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A Fort Worth Local's Guidebook

Matt

A Fort Worth Local's Guidebook

Magnolia Avenue Eats
The best restaurants that are easily walkable from the apartment!
Heim Barbecue 1109 W. Magnolia Ave (3min walk) A buzzy and very popular spot for handcrafted barbecue. Over 150 whiskeys available at the bar. Line is often long between 11:30a-1:00p, but service moves pretty fast. Tip: the bacon burnt ends are everything they’re hyped up to be, and the Heim Burger is awesome, available every day after 4pm.
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Heim Barbecue
1109 W Magnolia Ave
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Heim Barbecue 1109 W. Magnolia Ave (3min walk) A buzzy and very popular spot for handcrafted barbecue. Over 150 whiskeys available at the bar. Line is often long between 11:30a-1:00p, but service moves pretty fast. Tip: the bacon burnt ends are everything they’re hyped up to be, and the Heim Burger is awesome, available every day after 4pm.
401 W Magnolia Ave (13min walk or 4min drive) Refined comfort foods & cocktails. Good outdoor seating. Pretty good $5 cocktails all day everyday. Tip: Take advantage of the patio and all-day happy hour cocktails. Our faves: shrimp and grits, salmon tacos, and chicken and waffles.
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Fixture - Kitchen and Social Lounge
401 W Magnolia Ave
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401 W Magnolia Ave (13min walk or 4min drive) Refined comfort foods & cocktails. Good outdoor seating. Pretty good $5 cocktails all day everyday. Tip: Take advantage of the patio and all-day happy hour cocktails. Our faves: shrimp and grits, salmon tacos, and chicken and waffles.
1400 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) A tiny, cash-only eatery serving fresh authentic Italian fare in quaint quarters, with sidewalk patio that's enclosed on colder evenings. Good for a romantic, delicious dinner date. Food is authentic, usually not too heavy either. Tip: BYOB wine and glasses (otherwise a $3 charge per wine glass they provide). Tue: 5:30-8:30p | Wed-Thu 11a-2p, 5:30-8:30p | Fri 11a-2p, 5:30-9:30p | Sat 5:30-9p
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Nonna Tata
1400 West Magnolia Avenue
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1400 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) A tiny, cash-only eatery serving fresh authentic Italian fare in quaint quarters, with sidewalk patio that's enclosed on colder evenings. Good for a romantic, delicious dinner date. Food is authentic, usually not too heavy either. Tip: BYOB wine and glasses (otherwise a $3 charge per wine glass they provide). Tue: 5:30-8:30p | Wed-Thu 11a-2p, 5:30-8:30p | Fri 11a-2p, 5:30-9:30p | Sat 5:30-9p
1223 Washington Ave (6min walk) Authentic Turkish grill in a restored 1909 longleaf pine bungalow filled with genuine Turkish rugs for sale. Tip: BYOB wine, with no charge for glassware. Reservations not required, but suggested at busier times.
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The Flying Carpet Turkish Cafe
1223 Washington Ave
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1223 Washington Ave (6min walk) Authentic Turkish grill in a restored 1909 longleaf pine bungalow filled with genuine Turkish rugs for sale. Tip: BYOB wine, with no charge for glassware. Reservations not required, but suggested at busier times.
1201 W Magnolia Ave #115 (4min walk) Delicious, handcrafted ice cream made with local seasonal ingredients. Menu changes frequently. They always have at least two vegan flavors, and they’re always good. Tip: go here. There’s plenty of places to get good dessert (heck, practically every place we’ve mentioned has something good!), but this is some of the best, freshest ice cream around.
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Melt Ice Creams
1201 West Magnolia Avenue
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1201 W Magnolia Ave #115 (4min walk) Delicious, handcrafted ice cream made with local seasonal ingredients. Menu changes frequently. They always have at least two vegan flavors, and they’re always good. Tip: go here. There’s plenty of places to get good dessert (heck, practically every place we’ve mentioned has something good!), but this is some of the best, freshest ice cream around.
815 W Magnolia Ave (8min walk) One of our go-to’s. Authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas. Several locations. Tip: our favorite pie is the Honey Bastard. Just know it is a tad spicy if you don’t like heat at all. Happy hours M-Th 3-6: $2 off apps & house cocktails, $5 house wines, $7-$9 select pizzas.
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Cane Rosso
815 West Magnolia Avenue
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815 W Magnolia Ave (8min walk) One of our go-to’s. Authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas. Several locations. Tip: our favorite pie is the Honey Bastard. Just know it is a tad spicy if you don’t like heat at all. Happy hours M-Th 3-6: $2 off apps & house cocktails, $5 house wines, $7-$9 select pizzas.
711 W Magnolia Ave (10min walk or 3min drive) Izakaya-style restaurant that serves fresh, traditional small plates that are perfect for sharing. Tok fries! Full bar, extensive sake list. Happy hours M-F 2:30-6:30p (Except Monday, when HH starts at 5:00p for some reason.)
