFW’s best Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute, Pepper Theft!
- It’s Costume Contest Season!
We hope you’re ready to rock your best Halloween game ever because Harder Concepts is going big with the costume contests! The Brixton, Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, Saintsbury Tavern, and the Mucky Duck are all giving away cash prizes for the best, funniest, and sexiest get-ups, so you’d better step it up if you wanna win – the competition is always scary-good! We’ll tell you more next week, but mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28th!
Taste of Austin Ranch This Thursday!
Saintsbury Tavern’s dishing the deliciousness this Thursday for Taste of Austin Ranch! We’ll be slinging food and drinks with a bunch of excellent restaurants and other purveyors of fine food at the Lodge in the Flatiron District of Austin Ranch from 7p to 9p, so come see us, be seen, and grab some awesome bites!
Hey Cowboys fans, come by the Brixton for Sunday Brunch while you catch the Cowboys game on the biggest TV in North Dallas! They’re playing the 49ers in San Francisco, and after they (hopefully win), the Brixton’s stage fills up with 7-piece country tribute band Big City Outlaws! This awesome act’s repertoire includes your favorite country tunes from the past 50 years, as well as two-steppin’ versions of classic rock jams and today’s top pop hits – you’ve never heard the Eagles or Lady Gaga like this! The show starts after the game ends, so put on your boots and get ready to scoot!
- TX/OU Weekend!
It’s that time of year again when the Longhorns and the Sooners meet for the annual Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. The TX/OU game is one of our state’s greatest traditions, and we wouldn’t be true Texans if we didn’t celebrate it. Kickoff is at 2:30p, so if you’re not fighting the crowds at the State Fair of Texas on Saturday, get a spot at a table or the bar at your favorite Harder Concepts location. We hope to see a lot of burnt orange and crimson on Saturday!
Reflecting Echoes Album Release at the Brixton!
The Cowboys have a bye week, but the Brixton’s still gonna get loud because local rock band Reflecting Echoes is throwing their official album release party there this Sunday! Reflecting Echoes is an all-original band that blends experimental guitar rock with soaring choruses – if you’re into the Flaming Lips or Explosions in the Sky, you’re gonna love this band, and they’re gonna have vinyl copies of their album for sale, so do your turntable a favor and pick one up at the show! And if you’re a regular at Ringo’s Pub, you’ll see a familiar face on vocals and guitar – shout out to Ringo’s Pub manager Justin Massie! The opening band is called the Schisms, and they’re pretty great, too. Come on out and support some local musicians!
- Full Week of Harder Fun!
We kick off this week's fun at the Mucky Duck in Addison!
Get ready film buffs – our friends at Warner Bros. are joining us for a special edition of trivia on Wednesday night at the Mucky Duck, and they’re handing out swag for the new Blade Runner 2049 movie, including free tickets! Assemble your team of trivia fans, replicants, or garden variety nerds for an evening of knowledge-flexing fun! The rounds start at 7p, so get there at happy hour for a little pre-gaming!
National Taco Day!
Just a heads up – today (Wednesday, October 4) is National Taco Day. If you’re in the mood to celebrate our favorite, south-of-the-border sandwich cousin, drop by your favorite Harder Concepts location, as each one has its own specialty tacos. ¡Salud!
The US Men’s National Team is playing Panama on Friday, and we’re hosting a watch party at Saintsbury Tavern with FC Dallas. The match starts at 6p, and FC Dallas is raffling autographed prizes as well as two tickets to their match against L.A. Galaxy on October 22! Show your support as the USMNT aim for a win in the biggest World Cup Qualifier to date!
Following the Brixton’s Dallas Cowboys watch party (they’re playing the Packers and kickoff’s at 3:25p), rock out to live versions of your favorite ’90s grunge hits with three awesome tribute bands – it’s a triple shot of rock with the Stone Temple Posers (Stone Temple Pilots), 16 Stone (Bush), and Man in the Box (Alice in Chains.) Get your rock hands ready, because the music starts after the game!
- Sunday Yoga Brunch at Addison Ice House!
Ask any yoga practitioner and they’ll tell you: nothing makes you feel good the way yoga makes you feel good. Unless you’ve tried it, you just don’t know, but think of it like this: after a rigorous work-week and a busy weekend, unwinding on Sunday morning at Addison Ice House with some yoga poses and post-yoga mimosas is a great way to get yourself ready to do the Monday-Friday grind all over again. Taught by Agile Kinetics and Harder BARRE, it’s only $15 at the door to join the session (and it gets you one mimosa after), and if you’re interested in cryotherapy, there’ll be some great Cryo1one specials for participants. All you need to do is bring a mat! Reserve your spot here.
College Football Continues!
But first, college football kicks off Saturday morning with the Northwestern and Wisconsin game and the Vanderbilt and Florida game, both at 11a. If you’re cautiously optimistic about the TCU Horned Frogs, their game against West Virginia is at 2:30p – we know there are some alums in North Dallas, and we hope your boys stay on top of the Big 12 this weekend! Other notable games you’ll wanna watch: Mississippi State and Auburn at 5p, Washington and Oregon and/or Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at 7p, and Mississippi and Alabama at 8p.
AND at Addison Ice House we'll be giving away another Dallas Cowboys Gameday Experience! One lucky winner will win tickets to the Cowboys vs the Packers October 8th, tailgate passes (that includes food and beer), and transportation to and from the game. Get here early to enter and you must be present to win!
As for the NFL, the ’Boys play the Rams at noon. If you’re in Plano, you’ll wanna catch the game on the Brixton’s gigantic screen – or you could drop by Scruffy Duffies and watch it there, as well as try something off their new brunch menu. As always, we’ll have all the other games on at each Harder Location. See y’all on Sunday!
- First Day of Fall and Football!
Friday is the first day of Fall, so hopefully, the weather takes notice and decides to take it easy with the heat. Of course, if it’s still in the mid-90s, you can always cool off with a cold beer – bottle, can, or draft, a chilled brew can do wonders, and every Harder Concepts location loves to stock cold beers!
As for the weekend and Monday, there’s plenty of football to catch, and since we have all those TVs at each Harder Concepts spot, you’re gonna wanna drop by your nearest one to watch your favorite teams; on Saturday, NCAA action kicks off at 11a with the NC State – Florida State and UNLV – Ohio State games and goes on all afternoon; for Big 12 fans, you’re gonna wanna watch TCU and Oklahoma State battle it out at 2:30p, and the Sooners take on Baylor at 5:30p. Cowboys fans have Sunday off since the ’Boys Week 3 game has them facing the Cardinals on Monday Night Football, but since you’re probably in at least three fantasy leagues, it’s not as if you’re gonna skip watching football on Sunday altogether. We’ll have all the games on at noon at each location, so drop by for football, beers, and bites – if you’re in Plano, the Brixton just rolled out a new brunch menu, and it also has the biggest HD TV screen in all of North Dallas. See you this weekend!
Like to cook? Get schooled at the Brixton on Saturday with Top Chef personality and James Beard Rising Star Chef Award-winner Tre Wilcox! From noon to 3p, Chef Tre will be doing a three-course cooking demo for you, during which you’re encouraged to interact and ask questions. Better yet, you’ll get to enjoy three cocktails crafted from Red River Whiskey and Western Son Vodka, which are both distilled at Western Son Distillery in Pilot Point. Space is limited, and spots are going fast, so snag your ticket online at here!
- Oktoberfest at Saintsbury Tavern
If you’re up in The Colony area this weekend, Saintsbury Tavern has a couple fun get-together’s planned. On Saturday evening, there’s a watch party for the LSU/Mississippi State game, so if you’re a Tiger fan, get your gold and purple on and watch the game with us – of course, Mississippi State fans are welcome, too; the party is just hosted by LSU alumni. The game starts at 6p, but drop by beforehand for some pre-game eats and drinks!
On Sunday, Harder Concepts co-founder Jerry Elliot is giving you an excuse to get your lederhosen out of the drawer – he’ll be grilling bratwursts and serving up sauerkraut and German potato salad for an Oktoberfest party! Your favorite domestics and Oktoberfest beers will be on special, and the party will be a great prelude to the Cowboys game, which starts at 3:25p. Prost!
The Cowboys head to Denver this week to break the Broncos on Sunday, and the Brixton is hosting a watch party; besides showing the game on the largest screen in North Dallas, they’re also holding a raffle for two great prizes – a bottle of scotch from Highland Park Whiskey and an acoustic guitar! Kickoff is at 3:25p, but you’ll wanna get there early to grab a seat as well as try something off our new brunch menu. And after the game, country tribute/cover band Local Yoakam will hit the stage to entertain you with your favorite hits by Dwight Yoakam and other country legends. Gonna be a pretty sweet Sunday at the Brixton! We hope to see you there!
- COWBOYS SEASON OPENER! Plus the other teams!
On Sunday, raise your glasses to dem ’Boys and wish ’em a great season, when they play their home opener against the Giants at 7:30p! Of course, you’ll want to get to your favorite Harder Concepts location early, because the seats fill up fast, and if you’re in Plano, you might want to get a seat at the Brixton, because the Brixton boasts the largest TV screen in North Dallas – the Cowboys will truly be larger than life!
While you’re watching the game, be sure to grab a bite to eat, as each location has its own specialty items. Want some game day recommendations? At Ringo’s Pub, go with the B-Mac and Cheese Sliders; at Scruffy Duffies, the Sriracha BBQ Wings will thrill your taste buds. The Brixton’s bacon bites are the bomb for watching Dak throw long bombs, and if you’re hanging at Saintsbury Tavern, the Pigs in the Blanket will do you right. If you’re in Addison and watching the game at the Mucky Duck, we think you’ll love the Brisket Taters, and if you’re at Addison Ice House, you can’t go wrong with Frito pie.
Yes, we love the Cowboys, but we’ll be happy to put your teams game on one of the TVs, too, so just ask if it’s not on already. And if you’re a Jets fan, you’ll be happy to know that you have a home to watch your team, as Addison Ice House will once again be the official Jets watching party bar. DFW Ravens fans, the Mucky Duck is your official watch party location this year. Houston Texans make your home this season at Saintsbury Tavern. No matter who you root for, we’d love to have you join us at your nearest Harder Concepts location!
- College Football 2017!
Make no mistake, we love NFL games the most out of any televised sport, but college football takes up a huge part of our hearts too. This year, we’re showing the love by hosting watch parties for a couple of alumni groups – if you’re a fan or a graduate of the University of Central Florida, join your fellow Knights Thursday evening at 5p at the Mucky Duck in Addison to watch your team take on the FIU Panthers. If you’re a Michigan State fan or alum, put on your Spartan gear and head to Scruffy Duffies in Plano, where we’re hosting a watch party for the game against Bowling Green at 11a on Saturday morning. Consider pre-partying Friday night at Scruffy Duffies where you could a Dallas Cowboys Gameday Experience! We'll be giving away two tickets to the Dallas Cowboys home opener vs the Giants September 10th, transportation to and from the game, and tailgate passes that include food and beer. Enter for your chance to win and must be present to win!
Since you have Monday off for Labor Day, we thought we’d give you a great reason to stay out late this Sunday – our totally excellent rock and roll venue, the Brixton, is hosting our pals Awesome Sauce, who will be blazing through a bevy of your favorite ’80s and ’90s rock hits. Better yet, the Rockaholics will also be doing a set of covers after to keep the party going. Did we mention it's a no cover show too!? Get ready for some gnarly shredding, and don’t forget about the Brixton’s menu of incredible edibles, the lobster mac and cheese is to die for!
Hurrican Harvey Donations
We are always willing and gracious to give back to those in need and our community. This is why we've made the decision to help south Texas during their desperate time of need. Hurricane Harvey did more destruction than we can imagine and it is the least we can do to help our fellow Texans. We will be collecting items for their furry friends at the Brixton and asking for your help! Please consider bringing dog treats, blankets, and toys with you to our Labor Day Party Sunday. We will be donating these items to the SPCA and sending them on their way south.
- Saturday Night’s Fight!
The hype surrounding the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor reaches its climax on Saturday night when the worlds of boxing and UFC collide in a flurry of punches. Mayweather is favored, but McGregor has that X-factor that might put him on top after the last bell. The main card starts at 8p, and we’re broadcasting the fight at Scruffy Duffies in Plano and Saintsbury Tavern in The Colony! Message Scruffy Duffies or Saintsbury Tavern on Facebook to reserve a seat or a table – we’re filling up fast for this one!
Def Leggend at the Brixton
If you’ve ever cut the sleeves off a denim jacket and ripped holes in your jeans to go with a ’87 Trans-Am, you’ll love Def Leggend, aka the World’s Greatest Tribute to Def Leppard. Try to contain your “Hysteria” while you “Adrenalize” to your favorite Def Leppard hits – you know you’re gonna wanna sing along to “Animal,” “Photograph,” and of course, “Pour Some Sugar on Me!” Def Leggend kicks off their show at 8p and they go until 11:30p, so come by for dinner and get ready to rock hard!
- Pre-Season Football!
Yeah, it’s just the preseason, but football is still football, right? We like to think of pre-season football games are the cocktails before a 16-course meal. This Thursday’s “before-dinner drinks” include the Ravens against the Dolphins, the Bills against the Eagles, and the Bucs against the Jags. The action starts at 6p, and each Harder Concepts location will have the games – that’s why we installed all those TVs! And speaking of drinks and dinner, why don’t you grab one or both while you watch? Whether you like a nice cold craft draft or a signature cocktail or are in the mood for apps, or bigger plates like burgers or pizza, each location has a bevy of delicious eats to enjoy while the NFL warms up for the regular season. Come hang out with Harder Concepts this weekend!
If you’re into good cuisine and cocktail pairings, you’re gonna love what the Brixton is whipping up on Saturday – celebrity Chef Tiffany Derry is hosting a cooking and cocktails class on Saturday afternoon! From noon to 3p, Chef Tiffany will be teaching you how to make some of her favorite dishes, while the Brixton’s mixologists pour you three signature libations. Tickets to the event are $75, and space is limited, so grab yours today at this link!
And Speaking About Upcoming Saturdays…
- Fantasy Football Draft Time!
The 2017 Fantasy Football Draft is rapidly approaching, and if you’re looking to make your league’s draft a party, hit up your favorite Harder Concepts location and book a spot! Maybe you want the private room at Scruffy Duffies or some space at the Mucky Duck, or, because you figure on your friends getting boisterous and need some room on the patio at Addison Ice House, we can accommodate you – plus you can work out a food and beverage deal, too! Drop by any of our six locations and we can help you out, but don’t delay, because reservations are filling up!
Who’s Rockin’ the Brixton This Week?
Besides the chef-driven menu, signature cocktails, and stellar selection of craft beers, the Brixton aims to wow you with a true rock and roll club experience, which means we like to fill our stage with bands that know how to rock your favorite jams. This week, we have a Thursday night double feature with Aaron Hendra at happy hour and Time Machine groovin’ at night. Then on Friday night, the legendary Emerald City will be in the house with their extensive catalog of the best hits from the past four decades. Whether you’re into funk, rock, or pop, these bands will get you moving, so drop by the Brixton this weekend and treat your ears to some awesome music!
- Football Returns!
The Cowboys are back in pre-season action, playing the Cardinals at the annual Hall of Fame Game, at the brand-new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH. The game is a great warm-up for the pre-season and the regular season – think of it like the bite you get before you meet your friends for appetizers and drinks before dinner – and we’ll have it on at each Harder Concepts location. Kickoff’s at 7p, and among the other greats getting inducted (Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Kenny Easley and Morten Andersen) will be none other than Jerry Jones – yeah, we all love to gripe about him for this thing or that, but who can deny his impact, not only on the Cowboys, but on the NFL as a whole? In other words, you don’t want to miss this game. Come over and grab some drinks and snacks while you watch the game!
If you hang out at any Harder Location, you’ll (hopefully) figure out that we are huge fans of beer – we have lots of beer available, and much of it’s from Texas. We love to support local breweries, but we also carry plenty of craft brews from across the country, as well as the ole’ standbys from Anheuser-Busch and Miller Coors. Thursday is National IPA Day, so be sure to drop by your favorite Harder Concepts location where we will be showcasing our favorite hoppy ales. How many IBUs can you handle? On Friday it's International Beer Day and Ringo’s Pub and the Mucky Duck are gonna be going hard in the paint with their international brews! Cheers to beer!
- UFC 214 at Saintsbury Tavern
Get ready for furious fighting action on Saturday during our UFC 214 Watch Party at Saintsbury Tavern! Cormier vs. Jones 2 is a showdown sequel of epic proportions – Daniel Cormier is in for the fight of his life to defend his title against Jon Jones, so be sure to Saintsbury Tavern early for a good seat to watch this epic battle for the World Light Heavyweight Championship! The main card starts at 8p, and it features four other fights, including female UFC stars Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs Tonya Evinger! Join us at Saintsbury Tavern for drinks, bites, and fights this Saturday!
The Brixton Has New Specials
In equally exciting but entirely different news, Harder Concepts’ newest location, the Brixton, is rolling out some killer specials for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! When you need to celebrate victory over another Hump Day, stop by for Wine, Whiskey, and Wasabi Wednesdays, in which the Tuna Tower, Ahi Tacos, Kimchi Bahn Mi, and Kimchi Loaded Frites are all 15%, and select bottles of wine for ladies are 1/2 off from 4-10p; there are also select whiskey specials that vary each week. Then on Thursdays, start your weekend early with Tacos and Tequila: a la carte Stark Street Tacos are only $2 each, and like the whiskey, we’ll have a different tequila special. And if that weren’t awesome enough, we’re still bringing the rock each weekend – this Saturday, rock out with live versions of your favorite ’80s rock hits courtesy Awesome Sauce!
