As its name implies, Scat Jazz Lounge is a live music venue specializing in jazz performances. This 1920's speakeasy style lounge features an interior combination of swank and retro decor, making it easy to imagine you really are drinking at a Prohibition Era joint. The place is literally underground; you have to take an elevator down below ground level to get in. Once inside, the jazzy performances, stiff drinks and classy, retro elegance make this a juice joint worth coming back to.
Sporting an authentic Old West saloon ambiance, the White Elephant Saloon has been named among Esquire magazine's 100 Best Bars in America. Memorabilia found in the White Elephant Saloon memorializes the Fort Worth Stockyard's past. You will also find a wonderful collection of elephant artifacts, statues and toys given to the bar by appreciative patrons from around the world, from Germany to Thailand. Country and western music is played every night. The food is the usual bar fare, made specifically to complement the drinks and entertainment.
Rodeo Exchange has been in business since 1986, which makes it somewhat of an institution around these parts. Come on Tuesday nights for free dance lessons — just don't forget your cowboy hat. Famous for their low-price drinks, Rodeo Exchange offers a number of drink specials, including happy hour until 8p and Friday Ladies Nights. Fridays and Saturdays feature live music, mostly country, from acts ranging from local favorites to national stars like Trace Adkins. Fun times, cheap drinks and good old fashioned country tunes make this club a hoot.
This cavernous honky-tonk is America's 'Best Country Music Nightclub' according to both the Country Music Association and The Academy of Country Music. It's also one of the largest and most famous. Founded in 1981, Billy Bob's Texas offers enough room for 6,000 people to drink, play pool, play video games or dance to the live country music performed every night. Rodeo enthusiasts will enjoy the indoor arena where cowboys ride bucking bulls every weekend. Friday and Saturday night headliners are often among the biggest names in the industry, including Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Rimes, Hank Williams Jr. and Bob Hope. All have left hand prints, which are displayed in concrete around the club.
Shinjuku Station in Japan is the world's busiest train station; Shinjuku Station in Fort Worth is a Japanese restaurant specializing in small portioned dishes meant to be shared among friends. With brick walls and trendy artwork adorning the walls, this is the kind of place that's perfect for a night out with friends over drinks and exotic Japanese flavors. Try the okonomiyaki, or "Japanese Pizza," which consists of pork belly, cabbage, and Shoma. With beer, wine and specialty cocktails on offer, there is plenty to fuel your conversation deep into the night.
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.
Being local and proud of it takes on a whole new meaning at Brewed. The decor can only be described as eclectic, with a mix of classic arm chairs, taxidermy, metal, bare-brick and wood-work, with turquoise accents that tie it all together. The ambiance is reminiscent of the living room of a marvelously eccentric friend who aches to show of his oddball collection of curios. Warm and inviting, Brewed is a place to gather with friends and sample an inspired selection of specialty coffees, craft beer and seasonal dishes created by locals, using local ingredients. The weekend brunch with fried chicken, biscuits and gravy is an especially popular event and attracts quite a following.
Rahr Brewery is a microbrewery that has been processing beer since 2004. Experimenting with flavors and infusions, the brewery produces some popular drinks like the caramel-flavored Texas Red and the banana-tinted Summertime Wheat that brings to mind memories of the summer countryside. It offers free tours of its facility on Wednesdays and Saturdays after an entry fee of USD10. While touring the venue, enjoy the free samples of the brews and also engage in the many community events and exhibitions that are organized from time to time.
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.
Serving up fresh Tex-Mex cuisine, Benito's is a Fort Worth favorite. This casual establishment is perfect for a weekend brunch where they serve up delicious mango daiquiris and margaritas by the pitcher. The gooey melted cheese that accompanies the classic chili con carne dish is distinctly white and that the processed yellow Velvita cheese! Visit with a group of friends after the bars close or pop in for a quick lunch, whenever you visit, Benito's will surely satisfy your Tex-Mex cravings.
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.