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Shinjuku Station
711 West Magnolia Avenue
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711 W Magnolia Ave (10min walk or 3min drive) Izakaya-style restaurant that serves fresh, traditional small plates that are perfect for sharing. Tok fries! Full bar, extensive sake list. Happy hours M-F 2:30-6:30p (Except Monday, when HH starts at 5:00p for some reason.)
1508 W Magnolia Ave (9min walk) Light, healthier-than-expected Mexican faire, with modern twists on traditional dishes. Our faves: the tacos, tortas, and the (large) breakfast burritos are all excellent.
Paco's Mexican Cuisine
1508 West Magnolia Avenue
1508 W Magnolia Ave (9min walk) Light, healthier-than-expected Mexican faire, with modern twists on traditional dishes. Our faves: the tacos, tortas, and the (large) breakfast burritos are all excellent.
1465 W. Magnolia Ave (8min walk), 550 Throckmorton St (10min drive) Casual industrial modern vibe. Great tacos, and we love the migas bowl. Very good all day breakfast. Tip: their four house-made sauces are all good, but each one is spicier than the last!
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Salsa Limón
1465 W Magnolia Ave
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1465 W. Magnolia Ave (8min walk), 550 Throckmorton St (10min drive) Casual industrial modern vibe. Great tacos, and we love the migas bowl. Very good all day breakfast. Tip: their four house-made sauces are all good, but each one is spicier than the last!
1314 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) Creative, organic-leaning all-vegan fare in funky, retro-themed digs. Very good food, even if you’re not vegan. Surprisingly good meat substitutes!
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Spiral Diner & Bakery
1314 W Magnolia Ave
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1314 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) Creative, organic-leaning all-vegan fare in funky, retro-themed digs. Very good food, even if you’re not vegan. Surprisingly good meat substitutes!
Local Coffee Shop
1121 W. Magnolia Ave (3min walk) Really good craft coffee run by really friendly people. Try one of their rotating seasonal specialty drinks! Super convenient; if you walk the two blocks to Magnolia, you can’t miss it. Tends to stay busy, but not overwhelming. Seating is comfy and spacious but sometimes hard to come by.
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Craftwork Coffee Co.
1121 W Magnolia Ave
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1121 W. Magnolia Ave (3min walk) Really good craft coffee run by really friendly people. Try one of their rotating seasonal specialty drinks! Super convenient; if you walk the two blocks to Magnolia, you can’t miss it. Tends to stay busy, but not overwhelming. Seating is comfy and spacious but sometimes hard to come by.
500 W 7th St. ( Laid back, friendly, Italian-style coffee house. Pour overs, French press, espressos, cafe au lait, etc. They also have a variety of tea options, and good paninis and pastries. Tip: just moved to a new spot. Plenty of free parking. Across the street from a downtown park.
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Buon Giorno Coffee
915 Florence Street
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500 W 7th St. ( Laid back, friendly, Italian-style coffee house. Pour overs, French press, espressos, cafe au lait, etc. They also have a variety of tea options, and good paninis and pastries. Tip: just moved to a new spot. Plenty of free parking. Across the street from a downtown park.
20 St Louis Ave #101 (7min drive) Warm little independent bookshop serving iced or hot teas, with teabags of each available to take home. A lot of windows and natural light. Books available for browsing/purchase.
Leaves Book and Tea Shop
120 St Louis Ave
20 St Louis Ave #101 (7min drive) Warm little independent bookshop serving iced or hot teas, with teabags of each available to take home. A lot of windows and natural light. Books available for browsing/purchase.
250 West Lancaster Ave (7min drive) Large coffee shop with plenty of space to work or chat. Good nitro cold brew. Tip: parking is free in the lot behind, for up to two hours. Or, usually plenty of street parking.
Sons of Liberty Coffee
250 W Lancaster Ave
250 West Lancaster Ave (7min drive) Large coffee shop with plenty of space to work or chat. Good nitro cold brew. Tip: parking is free in the lot behind, for up to two hours. Or, usually plenty of street parking.
400 Bryan Ave (7min drive) Another newer, hip, and cozy coffee shop in the burgeoning SoMa district. Known for their "Moon Milk", which is very good, but veeery sweet. I personally like adding an espresso shot or two to it, and having them cut the sweetness by at least half(!), but that's just my taste.
Summer Moon Coffee - South Main
625 South Main Street
400 Bryan Ave (7min drive) Another newer, hip, and cozy coffee shop in the burgeoning SoMa district. Known for their "Moon Milk", which is very good, but veeery sweet. I personally like adding an espresso shot or two to it, and having them cut the sweetness by at least half(!), but that's just my taste.
801 W Magnolia Ave (8min walk) Coffee drinks, craft brews, and casual pub-style fare. Good sized patio with a couple large firepits. Next door to Cane Rosso (and other eateries), so if you don't eat here, it's a good spot to grab a coffee after dinner.
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BREWED
801 West Magnolia Avenue
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801 W Magnolia Ave (8min walk) Coffee drinks, craft brews, and casual pub-style fare. Good sized patio with a couple large firepits. Next door to Cane Rosso (and other eateries), so if you don't eat here, it's a good spot to grab a coffee after dinner.