- 2-for-1 Burgers at Saintsbury Tavern
Treat someone to dinner at Saintsbury Tavern every Tuesday from 3-10:00p, when your favorite Austin Ranch hangout offers two-for-one ’Merica Burgers for dine-in customers. Our ’Merica burger is a good ole’ fashioned 8 oz patty topped with American cheese, served with lettuce, tomato, and a pickle on the side, and they’re perfect for a cheap date night, or when you owe your BFF a meal from that time you left your wallet in the car. Also on special every Tuesday: Deep Eddy vodkas for only $4. What better way to prepare yourself for hump day than a cheap night out on Tuesday?
And Speaking of Cheap Eats…
Saintsbury Tavern has some other great deals to fill your belly while you’re enjoying some drinks: on Wednesdays, pizzas are half price, and during Thursday happy hours, you can get complimentary tacos with your drink purchase from 6-8:00p. Plan your snacking schedule accordingly!
Don’t miss the UFC action on July 29th when Saintsbury Tavern hosts UFC 214! Stop by the watch party to catch the Saturday night showdown, when Jon Jones takes on Daniel Cormier for the second time. Jones has been making a lot of noise lately about this fight; will Cormier be able to defend his title? Make plans to join the watch party and find out!
- Texas Ale Project’s Good To Go at Ringo’s Pub
Our pals at Texas Ale Project have a new brew that’s perfect for summertime chill sessions. Called Good To Go, this tasty pale ale has an subtle honey malt profile, an IBU rating of 32, and an ABV of 5.5%, so it’s got a nice, balanced flavor and an easy-going gravity that won’t fill you up – it’s pretty choice for sitting on the patio and hanging with your buds. And better yet, a portion of the proceeds goes to Honor Courage Commitment, a veteran’s organization that helps train veterans in entrepreneurship. In short, Good To Go is an easily drinkable way to help our troops get back into the civilian groove. Stop by Ringo’s Pub and grab a pint of Good To Go!
If you hang out at Saintsbury Tavern, you’re probably familiar with Thousand Oaks at Austin Ranch; LoneStar Sports and Social Club has a kickball league that plays nearby in Carpenter Park, and we’re just spreading the word that the last day to sign up for the league is on Friday.
Go to LoneStar Sports and Social Club’s page to sign up – and be sure to drop by Saintsbury Tavern after your games for celebratory beers!
Comedy Night at Addison Ice House
Here’s another heads up: Addison Ice House has another comedy night this coming Monday! The jokes fly at 8p, so come by for happy hour and stay for some laughs!
- Emerald City at the Brixton Thursday Night
The nice thing about Independence Day falling during the work week is that during the weekend before and the weekend after, people are still kinda in that summer holiday party mode, so it’s sorta like the Fourth of July happens for a whole week! That’s our take on it anyway, but whatever your motivation for going out after a holiday is, let it drive you to the Brixton this Thursday, where you’ll find a killer happy hour in an upscale, rock ’n roll atmosphere. Enjoy one of the Brixton’s signature cocktails like the Foxy Lady (Western Son apricot vodka, peach schnapps, and peaches) and pair it with a specialty plate like Lobster Mac N Cheese or the Scallop BLT before the show starts at 9p; we’re kicking this weekend’s shows off with the legendary Emerald City, one of the biggest bands in Dallas! Whether you’re downstairs in front of the stage, or upstairs sipping on a drink, Emerald City will rock your soul with pitch perfect renditions of your favorite party hits. Keep the July 4th party going for another weekend or start a new one at the Brixton this Thursday – and don’t forget, our kitchen’s open late, and our late night bites include amazing noshes like Garlic Shoestring Frites, Drunken Mushroom Flatbreads, and Chicken Fried Pie!
US vs Panama Watching Party at Saintsbury Tavern
There’s a big soccer showdown between the U.S Men’s National Team and Panama this weekend; if you’re a soccer fan, you’re gonna wanna drop by Saintsbury Tavern on Saturday afternoon to watch your boys Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges join their US National teammates and cheer them on to victory. The party starts at 3:30p, and we’re giving away autographed FC Dallas items as well as two tickets to a future FC Dallas game – Tex Hooper, FC Drum, and the FC Dallas Girls are gonna be there too! Get your jerseys on and pop in for the match!
- Independence Day Weekend Shindigs!
Saintsbury Tavern is hosting a ’90s throwback ole skool party on Sunday! Besides all the tight throwback jams, they’re roasting two whole hogs, and there’ll be promos from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and Deep Eddy Vodka – including giveaways and prizes!
Then in Addison, the Mucky Duck is hosting a Kaboom Town party on Monday with live music from Christian Sly and Shadow! Celebrate our country’s freedom with beers, tunes, and fireworks!
The Fan live broadcast at Saintsbury Tavern!
Are you a fan of The Fan? Then drop by Saintsbury Tavern on Thursday (6/29) for a live broadcast from Ben and Skin from 3-7p, after which you’ll have a chance to become the Fan’s new teammate! If you think you’d make a great host, stick around from 7-9p for the Fan Phenom with Nue Vodka and KT, the producer of the Ben and Skin Show! He’ll be auditioning candidates to be the next host on 105.3, and all you have to do is sign up for a slot and bring a subject you want to talk about. KT will lead you into it, and then you get 3 minutes to knock socks off with your scintillating conversation skills! If you’ve ever imagined hearing your voice on the radio, don’t miss your chance to get a foot in the door!
July 4th Holiday Hours at all Harder Concepts Locations
Saintsbury Tavern will open at 6:00p and Ringo's Pub will open at 8:00p! Scruffy Duffies, the Mucky Duck, Addison Ice House, and the Brixton will be closed.
- Summer is here!
Summer started on Wednesday, June 21st and we all know it’s only gonna get hotter from here on out. Thankfully, Saintsbury Tavern is rolling out some new tasty drinks for you to chill out with! Get nice and frosty with a frozen Deep Eddy drink, made from your favorite Deep Eddy vodka flavors – just don’t drink ’em too fast because you don’t want to get a brain freeze! We’re also excited to announce the debut of the Fishbowl! Our Fishbowls are full of fruit flavor, as well as plenty of alcohol, and they’re made to be shared among friends, so round up your crew, grab some straws, and dive into this delicious, refreshing libation!
Have you been to the Brixton yet? Our new rock ’n roll nightclub offered some preview nights to the public a couple weeks ago, but we are proud to announce the Brixton’s Grand Opening Bash is happening on Friday night, featuring none other than ’80s hair metal powerhouse Awesome Sauce! Rock out to your favorite hits from the Sunset Strip while enjoying our huge selection of craft beers, specialty cocktails, and chef-driven small bites and shareables! Seriously, you have to see this place to believe it; we’re taking a night out in Plano to the next level – even literally because the Brixton has two floors to explore, and both offer all you need to have a blast. Awesome Sauce hits the stage at 9p on Friday, and then on Saturday, we’re throwing a big private charity event called Taste of Sound!
Here’s what Taste of Sound is all about: it’s a 6-course meal (with vegan options available) designed by Celebrity Chef Stark, that pairs craft cocktails with each course, as well as an interactive performance by Chef Stark’s and Leslie Austin’s band Amusé, an auction of a live painting made during the performance, and a donation to The Mohawk Militia charity, which provides non-GMO food to children and veterans in need. The event is sponsored by SweetBeat Vodka, Community Beer Company, PCV VRM Seeds Of Hope, and Melinda's Original Habanero Pepper Sauce, and runs from 5-7p. It’s an awesome combo of an incredible dinner and highly entertaining, guitar-shredding show, and it benefits a great cause, so don’t miss it – the $75 tickets are going fast, so click here to get yours before they sell out!
Following the Taste of Sound charity event, the Brixton opens up to the public with a performance by Bon Jovi tribute band Blaze of Glory! Whether you’re livin’ on a prayer, wanted dead or alive, or sleep on a bed of roses, relive the glory days of New Jersey’s hardest rockin’ hit machine with live renditions of the best of Bon Jovi’s catalog!
Wow, you Plano peeps have lots of fun stuff this weekend – besides all the fun at the Brixton on Friday and Saturday, Ringo’s Pub is celebrating eight years of craft beers, DJ parties, and British pub-inspired eats. Join us at Ringo’s Pub on Sunday afternoon for Harder Concepts co-founder Jerry Elliot’s famous bbq, Patrón samples, free swag, and live music. After all this fun, you might wanna call in sick on Monday! See you Plano party people this weekend!
- Best of Addison!
We are super excited and honored that both the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House have been nominated in Addison Magazine’s 2017 Readers Choice Awards! The Mucky Duck is up for Best Happy Hour, and Addison Ice House is in the running for two awards – Best Patio and Best Sports Bar! Please show those places some love and cast votes for ’em; you can find the ballot here, and voting is open through Tuesday, June 20.
There’s something special about sharing a beer with your dad, so make this Father’s Day a memorable one and bring your old man by your favorite Harder Concepts location for brunch and buy him a pint or two to go with his burger or eggs benedict – then you can apologize for that time in high school where you snuck out and did something to raise his blood pressure. It’s probably funny now, right? Either way, we’d love to see you and your dad, talk about family resemblances, and hear some embarrassing stories about when you were younger, so please join us this Sunday!
Oh yeah, and also: Chant is playing solo on Sunday at Saintsbury Tavern – support your local singer-songwriter! Maybe even buy him a beer!
Tollway Work this Weekend
And finally, here’s a heads up for your Plano peeps – the Tollway will be closed from 9pm on Friday to 5am on Monday, so plan accordingly if you’re heading to the Shops at Legacy, like if you’re bringing your dad to Ringo’s Pub of Scruffy Duffies for Father’s Day, for example!
- The Brixton is Open!
Get ready to rock, Plano! Say hello to the Brixton, the newest member of the Harder Concepts family and the latest addition to the Shops at Legacy! Our brand-new music venue/club/restaurant is finally open, and we have your favorite music acts booked to show you a good time! This week, we have an acoustic performance Thursday by Chant Duplantier followed by a live DJ set from DJ Sirius. Then on Friday, put your hands in the air for hair metal balladeers Red Leather and their renditions of the best of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Journey, and more – it’ll be like you’re crusin’ in a Camaro in 1987! And if that’s not enough rock for ya, Live 80 takes over the Brixton on Saturday night – they bring the party with all the best hits from the ’80s! Check out this awesome two-story nightclub, enjoy some small bites or pizza, and sample our beer selection with one of our curated flights. We also have this awesome 15’ by 9’ LED screen on which we broadcast the live music shows; it’s the biggest in any club in Dallas – it’s gotta be seen to be believed, so come hang out this weekend and check out the bars (there’s one upstairs, too), try our special plate and craft cocktail pairings, and rock out!
Getting a Taste of Dallas? Come see Jerry!
Our very own BBQ guru Jerry Elliot is participating in this year’s Taste of Dallas BBQ, Burgers, and Brews event! If you like the way he smokes the meats, grab a ticket here and bring your plate to his grill! There’ll be burgers and bbq from the best spots in and around Dallas, plus over a dozen craft breweries are on hand to show off their best beers. If you’ve never been Taste of Dallas is an incredible culinary experience for every palate. Definitely worth your while this weekend!
Stanley Cup Finals
Oh yeah, and also, the Stanley Cup Finals are still going on, and things are really heating up, The series between the Penguins and the Predators is tied at 2-2, and game 5 is shaping up to be a real battle. We’ll have the game on at each Harder Concepts location Thursday night, so come by around 7p for beers, shots, snacks, and of course, hockey!
- Sunday Crawfish Boil at Saintsbury Tavern
Get your Sunday Funday on with Harder Concepts at Saintsbury Tavern – we have a great $3 can beer special going, plus a crawfish boil, and live music from the legendary Chant! Come hear your favorite rock, pop, and hip-hop hits, fill up on some spicy crawfish, and enjoy your favorite can beers for a helluva price! The fun starts at 5p, and Chant start at 6p. See you Sunday evening!
Celebrate Plano’s Birthday with Us!
Did you know Plano has been a city for 144 years? On Friday, the piece of Plano history we are celebrating is its incorporation in 1873. And in honor of our great city’s inception, Scruffy Duffies is offering 10” “Plano Pepperoni Pizzas” for half price. Now there’s an even better reason to drop by on Friday, besides the usual great beer selection and opportunity to chill out with your friends!
Summer Series at Vitruvian Park
Vitruvian Park in Addison is kicking off their annual summer concert series this Thursday with a performance from one of our favorite cover bands, the always amazing Emerald City! The concert starts at 7p, and in addition to the rad tunes, you can grab a bite from some of the best gourmet food trucks around! The concerts happen every other Thursday, so make plans to hang out at this fun, family-friendly annual summer concert series – and after, be sure to drop by Addison Ice House for some beers and a great view on our outdoor party deck!
- Memorial Day Blowout!
Looking for a place to chill this Memorial Day weekend? Head to Scruffy Duffies and Ringo’s Pub because they’re teaming up for a big Memorial Day blowout on Sunday with DJs and drink specials all day long. Put on your best patio attire and get ready to party! AND Save the Date: Next week, June 4th, Saintsbury Tavern is throwing a big crawfish boil – starting at 5p, enjoy $3 canned beers, and live music courtesy of those masters of stealthy grooves, the Music Ninjas! Don’t miss these awesome hangout fests!
Just a heads up – we have holiday hours for Memorial Day at all our locations: Ringo’s Pub and Saintsbury Tavern are gonna be open at 5p, and Scruffy Duffies, the Mucky Duck, and Addison Ice House will all be closed on Monday. Be sure to drop by those places for Sunday Funday!
Friday Is the Last Day to Vote!
This Friday (May 26) is the last day to vote for Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies in Plano Magazine’s Best of Plano awards –Ringo’s Pub is up for “Best Bar Food” and “Best Beer Selection,” and Scruffy Duffies is up for the “Best Live Music Venue” – so if you are so inclined (and we hope you are), click this link to go vote. Thanks in advance! We wouldn’t be here without y’all and your support!
- OverDrive LIVE at Saintsbury Tavern
We’re bringing the noise to Saintsbury Tavern this Friday (5/19) with OverDrive! Join your friends at Saintsbury for a rockin’ live music experience with OverDrive, as they treat your ears and body’s rhythm components (aka your feet and booties) to live renditions of top radio hits from all over the dial! The party gets going at 8p – don’t miss out on this awesome band!
Addison Gets Tasty Again!
This weekend is Taste of Addison, the annual celebration of everything that’s delicious in Addison. From small bites to big plates, Addison Circle will have something scrumptious for every diner, whether you’re a discerning gourmet or think the taquitos at Quik Trip are a-ok! No matter what you sample, be sure to drop by the Mucky Duck and wash it down with a cold pint of craft beer! See you on the Circle!
Cross Our Fingers, Hope to Win!
It’s been a week, so we figured we’d better bug y’all to vote in Plano Magazine’s Best of Plano awards again – the last day to vote is Friday, May 26, so please do us a favor and pick Ringo’s Pub for “Best Bar Food” and “Best Beer Selection,” and Scruffy Duffies for the “Best Live Music Venue” category. We take great pride in each Harder Concepts location, and we are proud to be nominated for things we care about – and we certainly care about beer and live music!
- Watch the Rockets Blast Off at Addison Ice House
The Western Conference Semifinals have really been close, at least in our neck of the woods; the San Antonio Spurs currently lead the series 3-2, but the Houston Rockets are in it to win it, and they could push the series to game 7 if they win game 6 on Thursday 5/11 night. For all you Houston fans, there’s a watch party at Addison Ice House Thursday evening, so come by at happy hour to pre-game before tip-off – game 6 of the Western Conference semis starts at 7p, so join your buds for beers and James Harden magic!
Harder Concepts is thrilled to bring y’all the best in live music entertainment, and this Friday, we’ve booked none other than the Walton Stout Band. You’ve never seen a group of pros like this – they’re a nationally renowned, 11-piece soul band that perform a funked up version of your favorite pop hits with so much energy, you could probably power North Dallas for a week from their dance moves alone! What’s gonna be really fun is that this will be an up-close-and-personal gig for them, and they’ll be introducing some new members, too – feel free to welcome them with some beers! The party kicks off at 8p. Can’t wait to see y’all get your groove on with these incredible music masters!
Just a friendly little reminder – two Harder Concepts locations are up for awards from Plano Magazine, and we need your help to win! Go to this link and if you’re a fan of ours, pick Ringo’s Pub for “Best Bar Food” and “Best Beer Selection,” and Scruffy Duffies for the “Best Live Music Venue” category. Thanks to all our friends and fans, Ringo’s Pub took home Best Beer Selection last year, and we’d love to continue our streak – you can do it from your phone, so come by for a craft beer and vote for Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies!
- It’s Voting Time!
Don’t worry – these ballots won’t make for bitter Facebook debates and unfollows; they’re for Plano Magazine’s Best of Plano issue, and we’re proud to announce that both Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies are up for awards! To all our friends and fans, we would be honored if you took a couple of minutes to peruse the categories here and choose Ringo’s Pub for “Best Bar Food” and “Best Beer Selection,” as well as Scruffy Duffies for the “Best Live Music Venue” category. We’re in it to win it – last year, Ringo’s Pub took home the beer selection award, and we have y’all to thank. Do us a favor and check the boxes for Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies!
Cinco de Mayo Fiestas!
Since we’re on the topic of Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies, we’d like to let you know about la fiesta grande both bars are teaming up for this Friday, which, as your calendar may have already told you, is Cinco de Mayo. The party is gonna be sponsored by Dos Equis, Avion, and Olmecca, so be sure to grab a cold Dos Equis and one of those tequilas deliciosas – they’re smooth enough to sip on, though they’re just as good with a salt and lime. Celebrate Cinco de Drinko with your Harder Concepts friends!
- Spazmatics at Scruffy Duffies Thursday!
