The New Year brings new barside destinations to our fair city. Fort Worth now boasts dozens of nationally-recognized breweries, distilleries and pubs. Here’s an overview of what’s new in the local bar scene.
Bodega West 7th jokingly bills itself as Fort Worth’s “worst-kept” secret. The new speakeasy boasts an entire wall of Jameson Whiskey and promises to be a destination for great music and smooth cocktails when it opens later this month.
While dining or grabbing a quick lunch at any of the dozens of new restaurants at Crockett Row Food Hall, save time to unwind at Knife Bar. The centrally located watering hole serves craft cocktails, mixed drinks on tap, wines by the bottle and frozen cocktails (French 75, Moscow mule and others). Beers are also available, and a hefty portion of the offerings are local.
Magnolia Tree Tavern
Magnolia Tree Tavern (1229 7th Ave) occupies the former building of The Bearded Lady (which aims to re-open soon in South Main Village). Bearded Lady co-founder Eric Clayton is the brains behind the rebranding. The pub, which will eventually offer classic American noshes, boasts more than 200 beer offerings, including 30 brews on draft. The new venture retains the warm, homey feel of the Lady.
One of the owners who brought us The Bearded Lady is introducing a new would-be hotspot to Near Southside revelers. Think more beer, less beard. Eric Clayton opened Magnolia Tree Tavern on West Magnolia Avenue in late October as a successor to the former neighborhood darling, occupying the same location. Clayton, a founding partner at the Lady, sees his new venture as the sort of place where people pull up a seat and stay awhile, a communal living room focused on offering a top-notch craft-beer progrogram. Read the full review this week by Fort Worth Weekly writer Madison Simmons. Photo by Magnolia Tree Tavern.
Cowtown Brewing Co.
Just months old, Cowtown Brewing Co. gave Fort Worth what it had been long waiting for: a single location to enjoy smoked meats and freshly-made beer. Head brewer Shawn Kidwell is the brewmaster behind superlative beers like Rhinestone Cowboy (German-inspired Kölsch), G’Night Vienna (Austrian-inspired Lager), Spalt Bier (German inspired-Altbier brewed with Spalt hops), Flux Capacitor (German-inspired Doppelbock) and others.
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The Purple Frog Restaurant and Cantina
Not just for college kids, The Purple Frog Restaurant and Cantina (3468 Bluebonnet Circle) has a vast drink and food menu with an emphasis on seafood. The lunch menu includes several “8 for $8” specials, including fried catfish, chicken alfredo, Texas BLT, Texas Burger and more. The shrimp cocktail (a pile of large shrimp tossed in a schooner of tomato sauce and topped with a celery stalk and slices of avocado) sounds like a crowd pleaser.
Fort Worth's newest distillery, Blackland Distilling, opened in March in The Foundry District. The sophisticated main tasting room consists largely of a long horseshoe-shaped bar perfect for conversing and serves up handcrafted cocktails made of house-distilled vodka, gin, bourbon and rye whiskey.
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The opening of Deep Ellum Brewing's second location, Funkytown Fermatorium (611 University Dr.), has been a rapid success. The brewery serves fan favorites such as the Dallas Blonde as well as taps that are only brewed at the Fort Worth location. The food menu is spot on and the wings are some of the best in the city.
Taco Heads founder Sara Castillo is in the finishing stages of opening Tinie’s Mexican Restaurant on South Main Street. The top floor will feature a tequila/mezcal bar and outdoor patio. Boiled Owl co-owners Autumn Brackeen and Jason Alford are putting the finishing touches on Tarantula Tiki Lounge, also on South Main Street. The long-awaited return of The Bearded Lady is similarly only months away. Owner Shannon Osbakken said her popular gastropub should be opening this spring on — you guessed it — South Main Street.