1311 W Magnolia Ave (6min walk) Fort Worth's original craft coffee shop, and despite all the competition Avoca is still #1 in a lot of people's minds. We don't hit there nearly as often these days, but they do make a mean latte. There's a lot of indoor seating, and a few outdoor tables along the parking lot, and it stays pretty busy. They roast their own single origin coffee in-house, so it's a good place to grab a bag to take home.
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Avoca Coffee Roasters
1311 West Magnolia Avenue
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1311 W Magnolia Ave (6min walk) Fort Worth's original craft coffee shop, and despite all the competition Avoca is still #1 in a lot of people's minds. We don't hit there nearly as often these days, but they do make a mean latte. There's a lot of indoor seating, and a few outdoor tables along the parking lot, and it stays pretty busy. They roast their own single origin coffee in-house, so it's a good place to grab a bag to take home.
Sightseeing & Things To Do
Highly unique, concrete and stone-constructed urban park built in the 1970s on the south end of downtown. Known for its interesting water features, including a serene meditation pool encircled by cypress trees, and an angular, cascading waterfall with terraced landings for guests to descend into. Hours: daylight hours
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Fort Worth Water Gardens
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Highly unique, concrete and stone-constructed urban park built in the 1970s on the south end of downtown. Known for its interesting water features, including a serene meditation pool encircled by cypress trees, and an angular, cascading waterfall with terraced landings for guests to descend into. Hours: daylight hours
A quintessential "Texas"/Old West experience. A fun area, full of 100-150 year old buildings, with restaurants, saloons, western shops, dance halls, and activities for kids and adults. Hours: as early and late as places are open. Best during: weekend afternoons and nice weather.
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Fort Worth Stockyards
130 E Exchange Ave
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A quintessential "Texas"/Old West experience. A fun area, full of 100-150 year old buildings, with restaurants, saloons, western shops, dance halls, and activities for kids and adults. Hours: as early and late as places are open. Best during: weekend afternoons and nice weather.
A hidden natural gem in the Fort Worth city limits, covering 3,621 acres and over 20 miles of hiking trails. Fantastic for trail running, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, nature watching, and just exploring the outdoors and see what the area looked like untouched 150 years ago. Open 8a-5p every day. Admission: $5 per adult.
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Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Rd
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A hidden natural gem in the Fort Worth city limits, covering 3,621 acres and over 20 miles of hiking trails. Fantastic for trail running, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, nature watching, and just exploring the outdoors and see what the area looked like untouched 150 years ago. Open 8a-5p every day. Admission: $5 per adult.
Annually ranked as one of the top 5 zoos in America. Some really cool exhibits and areas, including the Museum of Living Arts, World of Primates, and Raptor Canyon. Open year-round. Good for all ages. Admission is very affordable, with almost every exhibit included in admission price. Half-price admission on Wednesdays, but means it’s busier (especially during summer) Hours: 10a-4p (typically extended during the summer)
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Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
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Annually ranked as one of the top 5 zoos in America. Some really cool exhibits and areas, including the Museum of Living Arts, World of Primates, and Raptor Canyon. Open year-round. Good for all ages. Admission is very affordable, with almost every exhibit included in admission price. Half-price admission on Wednesdays, but means it’s busier (especially during summer) Hours: 10a-4p (typically extended during the summer)
One of the foremost modern art collections in the US. Various movements, themes, and styles are represented. The Permanent Collection includes pieces by Pablo Picasso, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Susan Rothenberg, Jackson Pollock, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol. Cafe Modern is a great place to grab lunch, enjoying views of the museum’s reflecting pool. Hours: Mon: Closed. | Tue-Sun: 10a-5p. Admission: $16 for adults (free on Fridays, half-price on Sundays.) Parking: typically free. Located next door to the Kimbell. Might as well do both. (The Amon Carter Museum is also right there and great, too!)
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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
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One of the foremost modern art collections in the US. Various movements, themes, and styles are represented. The Permanent Collection includes pieces by Pablo Picasso, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Susan Rothenberg, Jackson Pollock, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol. Cafe Modern is a great place to grab lunch, enjoying views of the museum’s reflecting pool. Hours: Mon: Closed. | Tue-Sun: 10a-5p. Admission: $16 for adults (free on Fridays, half-price on Sundays.) Parking: typically free. Located next door to the Kimbell. Might as well do both. (The Amon Carter Museum is also right there and great, too!)
Internationally renowned for its permanent collection and architecture, the Kimbell is home to some incredible works of art, including The Torment of Saint Anthony, the only painting by Michelangelo on exhibit in the Americas. The Kimbell was designed by Louis I. Kahn, and is, according to Wikipedia(!), widely recognized as one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times. Hours: Mon: Closed | Tue-Thu: 10a-5p | Fri: 12-8p | Sat: 10a-5p | Sun: 12-5p Admission: Main collection: free | Visiting collections: $16 for adults (½ off Fridays after 5) Parking: typically free. Located next door to the Modern. Might as well do both. (The Amon Carter Museum is also right there and great, too!)