Who likes to party with live versions of your favorite ’80s pop and rock hits? Pretty much everyone, as far as we’re concerned, which is why we’re bringing DFW’s dorkiest cover band to Scruffy Duffies this Thursday night (April 27)! If you loved the talent show scene from Revenge of the Nerds when you were a kid, you’ll have a blast watching the Spazmatics’ antics as they bust a move on your favorite new wave tunes. The music starts at 8p, so tape up your glasses and stuff that pocket protector full of your most valuable pens, because we’re gonna geek it up hardcore!
Before the Spazmatics cut loose with that Cars song from Fast Times at Ridgemont High (you know the one where she’s coming out of the pool and Judge Reinhold is in the bathroom doing – never mind, you know what happens), Scruffy Duffies has a draft watching party specifically for Browns fans. That’s right, DFW Browns fans, you now have your own draft party. How about that, Believeland? Here at Harder Concepts, we’re happy to offer places for fans of non-Cowboys teams to gather together and toast their favorite squads; besides the Browns draft party at Scruffy Duffies, we’re also doing a Jets draft party at Addison Ice House, and a Texans draft party at Saintsbury Tavern. And speaking of that, Miller Lite will be in the house offering “on the clock” beer specials, so drop by at 3p and see who’s getting picked!
- Sunday BBQ at Saintsbury Tavern
It looks like the weather is warm enough to officially declare patio season open, and we’re kicking off outdoor day-drinking on Sunday, April 23 with live music and BBQ on Saintsbury Tavern’s patio. Besides delicious smoked meat and sides, the Music Ninjas will be in the house to rock you with cover versions of some of your favorite songs – perhaps even “Kung Fu Fighting.” The patio party starts at 6p. Come by and say hi!
The Rockets Launch into the Playoffs
The Rockets are up on the Thunder 2-0 in the first round of the Western Conference Championships, and they play Game 3 tomorrow (Friday); for as long as James Harden and the rest of the Houston boys are in the playoffs, Addison Ice House will be hosting watch parties. Even though the Mavs aren’t in it, the playoffs are worth watching because it’s when the NBA really heats up, so join us to watch Houston blast off to NBA glory.
Laughter: The Best Medicine
Also at Addison Ice House: a new comedy night on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Called Phunk It Up, we’re giving local comedians a chance to make you laugh. You can help them out by drinking beer, as beer tends to make even the worst jokes go down a little easier. The first one is this Thursday, which, as you may know already is 4/20, a day when just about anything can be at least twice as funny as it already is. Join us at Addison Ice House this Thursday night for jokes and drinks!
- NFL Draft Party Alert!
While we wait for the Rangers to hit their stride, and as the Mavs seek to finish their season with a win (sorry Tony Romo – we wish you could’ve suited up to play in it), we can at least look forward to the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft is always a nice reminder that football is a mere four months away, and if you aren’t a baseball fan, it gives you something to occupy your imagination until August rolls around. So the NFL Draft if rad, and since we love things that are rad (like craft beer, corn hole, and Def Leppard), we’re doing an NFL Draft Part at Saintsbury Tavern on Thursday, April 27, starting at 3p. Our buds at Miller Lite will be doing “on the clock” specials, so come by and enjoy some beers while we wait to see who will be joining the Cowboys this Fall!
Easter is on Sunday, April 16 (aka this coming Sunday), and our bars will have special hours so our staff can enjoy the day, hang with their families, and hunt for eggs. Scruffy Duffies, Addison Ice House, and the Mucky Duck will be closed, but Ringo’s Pub opens at 6p. Saintsbury Tavern will open at 3p and will host the Houston Rockets Playoff Watch Party! Happy Easter!
- Mavs Watching Party!
Whatcha doing tonight? If you’re planning on watching the Mavs game, we’d like to invite you to come by Saintsbury Tavern and watch it with us at the official Mavs Watch Party, because we’re gonna have some fun guests -- the Mavs ManiAACs are gonna be in the house to get everyone hyped, and so are the Mavs Dancers! That’s two very different but awesome dance crews under one roof to cheer on our boys as they take on the Clippers. Besides all those party people, we’ll also be doing some swag giveaways (including tickets!) and have beer specials all night! The party gets going at 3p and continues through the game at 9:30p, so get here early!
National Beer Day!
Friday is National Beer Day, where we celebrate one of mankind’s oldest and most crucial achievements! Lots of people don’t know this, but one of the oldest examples of writing in the entire world turned out to be a 3,900-year-old recipe for beer, so clearly, beer is an invention that’s been very important to the human story. As you may know, we love beer, and all five Harder Concepts locations are proud to offer a wide selection of craft drafts and bottles, plus the ol’ standbys from Miller, Coors, and Anheuser-Busch. We also have our own house brews, made in Dallas at Noble Rey Brewing Company – one’s a pale ale called Sir Elliot’s Pale, the other’s a lager called Harder1 – so come by this Friday and grab a pint or three to salute mankind’s ingenuity. Here’s to another few millennia of drinking brews with friends!
- The Final Four
Ever wanted to go to Phoenix? Phoenix hosts the 2017 Final Four on Saturday night, which makes the Valley of the Sun sound like it’s a fun place to be. Luckily, watching the Final Four from the comfort of your favorite Harder Concepts location with your friends is a fun, beer-filled evening that doesn’t require you to fly anywhere. Saturday night’s games start at 5:09p with Gonzaga and South Carolina, followed by Oregon and North Carolina at 7:50p, and if you watch ’em at Saintsbury Tavern, you can enjoy a bucket of five domestic bottles for only $15. The winners will face each other on Monday night at 8p in the 2017 Championship game, so be sure to join us for college basketball, craft beers, great food, and lots of good times!
Speaking of Monday, it’s also Opening Day for the Rangers! Their game against the Royals is at 2:05p and Yu Darvish is the starting pitcher! As you can tell by the exclamation points, we’re pretty excited about that! Also exciting: happy hour! If you come watch the game at your local Harder Concepts spot, you can enjoy both! We hope to see you there!
- Spring Has Sprung
If you’re looking for crisp beers to enjoy outdoors in this incredible spring weather, don’t forget about our two house brews, Sir Elliot’s Pale Ale and Harder1 Lager. Both beers are available at all five locations, and they taste even better enjoyed on your local Harder Concepts patio. Cheers to spring!
March Madness Getting Crazy!
Every year, March Madness sneaks up on us, and then it’s like a whirlwind of activity, and before you know it, the Final Four has already happened and our brackets are broken open like a screen door on a bullpen. But whether your bracket is still alive or as done as Christian Laetner’s NBA career, you can catch all the (remaining) March Madness action at your favorite Harder Concepts watering hole. The Sweet 16 round starts on Thursday with Michigan vs. Oregon and West Virginia taking on Gonzaga; Purdue and Kansas play at 9:30p and the Xavier/Arizona game is on at 10p. Of local interest: Baylor’s game against South Carolina is Friday at 7p, though you’ll also want to catch the Butler/UNC game at 7p. The Elite 8 games are on Saturday and Sunday; we’re hoping for a Baylor/Florida game and a Gonzaga/Xavier game because that matchup is just fun to say. No matter who makes it to the next round, join us for beers, snacks, and college basketball this weekend!
Eternal Motion at Scruffy Duffies
Get your weekly live music injection at Scruffy Duffies this Thursday night with the energetic stage presence of Eternal Motion – you’ll be so pumped up from their live jams you’ll want them to play forever! While playing for eternity might not actually be feasible, Eternal Motion can certainly rock out for a long time, as they are masters of a huge array of dance and pop hits from the past 40 years. Get your dance pants on and come to Scruffy Duffies ready to boogie!
- St. Patrick’s Day Party Round Two
Okay, okay… St. Patrick’s Day with Awesome Sauce does sound like a menu item, but it’s actually a party on Friday, March 17 at Saintsbury Tavern. If you hadn’t already guessed, the Harder Concepts family is a big fan St. Paddy’s Day, and we are glad to have had our big Block Party last weekend in Plano at the Shops at Legacy and then do another St. Paddy’s Day bash the following weekend. Besides Awesome Sauce’s faithful renditions of ’80s hard rock hits, Friday night’s St. Paddy’s Day Party at Saintsbury Tavern features a nice little drink special: $3 green Miller Lites.
Saintsbury Tavern also has another beer promo that starts on Friday: $15 buckets of five Miller Lite or Coors Light bottles for the entirety of March Madness. May your bracket remain unbusted, but even some weird team from a school you’ve never heard of upsets Kansas or something, at least you can count on cheap beers for a few weeks!
Speaking of March Madness, Scruffy Duffies and Saintsbury Tavern will open at 11a this Thursday and Friday for the first round of the NCAA tournament. If you’re a Baylor fan in North Texas, come by for lunch and watch your Bears take on New Mexico State at 11:40a.
Emerald City at Scruffy Duffies
Another thing happening at Scruffy Duffies on Friday: legendary cover band Emerald City. Emerald City is probably the premier cover band in Dallas, and they’ve been doing it for a really long time. Come shake your booty to the greatest pop songs from the past 40 years; whether you like to get down to Kool & the Gang or House of Pain, Emerald City is ready to rock ya, so come party at Scruffy Duffies with us Friday night!
- St. Patrick’s Block Party Bonanza!
Get your green threads fresh and clean because we’re throwing our 8th annual St. Paddy’s Block Party at the Shops at Legacy this weekend and you’re gonna wanna get in the Irish spirit! Like the past seven years, Scruffy Duffies and Ringo’s Pub are blocking off their parking lots and co-hosting a huge bash on Saturday, March 11th, headlined by none other than the legendary Kid ’N Play!
That’s right, friends! We’re “gittin’ funky” with the stars of House Party Saturday night! And before you get rollin’ with Kid ’N Play, we have a ton of other awesome entertainment; throughout the day, we’ll have performances from DJ EE, Friday Night Fights, Mullet Boyz, LAZËR, and Le Freak – so be prepared to get your groove on to your favorite hits from the ’70s to today, as these bands cover everything from hip hop, pop, rock, and disco.
Of course, you can’t have a St. Paddy’s Block Party without the appropriate beverages, and we have a lot of green beer – we went through a record-setting number of kegs last year, and in 2017, we’re trying to beat our score, so be sure to help us out by downing a pint or four. The fun starts at 1p on Saturday, so practice ordering a Jameson in your best Irish accent today and join us this weekend at North Dallas’ premier St. Patrick’s Block Party!
Friday Party Preview
Get a warm up for the Saturday’s St. Paddy’s Block Party on Friday afternoon when 1310 The Ticket’s Hardline will be doing a live remote broadcast from Scruffy Duffies – come say hey to Mike and Corby, and as an added bonus, you can also enjoy $2 Guinness Blonde drafts as Scruffy Duffies, as well as $2 Guinness Stouts at Ringo’s Pub if you want to pop in over there. See ya Friday for happy hour and at Saturday’s huge party!
- Texas Independence Day
Thursday, March 2 is the 181st anniversary of our great state declaring its independence from Mexico. Whether you’re a history buff or just like reasons to drink beer, celebrate this historic moment in Texas’ and America’s history with a locally brewed beer – each Harder Concepts location has tons of them on draft and in bottle and can, including our own house-branded, Noble Rey-brewed Sir Eliot’s Pale Ale, and Harder 1 lager. Tip your hat to the patriots who made it possible for you to sit on a barstool in North Texas and enjoy a cold, foamy, locally produced craft beer!
Thursday Night Live at Scruffy’s
All the way from NYC, singer-songwriter Maddy Jarmon will stir your soul with her heartfelt songs on Thursday night, so drop by for happy hour and hang out for some live music – because she's opening for Time Machine LIVE!
Who’s Hungry For Tacos?
You’re hungry for tacos, right? Maybe not right this second, but probably soon. If your taco craving happens on a Thursday, the Mucky Duck in Addison is where you want to be. In addition to a free taco bar from 6-8p (with drink purchase), the Duck offers select drafts for only $3 all night! Grab some tacos and some cheap beers after work on Thursday!
- Mardi Gras? Party Gras!
Whether you’re celebrating Fat Tuesday because you’re about to give up something for Lent or just because you like to drink beer and have a good time, let your good times roll over to Scruffy Duffies and/or Saintsbury Tavern, because we’re throwing Mardi Gras parties at both locations. Besides beads and a live band, both Harder Concepts spots are boilin’ up a bunch of crawfish, and each bash has its own Fat Tuesday drink specials, so be sure to ask your server about them! Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Just a little heads up: we’ve been planning our St. Patrick’s Day block party since September. We plan on going bigger than ever before, in other words. Count on us blocking off the Shops at Legacy, putting up some tents and a stage, and getting Le Freak and Kid 'N Play to rock the block with live renditions of your favorite songs. Above all, we’re gonna try to beat our green beer sales from last year, so prepare yourself. Ringo’s Pub and Scruffy Duffies’ joint 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party is Saturday, March 11th. You have two weeks to acquire the appropriate St. Patrick’s Day attire!
- Coming Soon: The Brixton!
If you know anything about Harder Concepts founders Brian Harder and Jerry Elliot, it’s that they love live music at least as much as they love good beer. This spring, they’ll be channeling their fervor for both in their latest project at the Shops at Legacy, a massive nightclub called the Brixton! The brothers have partnered with Rock Star Chef Patrick Stark in a concept that blends the chef-driven bites and craft beer of your favorite Harder locations with the apportionments of a major music venue – think upscale small bite plates with locally sourced, non-GMO ingredients, indoor and outdoor viewing areas, and a 25-foot stage, all wrapped up in ’70s British punk décor. Stay tuned, because your favorite local acts are gonna be rockin’ the house – and projected on the 15-by-9-foot LED screen, the biggest club TV in all of Dallas.
Saintsbury Tavern’s New Menu
Chef Stark has been busily whipping up some new eats for Saintsbury Tavern; we’re excited because the new menu has a “Fit Foodies” section where you’ll find stuff like quinoa protein bowls, a new healthy wrap (called the Body Wrap), an awesome caprese salad, and a plate called the Spiralizer, made with delicious squash spiral noodles. But if you’re down to save the healthy stuff for someone else, you’ll love items like our B-Mac & Cheese Burger (bacon, mac ’n cheese, 8oz beef patty, American cheese, brioche bun), or the Big Montana pizza, topped with shaved roast beef, queso, caramelized onions, French fries, and our signature Saintsbury red sauce. Pop in and ask your server what’s new!
- National Pizza Day
On Thursday, the nation celebrates everyone’s favorite type of pie, the pizza! As we all know, pizza is an amazing culinary invention, good for lunch, dinner, breakfast; it’s universally enjoyed by people all over the world, possibly because it’s tasty whether it’s hot, cold, or even a little burned. Pizza is also a malleable dish, meaning you can make it in zillion different ways, but it will always be recognizable as some kind of pizza.
Are you hungry for pizza yet? What if we told you that someone hanging out at Scruffy Duffies or Saintsbury Tavern might be ordering a pizza to go with their favorite craft brew? Maybe they’re sitting there anxiously awaiting that first bite of pepperoni, bacon, and sriracha bbq sauce. Maybe they ordered that pizza with entirely different toppings. No matter what, that customer waiting on a pizza at Scruffy Duffies or Saintsbury Tavern is about to be very, very happy. Now, do you want some pizza? Come see us!
Some people might think of us as Valentine’s Day destinations, but you know what? They’re great for single people, and couples who like good times over fancy tablecloths! If you’re flying solo on the Romantic Greeting Card holiday, come hang at a Harder Concepts location! Treat yourself to a nice dinner (Ringo’s pub has a new filet that’s a tasty steak at a great price), or buy a drink for another single person going out on V-Day by themselves! Harder Concepts might keep it casual, but our locations are fun spots no matter what your romantic situation is. Who needs chocolate and roses when there are craft beers and cocktails?
- Super Bowl Party Weekend!
Super Bowl Sunday is just days away, but we’re starting the party early! On Friday night, slide-slide-slippity-slide over to Scruffy Duffies in Plano, because the one-and-only Coolio is kicking off our party weekend! How rad is that? Come along on a fantastic voyage of pre-game, Friday night fun with a hip-hop legend!
Then join us on Sunday for the game day bashes at each Harder Concepts location; besides the usual Super Bowl excitement, each Harder Concept bar will have beer and shot specials running all day long – the Mucky Duck’s party features $3 drafts (excluding rotators), $3 wells, as well as $3 Tuaca, Rumple, and Fireball – so be sure to ask your server about each bar’s game day deals. No matter who wins, we’re ready to party with y’all. Kickoff’s at 5:30p, so get here in time to get a seat!
Big Daddy Band Live!
What are you doing next Thursday? Because Big Daddy is gonna rock all your favorite hits from Michael Jackson, to Kid Rock, to Trey Songz, and every Carly Rae Jesperson song in between! Join us at Scruffy Duffies and get ready to shake it “In Da Club” with the Big Daddy Band!
- Eating, Drinking, and Partying Harder
One of writer Oscar Wilde’s most famous quotes about enjoying life is “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” We think you can achieve that goal by actually going Harder. Not like two shots at a time after you’ve had four already, but by coming to a Harder Concepts location, getting something off our chef-driven menus (the sriracha bbq nachos at Scruffy Duffies are a must-try), and pairing it with a craft beer, you can have a mellow time enjoying a moderate amount of food and drink, but you’ll still be “partying Harder,” than you would anywhere else. For upscale takes on comfort food favorites and a brew selection curated by real beer nerds, drop by your local Harder Concepts hangout spot. We’ll be happy to help with your personal growth by putting something delicious in your belly!
