Date night in Fort Worth is a rich trove of art, culture and outdoor opportunities. This welcoming city is known for friendly disposition – and you will feel just that with your partner in hand as your tour around the city.
THE ART DATE
Fort Worth has a world-class art scene with museums on par with those in New York and Los Angeles. So when it comes time to impress a new crush, do it with a visit to some of the best museums in the nation.
Start your date with brunch at Righteous Foods, a cheery spot serving up healthy eats on the edge of the Cultural District. Their “drinking vinegar” options and organic brunch bowls are varied and intriguing, but of course, you really want the blueberry banana french toast, so just go for it. If it’s a warm day, grab a seat on the patio. By the front door, their t-shirts, hats, and mugs are cute and Instagrammy, too.
Pleasantly full, saunter around the corner to the Kimbell Art Museum, the country’s finest small art museum. We are not exaggerating when we say it's a museum so extraordinary it’s worth a trip to the city just to see. With an endowment from Kay and Velma Kimbell, the building itself is a masterful work of art, designed by famed architects, Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano. Inside you’ll find rare, invaluable works by Mondrian and Picasso, Michelangelo and Goya.
Yep, that blew you away. You’re welcome. But wait, there’s more! Head across the street to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. This building was designed by Japanese master, Tadao Ando, and was only the second building in the states he crafted. Inside, you’ll ogle pieces by Dan Flavin, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis and other modern masters. On the grounds outside, you’ll find gorgeous sculptures. For lunch, Chef Denise Shavandy’s beautiful restaurant inside the Museum, Cafe Modern, is tasty and offers sweeping views of the outside sculpture garden. The charcuterie board is must-try.
THE OUTDOOR DATE
Saturdays are lovely for a day date, and even better because The Clearfork Farmers Market is held weekly this day year-round at The Trailhead at Clearfork. Get an early start with an outdoor stroll around the market selling fresh produce, flowers, honey, spices and arts and crafts from some of the region’s best rancher and artisanal vendors. Get your brunch on at the nearby Press Café, a chill spot with one of the best patios in town. If there’s a line (and there usually is) you and your date can have a coffee or cocktail around the fire pits.
The banana nut waffles are amazing and decadent. If you've planned to cycle the trails afterwards, we recommend a lighter dish like the Trailhead Breakfast or Vanilla Spiced Oatmeal before your miles’ long bike ride. And, while you can booze it up at Press Cafe, don’t drink and bike.
Now the two of you are fed and ready to hit the trails. The Trinity Trails connect 100+ miles of scenic routes along the Trinity River and are located just outside the cafe. Biking is an easy and leisurely way to see the city with rentals available from the delightful Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, which is connected to the restaurant and offers day rentals starting at $30 ($40 for a road/mountain bike). If you’re not ready for that kind of commitment, the city’s B-Cycle bike share is a few feet from the restaurant at the trail entrance and rent for $8 a day. Download the app to see where docking stations are located throughout the city.
THE FORT WORTH FUNKY DATE
'Keep Fort Worth Funky' is the tagline among the city's creative class, which indicates there are plenty of interesting ways to entertain new love interests in the Funk. For those of you new to the scene, you’ll want to know a few hipstery ‘hoods. The Near Southside is the big one, with Magnolia Avenue reigning. From organic coffee roasters to vegan diners to craft cocktail bars, Magnolia has it all. Other essential neighborhoods to keep on your radar include Edgecliff Village and The Foundry District, both of which have a fair smattering of hipster goodness, too.
If it’s a night date, keep it simple. Start off in The Foundry District with dinner at the Clay Pigeon, a sophisticated and trendy spot with Chefs Marcus Paslay at the helm, serving up one of the best seasonal menus in the city. After dinner, head to Thirty-Eight & Vine, Maple Branch Craft Brewing or Blackland Distillery for a night cap.