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Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
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Internationally renowned for its permanent collection and architecture, the Kimbell is home to some incredible works of art, including The Torment of Saint Anthony, the only painting by Michelangelo on exhibit in the Americas. The Kimbell was designed by Louis I. Kahn, and is, according to Wikipedia(!), widely recognized as one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times. Hours: Mon: Closed | Tue-Thu: 10a-5p | Fri: 12-8p | Sat: 10a-5p | Sun: 12-5p Admission: Main collection: free | Visiting collections: $16 for adults (½ off Fridays after 5) Parking: typically free. Located next door to the Modern. Might as well do both. (The Amon Carter Museum is also right there and great, too!)
The OG of the Six Flags theme park chain, home to dozens of coasters and rides across six distinct areas. Good for adults and kids. It’s not Disney by any means, but plenty of fun. Hot, busy, and long lines during summer. Best days to go: spring and fall weekdays Hurricane Harbor is a big water park right across the freeway.
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식스 플래그즈 오버 텍사스
2201 East Road to Six Flags Street
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The OG of the Six Flags theme park chain, home to dozens of coasters and rides across six distinct areas. Good for adults and kids. It’s not Disney by any means, but plenty of fun. Hot, busy, and long lines during summer. Best days to go: spring and fall weekdays Hurricane Harbor is a big water park right across the freeway.
Neighborhoods
CAMP BOWIE - 10min drive Surrounded by charming, tree-lined neighborhoods, there are a number of fun foodie spots dotting the long, red-brick paved boulevard; it’s also a street that’s actually pleasant to drive. That said, there’s no one great walkable stretch and not much in the way of shopping. Top picks: Craftwork (the OG location), Dough Boy, Kincaid’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Samson’s
Camp Bowie Boulevard
CAMP BOWIE - 10min drive Surrounded by charming, tree-lined neighborhoods, there are a number of fun foodie spots dotting the long, red-brick paved boulevard; it’s also a street that’s actually pleasant to drive. That said, there’s no one great walkable stretch and not much in the way of shopping. Top picks: Craftwork (the OG location), Dough Boy, Kincaid’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Samson’s
WEST 7TH - 10min drive A highly popular avenue with a number of developments full of eats, shops, bars, and music venues. A large percentage of patrons, particularly surrounding the large Crockett Row development, are college aged/20-somethings. Nothing wrong with that, just know what to expect! Top picks: Blue Sushi, Crockett Food Hall, GrandBerry Theater, Lola’s, Rodeo Goat, 38 & Vine
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West 7th Street
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WEST 7TH - 10min drive A highly popular avenue with a number of developments full of eats, shops, bars, and music venues. A large percentage of patrons, particularly surrounding the large Crockett Row development, are college aged/20-somethings. Nothing wrong with that, just know what to expect! Top picks: Blue Sushi, Crockett Food Hall, GrandBerry Theater, Lola’s, Rodeo Goat, 38 & Vine
CLEARFORK - 12min drive A newer, higher-end mixed use development just off of the Trinity River. Lots of upscale restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. All highly walkable. AMC Dine-In Theater, Doc B’s, B&B Bar & Restaurant, Joy Macarons, Kate Spade, Milk & Honey Spa, Mizzen & Main, Neiman Marcus, Pinstripes, Rise n°3, Rye 51, Tesla, Tiffany’s, etc. Next door is a fun brunch spot on the riverfront, Press Cafe, which on Saturday mornings hosts a cute local farmers market (weather permitting).
Clearfork Main Street
CLEARFORK - 12min drive A newer, higher-end mixed use development just off of the Trinity River. Lots of upscale restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. All highly walkable. AMC Dine-In Theater, Doc B’s, B&B Bar & Restaurant, Joy Macarons, Kate Spade, Milk & Honey Spa, Mizzen & Main, Neiman Marcus, Pinstripes, Rise n°3, Rye 51, Tesla, Tiffany’s, etc. Next door is a fun brunch spot on the riverfront, Press Cafe, which on Saturday mornings hosts a cute local farmers market (weather permitting).
CULTURAL DISTRICT - 8min drive The main attractions here are Fort Worth’s three world renowned art museums, the Modern, Kimbell, and Amon Carter. Also here: the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History (great for kids!), the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, the Botanic Gardens, Casa Manana, and Dickies Arena. The Modern, Kimbell, and Amon Carter are all within immediate walking distance of one another. Top picks: the museums. When you get hungry, we recommend Righteous Foods, Taco Heads, or the Modern’s own highly regarded restaurant, Cafe Modern.
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Cultural District
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CULTURAL DISTRICT - 8min drive The main attractions here are Fort Worth’s three world renowned art museums, the Modern, Kimbell, and Amon Carter. Also here: the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History (great for kids!), the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, the Botanic Gardens, Casa Manana, and Dickies Arena. The Modern, Kimbell, and Amon Carter are all within immediate walking distance of one another. Top picks: the museums. When you get hungry, we recommend Righteous Foods, Taco Heads, or the Modern’s own highly regarded restaurant, Cafe Modern.