NFL Pro Bowl
The Pro Bowl is on Sunday at 7p, and we’d love to have you over for beers. After all, it’s a fun game to watch with your friends, and it’s interesting to see which players appear to have partied kinda hard the night before, as well as see your favorite players who won’t appear in the Super Bowl play when the season’s pressure no longer applies. It’s also football, and after the Super Bowl, there will be no more games until August, so you might as well cram one more into your mental replay bank, right? Grab an appetizer sampler, some shots, and some local craft drafts and hang out with us for the most casual game of the
- NFL Playoffs
We sure wish we were writing this about the Cowboys playing for the conference title. Oh well. It is what it is, but even with them out of the playoffs, the playoffs are still awesome – it’s pretty much the best football of the season. One question for you: who are you going for now? The Packers and Falcons play at 2:05p on Sunday, and the Steelers and Pats are on at 5:40p. Ugh, that’s a tough call, picking one of those teams. At least the Eagles aren’t in it! Anyway, we’re open at noon at most Harder Concepts locations for your playoff viewing pleasure (Ringo's Pub at 3p!) Come see us for beer and football, and if you go to Scruffy Duffies take a gander at the new menu – if you’re as undecided about gameday grub as you are about who to root for in a post-Cowboys post-season, go with the sampler!
Live Band Karaoke at Scruffy Duffies!
Maybe you’ve mastered the mic with a backing track at a dive bar, but coming soon to Scruffy Duffies you can be a rock star – Time Machine will be here to be your backing band! They’re ready to rock with a HUGE song list (it’s literally over 300 songs) with all of your favorite top jams from the realms of disco, pop, funk, rock, soul, and even some country hits, all from the past four decades. And if you want to memorialize your performance, Time Machine can even do a live recording of you entertaining your friends. Whether your pipes are star-quality or a little rusty, come by Scruffy Duffies and rock out soon!
- DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF WEEKEND!
You probably know this already, but the Cowboys take on the Packers on Sunday at 3:40p. All we'll say about that: GO COWBOYS! But also, don't you wanna see if the Texans can roll the Patriots? That would really deflate Tom Brady's balls! That game is on Saturday at 7:15p after the Battle of the Birds (the Seahawks take on Atlanta in the NFC divisional round) at 3:35p. The Steelers and the Chiefs play on Sunday at noon.
Needless to say, we'd love to have you over for any of these games, and especially the Cowboys game. This could be our season, and you don't want to miss out on the journey & the 'Boys are on fire right now, so get your crew together and join us at your nearest Harder Concepts location. Besides a wide array of craft beers on tap and in the cooler (including our two house brews, Harder1 Lager and Sir Elliot's Pale), each one offers a unique menu of pub grub and bar 'n grill favorites, all whipped up by the culinary imagination of Rock Star Chef Patrick Stark! Come over early for a burger and some beers before kickoff!
Live 5 Band on Thursday Night!
We're kicking off NFL Playoff Weekend at the Shops on Thursday night with some rockin' tunes courtesy Live 5 Band & if you've never seen Live 5, get ready to party! From Bon Jovi to Blink 182, Luke Bryan to Run DMC, Live 5 basically make your favorite radio hits happen live. Come by Scruffy Duffies, take some shots, and rock out during a great night of live music!
- FCS Championship Game this Saturday!
The annual FCS Championship game in Frisco is on Saturday, and while we will miss seeing all those North Dakota State Bison fans who come down to party with us every year & sorry the BisoNation's streak ended, y'all! & we are excited to meet all you James Madison University people in town to watch your boys battle it out. Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies are the official JMU fan headquarters for the weekend, and we'll be throwing y'all a pretty great party.
Besides special chef-created championship menus created for you JMU fans (yes, non-fans can enjoy these munchies, too), we're kicking off the weekend with our favorite hard rockin', hair metalin' party band, Awesome Sauce on the main stage at Scruffy Duffies, with a live DJ performance after, and a DJ all night at Ringo's Pub. The $5 cover gets you into the party at both bars, so come on down and get nice & be sure to rock your purple and gold, Dukes fans! Good luck with the game on Saturday! Win or lose, come have beers with us!
NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship
Though 'Bama and Clemson essentially traded places & last year the Crimson Tide were 13-1 and the Tigers were 14-0, and this year their respective records are reversed & the 2017 championship game is a rematch; if you watched last year's championship, you'll recall that it was an intense nail-biter, full of fourth quarter drama ending in Alabama edging out Clemson 45-40. Great game, in other words, and you can bet that Clemson is ready for revenge. Can the Tigers hold back the Tide? Join us on Monday to find out! Kick off is at 7p, but come early and grab a seat and a beer at of our five Harder Concept locations!
- Smell Ya Later, 2016!
Whether you thought 2016 was terrible or thought it was actually pretty decent overall, it ends on Saturday night, and we'll be throwing NYE parties at all five Harder Concepts locations to ring in 2017. Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies will be doing a dual party again & one cover gets you into both bars & with a DJ and free champagne toast at midnight. Get your groove on 'til the countdown with the DJ at the Mucky Duck; your cover includes drink tickets, so that's pretty sweet! Or you could hit up Addison Ice House's no-cover NYE dance party (also with a DJ and champagne toast). Saintsbury Tavern will also be throwin' down for 2017, so if you're up in the Colony, be sure to drop by before the ball drops!
There's Sauce, And Then There's Awesome Sauce!
Relive the glory days on Thursday night at Scruffy Duffies, when your friendly neighborhood rockers get together to form Awesome Sauce and blast you with your favorite hits from the past. The '80s rock 'n roll party is free and starts at 9p!
One more thing: Friday night is UFC 207 featuring Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes, and Saintsbury Tavern is showing it & and there's no cover. The warm-up bouts start at 7p. Don't miss these tough-as-nails women battle it out!
- Happy Harder Holidays!
Here at Harder Concepts, our favorite holidays usually involve us setting up a big ol' block party and throwing a huge bash & if you've been to Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies for St. Patrick's Day, you know what we mean. But Christmas is different. We're a family-owned company, so getting together with our loved ones is the most important part of the end-of-year holiday festivities. It's always nice to spend time catching up, experiencing the joy found in watching your siblings open gag gifts, eating snacks and desserts with your parents, and falling asleep on the couch. No matter what, it's the togetherness that matters most. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday with the people you love.
Since all you last-minute shoppers probably need a beer (or a hot cider!) at the end of your frantic Christmas Eve gift quests, most Harder Concepts locations will have regular hours on December 24th (Saintsbury Tavern will close early at 6p.) And with the exception of Ringo's Pub and Saintsbury Tavern, they'll be closed for Christmas Day; Ringo's Pub will open at 8p and Saintsbury Tavern will open at 6p on the 25th. Also, Santa appreciates the beer you were planning on leaving for him, but he still has to drive the darn sleigh, so go ahead and treat yourself. He said to tell y'all that cookies go good with milk, but they also go good with milk stouts!
- Tonight’s TX Whiskey Dinner!
We have a few spots left for tonight's TX Whiskey Dinner, a three-course culinary rock concert featuring Firestone and Robertson blended whisky recipes, specialty TX whiskey cocktails, and performances by the Rock Star Chef Patrick Stark himself and singer Leslie Austin & grab 'em right here, and stay tuned to Ringo's social media for pics from Chef Stark's menu and between-course, musical repartee!
Jets Fan Club Toy Drive
Hey Jets fans, your boys from the Meadowlands are playing at 7:30p on Saturday, and along with game day Jets giveaways, your local DFW Jets Fan Club is finishing up their Christmas toy drive that night, too! You get one free raffle ticket per each donated, unwrapped toy, and there's lots of free food, too, not to mention the game against the Dolphins. Whether or not the Jets catch the fish, this party is not to be missed & help out some kids in need while celebrating your North Texas NY Jets family togetherness!
It's Bowl Time!
The college football bowl games start on Saturday & if you want our pick for a good game to watch, get to your local Harder Concepts for all the games & and continue through January 9 when the best of the semi-finalists take each other on in the College Football Championship game. Scruffy Duffies in the Shops at Legacy is hosting the UTSA Alumni Watch Party for the New Mexico Bowl at 1p, Go Runners! If you want to book a party for one of the many college football games, contact us pronto!
- Ringo’s Three-Course Whiskey Dinner Featuring Rock Star Chef Patrick Stark and Singer Leslie Austin!
On Wednesday, December 14, Ringo's Pub and Firestone & Robertson Distilling are bringing you an incredible three-course meal made with F&R's celebrated blended whiskeys, plus a special whiskey cocktail with each course, all under the direction of our kitchen rock star, Celebrity Chef Patrick Stark. He'll be putting his creative talents to good use both in and out of the kitchen, as he and singer Leslie Austin will be performing songs during each course. Whether you're a foodie, a music lover, or looking for a fun date night, this is gonna be fun night! You can get your tickets online right here, but don't wait, because our tables are filling up fast!
Speaking of Live Music Lovers€¦
This Thursday (12/8), Scruffy Duffies has another rockin' tribute band in the house & Identity Theft is setting up to bring you your favorite jams live and loud. No cover, just lots of people having a blast, throwing up their rock hands and singing along!
Oh Yeah, And Also€¦
Don't forget to hit us up about your holiday party & we'd love to be the host for your white elephant gift trading! Go to this link if you'd like to book your holiday event!
- Celebrity Chef and Restaurant Consultant Patrick Stark Taking Over Harder Kitchens
The colorful TV personality is adding his personal touch to Harder Concepts' craft beer-centric hangout spot in Plano.
Plano, TX & After revamping the menu at Ringo's Pub, Chef Patrick Stark has moved into the kitchen at Ringo's sister bar, Scruffy Duffies, with plans to update the Plano sports bar's upscale comfort food and bar snacks. Known for culinary creations and menus that are both unique and entertaining, the tattooed, mohawked Stark has appeared on numerous food-related TV programs, including ABC's The Taste, and Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, Rewrapped, and Mystery Diner. In addition to his panache and passion in the kitchen, Chef Stark is also the founder of the Mohawk Militia, a charitable organization that spreads consumer awareness about the dangers of GMOs.
€œChef Patrick Stark is an incredibly creative personality, and we are more than excited to have him onboard to shake up Scruffy Duffies' menu,€ said Harder Concepts co-founder Brian Harder. €œHe has a ton of energy, and almost everything he does involves the kitchen. Even his music project involves cooking and dining!€
The music project to which Brian Harder refers is Chef Stark's latest endeavor, a multi-faceted entertainment experience called AmusÃ©. Named for the French culinary term amuse bouche (the bite-sized, complimentary appetizers chefs surprise lucky diners with) and billed as €œthe original music and dining experience,€ AmusÃ© features a live band playing original music during and in between courses, which are prepared by different local chefs & all while a live painter creates a unique, event-specific masterpiece. The best part? A portion of the proceeds benefit the Mohawk Militia's charitable goals.
In fact, you can sample the new menu at Ringo's Pub and get a sneak peek of AmusÃ© Wednesday, December 14th at their Three Course TX Whiskey Dinner. Our new Rock Star Check will pair an amazing whiskey cocktail with each course. Plus, Chef Patrick will entertain your ears while you dine as he and AmusÃ©'s lead singer play some songs with each course!
€œWhether he's whipping up something delicious or rockin' to get the word out about dangerous chemicals in your food, Chef Stark strives to make a lasting impression, and we are excited to share his new menu with our customers,€ said Harder.
- Giving Back
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and of the many things we have to be thankful for, we are grateful to be in a position to help worthy causes. This month, we've been running a special in support of Movember, the annual mustache-growing charity drive to support the biggest issues in men's health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. What we've been doing at each Harder Concepts location is offering a specialty drink in a partnership with Jameson Black Barrel; it's called a Stache Stallion, made with Jameson Black Barrel and ginger. While the Stache Stallion is itself a tasty cocktail, $1 from each one goes to help the Movember campaign. Helping a good cause tastes great! For more information about our Movember action or to donate to the campaign, click here.
We're also giving back at the Mucky Duck, with Sam Adams' Passing it Forward for Veterans, a charitable promotion that lets vets know how grateful you are for their service & basically, if you buy a Sam Adams Boston Lager draft, we'll pass a complimentary Boston Lager to a veteran on your behalf. Buy a vet a beer and let him or her know you're appreciative of what they have sacrificed for our freedoms. Both Movember and Passing it Forward for Veterans run through November 30th.
Turkey Day Hours
In case you missed it, here are the Thanksgiving holiday hours for all five Harder Concepts locations: Scruffy Duffies, Addison Ice House, and Saintsbury Tavern will be closed for Thanksgiving, but Ringo's Pub and the Mucky Duck will be open at 7p, and all five locations will open on Black Friday at 5p. We hope y'all have a great holiday!
It's almost turkey time, and every year, we are reminded how lucky we are to have a great group of regular customers who have made it possible for us to keep growing our brand and bringing North Dallas quality, casual places to drink, eat, and hang out with friends and family. And party Harder!
Anyway, every year, we like to host a Thanksgiving potluck at each Harder Concepts location for the Service Industry and our longtime regulars (but feel free to get a plate if you're stopping by for the first time, new friend!) during the week of Thanksgiving. We'll smoke some turkeys, and y'all sign up for the sides. Ringo's Pub will host their's after the Lights at Legacy at he Shops at Legacy. Addison Ice House's will be on Monday, Mucky Duck's is on Tuesday, Saintsbury Tavern has theirs on Wednesday, and Scruffy Duffies' will conclude our turkey day festivities on Wednesday & with a pre-Thanksgiving party featuring a live DJ!
As for actual Thanksgiving Day hours, Scruffy Duffies, Addison Ice House, Saintsbury Tavern will be closed, but the other two Harder Concepts spots (The Mucky Duck and Ringo's Pub) will be open at 7p, which seems to be around the hour you're itchin' to ditch the family for some beers & assuming you haven't conked out in a chair. All five locations will open on Black Friday at 5p. We know how y'all like to grab a beer after your holiday shopping adventures!
One More Thing & Live Music!
Don't forget to get down with Empire 6 at Scruffy Duffies on Thursday & Dallas premier pop cover band are performing your favorite hits from the past 30 years, including stuff that's new today! Their first set starts at 9p, so come hang out with us Thursday night!
- North Texas Beer Week!
North Texas Beer Week starts on Friday, November 11, and as you might imagine, we are super excited. If there's one thing we love about as much as rock and roll and football, it's beer. Besides being one of the oldest and greatest achievements of civilization, craft beer has been an integral part of Harder Concepts from day one. To celebrate North Texas' craft beer scene, we're rolling out a bunch of new local brews. Ringo's Pub has Meridian Hive Rhapsody, Crackberry Punch, and 903 Sasquatch, as well as Noble Rey's Barampus, plus Harder Concepts founders' beers Sir Elliot's Pale and Hard 1 Lager & those last two are available at each Harder Concepts location, and during NTX Beer week, they're only $3 a pint! Scruffy Duffies is showcasing Coop DNR and 3 Nations Texas Gold in addition to Cobra Betty Whyte & with an ABV of 8%, Betty Whyte's a strong old gal, so maybe you should try that beer first!
Well, now that we had one nail biting mystery answered on Tuesday, it's time to address the other major news cliffhanger: will Romo play? The Cowboys play Pittsburgh on Sunday at 3:30p, and the way it sounds, it might end up being a game time decision. But whether it's Romo or Dak throwing the ball, the Cowboys seem to have some serious mojo. Come by and watch the game with us this Sunday & we'll send them positive thoughts and good wishes together over some beers.
And by the way, if you root for the Browns, watch your boys at Scruffy Duffies with your fellow Cleveland fans & they're playing tonight (Thursday) at 7p, so we hope to see y'all later!
- November Music Lineup at Scruffy Duffies!
We're super stoked to continue with our Thursday Night Live Music series at Scruffy Duffies this month! Ain't nothin' like a live band to get the party going, and we've booked some doozies. This Thursday (November 3), Fury will be in the house & if you've ever seen the outstanding 10-piece band Good Question, Fury is a five-piece band featuring members of Good Question, and they will blow you away with their renditions of your favorite classic rock and pop tunes. Next Thursday (November 10), get real about your rock and roll addiction with the Rockaholics & veteran DFW musicians who put the rock back in the cover band scene. Finally, Thursday, November 17 features pop masters Empire 6. Empire 6 get down with all the great party music hits of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, but they also totally nail all the newest hits popping up on your radio. Join us at Scruffy Duffies on Thursdays in November (except Thanksgiving, because we'll be closed) and party down with these awesome live acts!
As we say goodbye to baseball until the spring, let's not forget that football is in full swing and that the Cowboys are MEGA hot right now! €œI'm cautiously optimistic€ is a common phrase heard around our bars, but no matter where you fall on the optimism scale, you don't want to miss Sunday's game against the Browns. Set your alarms early, because the game kicks off at noon. Good thing we have awesome brunch menus!
Tuesday, November 8.
Finally, the day we all can't wait to be done with is here this Tuesday. The election will finally be over, and we can all get on with our lives. If you could use a drink to celebrate, excoriate, or commemorate the end of the wackiest, the
weirdest electoral contest of the 21st century, drop by your favorite Harder Concepts location. Here's to making the best of whatever comes next!
- Happy Halloween!
You get that Halloween costume finished yet? We hope your get-ups are up to competitive speed by the weekend, because on Saturday night, we are tossing some serious prize money to the best, funniest, and sexiest costumes at all five Harder Concepts Bars & the biggest bash is the Halloween Costume Party team-up between Scruffy Duffies and Ringo's Pub (located in Plano's Shops at Legacy), where they're giving away a combined total of $3,000 total to the winners. Don't be scared to strut your stuff in Addison or The Colony, because the Mucky Duck, Addison Ice House, and Saintsbury Tavern all have parties with spooky-good cash prizes, too & and Saintsbury Tavern has local hip-hop cover band Hip Hop Hooray at their party, so you'll get to hear your favorite classic party jams in person! We can't wait to see what y'all are dressed as this year!
Oh, and one more thing: Book your Lyfts and Ubers early, because nothing is scarier on Halloween than a trip to jail!
