Fort Worth is filled with adventurous outdoor sports, Texas-sized meals, artisanal distilleries, live professional sporting events and the stuff to make your cowboy dreams come true. Come to Fort Worth on your next guys’ weekend and discover the unexpected.
Rise and shine at Paris Coffee Shop, located in the Near Southside, which has been a Fort Worth establishment since the Great Depression. Generous portions of biscuits and sausage gravy, French toast, pancakes, eggs, Bloody Mary’s and micheladas are served up Monday through Saturday.
Bait your line for some morning fishing at Greenbriar or Trinity Park, two neighborhood ponds regularly stocked with catfish and rainbow trout. Or rent a canoe or kayak from Backwoods Kayak & Canoe Rental and head out on the Trinity River for a completely different perspective of the city.
Visit the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards to participate in the Fort Worth Herd Experience, which gives viewers a chance to interact with the Drovers while they demonstrate tools used during the cattle drive era. Then see it all come to life during the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive.
For fans of live sports, start your pre-game festivities at T&P Tavern, a restored rail station tavern featuring an extensive menu of food and craft beers steps away from downtown and Sundance Square. Then venture to Globe Life Park, 20 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, to watch the MLB’s Texas Rangers. During football season, put on your game day best and head to AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
If you prefer to watch the game from a barstool, beat the crowd at Crockett Row in the West 7th area, a popular hangout for the mid-twenties set. Kick back with a frosty mug at Boomer Jack’s Grill & Bar or have a Guinness at Trinity College Irish Pub. Order specialty margaritas and tacos at El Chignon, or visit Koe Wetzel’s new Riot Room, which features live music, signature cocktails and a menu of country and Texas classics like beer can chicken. End your night at a downtown rooftop bar like The Sinclair Rooftop or Refinery 714, or speakeasies like Thompson’s Bookstore or Curfew.
Start the day with a hearty helping of chorizo, papas and huevos from Esperanza’s Mexican Restaurant and Bakery. For a later start, head to Varsity Tavern or The Social House for brunch, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
Play eighteen holes at the Golf Club at Fossil Creek designed by Arnold Palmer. Not quite a pro yet? Take a private lesson from instructors hand-selected by Jim McLean himself at Texas Golf Center – one of the country’s top golf academies. For a more casual practice session, book a bay at Top Golf in downtown Fort Worth.
For a Texas BBQ fix, you might have a tough time choosing just one for a late lunch. Angelo’s Bar-B-Que has juicy and tender pork ribs that have been served for over 50 years. Have a beer and try Heim BBQ’s bacon burnt ends at one of two locations in Fort Worth. The Hulu series “BBQuest: Beyond the Pit” featured two Fort Worth establishments, Panther City BBQ and Goldee’s Barbecue. Goldee’s was nominated for a James Beard award in 2023.
Spend the afternoon on the Fort Worth Ale Trail. Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, the third-largest craft brewery in Texas, offers tours and tastings every Wednesday from 5-7:30pm and Saturday from 1-3pm. Bourbon lovers will rejoice on a tour of Firestone & Robertson Distilling’s sleek facility at Whiskey Ranch. The artisanal distillery sells the popular blended whiskey, TX Whiskey, and different blends of bourbon. Come to Blackland Distillery for their Texas Pecan Brown Sugar bourbon, stay for craft cocktails in their award-winning tasting room. Be sure to purchase a bottle to take home!
Gear up for a night of fun with appetizers on the rooftop of Reata Restaurant located in Sundance Square. Enjoy the spectacular view of downtown while feasting on cowboy cuisine including elk sausage and tenderloin tamales.
Stomp your boots down to the Historic Stockyards for a drink at Atico, Chef Tim Love’s tapas bar, before moseying down to the beautifully restored Mule Alley for upscale shopping, dining and one-of-a-kind Texas nightlife. Finish up your visit to Fort Worth at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk. Grab a partner and two-step to some of the best country & western music in the nation.