There's a reason the outdoor music festival Friday on the Green takes a break in August and the open-air Woodshed Smokehouse closes for a few weeks in July - even Texans need a break from the heat once in a while. But when the triple-digit highs subside, new drinking and dining possibilities return, namely, patios.
Central Market has a large outdoor stage, a playground area, dozens of tables, and, of course, all their great, chef-prepared dishes in one area, and there's a nice mix of family friendly bands (mostly local) performing every Friday and Saturday evening.
You can't beat the view from the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge rooftop, where a full-service bar and great food choices await. For a closer view of downtown, grab a table on the Reata restaurant rooftop and order up some Texas fine dining. From there you won't be far from the Flying Saucer's covered patio where live music and craft beer/food pairings are a regular thing.
After a long trek down the Trinity Trails you can park your bike at The Woodshed for some smoked goodies or visit Fort Worth Food Park, just a block away. The food park offers a rotating selection of the most popular trucks in town like Good Karma Kitchen, Salsa Limon, and Bombay Chopsticks. They also have a Cantina stocked with local beers from Martin House Brewing Company and Panther Island Brewing, among others.
The new West 7th area Landmark Bar & Kitchen offers picnic tables, classic board games, a creative mixed drink menu, and free arcade games inside.
No matter where you choose to enjoy your outdoor dining experience, don't wait too long. The fall season in Texas can be as brief as it is beautiful.