Speaking of Hip Hop Hooray€¦
€¦Hip Hop Hooray is bringing their live performance hip-hop party to Scruffy Duffies this Thursday night (10/27). Put your hands in the air and wave 'em like there's a rescue helicopter in the air! Yes, we can make a gin and juice.
The World Series is in Full Swing
As if 2016 couldn't get any more memorable, the Cubbies are finally back in the Series & is there anyone still living who saw their last World Series appearance? For baseball fans, this is a spectacular event & and if you're feeling that baseball magic, head to your favorite Harder Concepts location to catch the games. Game 3 is on Friday, October 28, starting at 6:08p & come over for happy hour and stay for the World Series!
- Vegas Stars at Scruffy Duffies this Thursday!
Everyone's favorite I-talian bros are bringing the party to Scruffy Duffies on Thursday, October 20 & the Vegas Stars' guido-schtick is as hilarious as their party jams are smooth, or slammin', or whatever they say in New Jersey about your favorite dance, rap, and rock hits from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. In fact, while you're waiting for the boyz to bring the bada bing, get in the spirit with a pizza, Italian Beef Sandwich, or a Philly Cheesesteak. If you haven't been to a show yet, check out the Vegas Stars performing live and join the party Thursday night!
One More Week of National Pizza Month
The last free pizza happy hour is this coming Wednesday, 10/26. Come by Scruffy Duffies and get some free slices (5-7p!)
Halloween Is Almost Here!
Got your costume ready yet? You have a little under a week and a half. Make it a good one, because our annual Halloween parties are known for their scary-good costume prizes. Stay tuned for more details next week!
- Free Pizza Wednesdays at Scruffy Duffies
While we're sad that this October won't include World Series glory for the Rangers, we are still stoked that it's National Pizza month. We're celebrating with free pizza at Scruffy Duffies every Wednesday in October from 5-7p, so drop by for happy hour and enjoy a free slice of pie to go with your post-work libations!
Bang Your Head on Thursday Nights at Scruffy Duffies
Metal Shop is jumping on stage at Scruffy Duffies on Thursday night, bringing you the hottest hard rock jams from the era of Aquanet and spandex pants. Relive the glory days that Brett Michaels dreams about, with the live versions of your favorite hits by Poison, Ratt, Def Leppard, MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e, and more & bonus points if you roll up in an IROC, but no matter what your ride is, get ready to rock out with a cocktail or your favorite craft beer while Metal Shop brings the noise! See you Thursday night!
The Jets on Monday Night Football
Hey Mid-Atlantic expats living in North Dallas & if you're missing the Meadowlands, or you just wish you could hang out with some of your fellow New York Jets fans, you're in luck: Addison Ice House is the official spot for you to watch your favorite team. You probably already know Ryan Fitzpatrick and the rest of your boys are playing the Cardinals on Monday night, so why don't you swing by Addison Ice House and watch it with like-minded fans? Get your green on and join us for the Jets game this coming Monday & kickoff is at 7:30p!
- Rock out at Scruffy Duffies Thursday Night
Good news, fans of rock! The Mullet Boyz will be taking you back to the hard rockin' '80s at Scruffy Duffie's on Thursday night & if you like AC/DC, Def Leppard, the Scorpions, and all the other stuff that sounds best blasting out of a Camaro in a high school parking lot, don't miss this band! They throw in a lot of current hits, too! The Mullet Boyz kick out the jams after Thursday Night Football & come watch the Cardinals and 49ers before you rock out!
October is National Pizza Month
Besides Halloween and the World Series (and the first week of the NBA season!), October is also National Pizza Month! To whoever decides what days these holidays fall upon, we raise a slice to you & especially on each Wednesday in October, when Scruffy Duffies offers free pizza by the slice from 5-7p. Wrap up your October hump days with free pizza during happy hour!
€¦is this coming weekend! Join us on Saturday for one of college football's greatest rivalries, a time-honored tradition of historic gridiron battles and notorious college football heroes. The next best thing to being at the Cotton Bowl is watching Texas play the Sooners at a bar with your friends. Kickoff is at 11a on Saturday. See y'all then!
- It’s National Drink Beer Day!
Today (Wednesday 9/28, if you are reading this in the future) is National Drink Beer Day! Don't miss this tremendous celebration of one of the civilization's oldest and greatest achievements & swing by your local Harder Concepts location (Scruffy Duffies and Ringo's Pub in Plano, the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House in Addison, Saintsbury Tavern in the Colony) and grab your favorite brew. Or find your new favorite, because we have a huge selection, and a lot of our beers are made in Texas. In fact, if you want to go really local, you could get a pint of one of our new house beers, the refreshingly hoppy and flavorful Sir Elliot's Pale Ale or Harder 1, a craft session lager perfect for pretty much any occasion. Or have one of each! Both beers are brewed in Dallas at Noble Rey Brewing with input from Harder Concepts founders and brothers Jerry Elliot and Brian Harder, and they're on tap at each of our locations. Cheers! See y'all tonight!
Tuesday is for Tacos
Speakin' of national days, Tuesday, October, 4 is National Taco Day. Activities you can do to celebrate National Taco Day include learning about tacos: what are they, and where did they come from? Who invented the taco? Are there foods similar to tacos? Is there a sports team with a taco on their uniforms? So many delicious-sounding mysteries!
You can also celebrate National Taco Day by eating tacos! While the answers to the questions above are yours to seek, each Harder Concepts location can provide you with tacos for your National Taco Day celebration & and better yet, for that day only, a taco is available for only $1! Dollar tacos on National Tuesday at your local Harder bar? SÃ, por favor. See y'all October 4!
Thursday Night Live at Scruffy Duffies
Scruffy Duffies is taking you back to the 80's in the month of October with performances by your favorite rockin' tribute bands every Thursday, starting with hair metal fanatics the Mullet Boyz on Thursday, October 6. Throw your rock hands in the air and wave 'em like you just put on spandex and a Def Leppard t-shirt and sprayed Aquanet in your hair!
- Come On Feel the Noise! More Live Music at Saintsbury Tavern!
Imagine being 21 years old in 1982€¦ living in Los Angeles, driving an IROC, listening to KROQ, cruising up and down the Sunset Strip, the wind rattling through the Aquanet in your hair€¦ If you can imagine the songs coming out of your tape deck, chances are Red Leather knows 'em, and Dallas' premier hard-rockin' party band is gonna be at Saintsbury Tavern on Friday night to take you back to the age of when the €œumlaut€ meant more than a confusing way to pronounce vowels. Blasting the hits of Ratt, AC/DC, Van Halen and more, they're like a time machine that only goes to the awesomest of decades.
Save some room in your ears for Saturday night's show, though, because Awesome Sauce is back at Saintsbury Tavern to rock even more of your favorite '80s rock hits! €œJourney€ to the Colony to see where €œEvery Rose Has Its Thorn€ and think of other puns to make out of '80s song titles.
Hike on over to your favorite Harder Concept Location on Saturday and Sunday to catch college football and the NFL & each one will have the games and their menus are designed with maximum game-time enjoyment in mind. A lot of great bar snacks, in other words, plus huge selections of beers, including our very own Sir Elliott Pale Ale and Harder1 Lager & if you like session beers, Harder1 is right up your alley. Saturday's games kick off at 11a with Florida State at South Florida and Georgia at Ole Miss, plus a ton more throughout the rest of the afternoon. On Sunday, the Cowboys and Bears kick off at 7:30p; if you're a Jets fan, catch your boys 3:30p at Addison Ice House, the official Jets bar of North Texas!
- Half Way to Our Eight St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY AT RINGO'S PUB AND SCRUFFY DUFFIES
We plan to make our annual St. Patrick's Day block party at the Shops at Legacy the biggest one yet!
For the past eight years, Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies, both of which are Harder Concepts' Plano locations, have teamed up to bring St. Patrick's Day revelers increasingly bigger St. Patrick's Day parties. For 2017's St. Patrick's Day celebration, Harder Concepts plans on going bigger than ever.
€œOur St. Patrick's Day parties are always our biggest events of the year,€ said Harder Concepts co-founder Brian Harder. €œAnd this year, we want to throw a party that's bigger and better than anything we've done before, so we're starting to plan now.€ After all Saturday, September 17, is the half way to St. Patrick's Day!
At present, the two bars will be closing off their parking lots, erecting tents and a stage, and hosting two of North Texas most popular cover bands, Awesome Sauce and Emerald City. €œEvery year, we get more and more people at our block party & it always turns into this huge event. This year, we want to be the St. Patrick's Day party to go to if you live or hang out in North Dallas. That's why we're getting an early start on planning. We want to give our customers the best experience, and we hope people keep it on their €˜must-do' radar for the spring. We're also trying to beat our green beer sales from last year because that's just a fun challenge,€ Harder said.
Ringo's and Scruffy Duffies' joint St. Patrick's Day Block Party will kick off on Friday, March 17. Stay tuned for more live music announcements and party details!
- National Beer Lover’s Day
Today is National Beer Lovers Day, and we encourage you to celebrate by hoisting a pint (or several) at your favorite Harder Concepts bar and grill. In fact, while you're there, why not raise a pint (or several) of Sir Elliott's Pale Ale or Harder1 Lager? After all, they're two beers made by a local brewery (Noble Rey) to the specifications of Harder Concepts founders Jerry Elliott and Brian Harder, both of who are notable beer lovers themselves! Whatever delicious beer you choose, remember to drink it responsibly. Don't spill, and get a ride home if you need one!
Oh hay, NFL!
Oh how we've missed you, professional football! The off-season always seems so long & what the hell have we been talking about without football games to start conversations? The Olympics filled in the empty spaces for a while, but Ryan Locte jokes can only go so far, y'know? It just doesn't compare to daily updates of Cowboys drama.
Anyway, speaking of the Cowboys, they start Week 1 on Sunday at 3:30p against the Giants. We're pulling for you Dak Prescott! We can't wait to see what you can do! If you're a Cowboys fan, please join us at any one of our locations to pre-game and send him good vibes & feel free to pile in, grab a bite and a beer, and enjoy the next sixteen weeks of NFL glory. By the way, for all you Jets fans keeping the dream alive in the Lone Star State, come meet some fellow fans at Addison Ice House & it's the official Jets watching location for North Texas.
- Live Music at Saintsbury Tavern
Drop by Saintsbury Tavern in Austin Ranch on Saturday to catch the Walton Stout Band & and do a little dance, while you're at it! The Walton Stout Band has been playing fat grooves for parties for as long as we can remember, and we're thrilled for them to pump up the jams on Saturday night! Boogie over to Saintsbury and get down with us!
It's College Football Time!
Football season's funny, because you go seven months without any football, and then there's a little bit of football with the NFL pre-season, and then BOOM, the first weekend of college football rolls around, and suddenly there are a zillion games! Get to the bad part, right?
Anyway, Thursday night kicks off college football season, though you'll probably want to head to your favorite Harder Concepts location to watch the last Cowboys pre-season game. But Friday, all you Big 12 fans will want to come over at 6:30p for Northwestern State at Baylor; Kansas State takes on Stanford at 8p, too. On Saturday, our bars will be open at 11a for OU at Houston, though we'll have the Ohio State game on, too. In fact, we put as many games on as possible on our TVs, so let us know which ones you wanna watch and we'll grab the remote controls for you!
- The Best 80’s Cover Band in North Texas LIVE at Scruffy Duffies
Don't miss Awesome Sauce LIVE Thursday! Join the party at Scruffy Duffies in the Shops at Legacy, no cover! Harder Concepts founder Brian Harder will be shreddin' to the oldies in his rad '80s cover band Awesome Sauce! Just as every rose has its thorn, everybody has a blast with Awesome Sauce!
The Final Vitruvian LIVE concert of the Summer
You might already have plans for Thursday night, seeing as how there's a Cowboys pre-season game, but the good news is that you can bring those football plans to Addison Ice House and watch the game with us! But also, Addison Ice House is where you want to be because it's the last Vitruvian Park Live night of the season. Yes, that means that summer is basically over, and while we all have mixed feelings about the end of summer but the advent of better weather, it's no reason to stay home and be bummed about it. In fact, Vitruvian Park is sending summer out with a fun party featuring Dave Matthews Band tribute band Warehouse! Relive those college memories with your favorite DMB jams, not to mention refreshing libations (beers and wine) served by Addison Ice House staff. After the show (place your bets on the closing song & we think it'll be €œTripping Billies€), swing by the Ice House for some cold drafts and shots!
- We’re Hosting a Watch Party for Courtney Okolo’s 4×4 Relay Run in Rio
The Newman Smith alumnus and University of Texas track star will compete for a gold on Saturday at 8p.
The Colony, TX & Courtney Okolo is probably best known for her fleet-footed performances for both the University of Texas and the United States Olympic track teams, but in Carrolton, she's also remembered as an alumnus of Newman Smith High School. Harder Concepts founders Brian Harder and Jerry Elliot, themselves alumni of New Smith, are so excited about this local athlete's accomplishments that they're throwing a watching party at Saintsbury Tavern on Saturday for the finals of the women's 4x4 relay, in which Okolo and her team will compete for a gold medal in the Rio Summer Olympics.
€œIt's always awesome to see a local athlete make it to the big-time,€ said Jerry Elliot. €œWe went to high school a long time before she did, but it's fun to have that connection & you just want them to win that much more!€
The USA 4x4 relay team will compete in the finals at 8p on Saturday. Harder and Elliot encourage other Newman Smith alums to join them in cheering her and Team USA on to Olympic medal glory!
- North Texas, NFL Football is BACK!
Well, it's here on Saturday, anyway! The 'Boys are back in action this weekend, getting the gears grinding for their 2016-2017 season against the Rams at 7p. Of course, it is just a preseason game, but the wait between the last second of the Super Bowl and the next season's kickoff always seems so, so long when you're a diehard Cowboys fan like we are. Whatever this season brings, it starts this weekend & come watch the game on the big screens at your favorite Harder Concepts location!
IN OTHER FOOTBALL NEWS
Along with the regular football season comes fantasy football season, which means you and your league buddies are gonna need a spot for your draft. Keep your eyes peeled to our social media because we'll be announcing some draft parties with great drink and food specials and other fun stuff. In the meantime, be sure to hang out for drinks, snacks, and whatever sport is going on in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics! Those judo medalists make it look so easy!
- Live Music Galore!
It's no secret Harder Concepts loves live music & after all, the only activity Brian Harder likes more than drinking craft beer is probably playing guitar! We are always more than stoked to showcase some local music talent, and on Sunday, August 7, we have High South booked at Saintsbury Tavern & if you've never heard of them, they're a €œharmony rock€ band dividing their time between L.A., Dallas, and Nashville, blending acoustic blues, folk, and country with thrilling three-part harmonies and soulful harmonica. The show starts at 7p and goes 'til 10p. Wrap up your weekend with beers and live jams at Saintsbury Tavern! If you're going out on the town this coming Tuesday (August 9) Australian singer-songwriter (and Real Housewives of Dallas husband) Aaron Hendra is performing at Scruffy Duffies. Come hang out with us!
Catch 'em All at Addison Circle
Well, maybe not all 149, but there are plenty of PokÃ©-stops along Addison Circle & you're bound to find that elusive PokÃ©mon at some point. While you're hunting, be sure to stop by the Mucky Duck for some chips and queso (on the house for PokÃ©mon Go players) and a cold beverage!
- Addison Ice House’s 3rd Anniversary!
Wow, time really flies! Big thanks to everyone who's helped Addison Ice House into its third year of great times and delicious beers! We're celebrating on Sunday, July 31, with a whole hog roast, drink specials, live music, and a bunch of other fun stuff. Make plans to do your post-brunch day-drinking at Addison Ice House & you don't want to miss our party!
Austin Ranch has a special place in our hearts because it's the neighborhood where we first built our Harder Concepts €œconcept.€ It's a great place to live and play in, and we take pride in offering you a comfortable, casual hangout with great food and a beer selection carefully curated by some people who truly get excited about beers. We're huge fans of Austin Ranch, in other words.
Currently, one of your friendly neighborhood residential communities is running an Instagram contest, and they're theming it around Saintsbury Tavern. To enter Thousand Oaks' Instagram contest, snap a pic of whatever you're stoked about at Saintsbury Tavern, whether it be a beer, or a buffalo lollipop, or your friend's ridiculous Golden Tee avatar & use your imagination, get creative, drink a few Sir Elliot Pale Ale's and snap a pic€¦ Thousand Oaks is accepting entries until Sunday, July 31, and they're giving away some gift card prizes for the best ones. Whatever IG you snap, tag it with #saintsburytavern and #summeratTO to enter. And while you're at it, follow @HarderConcepts for more fun stuff at our bars!
Rockstar Karaoke is Back!
If you sing like a rock star (in the car), you're in luck because Rockstar Karaoke returns to Scruffy Duffies on Thursday, July 28! Rockstar Karaoke is more than your usual dive bar, video-monitors-and-a-couple-of-mics kind of karaoke & it's you singing your favorite songs in front of a live band! It's as much fun to watch as it is to belt out the hits, so don't miss it! Bust out that Journey playlist and practice on your way home today!
- Harder Concepts Debuts Signature Beers
Company founders and brothers Brian Harder and Jerry Elliot partner with Noble Rey Brewing Co. to produce two exclusive craft beers.
The Colony, TX & After years of owning and operating five popular North Dallas pubs, brothers Brian Harder and Jerry Elliot are finally coming out with their own signature, in-house beers and celebrating the two new brews' debut with a pub crawl and concert on Saturday, July 23.
Brewed at Dallas-based craft brewery Noble Rey Brewing Co., Brian and Jerry's beers will be on tap at each Harder Concepts location, starting with Saintsbury Tavern in The Colony.
