The Texas Rangers don't play at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Well, okay, they don't always play at Globe Life. Half their games are road games, and Spring Training games happen mostly in Arizona. That means you've got to find somewhere to watch your Rangers play when they don't do it in Tarrant County. Luckily. Fort Worth has a number of establishments you can access to get your game on.
On one of the fact-finding missions for this column, Landmark Bar & Kitchen won the titles (across neighborhoods) for most total TVs showing the Rangers game and most consecutive sets with the game on. More than half a dozen LGs ringing the outdoor bar all showed the Fox Sports Southwest broadcast and several more inside had it as well. Preston the bartender told us he wanted to be able to move anywhere in the place and keep up with the game, and he succeeded. Good call by him.
The West 7th area actually gives you lots of options for catching the game. The Varsity Tavern has TVs as big as Nomar Mazara's future, and you can also look for the game on multiple screens at the likes of King Crab Tap House, Brewsters, Reservoir, the Durty Crow, The Local, BoomerJacks, and several others.
It's hard to pick one place in downtown. It might depend on where your hotel or office is, or perhaps what kind of food you want.Check out "The Library" at Houston and 6th or Ojos Locos, which bills itself as a sports cantina with Tex-Mex offerings and TVs in several booths so you can feel like you've got Steve Busby and Tom Grieve actually dining with you. Whiskey & Rye has won a few awards for best sports bar in town. You'll find them in the Omni Hotel in southern downtown by the convention center.
A downtown sleeper pick : The Red Goose Saloon. You can sit at the bar and watch the game on a couple of screens, and the food is underrated. You can smoke here, if that appeals to you.
You could actually watch the game at the Texas Rangers Team Shop on Main Street. Not only do they have a TV inside the store, they have a couple of sets by the windows facing the street. If you don't mind standing on the sidewalk, you can be sure the game will be priority programming.
Nolan Ryan is a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. However, Cowtown's north side has more saloons than sports bars. We recommend you sit at the bar at Filthy McNasty's Saloon (they're friendlier than they sound) and enjoy a beverage while watching the game on the TVs above the bar.
The No Frills Grill on Eastchase is as close as you can get to Globe Life Park in Arlington without leaving Fort Worth. And they do, in truth, have some frills - specifically TVs showing the Rangers game. You can almost see the home run fireworks from there.
Upper 90 on College came into being when the owners felt the Magnolia area needed a sports bar. They may be named after a soccer term, but you can still count on them having the Rangers game on one of their many TVs.
You've got plenty of choices in restaurants near the mall. We've watched a Super Bowl or two at the Fox & Hound. You can play pool while you watch the ballgame there, too.