DOWNTOWN - 7 minute drive Frequently regarded as one of the best/safest downtowns in America. A great area to explore, dine, dance, drink, catch a flick, enjoy some live music, etc. Start in Sundance Square. It’s the pedestrian-focused, family-friendly heart of downtown. Parking: Valet or, if you arrive after 5pm on weekdays or anytime on weekends, parking’s FREE in many multi-level parking garages. (Beware, a few private garages and lots still charge!) Top picks: Four Day Weekend, Scat Jazz Lounge, Thompson’s, Waters, Wicked Butcher, etc.
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Sundance Square
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DOWNTOWN - 7 minute drive Frequently regarded as one of the best/safest downtowns in America. A great area to explore, dine, dance, drink, catch a flick, enjoy some live music, etc. Start in Sundance Square. It’s the pedestrian-focused, family-friendly heart of downtown. Parking: Valet or, if you arrive after 5pm on weekdays or anytime on weekends, parking’s FREE in many multi-level parking garages. (Beware, a few private garages and lots still charge!) Top picks: Four Day Weekend, Scat Jazz Lounge, Thompson’s, Waters, Wicked Butcher, etc.
FAIRMOUNT/MAGNOLIA - 3min walk (that is, to the main drag of Magnolia Ave) Hey, that’s here! Fairmount and the surrounding streets form a charming, walkable, historic neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, and 100+ year old homes. There’s also a growing number of local shops including: FW Locals, Panther City Vinyl, Kendall Davis Clay (mention Matt & Jessica sent you!), Grow!, Ephemera Terrariums, Old Home Supply. Top picks: Brewed, Cane Rosso, Fixture, Flying Carpet, Melt, Nonna Tata, The Usual
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West Magnolia Avenue
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FAIRMOUNT/MAGNOLIA - 3min walk (that is, to the main drag of Magnolia Ave) Hey, that’s here! Fairmount and the surrounding streets form a charming, walkable, historic neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, and 100+ year old homes. There’s also a growing number of local shops including: FW Locals, Panther City Vinyl, Kendall Davis Clay (mention Matt & Jessica sent you!), Grow!, Ephemera Terrariums, Old Home Supply. Top picks: Brewed, Cane Rosso, Fixture, Flying Carpet, Melt, Nonna Tata, The Usual
SOUTH MAIN - 5min drive (or a 25min walk, if you’re up to it!) Just down the road from Magnolia is South Main, a recently redeveloped former warehouse district with a growing number of foodie destinations and local shops. Very walkable. Top picks: Bearded Lady, Locust Cider, Summer Moon, W Durable Goods, Wishbone & Flynt
South Main Street
SOUTH MAIN - 5min drive (or a 25min walk, if you’re up to it!) Just down the road from Magnolia is South Main, a recently redeveloped former warehouse district with a growing number of foodie destinations and local shops. Very walkable. Top picks: Bearded Lady, Locust Cider, Summer Moon, W Durable Goods, Wishbone & Flynt
UNIVERSITY & TCU - 5min drive Shop and eat at developments like WestBend and University Park Village, or explore outdoor activities like the acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo, the Trinity Trails, or check out the hotspots around TCU. The Zoo and Log Cabin Village are particularly great destinations for kids. (Weather permitting.) Top picks: Eatzi’s, HG Sply, Dutch’s, Mellow Mushroom, Woodshed Smokehouse, the Zoo
South University Drive
UNIVERSITY & TCU - 5min drive Shop and eat at developments like WestBend and University Park Village, or explore outdoor activities like the acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo, the Trinity Trails, or check out the hotspots around TCU. The Zoo and Log Cabin Village are particularly great destinations for kids. (Weather permitting.) Top picks: Eatzi’s, HG Sply, Dutch’s, Mellow Mushroom, Woodshed Smokehouse, the Zoo
Food scene
1621 River Run, Suite 176 (9min drive) Industrial chic meets modern foodie. Multiple patios right off the river. Organic, flavorful food and drinks. Our faves: yellow curry & the stack bowls, bison frito pie, duck fried rice, and spicy vegan queso. Tip: we usually build our own bowl for one entree. Do it up your way!
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HG Sply Co- Forth Worth
1621 River Run
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1621 River Run, Suite 176 (9min drive) Industrial chic meets modern foodie. Multiple patios right off the river. Organic, flavorful food and drinks. Our faves: yellow curry & the stack bowls, bison frito pie, duck fried rice, and spicy vegan queso. Tip: we usually build our own bowl for one entree. Do it up your way!
304 W Cannon St (5min drive) Contemporary spot serving traditional cuisine in a restored 1930s home. Super cute, reasonably priced. Surprisingly solid cocktails. Fun for groups.
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Cannon Chinese Kitchen
304 W Cannon St
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304 W Cannon St (5min drive) Contemporary spot serving traditional cuisine in a restored 1930s home. Super cute, reasonably priced. Surprisingly solid cocktails. Fun for groups.