€œWe are big fans of Noble Rey's beers, so it was kind of a no-brainer to do it with them,€ said Jerry. €œWe basically went to them and described our €˜ideal beers,' and they totally nailed it.€ Jerry's beer, called Sir Elliot, is a pale ale, while Brian's is a lager named Harder 1. €œSierra Nevada Pale Ale is one of my all-time favorite beers, so I asked if they could make a something similar, and I love the result.€ Sir Elliot is notable for its floral hop profile and weighs in with a 5% alcohol-by-volume. As for Brian's beer, he was interested in a craft lager. €œI wanted something that's very drinkable, more of a session beer.€ Hard 1 has a smooth taste with a slightly malty finish and an ABV of 4.7%. €œIf you enjoy light beers, you're gonna love Harder 1, because it's easy to drink, but it still has plenty of flavor.€
The beers each have their own signature tap handles, as well; Sir Elliot references Jerry's reputation as a jokester with a cartoonified portrait of him, while Harder 1's tap handle is a guitar, in a nod to Brian's €œside job€ as a musician. €œI got into the bar business because I just wasn't quite able to make a living playing guitar, but I still love music and play as often as I can,€ he said. In fact, Saturday's celebratory pub crawl culminates with a performance at Saintsbury Tavern by Brian's band, '80s cover band Awesome Sauce, in which he plays lead guitar.
The pub crawl starts and ends at Saintsbury Tavern in The Colony at 6p and makes stops at each Harder Concepts location; the concert starts at 10p. Tickets for the Pub Crawl include a seat on the Pub Crawl bus and promotional swag for the beers (shirts, limited edition Noble Rey pint glasses, and koozies), available for only $20. Space on the bus is limited, and tickets are available at Saintsbury Tavern.
- Operation Rock the Troops Tuesday
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At 7p, they're going to roll into the parking lot with a caravan of motorcycles and awesome cars, and we've partnered with the Plano Fire Department to bring out a ladder truck with a flag, plus a bunch friends, veterans, and active military to give 'em a warm welcome. After that, we're gonna pack the house for a night of live music from the JC Allstars and a live performance from the local favorite True Adkins. Come support our nation's wounded heroes! For more info, watch this:
What's For Brunch?
Looking for a new spot in North Dallas for brunch? Cruise up to The Colony and try the brunch menu at Saintsbury Tavern! Chef Isidro's secret chilaquiles recipe is not to be missed! Okay, okay€¦ technically, it's his wife's secret recipe, but she's kindly shared it with us, and we're passing the deliciousness on to you! Chilaquiles and other awesome brunch plates await you this Saturday and Sunday!
- End of the Week Brings Free Food!
If there's one prevailing theme behind every Harder Concept location, it's that beer and snacks go together like ice and penguins, milk and cookies, and Jerry Jones and distorted views of reality. During the month of July, we're celebrating that fact by offering free happy hour tacos every Thursday at the Mucky Duck and Saintsbury Tavern, as well as free happy hour pizza every Friday at Scruffy Duffies. If you live somewhere in Addison Circle, Austin Ranch, or Legacy Towne Center, this is a great bonus! Make plans to pop in for a drink and a free bite this week on your way home from work (or after you let your dogs out)!
That means €œfor the win,€ right? Anyway, we have exciting news about Ringo's Pub & we're proud to announce that they've recently been named the Best Beer Selection in Plano! Now you know where to go when you've tried every beer on the menu at the other stops along your cruise for brews & if you've heard of a beer but can't find it elsewhere, chances are good we have it! And if we don't carry a beer you're looking for, please let us know so we can try to find it. We love new beers as much as you do!
- Kaboom Town this Weekend!
Is Kaboom Town the best party that happens in Addison? It's definitely up there, that's for sure! We'll be celebrating Addison's annual fireworks fiesta and America's independence with pre- and after-parties on Sunday, July 3 at the Mucky Duck. Kaboom Town is free and goes from 5p 'til midnight, but come early to stake out a good spot for your blanket. Be sure to come over if you need to duck into some air conditioning or grab a bite to eat!
Ever wonder what the Real Housewives of Dallas are really like? Maybe you can ask one of their husbands after he plays some tunes & Tiffany Hendra's hubby Aaron is an acclaimed guitarist and singer from Australia, and he'll be playing a set at Saintsbury Tavern Sunday evening. Join us for live music, tasty craft beers, and great grub courtesy our new kitchen head, Chef Isidro. You've gotta try his new brunch menu & we highly recommend the chilaquiles!
- Saintsbury Tavern Debuts New Menu
Harder Concepts' Austin Ranch location will focus on classic bar and grill fare
The Colony, TX & Saintsbury Tavern, a Harder Concepts concept in Austin Ranch, is rolling out a new menu. But instead of chasing the latest off-the-wall trends, its updated fare takes a back-to-basics approach, offering gourmet versions of the classic tavern grub that's made the restaurant company's five locations huge hits, plus a brand-new brunch menu.
Harder Concepts co-founder Brian Harder said the decision to return to the company's popular comfort food offerings was easy. €œEach location has its own signature plates and snacks. At Ringo's Pub, we offer our own twist on English pub favorites & we have a great fish and chips plate, and we put our own spin on Irish corndogs with banger sausages. At Scruffy Duffies, we take a lot of pride in making top-quality pizzas. Addison Ice House has a smoker out back, and my brother Jerry is an up-and-coming barbecue competition guy, so we can do more of a Texas-influenced menu over there. But overall, Harder Concepts' fare is classic bar grub & hamburgers, nachos, tacos, appetizers, pizza & it's the food that goes the best with a pint or a bottle of your favorite craft beer, made with a gourmet spin by an experienced and creative chef. We just want to offer the food that's worked the best for us over the years, the stuff our regular customers enjoy the most. After all, who doesn't love some really great food?€
Brian Harder has been involved in the restaurant business for over 16 years in just about every capacity from server and bartender to cook and general manager. A family-owned and operated business, Harder Concepts includes five neighborhood tavern-style bar and grills across North Texas, with locations in
Plano, Addison, and The Colony. Chef Isidro, the culinary wizard in charge of Saintsbury Tavern's menu revamp has been with the company for five years, previously heading the kitchen at the Mucky Duck in Addison.
€œChef Isidro really shines with the new brunch menu,€ said Brian. €œHe has three traditionals: chicken-fried steak and eggs, and the Standard, which is an egg scramble with hash browns, toast and bacon, and there's biscuits and gravy, but in pizza form! He also came up with some fantastic versions of Mexican breakfast favorites: he has breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles & he uses his wife's recipe, and they're amazing!€
Brian, Chef Isidro, and the rest of the Harder Concepts team have gone back to some old favorites. €œWe've brought back the southwest eggrolls and Zen pot stickers that were a favorite at Zen, the first restaurant we opened. Then there's fun grub like loaded cheese fries, fried pickels, and lollipopped wings. The wings are brined, roasted, and fried, and they come in four flavors,€ Brian said. €œWe've also brought over the most popular burgers at our other locations, so if you're craving that bacon-mac-and-cheese burger you had at Addison Ice House, you can get that at Saintsbury Tavern, too, though be sure to come by and give our new menu a try.€
- Half Price Food at Saintsbury Tavern
Saintsbury Tavern's Chef Isidro is debuting a new menu, and we're celebrating with half-price food through Friday! Whether you're craving pizza, tacos, burgers, or your favorite bar snacks and apps, you'll find something to munch on at Saintsbury & and this week, for super cheap! Make that mid-month paycheck go a little farther this month! Join us for a bite at Saintsbury Tavern!
Rockstar Karaoke is coming to Scruffy Duffies! If you don't care who catches you belting out 38 Special songs while driving your car, you'll want to take over lead singer duties on the stage at Scruffy Duffies June 21, when Rockstar Karaoke's live-band karaoke brings the show to the Shops at Legacy. Better warm up those pipes! Come sing your favorite hits!
Game 6 is Thursday!
Were you surprised by game 5? The Warriors losing at home??? This season's NBA Championship has turned out to be way more interesting than we thought it would be! And now, with Draymond Green suspended, there's even conspiracy theories afoot. Do you think he got benched by the league to help out Cleveland? Talk amongst yourselves over some beers while you wait for the tipoff. Game 6 starts at 8p on Thursday night. Come hang out!
- Pizza of the Week
Like a nice, piping hot pizza pie? Who doesn't, right? While just about everyone digs pizza, there are those of out there who are crazy for it. For those pizza super-fans in North Dallas, Scruffy Duffies has a new specialty €œPizza of the Week,€ available each week. Drop by and see what we're tossing, and don't forget your leftover slices & nothing beats cold pizza the morning after you've gone out!
Wednesday night is Game 3 and Friday night is Game 4, and if we're being honest, the Warriors look pretty unstoppable. Could be that this series wraps up this week, but anything can happen in Cleveland. C'mon, LeBron & we know you want that ring! No matter what, join us at your favorite Harder Concepts location to watch the games with some friends, drink some craft beer, and enjoy menus chock full of chef-driven comfort food, bar snacks, and other delicious munchables.
New Brunch Menu at Saintsbury Tavern
Whether or not you're keeping up with the Copa America Centenario, the US Men's National Team play Paraguay at 6p on Saturday night, which is as good an excuse as any to come by Sainstbury Tavern for some beers that evening. But if you're out and about that afternoon, stop by for a bite off the new brunch menu! You'll see some of your favorite classics, as well as some Harder Concept er€¦ brunch concepts. Hint: they go great with stouts!
- Paws in the City at AIH
Know someone who could use a new four-legged, tail-wagging, stick-chasing friend? Is it you? Either way, stop by Addison Ice House on Saturday from noon to 3p & Paws in the City, a non-profit DFW animal rescue, is going to be there with some really awesome dogs looking for forever homes, and we'd love to see your face when you meet your new buddy. For more info on Paws and their dogs, take a look at their site right here. See you Saturday!
Well, the Cavaliers get their rematch with the Warriors, and even though the odds are long for them to take the trophy home to Cleveland, the Warriors were nearly rolled by the Thunder. They're not invincible, in other words, so this could be a really interesting series. Or the Warriors could beat them in four. You won't know until you've watched the games, so join us for the first one on Thursday at 8p!
Scruffy's Comedy Night
You like to laugh right? Dallas comedian Paul Varghese and his funniest friends will be doing standup on Monday, June 6 at Scruffy Duffies. He's a veteran comic who's appeared on Last Comic Standing 2, appeared on Comedy Central, and even opened for the late, great Joan Rivers, not to mention interning in college on the Sally Jesse Raphael show. You should ask him about that! Also: pizza is ½ price, and the usual suspect drafts are only $4. The jokes start flying at 6p!
- Sunday Funday with Jamey Garner
Here at Harder Concepts, we love live music. Whether it's a rock band blasting our favorite hits or a singer-songwriter giving a quieter, more intimate, acoustic performance, we love hearing and watching people perform music on stage. One performer we love is a mega-talented guy named Jamey Garner. He's been steadily building a career that started with his band High South, a group that the press has called €œa new Eagles€ for their incredible four-part vocal harmonies. You can check out all of Jamey's musical info on his site (and please do, because the guy is really impressive), or you can just come watch him perform at Saintsbury Tavern on Sunday. Add some live music to your Memorial Day weekend!
Speaking of Memorial Day€¦
Scruffy Duffie and Addison Ice House will be closed on Monday 5/30 in observation of the holiday, but Ringo's Pub will be open at 5p. You'll just have to stop by for music on their patio after your pool party!
You like tacos, right? Come by Sainstbury Tavern or the Mucky Duck from 6-8p on Thursdays and enjoy complimentary tacos with your drink purchase. When there are free tacos, happy hour is even better!
- American Craft Beer Week
Hopefully by now you've celebrated American Craft Beer Week with some great beers at home or our favorite tap house; if not, well there's still time to raise a glass in tribute to the independent brewers of the good ol' US of A. If you drop by Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies, you should grab a pint of Karbach Hopadillo and/or Odell Myrcenary & both are crisp, hoppy IPAs (Myrcenary's is actually a double IPA), and both come with specialty glassware you can take home with you (while supplies last). Add to your pint glass collection and support America's independent brewers & without you, they'd be in the garage with a bunch of home brewed beer and nobody to share it with! Help keep the craft beer dream alive and well & raise a glass today!
Derek Anthony at Scruffy Duffies 5/24
We don't know if country singer Derek Anthony's new song €œLong Line of Longnecks€ is secretly about beer bottles, but it rocks pretty hard nevertheless. Take a listen here, and if you dig what you hear, come see him play at Scruffy Duffies next Tuesday (5/24). Get some drinks and support an up-and-coming musician!
- Stars and Blues Game 7
Got Stars gear? Put it on (especially if it's lucky) and join us for Game 7 tonight! No matter what happens at the end, you don't want to miss this game. Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News quoted the legendary Brent Gilchrist in a piece about Wednesday night's upcoming game: €œIn a game 7, your season is never more alive.€ And the dude should know; Gilchrist played in a game 7 with Mike Modano, a heartbreaking loss that ended the Stars 1997 season. So in terms of watching hockey, it just doesn't get any better than when your team's road to the Stanley Cup has to cross the bridge of a do-or-die game in a tied series. But also, GO STARS! Let's win this and get ready to take on Tampa! Game 7 starts at 7p, so come early and get a seat (and some happy hour drinks)! Join us at your favorite Harder Concepts location!
Taste of Addison
It's that time of year again when Addison Circle fills up with people filling up on the best food and drink the city has to offer. The Mucky Duck is bringin' it with before and after parties on Saturday. If you're tastin', be sure to stop by the Duck for drinks and live music, courtesy Christian Sly from 6-10p, and a live DJ from 10p-close.
Meanwhile, at Addison Ice House€¦
We're waiting on the weather to confirm whether or not Addison Ice House will host the Vitruvian Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, so stay tuned to Addison Ice House and Vitruvian Park's Facebook pages!
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
Call us crazy, but we're starting to get a tingle of sports excitement we haven't felt since 1999 & when the Stars brought the Stanley Cup home for the very first time! Can Jamie Benn and the boys make it all the way and win the championship? Find out with us! The Stars and Blues face off in game 1 of round 2 of the playoffs Friday night at AAC at 7p. For those lucky enough to have tickets, tag us in your Tweets, Snaps, and Grams with #harderconcepts so we can see all the in-person action we're missing & especially if you're sitting on the ice because there's nothing like a big hit captured rink-side! And if you watch the game with us, don't forget that Miller Lite pints are $2.50 and bottles are only $3 for as long as the Stars are in the playoffs.
NFL Draft Time!
For true football fanatics, the spring and summer are a long time to go without seeing a kickoff. That's probably why they do the draft in April, to tie you over until the pre-season starts. We'll have the draft on tomorrow (Thursday) at all five Harder locations, so fill your football fan tanks up a little bit with us while enjoying happy hour and each Harder bar's Thursday specials!
Mucky Duck Crawfish Boil
Good news, crawfish fans! The Mucky Duck's crawfish boil is back on for Sunday, May 1! Blake Burrow kicks out the acoustic jams at 5:30p, and we'll start serving up mudbugs at 6p. Besides spicy, crawfishy goodness (and sausagey and potatoey goodness, too), Mucky Duck will have happy hour prices all day!
- Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavs Playoffs at all 5 Harder Concepts Locations
What a great time to be a fan of Dallas sports & the Stars and Mavs are both in the playoffs, and even the Rangers are on top right now! The less said about that first Mavs game the better, but as long as they and/or the Stars continue to be post-season contenders, we'll be serving Miller Lite at a discount & $2.50 for pints, and $3 for bottles & at all five Harder Concepts locations!
Additionally, you'll want to keep your eyes on Addison Ice House's Facebook page and our Instagram; we're working out the details, but we're gonna throw a lil' Official Stars Watching Party. Keep your fingers crossed for our local boys' continued success in their quest for the Stanley Cup!
Tuesday, April 26 is National Pretzel Day. If you get €œtwisted€ for the taste of buttery, pretzelly goodness, be sure to try our Ringo's burger, because it comes on a delicious pretzel bun. Besides Ringo's Pub, you can chomp on one at Addison Ice House, too.
Of course, you might also want to celebrate National Pretzel Day with a classic, in which case, head to the Mucky Duck or Scruffy Duffies for one of our giant beer pretzels, served with white queso and spicy gourmet mustard. Just be sure to grab a napkin & we'll let you know if you get any of those dips on the corner of your mouth!
- Mucky Duck Crawfish Boil Postponed
Well, we must have jinxed it in the last blog when we talked about how awesome this weather has been because the weather is certainly not awesome anymore! The Mucky Duck's Crawfish Boil has been postponed because of all the rain today. Stay tuned for a possible reschedule date!
- Live! Loud! Delicious!
Get your groove on at Scruffy Duffies tonight (Thursday, 4/14) with Eternal Motion Band! We've been bringing back live music on select Thursday nights, and this week, we have this awesome party band playing your favorite dance tunes. Lace up your boogie boots and get ready to rock!
The Mucky Duck's Crawfish Boil
How about this weather, huh? As usual, spring has turned out to be pretty great, but it wouldn't be complete without a crawfish boil, so the Mucky Duck is getting spicy on Sunday, April 17 from 6-8p. Besides heaping piles of crawfish, corn, sausage, and potatoes, Blake Burrow will be doing acoustic sets starting at 5:30p. Don't let this Sunday Funday pass you by! If you need an excuse to come early, we'll have the Rangers game on at 2:05p!
The Stars face the Wild in Game 1 of the Western Conference Playoffs tonight at 8:30p! Can't wait to get this going! We'll have the game on at every Harder Concepts location. Get those Seguin and Benn jerseys on (or whomever your favorite Star is) and see the start of what could be the return of Lord Stanley's Cup to Dallas!
- Happy National Beer Day!
