Good news: Fort Worth has seen a number of bars and lounge openings in recent months, especially in the ever-fertile West 7th district and along Magnolia Avenue. Even more exciting is that this new crop of nightspots features something for just about everyone, whether you're in the mood for live music, a neighborhood bar with quirky cocktails, or just a quiet and sophisticated spot to sip a glass of wine.
So if you are a local or just here to visit Fort Worth, consider adding these spots to your nightlife agenda:
Calling itself "your new neighborhood bar," Shipping and Receiving, which opened in 2013, is located inside the old Supreme Golf building on South Calhoun; the actual bar is located where Supreme Golf used to handle shipping and receiving for its products. The calendar is regularly jammed with special events: a weekly shuffleboard tournament on Monday nights; "Jazz Thursdays," featuring local jazz bands. There are also monthly music series: South Main Saturdays, which showcases larger regional acts (White Denim plays on June 7), and $2 Main Friday Music "Main Friday Music," where the cover is just $2.
Grand Cru originally opened in southwest Fort Worth in December 2008. But after its owners saw the considerable growth on Magnolia Ave., they decided their elegant and modest wine bar would be better suited there. Re-opened in February, Grand Cru features an extensive wine list, with numerous options by the glass and by the bottle. If you're here during happy hour - or find yourself a little peckish after dinner - there is also a small plates menu.
Talk about combining the best of both worlds: Proper, located just next to Spice on Magnolia Avenue, offers the small, low-lit charm of your favorite, no-frills watering hole, along with an inventive drinks menu that gives down-the-street neighbor The Usual a run for its craft cocktail money. And since the weather is still civilized (at least until mid-June, anyway), you can take advantage of the Proper's outdoor patio.
Opened in January, The Local fits right in alongside the Pour House, Bar Louie, Reservoir, and other bars in the West 7th area that appeal to twenty- and thirty-somethings eager for a raucous night on the town. The same owners operate the nearby Durty Crow, and Durty Murphy's Irish Pub downtown.