2836 Bledsoe St (10min drive) Creative, customizable, delicious house-ground burgers. Good craft beer lineup and outdoor seating. Try the Goat Balls (fried balls of brie with blackberry compote). Tip: parking can be a challenge, as they have a very small lot. Do not park in one of the parking garages to come here, or you will likely get a ticket, or worse, towed. Find street parking instead.
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Rodeo Goat
2836 Bledsoe Street
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2836 Bledsoe St (10min drive) Creative, customizable, delicious house-ground burgers. Good craft beer lineup and outdoor seating. Try the Goat Balls (fried balls of brie with blackberry compote). Tip: parking can be a challenge, as they have a very small lot. Do not park in one of the parking garages to come here, or you will likely get a ticket, or worse, towed. Find street parking instead.
2201 N Commerce St Hugely popular landmark known for its beautiful, sprawling patio. Food: average. Margaritas: strong. Cash only. (ATM on site.) Limited menu: Fajitas, enchiladas, nachos, and tacos. Tip: great for groups, if the weather’s nice. Reservations for large groups only. Expect a wait.
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Joe T. Garcia's
2201 North Commerce Street
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2201 N Commerce St Hugely popular landmark known for its beautiful, sprawling patio. Food: average. Margaritas: strong. Cash only. (ATM on site.) Limited menu: Fajitas, enchiladas, nachos, and tacos. Tip: great for groups, if the weather’s nice. Reservations for large groups only. Expect a wait.
310 Houston St (10min drive) Upscale, “Cowboy chic” restaurant. A bit pricey for the food, but it’s the rooftop that’s the real draw. Tip: weather permitting, definitely get a spot on the rooftop. Good for a drink before a show.
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Reata Restaurant
310 Houston St
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310 Houston St (10min drive) Upscale, “Cowboy chic” restaurant. A bit pricey for the food, but it’s the rooftop that’s the real draw. Tip: weather permitting, definitely get a spot on the rooftop. Good for a drink before a show.
4400 White Settlement Rd (15min drive) Fresh modern Italian faire, pizzas, and cocktails. Not located in one of the predescribed areas. Recently named one of the top new restaurants in Texas. Fun, large, varied outdoor space. If the weather’s nice, it’s a great spot. Indoor seating is limited.
Gemelle
4400 White Settlement Rd
4400 White Settlement Rd (15min drive) Fresh modern Italian faire, pizzas, and cocktails. Not located in one of the predescribed areas. Recently named one of the top new restaurants in Texas. Fun, large, varied outdoor space. If the weather’s nice, it’s a great spot. Indoor seating is limited.
5240 N O'Connor Blvd, Suite 160, Irving (35-40min drive) This one's pretty far out of the way, but WELL worth the drive; it's probably our favorite restaurant, period. Healthy, organic, fresh authentic Mexican cuisine (healthy Mexican, yes!), great cocktails, and wonderful service. And if you've got dietary restrictions, no matter what it may be, they have you covered. Literally 90% of their menu is gluten free. And they have a number of dairy-free, paleo-friendly, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, too. Even the desserts are gluten free, and you would never know it by the taste! Hugo's is perfect for dates, big groups, birthdays, late nights out, whatever. I've never had anything but a truly great time there, and they go out of their way to ensure you do. Plus, their bar service is excellent, and they have a CBD-infused organic margarita, if that's of interest to you! I cannot recommend this place enough, well worth the drive. They're also open for brunch on the weekends, and it is awesome as well. (Among our favorite menu items: the wagyu carne asada, the scallops, red snapper, seafood enchiladas, the barbacoa appetizer, whatever the chef soup is that day, I could go on... Favorite brunch items, the smoked brisket machaca, huevos benedict, and the blueberry pancakes (those are vegan friendly, but not gluten free). Cocktails: Spicy Oaxaca, Anejo Bravo, and Whiskeyberry.)
Hugo's Invitados
5240 N O'Connor Blvd
5240 N O'Connor Blvd, Suite 160, Irving (35-40min drive) This one's pretty far out of the way, but WELL worth the drive; it's probably our favorite restaurant, period. Healthy, organic, fresh authentic Mexican cuisine (healthy Mexican, yes!), great cocktails, and wonderful service. And if you've got dietary restrictions, no matter what it may be, they have you covered. Literally 90% of their menu is gluten free. And they have a number of dairy-free, paleo-friendly, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, too. Even the desserts are gluten free, and you would never know it by the taste! Hugo's is perfect for dates, big groups, birthdays, late nights out, whatever. I've never had anything but a truly great time there, and they go out of their way to ensure you do. Plus, their bar service is excellent, and they have a CBD-infused organic margarita, if that's of interest to you! I cannot recommend this place enough, well worth the drive. They're also open for brunch on the weekends, and it is awesome as well. (Among our favorite menu items: the wagyu carne asada, the scallops, red snapper, seafood enchiladas, the barbacoa appetizer, whatever the chef soup is that day, I could go on... Favorite brunch items, the smoked brisket machaca, huevos benedict, and the blueberry pancakes (those are vegan friendly, but not gluten free). Cocktails: Spicy Oaxaca, Anejo Bravo, and Whiskeyberry.)
