FROM BOOT SCOOTIN’ TO THE BALLET, AND NIGHTLIFE TO NIGHTCAPS
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Whether just starting out or together for years, couples have many options in Fort Worth for romantic date nights. Whether it's a leisurely upscale dinner and the ballet, real Texas barbeque and boot scootin', a burger and movie, or a picnic and stroll along the Trinity River, there's more than one way to enjoy an evening out.
When the sun goes down, the city comes alive with some of the best dining and entertainment in the Southwest. Many Fort Worth restaurants provide not only great food, but headline some of the best national and local entertainers, making it easy to plan a one-stop date night. Upscale soul food is paired with nightly blues, jazz or R&B at chef, Keith Hick's Buttons. And, for gourmet sandwiches and more than 100 beers on tap, there's The Flying Saucer, with entertainment Thursday through Sunday nights and live bands on Monday nights.
Those who enjoy barbeque and two-steppin' usually head for the Stockyards National Historic District, where there's always plenty of fun brewing in Western-style honky-tonks and saloons. World famous is Billy Bob's Texas, voted country music's club of the year 11 times. The honky-tonk hosts the biggest names in the business every weekend, has live bull riding on Friday and Saturday nights, and boasts some of the best ribs and homemade 'tater salad in the state. Billed as "a place to see how the real West was, and still is," the White Elephant Saloon hosts a variety of electric and acoustical country acts seven nights a week, and couples are sure to enjoy dinner at its upscale sister restaurant Lonesome Dove Western Bistro or casual Love Shack. A multiplex nightclub, Lone Star combines the music, flavor and heritage of Texas into an authentic, modern experience for date night, and couples can kick up their heels on the dance floor to live bands at Rodeo Exchange after some finger-lickin' barbeque.
For dinner in a truly luxe atmosphere before world-class entertainment by the Fort Worth Ballet, Fort Worth Opera or Fort Worth Symphony at the acclaimed Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, there's Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, with valet parking and a crackling fireplace that lend a touch of romance to any date. Other restaurants sure to impress include Texas de Brazil, an authentic Brazilian churascaria (steak house); Reata, with a fabulous rooftop patio in which to take in downtown's city lights; Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine, named one of the best restaurants in the country by ABC News; and Grace, a uniquely elegant and modern space specializing in upscale American fare. For French dining in an intimate setting, there's Saint-Emilion; for fresh seafood, check out Eddie V's; and, for sushi, it's Piranha, where creative cuisine and a sleek dining room make for a hot date.
In addition to Bass Hall, Fort Worth is home to a number of theaters, playhouses and comedy clubs that make date night a great time. Casa Mañana is home to the largest performing arts organization in Tarrant County and presents award-winning musical theater and original plays. Circle Theatre is best known for contemporary plays in an intimate setting; Stage West is highly respected for its renditions of traditional Broadway and Shakespearean plays; Hip Pocket uses mime, dance, music, masks and puppetry for an interactive experience; Jubilee Theatre presents works that reflect the African-American experience; and Amphibian Stage Productions produces works that challenge the way theater-goers see the world around them. When it comes to comedy, Four Day Weekend is the longest-running show in Fort Worth's history, using video, music and the improvisational skills of a talented cast to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. And, Hyena's Comedy Night Club brings the best nationally recognized stand-up comedians to Fort Worth.
To make it a truly special night, Classic Carriages offers private horse-drawn carriage rides in Sundance Square and throughout downtown Fort Worth. It's a great way to "pop the question," celebrate an anniversary or just mosey from dining to dancing. Reservations are required. Brazos Carriage offers 15-minute tours of downtown on Friday and Saturday nights from The Worthington Renaissance Hotel.
For a more laid-back date, Fort Worth is home to several casual dining spots and hamburger joints, followed by the latest flick at one of several movie theaters. To name a few - Joe T. Garcia's serves old-school Mexican in a garden courtyard, Lucile's Bistro has everything from filet mignon to pizza, and Spiral Diner & Bakery is 100-percent vegan. Two of the best-known burger joints are Kincaid's, which grew out of a grocery store in the 1960s, and Dutch's, named for legendary Texas Christian University football coach Dutch Meyer.
Perhaps nothing is more romantic than a late-night picnic for two and a stroll along the banks of the Trinity River. With more than 20 miles of hard-surface trails along the river and acres of beautiful green space and city parks, daters can enjoy a full view of the moon and stars.
The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge offers something for folks in the "we love the great outdoors" dating camp - nighttime canoe tours. Hear beavers slap the water with their tails and see deer and raccoons in the moonlight. It makes a great date for the couple needing to get away from it all and re-connect with each other.
If a nightcap is in order, Scat Jazz Lounge is a great place for a spin on the dance floor and some soothing music. There's also M Lounge, Blue Grotto, Magnolia Motor Lounge and The Library Bar to name a few of Fort Worth's finest lounges and bars.
With so many dining and entertainment combinations to choose from, date night in Fort Worth is anything but boring. Couples can spend a lot or a little and have a great time. They can enjoy quiet, little places or big, loud honky-tonks. Whatever the choice, dating in Fort Worth is just plain fun.
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