Sidesaddle Saloon Opens at Fort Worth’s Mule Alley

A new drinking place opens today on Mule Alley in Fort Worth with craft cocktails, Texas-style tapas and cowgirl vibes.

Sidesaddle Saloon is the latest venture from Taco Heads and Tiny’s founder Sarah Castillo. The limo in the Stockyards area is a nod to American cowgirls like actor Dale Evans and Bronc driver Prairie Rose Henderson, as well as other “tough, fearless women who can handle their own,” Castillo said in a statement.

The bar is meant to be a nifty but relaxed place where everyone feels welcome, she said.

Sidesaddle partner Christian Lehrmann has put together a menu with “Texas Tapas” for the meal, including small appetizers inspired by the Mediterranean such as bison tartare on roasted sourdough, country ham with allspice cheese and pickled vegetables, bacon, cheddar and chive biscuits and devilish devil’s eggs.

Behind the bar, bar manager Glen Keely has created a handful of cocktails that pay homage to the cowgirls of the Old West, including a drink named after Prairie Rose made from Old Forester Bourbon’d Texas Tea, raspberry, and rose water Belle Star, vodka with mint, strawberry-aloe syrup, lemon and bitter.

The Sidesaddle Saloon joins a handful of other restaurants and shops that have either opened or are in the works on Mule Alley, including Chef Marcus Paslay’s Provender Hall, New York’s Shake Shack burger chain, and Chef Tim’s upcoming eateries Love and the soon to be opened second rodeo brewery.

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