Although the city of Fort Worth is rich with western history as the last major stop on the Chisolm Trail and a 19th century hot spot for gambling parlors and saloons, Texans know that longnecks and two-steps aren’t exactly everyone’s idea of a night on the town. Luckily, downtown Fort Worth is home to several establishments that cater to a much hipper crowd. These spots each offer a little something special to the Fort Worth nightlife scene. Whether you’re looking to dance all night or searching for a mellower place, Fort Worth’s bar and club scene has something for every party seeker.
8.0 (111 E. 3rd St) – You will find this indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar packed during warm weather. Listen to live music on the huge patio, or go inside to dance where the DJ spins on weekends. The blue margaritas are large and delicious, and the plastic monkeys you get with them are fun party toys.
City Streets (4th & Commerce) – This extra large night spot boasts four clubs in one: Atlantis for retro hits, The Blue Monkey for karaoke, Cages for hip-hop and top 40, and Racks & Balls for billiards and darts. They have a great happy hour, and Cages is where the beautiful people are after 9:00. Look for a rather flamboyant fellow in a sequined newsboy cap, a regular, to put on a great show on the dance floor. Visit the website at www.clubcitystreets.com, where you can register to win a happy hour party for you and your friends.
Flying Saucer (111 E. 4th St. @ Commerce) – This super-sized pub features nearly every beer under the sun, imported or domestic. Order one of their many “tours” to sample a wide variety of brews, or just sip on your favorites while listening to live music upstairs. Monday is pint nite, where nearly every pint is only $2.50. Go to www.beerknurd.com for a menu and calendar.
The Library (Houston St.) – No books here, but lots of beautiful people. This self-proclaimed “epitomy of a party bar” (ironically misspelled on the website), is popular among local college students whose parents delight in the notion that their children are spending time in any library at all. If you’re looking for loud music, a rowdier crowd, and tons of singles, this is the place to be. On the web: www.librarybars.com
Hyena’s Comedy Club/Red Light Burlesque Revue (605 Houston St.) – Featuring live standup comedians every Friday and Saturday night and reasonable admission prices, this club is a great start to a night on the town in Fort Worth. Stick around after the early show, or come early for the late show, to see the lovely ladies of the Red Light Burlesque Revue. www.hyenascomedynightclub.com
Byblos Lebanese Restaurant/Hookah Bar (1406 N. Main) – For a more cultural experience, wander off the beaten path toward the North side of Fort Worth to Byblos. Try the Lebanese cuisine, check out the belly dancers, or just pull up a cushion in the hookah lounge and sample the wide variety of flavored tobaccos. If you’re inexperienced with the hookah, try and resist the urge to blow smoke letters a la Alice in Wonderland.
Black Dog Tavern (2933 Crockett St.) – “The Coolest Dive Bar in FWTX” offers great drink specials every night, live local and indie bands Thurs-Sat, and comedy and jazz on Sundays. It also hosts the Fort Worth Poetry Slam on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month. From the committed and eccentric staff to the energetic slew of regulars, you will surely feel as if you’ve stumbled upon the greatest bar on earth. Get more info at www.myspace.com/blackdogtavern
From slam poetry to slam dancing, smoky treats to imbibed delights, Fort Worth offers far more than one might expect from historic Cowtown.