Did you know today is National Beer Day? Come on over and celebrate! Each of our 5 Harder Concepts locations has a wide variety of craft beers from around the country & not to mention your favorites from Anheuser-Busch and Miller-Coors. We take pride in curating our selection, finding the best and latest craft beers, as well as supporting Texas breweries whenever we can. If you're a fan of local breweries like Rahr, Revolver, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Four Corners, and more, you'll be pleased to find their beers represented on our tap walls and coolers. Raise a pint, can, or bottle to our favorite beverage today!
Nominate AIH for an Award!
It's that time of year again when Addison Magazine starts taking reader nominations for the annual Addison Magazine Readers Choice Awards. There are a ton of categories, and if you think Addison Ice House or the Mucky Duck would make a good candidate (probably not for the Favorite Sushi Place or Favorite Theatre Performance categories, though), write 'em in! Go here to nominate us & we'll keep you posted if we win!
- March Madness Mania!
Whether your bracket is still hanging in there or it busted, join us for the Final Four this weekend! Got any predictions? Both games are on Saturday; Villanova and Oklahoma play at 5:09p and the Tar Heels take on the Orange at 7:49p, with the championship game on Monday. The Sooners seem to be the team to beat, but you know how it goes with March Madness & anything can happen! Join us for the finale of the 2016 college basketball at any of our 5 Harder Concept locations.
Baseball is Back!
The wait is almost over! The Rangers 2016 season kicks off Monday at 3:05p vs the Mariners; hopefully you're one of the lucky ones who are going to the game, but all Harder Concept locations will have it on during happy hour & it sounds like the Rangers are pulling out all the stops for the home opener, so you don't want to miss it. Between Neal McCoy singing the National Anthem, a flyover by a squadron of F-16s, and appearance of the Big Show (hear that, wrestling fans?!?), the game will be fun to watch even if you don't get to go to Globe Life Park. Come get some happy hour drinks with us and celebrate the return of the American Pastime!
- Crush March Madness with our Stoli Crush
For the month of March, we're featuring our new Stoli Crush at all 5 Harder Concepts locations. With March Madness heating up with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 this weekend, you're going to need one (or more!) Our Stoli Crush features Stoli Orange and Yellow Edition Red Bull, it's a solid addition to our craft cocktail menus.
Going out in Addison Thursday?
One of our favorite things in life is when you get to start the weekend a night early & whether it's a GNO, guys night, three-day weekend, or you can get to work by 9a no matter what you do the night before, Thursday evening drinks is an all-time classic activity. If you're getting drinks in Addison this Thursday, start your bar-hopping adventure at the Mucky Duck, because the Mucky Duck's happy hour features complimentary tacos with your drink purchase from 6-8p. As a side bonus, select pints are only $3 all night long! Free snacks and cheap drafts are a great way to kick off your weekend & especially when it's a day early!
Pro Cooks Wanted!
Speaking of snacks at the Mucky Duck€¦ Are you an experienced cook that knows how to turn on beast mode when you're in the kitchen? The Mucky Duck might be the place for you! Join a fun team at a busy bar for good pay & besides being one of the top hangouts in Addison, the Mucky Duck offers a full menu of creative takes on classic comfort foods. If you're a pro, it'll be a snap! The Mucky Duck is located at 5064 Addison Circle Addison, TX 75001 & bring your resume by or come fill out an application ASAP!
If you're looking to wrap up your Easter lunches, dinner, or other family get-togethers with a drink before you turn in for the weekend, all Harder Concept locations will be open at 6p Sunday. Good luck on your egg hunts!
- St. Patrick’s Day Week Continues!
Welp, St. Patrick's Day season (and it is definitely a season for us!) comes to a close this week, stop in at for green beer at the Mucky Duck Thursday, as well as a block party hosted by Saintsbury Tavern and Shakertins over in Austin Ranch & you might want to stop by that anyway, because it's their first big block party, and it's also going on Thursday through Saturday, with drink specials and a tasty take on a classic cocktail, a signature Irish Mule!
March Madness Returns!
Everyone's favorite basketball tournament is back on Thursday, starting with the Duke and UNCW game at 11:15a. Who are you picking to win it all? Will it be a Cinderella story or another confident triumph from a perennial powerhouse? No matter what, we have the TVs to accommodate all those games, so if you're a basketball geek who's blowing off work and the rest of the world to watch as many games as possible, we'd love to have you over for beer and b-ball. In fact, Scruffy Duffies will be opening early on Friday at 11a (but they'll be closed until 8p Thursday for a private party). Over at Addison Ice House, we'll be doing a beer bracket like we did last year & basically, you help your favorite brew advance by buying drafts, or cans, or bottles. It's a fun way to try some new brews and help promote the ones you like best. Maybe some new, small batch peach ale or some such will come out of the woodwork to dethrone last year's champ!
- Ringo’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
We hope you're as stoked as we are for Ringo's Pub 7th annual St. Patrick's Day Block Party this Saturday & this year, it's bigger than ever, with a full day of live music and proud-to-be-Irish fun! Starting at 2p, Ringo's Pub will be turning its parking lot into a playground of food trucks, green beer, and your favorite rock and roll & Christian Sly gets the party going, which also features Tom Petty tribute Petty Theft (featuring the Hard Line's Mike Rhyner), jack-of-all-trades 80's cover sensations Awesome Sauce, the Big Daddy Band, and€¦ Bowling for Soup! DJ Double E keeps the party pumping all night, too.
Besides our awesome party, we're celebrating St. Patrick's Day Thursday 3/11 through Wednesday 3/17 with a $2 Guinness promo at Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies & who doesn't like discounts on Guinness? & and we're also adding a fun run on the morning of Saturday the 12th. What's great about this 5k is that in addition to finish-line swag like a medal, a free finish-line photo, and a free Run of the Irish 5k t-shirt, you get free cover to our St. Patrick's Block Party, and your first beer is on the house, too! You can register for the Run of the Irish online right here, or sign up during late registration at the event from 7:30a to 9a. The race itself starts at 9a, concluding around 9:30a to start the post-race party and awards ceremony. The entry fee is $33 for adults or $21 for children under 12.
Thursday Night Live Music Series at Scruffy's
Scruffy Duffie's is bringing in bands once a month on Thursdays, starting Thursday 3/10 with the hilarious antics of the Vegas Stars, who will be rocking your socks off with your favorite dance, rock, rap, and pop hits from the past 40 years. Come hear the songs you love and drink some delicious craft brews with us on Thursday nights!
- St. Patrick’s Day is Coming
It's the first week of March, which means we're only a couple weeks away from our biggest bash of the year & our annual St. Patrick's Day block party at Ringo's and Scruffy Duffies! Get your green gear out of the laundry (or costume box, or wherever you stash your holiday gear) and prepare to party with live music, DJ, food trucks, and gallons of green beer. We'll have more details for you next week, but in the meantime, check out this €œtrailer€ for Ringo's 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Block Party!
New Customer Catering Special
Great news if you need catering & if you're a first-time customer, we'll give you a sweet 10% discount off your order (some restrictions apply & see store for details)! When you need to feed a bunch of fam and friends, we have you covered. Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies, both offer a wide range of tasty dishes scaled to feed 8-10 people. Pizza, pasta, sliders, sammies, salads, wraps, nachos, boxed lunches and finger food€¦ if you're getting hungry thinking about it, take a look at our menu and give us a call. We look forward to delivering your food!
- Pizza Time?
Remember this Pizza Hut commercial? It features a certain billionaire businessman/entertainer/aspiring President you may have heard of and his ex-wife talking about how to divide a stuffed-crust pizza. Lot of gimmicks going on in that ad, not the least of which is that pie.
Now we know there's a time and a place in the world for pizza-crust stuffed with mozzarella (kids' birthday parties, Cowboy team meetings, the morning you wake up with a huge headache and a $100 bar receipt), but when it comes to the pizzas we make at Scuffy Duffies, we care more about taste than funny scripts, comb-overs, and culinary craziness. We keep it nice and simple, in other words, serving tasty pies sized in either a 7€ personal or a sharable 16€ large. Each comes with two toppings; choose from pepperoni, meatballs, Italian sausage, bacon, chicken, tomatoes, black olives, red onions, caramelized onions, mushrooms, Buffalo mozzarella, and basil & each additional topping is only fifty cents more so get creative. The crust is brushed with roasted garlic and herb-infused olive oil, and they're available for carry-out, perfect for those nights you don€˜t feel like cooking, or those nights you don't feel like cooking because you don't know how. And don't forget & Scruffy's kitchen is open until 1a, so give 'em a call when you get those midnight munchies!
Shakertins in Austin Ranch
We just want to give a shoutout to this excellent new hangout spot in Austin Ranch called Shakertins. It's a nice place to drink some craft beer, shoot some pool, and snack on some really great food -- if that post above about pizza has you hungry for pie, you need to try Shakertins flatbreads!
- National Margarita Day is Tuesday 2/22!
Cross your fingers that this incredible weather will hold through Tuesday, because Tuesday is National Margarita Day, and margaritas are made for drinking outside. We were going to attribute that claim to the cocktail's origin story, but it turns out there are lots of competing claims to who first mixed tequila, orange liqueur, and sweet and sour over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. One involves a Dallas socialite making it up for the guests at a vacation home in Acapulco. Another story says it was a bartender at the late, great Balinese Room in Galveston that invented the drink for jazz legend Peggy Lee. Then there's the tale of Pancho Morales, a bartender at a spot in Juarez called Tommy's Place Bar. Though he left bartending to become a U.S. citizen and later a milkman, Mexican news agency Notimex thinks he has the strongest claim, tracing the drinks origins all the way back to 1942.
Whomever made up margaritas, we're grateful for them. And if the weather is this great on Tuesday, you should join us on the patio of your nearest Harder Concept location. Of course, 'ritas are good indoors, too, so get your friends together and celebrate everyone's favorite tequila drink!
- Dallas Stars Night on Thursday!
It's a big day for all you Dallas Stars fans on Thursday (2/11)! Head over to Addison Ice House for some beers and meet a couple of famous guys you might remember & we have Stars alums Brendan Morrow and Marty Turco in the house for our Stars vs Blackhawks watching party! The game starts at 7:30p, and besides an appearance by a couple of the Stars all-time greats, we're also doing some pretty sweet giveaways & there's a bunch of autographed memorabilia up for grabs, as well as some free Stars tickets! Don't miss out on a chance to bring home some cool prizes and meet some Stars legends!
Whether you're miffed that your favorite restaurants are booked up this weekend for Valentine's Day or need a place to take your sweetie for dinner because you forgot to make reservations, come by for dinner at any of our Harder Concepts locations. With lots of seating, tons of delicious craft brews, and fun and savory menus at each place, take the pressure off yourself to do something fancy and take your date out for a night that's just fun! It's the thought that counts, right?
- SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!
Whether you're rooting for the Broncos, the Panthers, or the commercials, one squad everyone can get behind is the Mucky Duck, because they'll be slinging free tacos during the Super Bowl on Sunday, not to mention $3 draughts on select beers, and $3 shots of Fireball, Tuaca, Jager, and Rumpleminze.
As for our other locations, they'll each be toasting the big game with drink specials, game swag, and prizes throughout the game, not to mention some awesome finger foods and our huge TVs & it's all the comforts of a Super Bowl party at your home with none of the clean up! See y'all Sunday afternoon!
Party on Mardi for Fat Tuesday!
Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday 2/9 this year, and the Mucky Duck is celebrating everyone's favorite festival day with a crawfish boil. Besides kicking off Lent, Mardi Gras is also the unofficial start of crawfish season, so if you're in Addison, don't miss out on some delicious aquatic snacks, as well as $3 12 ounce can beers, shot specials, and Fat Tuesday party favors.
Down the road in Addison, Addison Ice House is also celebrating Mardi Gras with crawfish etouffee and a smoked pig, plus live music and a King cake. The good times roll at 3p, and the music starts at 7:30p.
Then, over at Scruffy Duffies, they're combining their Mardi Gras celebration with their 4th Anniversary Party. Hard to believe it's been four years! That's a lot of shots and beers! Besides drink and food specials, Scruffy's will also have Awesome Sauce on hand to rock you like a hurricane with your favorite cover songs. Don't miss out on the winter's wildest Tuesday-night party!
- Who’s hungry, and how many are you?
One thing we have made sure to do with each Harder Concepts location is have plenty of room for you and all your rowdy friends & if you have a big group of people, we have lots of seating without a lot of elbow bumping. If you can get a head count ahead of time, do us a solid and call ahead; you can also book happy hour parties at all five Harder Concepts spots, and we even have a separate €œsports den€ at Scruffy Duffies; it's great for events like bachelor/bachelorette parties, guys or ladies night out, or any other occasion you'd need your own section (we know Maw Maw's birthdays can get kinda wild).
But if your fiesta is en casa, we'd still love to help you out. Our catering service features lots of delicious dishes that are big enough to serve 8-10 people. Throwing a pizza party? How about ordering a few of our 16€ pizzas. Are your guests craving pasta? We make that, too, as well as nachos, salads, wraps, slider trays, and even boxed lunches. If you need finger food or starters, let us whip up some trays of mini calzones, mini meatballs, pigs in a blanket, or wings (in multiple flavors, too). Take a look at the Harder Concepts catering menu and call us to place an order!
Super Bowl L (it's gonna be large)
Wow, the Super Bowl is almost here! We'll be throwing parties at each Harder Concepts location, so check back for details. It's the 50th anniversary of the biggest football game in the world & where will you be? If it's in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium, take pictures & and tag us on Instagram @harderconcepts!
- Beer. It’s what’s for dinner (and lunch, and dessert, and any other time)
When you visit a Harder Concept location, we hope you notice that we have more than just a five or six beer taps representing the major macrobrews. We really, really like beer, especially when it's brewed close to home, and we pride ourselves on making sure we have plenty of Texas breweries represented in our draft selection and in the bottles and cans in our coolers & everything from your Rahr and Sons and Deep Ellum Brewing Co. favorites to beers from Southern Star, Cedar Creek, and more, not to mention plenty of craft brews from outside Texas. If you're into craft beer, be sure to ask your server or your bartender what's new on menu. We also regularly partner with craft breweries to offer chef-driven, multi-course beer dinners, which include use a particular brewery's beers as ingredients while pairing each dish with different brews. Our selection is always rotating one keg or another, so come by often so you don't miss out on something rare!
Pint Night at Addison Ice House
You know how we like beer, right? See above if not, but otherwise, our beer fandom translates into occasional pint nights, and on Thursday, January 21, Addison Ice House will behosting our friends from Martin House for a pint night. They'rebringing in Toadies Bock and some more rad glassware to add to your collection. Don't miss out on this awesome beer and a new glass & pretty soon, you're gonna need a china hutch for all those things! Also, we have two new beers from Guns and Oil on tap: Maverick Lager and Backcountry Breakfast Stout both on tap. Don't leave without at least getting a taster!
- Super Bowl 50 is February 7!
It's kind of weird to see the Super Bowl number without Roman numerals, but Super Bowl €œL€ is probably too confusing for a lot of people. Nevertheless, it's a big one & the 50th anniversary of the big game, plus the first one to appear in Levi's Stadium. Hopefully the commercials are the biggest and the best ever, too. If you're headed to Santa Clara that weekend, we're more than a little jealous. But if you're watching the game here in North Texas, you should make plans to catch the game at one of our Harder Concepts locations, as we'll have game-specific party plans at each one. If you're throwing your own party, save yourself the cooking and cleaning hassles and call us for catering. We have tons of dishes that serve 8-10 people, from 16€ pizzas, pasta dishes, and nachos to wraps, slider trays, and boxed lunches, plus your favorite game snacks: mini calzones, mini meatballs, pigs in a blanket, and of course€¦ wings. Check out the Harder Concepts catering menu right here: https://harderconcepts.com/cater.
Of course, the Super Bowl teams are still TBD, but as always, join us for the divisional and conference playoff games in the coming weeks & Saturday's games include the Chiefs at Pats at 3:25p and Packers at Cardinals at 7:30p; Sunday's games have Seattle at Carolina at noon and Pittsburgh playing Denver at 3:30p. See you this weekend, football friends!
Looks like Powerball is up to a $1.5 billion jackpot tonight. If you win, come buy your buds a round or two at your nearest Harder Concepts location. You can also do this if you don't win. Good luck! May the (incredible) odds be in your favor!
- The Bison Are Back!
There's a lot of football this weekend between the NFL playoff games and the College Football Championship. But the one we're the most excited about is our annual visit from the North Dakota State fans who come to North Dallas every year to see their beloved Bison play in the FCS championship over in Frisco. And every year, we throw an awesome party for them.
This is the Bison's fifth straight appearance in the FCS championship game, and we're going big with a two-day block party at Ringo's Pub and Scruffy Duffies. The fun kicks off at 8p on Friday the 8th and picks up again after the game at 3p on Saturday. We'll have tons of food, live music both days, plus live DJs and drink specials. Come support NDSU in their €œDrive for Five€ and show some folks from Fargo some Texas hospitality!
Non-Bison-related Football News
Wow, is it the post-season already? Time flies when you're having fun, and it flies even if you're not, as many Cowboys fans are well aware. Oh well. There's always next year, right? But football is still football (remember how you miss it during the middle of baseball season?) and it's never better than during the last weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. The NFL post-season kicks off on Saturday with a couple wild card games. Join us at any of the Harder Concepts locations at 3:35p for the Chiefs and Texans game, and then stick around for the Steelers and Bengals at 7:15p. On Sunday, the Seahawks and Vikings duke it out at 12:05p, while the Packers face the Redskins at 3:40p. Finally, don't forget about the College Football National Championship Game Monday night & Alabama and Clemson kick off at 7:30p. Then on Tuesday, we can start arguing about the NFL playoffs. Can't wait!
