Why stay home and watch the game when you can stroll by McKinney Avenue Tavernor MAT as it is endearingly known by regularsand watch 20 different ... More
McKinney Avenue Tavern
Why stay home and watch the game when you can stroll by McKinney Avenue Tavernor MAT as it is endearingly known by regularsand watch 20 different games on MAT's 20 different projection screens! This is definitely a sports bar, but that doesn't mean it's just a male haunt. Guys and gals alike frequent this popular tavern for their 8-hour happy hour from 11a-7p, the electronic sports games and billiards, the above-average quality eats, and the high-energy crowd. Whether on the large flat screens, around the huge central bar or out on the spacious patio, there's always action to be had at the MAT.
I went last night for the first time and it was pretty nasty. Our waitress was nice enough, but she was pretty slow and it wasn't exactly a packed house; it took nearly 20 minutes before I could even get her to wipe the the patches of half-dried ketchup off our table. Then she kept forgetting my drink and I had to ask twice for another beer.
The chicken nachos I ordered were the absolutest grossest I've ever had. The chips and chicken were okay, but the cheese tasted like something out of a can and it was all cold. My friends ordered the beef nachos and the meat looked like the cheap shredded kind that comes on frozen pizza that you buy at the grocery store. Their food was cold as well.
There are plenty of TVs, but with no sound, which is fine. However, the music being played was extremely loud so it was all but impossible to talk. We had a group of 8-9 people and it was impossible to speak to someone at the other end of the table without changing seats. In fact, you could hardly hear the person sitting across from you.
The only positive was that my drafts of Michelobe Ultra (albeit served in a plastic party cup) were only $2. Whether cheap beer balances out all the other negatives depends on how much you drink, I guess. It's a nice venue that could be really cool with a few minor tweaks. But for now, I went with a group of friends and would be hard-pressed to try this place again on my own any time soon.
Tried the burger, was told it's new, 1/2 pound, cooked perfectly, loved it. They also just put up a new HD projector and have about a 10 foot screen that shows the big games in high def. There are tons of TVs around, so if a game is going on somewhere, you'll be able to see it. Great crowds for games, really into it, not just sitting and watching.
The MAT is a great place to go to watch all sorts of sports events. They have tons of TVs and good seating and food. Except over Texas-OU weekend. That Saturday during the game the place is packed shoulder to shoulder with Sooners, so unless you're an Okie it's no fun, and either way, the service is terrible because there are too many people crammed in there.
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