Drink Local
Great locally owned and operated craft cocktail bars, craft beer joints, and/or wine bars.
1408 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) Prohibition-era cocktail bar with flavorful and unique twists on classic concoctions. $10-12 per cocktail, $2 off during happy hours (weekdays 4-7). No food, but you can bring food in from any nearby establishment. Located in a nondescript single story brick building with some outdoor seating in the back.
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Usual
1408 West Magnolia Avenue
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1408 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) Prohibition-era cocktail bar with flavorful and unique twists on classic concoctions. $10-12 per cocktail, $2 off during happy hours (weekdays 4-7). No food, but you can bring food in from any nearby establishment. Located in a nondescript single story brick building with some outdoor seating in the back.
409 W Magnolia Ave (12min walk) A small classic cocktail bar that’s a favorite among locals for its craft mixology. Outdoor seating in back. $8-13 per cocktail, specific cocktails are $5 during happy hour. Tip: no food, but you can bring food in (Fixture and Spice are both great and located next door)
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Proper
409 West Magnolia Avenue
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409 W Magnolia Ave (12min walk) A small classic cocktail bar that’s a favorite among locals for its craft mixology. Outdoor seating in back. $8-13 per cocktail, specific cocktails are $5 during happy hour. Tip: no food, but you can bring food in (Fixture and Spice are both great and located next door)
1229 7th Ave (8min walk) Local craft beers and cider on tap, wings, sandwiches, dogs, etc. out of the kitchen. Happy hours Tues-Fri 4-7p, with some variation in what’s discounted each day. Plenty of outdoor seating.
Magnolia Tree Tavern
1229 7th Avenue
1229 7th Ave (8min walk) Local craft beers and cider on tap, wings, sandwiches, dogs, etc. out of the kitchen. Happy hours Tues-Fri 4-7p, with some variation in what’s discounted each day. Plenty of outdoor seating.
1257 W. Magnolia Ave (5min walk) Unpretentious local spot for both experts and newbies. Pretty good beer selection and small plates. Tip: we slightly prefer Grand Cru to Kent and Co. Kent is the “hipper”—and pricier—spot. Tue-Thu: 2-10p | Fri-Sat: 2-11p | Sun: 3-8p | Mon: Closed
Grand Cru Wine Bar
1257 W Magnolia Ave
1257 W. Magnolia Ave (5min walk) Unpretentious local spot for both experts and newbies. Pretty good beer selection and small plates. Tip: we slightly prefer Grand Cru to Kent and Co. Kent is the “hipper”—and pricier—spot. Tue-Thu: 2-10p | Fri-Sat: 2-11p | Sun: 3-8p | Mon: Closed
200 E Broadway Ave (7min drive) A fun place for some funky brews you won’t find anywhere else. Board games. Good outdoor seating. As usual, no food for sale, but there are plenty of places right around for food you can bring in. Our faves: Coco Anejo, Zombie Crack, Feisty Blonde Mon: Closed | Sun-Fri: 12-11p | Sat: 12p-12a
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HopFusion Ale Works
200 E Broadway Ave
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200 E Broadway Ave (7min drive) A fun place for some funky brews you won’t find anywhere else. Board games. Good outdoor seating. As usual, no food for sale, but there are plenty of places right around for food you can bring in. Our faves: Coco Anejo, Zombie Crack, Feisty Blonde Mon: Closed | Sun-Fri: 12-11p | Sat: 12p-12a
Industrial-chic wine bar with huge wine selection, some seasonal beers, bar snacks, and desserts. Tip: since they’re a 2min walk apart, swing by both Cru and Kent to see which vibe you prefer. Mon-Thu: 2-11p | Fri: 2p-1a | Sat: 12p-1a | Sun: 2p-8p
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Kent & Co. Wines
1101 W Magnolia Ave
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Industrial-chic wine bar with huge wine selection, some seasonal beers, bar snacks, and desserts. Tip: since they’re a 2min walk apart, swing by both Cru and Kent to see which vibe you prefer. Mon-Thu: 2-11p | Fri: 2p-1a | Sat: 12p-1a | Sun: 2p-8p
Hip colorful place to grab a different kind of drink on the now hopping S. Main drag. They have food, though it’s limited to sausages (they’re good, for what it’s worth) Mon-Tue: Closed | Wed-Thu: 3-9p | Fri: 3-10p | Sat: 12-10p | Sun: 12-8p
Locust Cider Fort Worth Cidery and Taproom
710 S Main St
Hip colorful place to grab a different kind of drink on the now hopping S. Main drag. They have food, though it’s limited to sausages (they’re good, for what it’s worth) Mon-Tue: Closed | Wed-Thu: 3-9p | Fri: 3-10p | Sat: 12-10p | Sun: 12-8p
1309 Calhoun St (10min drive) Award winning gin distillery that also makes their own whiskeys, vodkas, rum, and liqueurs. Great place to get educated on the distilling process, learn some local history, and enjoy a flavorful variety of liquors. Our faves: their gin old fashioned, and Miss Addie’s, their blackberry sage tea vodka! All their bottles are available for purchase in-house. (Make sure to do so before 9pm. State law.) Mon: Closed | Tue-Thu: 10a-10p | Fri: 10a-11p | Sat: 11a-11p | Sun: 12-6p
Acre Distillery
1309 Calhoun St
1309 Calhoun St (10min drive) Award winning gin distillery that also makes their own whiskeys, vodkas, rum, and liqueurs. Great place to get educated on the distilling process, learn some local history, and enjoy a flavorful variety of liquors. Our faves: their gin old fashioned, and Miss Addie’s, their blackberry sage tea vodka! All their bottles are available for purchase in-house. (Make sure to do so before 9pm. State law.) Mon: Closed | Tue-Thu: 10a-10p | Fri: 10a-11p | Sat: 11a-11p | Sun: 12-6p
1404 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) Fun, laid back lodge-like atmosphere with a fireplace, pool table, and surprisingly good bar food. Solid cocktails and local draft beer choices. Happy Hours Tues-Fri 4-7p, including beers, cocktails, and shared plates.