- Happy Holiday Hours
Happy Holidays from everyone here at Harder Concepts! From all of our work families to yours, we're grateful you've been coming to drink, eat, and party harder at our five locations, and we'd like to give you a heads up that all of them will be closed on Christmas Eve so our staff can have some holiday time themselves. On Christmas, Scruffy Duffies, Ringo's Pub, the Mucky Duck, and Saintsbury Tavern will be open at 5p; Addison Ice House will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening at regular time on Saturday. We hope you have a great holiday & be sure to drop in for drink when you've filled up on family time.
Bowl Games Galore
Keeping up with the college post-season? Join us on Wednesday when Boise State and Northern Illinois face off in the Poinsettia Bowl at 3:30p, and catch Georgia Southern and Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl at 7p. Then on Saturday, camp out at any of our locations for a full day of college football: St. Petersberg Bowl (Connecticut vs. Marshall) is at 10a, the Sun Bowl (Miami vs. Washington State) is at 1p, Washington and Southern Miss play at 1:20p in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Duke and Indiana kick off the Pinstripe Bowl at 2:30p, the Independence Bowl (Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech) starts at 4:45p, and UCLA and Nebraska play in the Foster Farms Bowl at 8:15p.
- Addison Ice House Pub Crawl
Join your friends at Addison Ice House on Saturday for a fun little holiday pub crawl that includes a commemorative t-shirt! The bus leaves the Ice House at 7p; from there it makes drink stops at the Mucky Duck, Shuck and Jive, Memphis Night Club, the Back 9, and back to Addison Ice House, where you can grab one more night cap and watch the Vitruvian Lights. To get a seat on the bus, call 972- 218-0921.
Holiday Catering is Available
Need to feed a big group of people this holiday season? Let Ringo's or Scruffy Duffies do the cooking! Our catering menu offers a wide variety of apps, mains, and desserts, and each feeds 8-10 people (if you have way more people than that coming to your party, we'll be happy to scale it up for you). From mini calzones, pigs-in-blankets, and mini meatballs to slider trays, mac and cheese (tossed with bangers and peas), pizza, and fireball whiskey chicken salad, we offer plenty of great grub to make your holiday party a huge hit. Contact our catering director Tia Carpenter at 469-795-0724 or email catering@harderconcepts to put in your order!
Warm up with Hot Cider
Let's say it's a cold night and the walk from the parking lot to the front door of one of our bars is a lot chillier than you expected & you're in luck because we are offering hot cider at all of our locations. Warm up with a cup before you chill out with a beer!
- Mucky Duck’s Social Santa Happy Hour is Back!
By definition, happy hour is a good time, but this Thursday (12/3), the Mucky Duck's happy hour is going to be extra fun, because in addition to drink specials, we're helping some kids in need have some holiday cheer. We'll be collecting toys for donation to Captain Hope's Kids, a non-profit organization that helps homeless kids across North Texas. All you have to do to participate is bring an unwrapped toy (and feel free to bring more than one if you want!), then enjoy discounted drinks, free tacos from our taco bar, and some great door prizes donated from local businesses. And speaking of local businesses, you'll have a great opportunity to meet local pros from a wide variety of industries like marketing and social media. Get some drinks, meet some folks, and help some kids! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SocialSantaDFW while you're there, because we'll be awarding more prizes as the evening goes on!
Make Meals for the Homeless at Saintsbury Tavern
Join your friends from the Saintsbury Tavern for their monthly Making Meals for the Homeless event on the morning of Saturday, December 5! From 8:45 to 11a, Saintsbury staff and volunteers will be makin' sandwiches and baggin' up lunches for donation to SoupMobile for distribution to those in need.
If you'd like to participate, come in clothes you can get bleach on, and bring (in any combination), a loaf of sliced sandwich bread, sliced bologna, American cheese, bags of tortilla chips, and sandwich or animal cookies. What's really amazing about this event (besides the warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping others) is that Saintsbury usually makes enough food to feed over 5,000 hungry people. Sleep in on Sunday and help some people in need Saturday morning!
Vitruvian Lights on Saturday Night
Addison Ice House will be providing the food for Saturday night's Vitruvian Lights concert, featuring your holiday favorites performed by the Dallas String Quartet. The event starts at 6p, and in addition to fun stuff like a Santa photo zone and an elf balloon artist, there's also the Metrocrest Services Toy & Food drive, which you can learn more about here.
- First Things First: Have a Great Thanksgiving!
From everyone at Harder Concepts, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of fun with your family and friends! And when you have had enough of your family and are in dire need of a beer, head to Ringo's Pub, the Mucky Duck, and Saintsbury Tavern & they'll be open at 7p (Addison Ice House and Scruffy Duffies will be closed on Turkey Day).
Black Friday Pub Crawl at the Mucky Duck
Looks like we still have a few seats on the pub crawl bus! On Friday, while people are fighting each other for extreme deals on TVs and what-not, we'll be hopping in the bus and hitting up five bars: Saintsbury Tavern, Carrollton ChopShop Sports Garage, Addison Ice House, The Back 9, and a final round back at the Mucky Duck. Call us ASAP to grab one of the last seats!
Light it Up at Vitruvian Park
Just a lil' reminder: Vitruvian Lights starts up on Friday night! It's one of our favorite events of the year, and afterward you can grab a drink at Addison Ice House! Pretty sweet little Friday night activity, if you ask us!
- Hosting a Holiday Party? Let Us Bring the Food!
As another week goes by, the holidays loom ever closer. We say that like it's a bad thing (it's not & we love the holidays because they're awesome), but everyone knows how stressful the season can get with all the party planning and feeding people and what not. Besides serving you beer, another way Harder Concepts can make the holiday season a little easier is with our catering menu!
Whether you're feeding a group of folks at home or at work, we have a wide variety of great grub to wow your guests (and fill 'em up, of course). Need salads? How about a Caesar or caprese? Or maybe some pizza? Our catering pies are 16€ and you can load them with toppings; we also offer three different pasta dishes, as well as wraps, slider trays, and boxed lunches. If you're having an event that calls for small bites, we can bring you apps like wings, mini calzones, mini meatballs, and pigs in a blanket, and we also offer a gooey butter cake for dessert! Each item is designed to serve between 8-10 people, and there are lots of other items to choose from, so check out the full Harder Concepts catering menu right here.
Thanksgiving is Coming
Thanksgiving is in a week, and we'll be doing our annual Thanksgiving potlucks tonight at the Mucky Duck, Ringo's Pub, and Addison Ice House. If you didn't get enough turkey, we'll be at Saintsbury Tavern tomrrow. We'll bring the bird, you just have to sign up for a side dish or dessert. Is it possible to have enough green bean casserole? Probably not!
- NTX Beer Week is Here!
It's Wednesday of NTX Beer Week, so we hope you've been by for some great local craft beers. Across all five of our locations, we've been enjoying watching our guests try new brews from independent, North Texas beer makers & not to mention enjoying a few of these new brews ourselves!
In any case, be sure to stop by the Harder Concepts location nearest you for daily featured beers and specials. For example, Addison Ice House is celebrating 7 Pints for 7 Nights. That's seven days of seven different Pint Nights! Ringo's Pub has a Lakewood Temptress French Quarter, Grapevine Brewing Stocking Stuffer Winter Warmer, and Cobra Brewing Donut Dunker. Who doesn't like a beer with hints of doughnuts! At Scruffy Duffies they're pouring pints of Grapevine Brewery Sir Williams Brown Ale, Nine Band Brewery Pale Ale, Audacity Brewery Black Widow Stout, and Lakewood Punkel (a Pumpkin Dunkelweiss.)
Be sure to check each of our location's calendars (here you go: The Mucky Duck, Ringo's Pub, Scruffy Duffies, Saintsbury Tavern, and Addison Ice House) for their individual NTX Beer Week offerings. It looks like your pint glass collection is about to get bigger!
It's Party Planning Season!
If you hadn't noticed by the change of merchandise available in the seasonal aisles, the holidays are rapidly approaching. But before you freeze up under the prospect of having to make a bunch of snacks and mains, we're offering catering this year from Scruffy's and Ringo's. If you click here for catering, you can take a look at what our catering packages offer. And if you need a place to host a party, we have you covered on that, too, because all our locations (Mucky Duck, Addison Ice House, Ringo's Pub, Scruffy Duffy's, and Saintsbury Tavern) are available for rent; contact us if you'd like to book your holiday gathering with us!
- Whew! What a Weekend!
Well, Halloween is about a week behind us, so hopefully you've recovered from a Halloween that included an extra hour of partying. We'd like to thank everyone who came to our bars' parties, and huge thanks to everyone who dressed up for costume contest & we saw a lot of awesome, hilarious, and sexy get-ups!
We have a few more weeks until Thanksgiving (our next location-wide event), but in the meantime, there's plenty of football games to watch. During last weekend's games, you might have seen our new commercial! In case you missed it, here it is again:
- Halloween the Harder Way
We hope you're at the top of your Halloween costume game, because our bars are throwing parties and giving away some sweet cash prizes. Our biggest one takes place at Scruffy Duffies, where the grand prize winner takes home $1000, and the sexiest and funniest costumes win $500 each. At Ringo's Pub, Saintsbury Tavern, and the Mucky Duck, the prizes are $500 for the best, and $250 each for the sexiest and funniest ones. Addison Ice House is giving away $200 worth of cash prizes too!
Besides the costume contests, we'll have scare-iffic drink specials at each location, plus live DJs and some bands; at Saintsbury Tavern, catch Awesome Sauce rock your favorite '80s hits, and at Scruffy Duffies, the music will be provided by RHCP tribute Pepper Theft and DJ Screeh, with the Great Donovan (you know that guy, right P-1s?) MCing the whole deal. We hope to see you there, even if we don't recognize you under that sweet, prize-winning costume!
Oh Hey, Basketball! We Missed You
Basketball is back! If the Mavs are playing, we'll have the game on at all Harder Concept locations. And speaking of sports, don't forget, Addison Ice House is the official watching location for North Texas Jets fans. We love seeing that green and white!
- Scruffy Duffies Shops at Legacy Trick-or-Treat Special
If you're out and about the Shops at Legacy between noon and 4p on Saturday (10/24), swing by Scruffy Duffies for lunch, because food purchases are 15% off as part of the Shops' trick-or-treat event. Come get some pizza and beer!
Paint a Pumpkin Night at The Mucky Duck
This event takes place tonight (10/29) at the Mucky Duck & our buds at Blue Moon are sponsoring a drink-and-paint-a-pumpkin night from 6:30-8pm; if you skimped on the Halloween decorations this year (or every year), this is an easy thing to put in front of your front door.
Cornhole Tournament at Addison Ice House
Get those bag-lobbing muscles limbered up, because there's a cornhole tournament on Saturday October 24 at Addison Ice House. It's gonna be pretty sweet, because every team entered is guaranteed two games, prizes for first and second places, and drink specials the whole time. Better still, if you come wearing your favorite team's gear, you'll qualify for a free drink! Register for the tourney at www.lonestarssc.com
- First Things First
Thanks for a great season Rangers. It was an exciting roller coaster for sure!
DJ Screech at Scruffy Duffies
If you pop into Scruffies this month on a Thursday night, we hope you're ready to party, because DJ Screech is spinning your favorite grooves & literally, when he's using vinyl records. DJ Screech has been playing beats around Dallas for what seems like forever, and he knows how to read a crowd and get it pumped up, so be sure to join us on Thursdays and get your weekend vibes ready to go a day early. See all the stuff he's done on his site!
Halloween is Coming
What's your costume gonna be? Every year our bars throw Halloween parties, and every year, some lucky, creative folks walk away with cold hard cash for having the best, funniest, and sexiest costumes. It could be you! Stay tuned for details!
- Get Grub from Saintsbury Tavern Delivered!
Great news, food fans! If you live in the vicinity of Saintsbury Tavern, you can now get your favorite Saintsbury pub grub brought right to your door! We're partnering with this new delivery service called Door Dash to bring our food (though sadly, not our drinks) to
your home & it's pretty clutch if you're stuck at home and craving buffalo calamari or our meatloaf cupcakes, and it's available online or as an app, so you don't even need to open a laptop if you don't want to. Check out the Saintsbury Tavern delivery menu on theDoorDash site & looks like your first delivery is only a dollar, too!
Calling All Rangers Fans!
If you're a Rangers fan, this is a friendly reminder to get to your local Harder Concepts bar on Thursday for the first post-season game against Toronto! Feels great to say that, doesn't it? The game starts at 2:37p with Yovani Gallardo starting on the mound and Cole Hamels on deck. Wear your shirts and get some happy hour beers for Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS!
- Live Music Tuesdays
Tito's Tuesdays at Scruffy Duffies
Just gonna throw this out there, but maybe we should change the name of this month to Rocktober & every Tuesday in October, Scruffy Duffies is teaming up with Tito's Vodka to host live music from 8p to midnight on our brand new stage! We'll have Big Daddy Band on October 6, Awesome Sauce on the 13th, Jamey Garner on the 20th, and Whiskey Richards on October 27th. Plus, there's no cover charge and $5 Tito's cocktails!
Southern Tier Brewing Company Pint Night!
Ever heard of Southern Tier? Reps from the New York-based brewery will be in the house at the Mucky Duck on Thursday night (October 1) for a little pint night fun from 7-9p. We're tapping a keg of Southern Tier Pumking, an Imperial Pumpkin Ale (how's that for a new beer category?) weighing in with a stout-like ABV of 8.6%! It's a low-bitterness ale with hints of vanilla, clove, pecan, and wait for it€¦ PIE CRUST! And pumpkin, of course. Glassware comes free with your purchase. Kick off October with your new favorite seasonal brew!
- Hoist a Stein of Sam Adams for a Chance to be on Kimmel!
How long can you hold one of those big beer steins, do you think? Sam Adams is sending two national stein-hoisting champions to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest, and they'll be at the Mucky Duck and Addison Ice House tonight (Wednesday, 9/23) and Scruffy Duffies Thursday night looking for the best at holding huge draft beers & whomever can hoist (one-handed) one of those big ol' one-liter Adams steins above the bar the longest wins a trip for two to Jimmy Kimmel Live to compete in the finals! Check out Sam Adam's site for more details!
Harder Concepts Video
Hey friends and soon-to-be-friends: check out this fun promo video we made & if you're a regular, there's a good chance you're in it! While you search for familiar faces, stick around to the end for a little preview of our next venture, Brian's Red Bus!
You gotta love Addison for its commitment to throwing huge annual bashes! As it happens, Oktoberfest is here & starting Thursday September 17 through Sunday September 20, Addison Circle will fill with the sights, sounds, and smells of Munich for its annual Oktoberfest celebration, and the Mucky Duck is teaming up with our neighbors Union Park to host the nightly after parties. Whether you go to the official shindig or come by later, we have outdoor bars, live music, and plenty of celebratory Oktoberfest beer for your seasonal prost-toasting.
Speaking of Oktoberfest beers, we'll be kicking off the party on Thursday evening at 6:30p with a tapping of Karbach Brewery's Karbachtoberfest. You may know them from such can- and draft-hits like Sympathy for the Lager, Hopadillo, and Rodeo Clown Double IPA; Karbachtoberfest is a supremely drinkable 5.5% ABV Marzen beer, brewed in the Bavarian style with Vienna and Munich malts and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. It's about as authentic as you can get without a trip to Germany, and we're selling them all weekend in ½ liter Oktoberfest steins for $9 and refilling the steins for $4 (or $8 if you have your own 1 liter stein, for any Oktoberfest we have tapped). See you this weekend! Lederhosen and dirndls optional but highly encouraged!
Thursday Night Tri Shop Fun Run
Tri Shop, the triathlete outfitter source just west of Sainstbury Tavern on Windhaven Parkway has found a way to get people active by organizing a weekly fun run. About a mile long and ending in beers, the fun run starts at Tri Shop every Thursday at 6:30p, where 20 to 30 joggers have been meeting to run down the block and grab a beer at Sainstbury Tavern. It's a fun way to meet people, and if you're one of those folks who count calories, a jog before beers is right up your alley. Lace up those shoes and get ready to raise your heartrate before you raise a cold one!
- Paint the Pint on Thursday Night!
Time flies when you're having fun, so it's almost hard to believe we're celebrating our second anniversary, but here we are, about to throw a big party. On Sunday, September 13, swing by Addison Ice House for our bash, featuring a whole-hog cookout, live music, drink specials, and even a dunking booth! All that, plus the Cowboys' season opener, not to mention the Jets' season opener, too & don't forget that Addison Ice House is also the official North Dallas Jets-watching headquarters! Come hungry and get ready to party with us on Sunday!
Svedka Vodka Promo
Hey peeps, if you need an excuse to go to happy hour, the Svedka Vodka promo team will be handing out samples at Scruffy Duffies and Ringo's Pub on Friday night. Of course there will be the usual delicious drafts and our new menu at Ringo's Pub, so come by and hang out for some a top-shelf vodka goodness!
- Rock out at Scruffy Duffies Thursday Night
Good news, fans of rock! The Mullet Boyz will be taking you back to the hard rockin’ ’80s at Scruffy Duffie’s on Thursday night – if you like AC/DC, Def Leppard, the Scorpions, and all the other stuff that sounds best blasting out of a Camaro in a high school parking lot, don’t miss this band! They throw in a lot of current hits, too! The Mullet Boyz kick out the jams after Thursday Night Football – come watch the Cardinals and 49ers before you rock out!
October is National Pizza Month
Besides Halloween and the World Series (and the first week of the NBA season!), October is also National Pizza Month! To whoever decides what days these holidays fall upon, we raise a slice to you – especially on each Wednesday in October, when Scruffy Duffies offers free pizza by the slice from 5-7p. Wrap up your October hump days with free pizza during happy hour!
…is this coming weekend! Join us on Saturday for one of college football’s greatest rivalries, a time-honored tradition of historic gridiron battles and notorious college football heroes. The next best thing to being at the Cotton Bowl is watching Texas play the Sooners at a bar with your friends. Kickoff is at 11a on Saturday. See y’all then!