Guys Weekend in Fort Worth

Eat. Drink. Be manly. Fort Worth is adventurous and tough, filled with outdoor sports, Texas-sized meals and North Texas’ only artisanal bourbon distillery, making it the perfect destination for a guy’s weekend.

Day One

Rise and shine at Paris Coffee Shop located in the Near Southside for a he-man-sized breakfast that has been served up since the great depression. Generous portions of biscuits and sausage gravy, French toast, pancakes and eggs are served up for less than $5, Monday through Saturday.

Bait your line for some early morning fishing at Greenbriar or Trinity Park, two neighborhood ponds regularly stocked with catfish and rainbow trout. Rent a canoe or kayak from Backwoods Kayak & Canoe Rental and head out on the Trinity River, which is accessible from downtown, the Cultural District and the Stockyards National Historic District.

Take a break from the trail and feast on all things smoked and slow-cooked at Woodshed Smokehouse, where a selection of beef, chicken, pork, wild game, fish and vegetables are always available. Peddle over to Rodeo Goat – recently voted the Best Burger in DFW – atop one of the 300- plus Trek bicycles available for rent from the 40-plus Fort Worth’s Bike Share stations.

Root for the home team, Major League Baseball’s American League Texas Rangers, at Globe Life Park located a mere 20 minutes away from downtown. During football season, suit up and put on your game day best before heading to AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Start your pre-game festivities at T&P Tavern, a restored rail station tavern featuring an extensive menu of food and craft beers that is steps away from downtown and Sundance Square.

Beat the crowd and enjoy the game at any of Fort Worth’s sports bars. Kick back with a frosty mug at Boomer Jack’s Grill and Bar located along West 7th Street in Montgomery Plaza, or satisfy your hunger with New York-style wings, pizza and subs at Buffalo Bros located on University Drive near the TCU drag.

Day Two

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 for brunch and cheap drinks or Pour House Sports Grill for brunch, where steak and manmosas abound.

Play eighteen holes at the Golf Club at Fossil Creek designed by Arnold Palmer with a course rating of 72. Not quite a pro yet? Take a private lesson from a Lead Master Instructor hand-selected by Jim McLean himself at Jim McLean Golf School – one of the country’s top golf academies.

Sample the best in craft beer and bourbon at the local breweries and distillery. Enjoy the afternoon at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, the third-largest craft brewery in the state of Texas, offering tour and tastings every Wednesday from 5-7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Bourbon lovers will rejoice on a tour of Firestone & Robertson Distilling’s swanky facility. The artisanial distillery sells a popular blended whiskey, TX Whiskey, and a newly released bourbon that’s flying off the shelves.

Start the night with dinner on the rooftop of Reata Restaurant located in Sundance Square. Diners enjoy a spectacular view of downtown, while feasting on Cowboy Cuisine including choices of 16-oz Cowboy Bone-In Rib Eye, Blackened Buffalo Rib Eye with Cook’s Butter, and Steak and Lobster. For a taste of Texas barbecue, lick your fingers at Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, where juicy and tender pork ribs have been served for over 50 years. Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine is downhome, yet upscale, making for the perfect guys night out. Venison, wild boar, quail and fish all grace the menu, leaving bellies full and happy.

Kick up your boots at Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky-tonk, while listening to your favorite Country Western band. Mix and mingle in the West 7th Street District, a popular hangout for the mid-twenties crowd. Or, keep it real and casual in the Near Southside District, where popular Mixologists pour up specialty cocktails to a sophisticated crowd.

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