The next time you book a hotel in Fort Worth, don’t forget to research the bar. A well-crafted nightcap can be the perfect cure for jetlag or tired feet. As a 14-year resident, I recently realized that I’ve been overlooking a whole slew of watering holes that cater to visitors. I made a night out of hotel hopping, all in the name of journalistic research.
My first stop was Bar Ten10, located on the ground floor of downtown Fairfield Inn & Suites. Streetside parking was a breeze. Longtime locals may remember the location as Mambo’s Grill & Tapas. The bar offers ample seating and a nice mix of modern amenities. The booths were comfy, the service was prompt and the dearth of overhead music meant that my friend and I could chat freely without yelling.
I sprung for the Vodka Peppersmash, which our bartender Tory recommended. The cocktail had a healthy dose of Tito’s Vodka tossed in. The basil and lime were prominent flavors. Tajín chile power rimmed the glass and added a nice tinge of heat. I could have done without the slivers of bell pepper, but the mixed drink was delicious down to the last drop.
After a brisk six-block stroll, we cozied up to the bar at WXYZ Bar, located within Aloft Fort Worth Downtown. There’s a heavy upscale lounge-y feel to the tavern, which serves fusion tacos, pizza and other noshes. A small crowd followed us in. I ordered a French 77, which came elegantly served in a champagne flute. WXYZ Bar has comfy, pastel-colored couches galore. In fact, there were several seating options, all at various heights.
The Worthington Renaissance Lobby Bar
Our hotel bar research felt incomplete without including a Fort Worth hotel stalwart. The Worthington Renaissance Hotel is one of our city’s most revered lodging options. The second-floor balcony holds a gorgeous wood bar that is stocked with nearly every spirit imaginable.
A boisterous suit-donned crowd was tossing back cocktails when we worked our way to the far end of the bar. We met a cordial bartender named Delia. I inquired about an Old Fashioned. She recommended Hudson Baby Bourbon for the classic drink. I asked how much that would run me. She replied, after which I asked if there was something available in my price range. She obliged.
Delia said the upstairs bar will soon be torn down, moved downstairs, and expanded.
Whiskey & Rye
The Omni Hotel Fort Worth is home to Whiskey & Rye. The spacious bar offers a large selection of whiskey and bourbons, ample craft beers and live music (every Tuesday after 5pm). The bar also offers an expansive menu with Texas-themed options like sweet BBQ chicken stuffed jalapenos, crisp pancetta mac and cheese and venison chili.
Hampton Inn & Suites Bar
The recently opened Hampton Inn & Suites flanks the Convention Center, opposite of the Fairfield Inn. A ground-level bar offers patrons a view of the bustling streets of Downtown Fort Worth. Drinks flow easy and the atmosphere is lovely.