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The cocktails at The Usual are not the “usual” fare that one may get, but are a work of patient expertise. The bartenders are skilled in their work and offer a selection of the finest quality of cocktails and beer. Though slightly pricey, the experience is worth the money. The ambience is posh but easygoing and the area is smoke-free.
Located in the former Texas and Pacific Railway headquarters building, T&P Tavern has been transformed from a news stand and diner to one of downtown Fort Worth's most popular destinations. In its original glory days, such notable guests as politicians and The King himself, Elvis Presley, stopped by this restaurant, but today it is a favorite of the everyman, offering a balance of sophisticated martinis and outdoor games, such as bean bag toss and giant Jenga.
Head to Houston Street, and walk into Thompson's bar and lounge, for the best cocktails in Fort Worth. The lounge has two levels, with the basement opening at 8p, for which you need a password to enter, giving it a nice exclusive feel. The establishment has the look of a library with a long bar table, fancy couches and chairs. Choose from the vast menu which includes wines and house made syrups. You can have a conversation with the bartender while he prepares your drink, and they are happy to chat too. The place is a bit pricey, but going by what the establishment has to offer, it is totally worth it.
While the name is probably responsible for getting many in its doors, Filthy McNasty's live music culture is what brings people back. First built in 1920, the building housing this Fort Worth staple has been many saloons through the years, but in 1978 it became Filthy McNasty's and hasn't looked back. The bar features live music acts, two pool tables, and enough Texas swagger to fill the Cowboys' stadium. The lack of cover makes it an attractive option for those looking some live tunes while knocking back a few Buds.