‘Tis always the season to think about cocktails, good food and making merry. Here are a few suggestions for Fort Worth’s happiest hours.
44 Bootlegger – The retailer-turned-bar on Magnolia offers 44 craft beers, 44 wines from around the world, and a lovely selection of craft cocktails. On Tuesdays, a select number of beers and wine are $4 each. Thursday is bottomless prosecco night, if you’re feeling bubbly! The 44 Mule (made with sparkling wine, honey and ginger) and the Fairmount Lady (a rosé-based cocktail topped with an edible flower) will certainly make your season bright. There’s no food service to offset your cocktails, but that’s hardly a problem on Magnolia Ave, where there are a number of great restaurants within a mile.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill – The cool location on 7th Street offers a spectacularly generous happy hour: almost all day Sunday, and Monday through Saturday from 3-6:30 p.m. Along with $7 house martinis and a variety of sake options, you’ll get selections from the excellent sushi and appetizer menu.
Cork & Pig – Chef Felipe Armenta’s made himself at home in his fourth restaurant in Fort Worth. Happy hour specials include several of the outstanding wood-fired pizzas, along with wine, beer, and a discount on the specialty mixed beverages as well. For a smaller bite, try the homemade cheddar bacon biscuits paired with a boozy locally-made jam.
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Del Frisco’s Grille – The Sip & Share happy hour menu features a nice variety of appetizers (the Wagyu beef corn dogs are tasty) along with some signature drinks, like the white wine sangria – a pinot grigio base with fruit, schnapps and a real grown-up popsicle! For the holidays, try the Big Apple Sour, with Crown Royal apple, fresh lemon sour and Renacer Malbec. Unfortunately, it’s not on the Sip & Share menu, but it still comes with an unparalleled second story view of Sundance Square Plaza.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – There’s more than a bit of old school glamour going on in the bar at Eddie V’s. All happy hour beverages are $7, and the hours are generous, including 4PM-close offerings on Sundays and Mondays. You can also get a delightful sampling of the superior seafood menu, like oysters, tuna tartare, and the fabulous jumbo lump crab cake.
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Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge – Happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 3-7 p.m., and you can enjoy discounts on beer and wine along with $5 craft cocktails. For the holidays, Fixture’s mixologists crafted Punchin’ the Clock, a frothy take on a milk punch that features spiced rum with a proprietary, caramel-y brown sugar syrup crowned by cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise.
Grace – The beautiful, classy restaurant has held court at the edge of Sundance Square for close to a decade. In addition to the fabulous bar food (the charcuterie plate is stacked with mostly house-made items and impressively presented), “Bubble Hour” runs weekdays from 4-6 p.m. You can get half-price bubbly by the glass –– who says champagne is for special occasions only?
Magnolia Motor Lounge – Here, you’ll find seasonal craft beer from Dogfish Head, Stephens Point, Noble Rey, Peticolas, Rahr, and Lakewood. Craft cans and bottles are $4 on Tuesdays, and happy hour runs Monday through Friday until 8PM. In addition to the beverages, Magnolia offers unapologetically stick-to-your-ribs eats and music several evenings a week. Who knows – you might hear the next Leon Bridges, or even Leon himself.
Reata Restaurant – The Sundance Square stalwart is always a go-to for an excellent wine selection and margarita offerings. A favorite of ours is the Tipsy Texan made with Deep Eddy Vodka, Treaty Oak Rum, Waterloo Gin and Z Tequila with a hint of sweet & sour and cola. This quadfecta is sure to warm you up!
The Social House – The happy hours at the South 7th street gastropub are generous. Weekdays from 4-7 p.m., take half off selected appetizers, all pizza, and specialty drinks along with a discount on beer, wine, and well drinks. For Sunday brunch, your favorite boozy brunch beverages run between $4 (bloody Mary) and $5 (mimosa, peach Bellini, margaritas), with a carafe of mimosas for $10. All of those would pair well with an Elvis waffle or beignet jelly donut holes.
Thompson’s – What do you do with an historic 1910 building that used to house hotel, bookstore and pharmacy? How about turning it into a cocktail lounge, complete with a secret speakeasy-style basement you access with a password at a hidden staircase? Owners Glenn Keely and William Wells have produced a unique craft cocktail experience for downtown Fort Worth –– there are classic cocktails, and cocktails named after classics (The Grapes of Wrath, Tell-Tale Heart, Strawberry Fields). Seasonal cocktails include a Remy 1738 infused hot toddy and a Botanist Gin clarified gimlet. Every hour is happy on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesdays are Whiskey Wednesdays. Even folks from Dallas have taken note. The password to get into the basement’s posted on the bar’s Facebook page.
In addition to enjoying the happiest hours, many of these restaurants offer private gathering spaces, if you need some room to make the season a little more festive!