Where to drink in Fort Worth: 5 hottest new patios to sip outdoors
Will the weather today be cold, warm, rainy or sunny? The answer in Texas right now is “yes”. But despite unpredictable outdoor conditions, now is the season for sitting and sipping on the patio, and there are several new options in town ready to get your pipe wet. Here are five of Fort Worth’s hottest new courtyards for Spring 2019, from trees and fairy lights to seating in the Fort Worth skyline.
Magnolia tree tavern
This cozy bar quietly opened late last fall on the former site of The Bearded Lady (which reopens every day on the South Main) and attracts patio patrons looking for a unique selection of craft beers and an atmosphere to sit and relax . The 1914 bungalow feels like a cool vintage home, and the uncovered patio has picnic table seating, colorful flowers, and a view of bustling West Magnolia Avenue from the street. Beer is the main feature here as there are more than 200 options, around 30 of which are on tap. Non-beer drinkers will find a smaller selection of wines and a fully stocked bar. There is also a simple menu with sandwiches, burgers and apps, which makes ordering easy. Have a coconut porter and relax as if on your own porch.
The entire restaurant feels like a terrace here, thanks to kilometer-high ceilings and a massive open wall that leads to an outdoor seating area paved with gravel. The structure is basically a barn – a sleek, industrial barn with lots of corrugated iron, pendant lights, and large fans. Rogers Roundhouse opened late last month and is in part owned by the owner of Curly’s Frozen Custard. It offers burgers, nachos, sandwiches, and tater tots. Outside there are rows of unstained picnic tables under chains of lights. There’s plenty of space for the kids to run around without disturbing other guests, and occasional live music will keep customers of all ages entertaining. The cocktail list offers an al fresco sip with refreshing options like ranch water (topo chico, tequila, and lime) and a fruity rum punch. As the temperatures warm up, head back to enjoy frozen libations like the mule, margarita, and frosé.
The colorful interior with its floral wallpaper, yellow bar stools and painted succulents will grab attention, but the terrace deserves a visit. The pretty outdoor area is dotted with lights and furnished with woven lounge chairs and teak tables. He brings a long-abandoned place on Crockett Row to life. The concept, which opened in February, has two locations in Dallas. Margaritas are a specialty on the bar menu, with the Instagram-friendly “Oilman” serving as the signature drink. The pitch black color of the libation is shaken with activated charcoal and Codigo 1530 Tequila and garnished with a golden salt rim and a golden candy skewer. The terrace offers a flat-screen TV in a clear view, so that the lack of any sporting activities is no problem here.
Cowtown Brewing Co.
If youPrepare for a rubber neck as you head up the Belknap Street Bridge to downtown almost every fine evening. That’s Cowtown Brewing Co. on the right, with the red and white fairy lights and the wooden deck full of guests. After the opening in October, the refreshing selection of craft beer and the accompanying barbecue, which is smoked and served on site, is slowly becoming known. Sliding glass doors open from the taproom to the open-air terrace, which is lined with wooden picnic tables and framed by a long, high bar to lean on. Cowtown’s highly rated IPA “Everybody’s Doing It” is a crowd-pleaser. Pair with a platter of pulled pork nachos.
Branch & bird
A new name and menu have taken this sky-high bar and restaurant to even greater heights. Perch, Branch & Bird used to deserve a happy hour visit. Located on the 12th floor of the Frost Tower downtown, the covered deck is refreshingly peaceful – there’s not much traffic noise up there and the breeze is constant near the top of the Fort Worth skyline. The seating is spacious and elegant, with minimal decor and lots of clean lines. A French 75 with its sophisticated fizz is perfect for a sip in spring. Go during happy hour Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 6pm when it’s only $ 5.