The Lazy Moose
1404 W Magnolia Ave
1404 W Magnolia Ave (7min walk) Fun, laid back lodge-like atmosphere with a fireplace, pool table, and surprisingly good bar food. Solid cocktails and local draft beer choices. Happy Hours Tues-Fri 4-7p, including beers, cocktails, and shared plates.
300 S. Main St. (6min drive) Craft beer and burger joint. They have a full menu, but the aptly named Lust Burger is all that. Tip: they have a full bar as well, and plenty of outdoor seating.
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The Bearded Lady
300 S Main St
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300 S. Main St. (6min drive) Craft beer and burger joint. They have a full menu, but the aptly named Lust Burger is all that. Tip: they have a full bar as well, and plenty of outdoor seating.
Live Music & Performance Venues
From Broadway shows and top comedy performances, to western dance halls and dueling pianos, if you're looking for a live show, this is a good place to start!
The world’s largest honky tonky. Multiple bars, big stage, live music, dancing. Put on your dancing boots, and if you have a cowboy hat, wear that, too.
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Billy Bob's Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza
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The world’s largest honky tonky. Multiple bars, big stage, live music, dancing. Put on your dancing boots, and if you have a cowboy hat, wear that, too.
Cool jazz speakeasy located in the basement of the Woolworth. No food. Reservations recommended. Entrance is in an alley, so look for the neon sign.
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Scat Jazz Lounge
111 West 4th Street
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Cool jazz speakeasy located in the basement of the Woolworth. No food. Reservations recommended. Entrance is in an alley, so look for the neon sign.
Broadway performances and fantastic symphonies fill up the calendar of this downtown art deco jewel of the fine arts.
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Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce Street
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Broadway performances and fantastic symphonies fill up the calendar of this downtown art deco jewel of the fine arts.
Longtime critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe that interacts with the audience and offers (mostly) clean and hilarious performances.
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Four Day Weekend- Fort Worth
312 Houston St
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Longtime critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe that interacts with the audience and offers (mostly) clean and hilarious performances.
Always loud, often silly, sometimes raunchy, definitely memorable. Reservations recommended, otherwise plan to stand.
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
621 Houston Street
Always loud, often silly, sometimes raunchy, definitely memorable. Reservations recommended, otherwise plan to stand.
Not an actual trailer park. A largely outdoor bar/music venue. Nothing to rave about, but if the weather’s nice and music’s decent, it’ll be time well spent.
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Lola's Trailer Park
2735 West 5th Street
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Not an actual trailer park. A largely outdoor bar/music venue. Nothing to rave about, but if the weather’s nice and music’s decent, it’ll be time well spent.
Cool, pretty new live music venue and restaurant. Indoor/outdoor.
The Post at River East
2925 Race Street
Cool, pretty new live music venue and restaurant. Indoor/outdoor.
Regarded by many as the best live music spot in the area. Completely enclosed large space, hosts a lot of good local artists, and, as a cool bonus, has its own record store inside.
Main At South Side
1002 S Main St
Regarded by many as the best live music spot in the area. Completely enclosed large space, hosts a lot of good local artists, and, as a cool bonus, has its own record store inside.
Indoor/outdoor venue with outdoor stage. Plenty of room to move around, though seating can be limited.
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Shipping And Receiving Bar
201 S Calhoun St
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Indoor/outdoor venue with outdoor stage. Plenty of room to move around, though seating can be limited.
Smaller, frequently packed out venue known to often book the best local bands. Drinks are ...fine. The food is better. Arrive early if you want a seat. Not on Magnolia Ave.
Magnolia Motor Lounge
3005 Morton Street
Smaller, frequently packed out venue known to often book the best local bands. Drinks are ...fine. The food is better. Arrive early if you want a seat. Not on Magnolia Ave.
A new joint, most popular with the college crowd. Live nightly music, decent drink specials, and an interesting little chicken shop, BirdieBop.
The Moon: Bar & Live Music
2000 W Berry St
A new joint, most popular with the college crowd. Live nightly music, decent drink specials, and an interesting little chicken shop, BirdieBop.