Where to drink in Fort Worth: 6 best new bar patios for spring
With more hours of sun per day (and no mosquitoes yet), the terrace season is officially here. Thanks to the pandemic, bar patios are more popular than ever as people seek safe ways to meet up with friends again. (Just remember your mask when you walk in.)
Here are six great new courtyards ranging from updated wine bars and new breweries to two new hotspots in the Fort Worth Stockyards. If “outdoors” means drinking outdoors, read on.
The back yard in the Hotel Drover
It’s the back yard dreams are made of. Seating in the creekside bar, fire pits, lawn games, landscaping worth several million dollars and an outdoor stage form The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an oasis of “rustic luxury” for hotel guests and locals. The glitzy new Stockyards Hotel is less than a month old and currently has a pop-up bar on the porch. However, visitors can always enjoy a drink in the chic lobby bar and head outside. Try the Lavender Bee’s Knees, which are shaken with gin, lemon and lavender syrup. or Blackland Distilling’s bourbon-infused Texas Paper Plane. Look for live music and a full alfresco bar service that will be added in the coming weeks.
Grand Cru wine bar
West Magnolia Avenue Wine Bar has a new addition to the outdoor area. Grand Cru added a parklet terrace that features brand new parasol-covered tables and chairs, as well as large planters neatly placed in front of the wine bar entrance. The term “parklet” refers to a small seating area along a sidewalk or former parking lot, and in the case of Grand Cru, it’s the latter as the tables are right next to the sidewalk. Celebrate the new room with a bottle of sparkling or crispy rosé.
Maple Branch Craft Brewery
This huge brewery and beer garden in the Foundry District opened last October and is now on the rise as the main terrace target. The craft beer paradise, owned by the married couple Stuart and Alyssa Maples, has plenty of space to spread out – the entire terrace is 7,000 square meters and the interior is another 7,000 square meters. The 150 outdoor seating combines picnic tables and benches with parasol-covered patio tables and chairs over crushed granite. Of the around 20 beers on tap, fan favorites range from The 3 Texans Golden Ale to March of the Mallows Marshmallow Stout. Save space for bites like giant Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese and chopped barbecue sandwiches.
Neutral Ground Brewing Company
Fort Worth’s newest brewery is only three weeks old and already has a hop terrace. Neutral Ground Brewing Company in the up and coming River East District offers covered street seating flanked by indoor and outdoor bar seating with stools on either side. Thanks to the large garage door-style window, even guests sitting inside feel like they are outside. Opt for the signature King Cake beer, which is not as sweet as it sounds, but is garnished with a colorful sugar rim. There are also bar bites from the neighbor’s Brown Bag Club on Race Street, which are served in a fancy refrigerator.
The Best Patio for People Watching award goes to the Sidesaddle Saloon, now open in the glowing Mule Lane of the Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s the newest concept from the Neon Light Hospitality Group, the folks behind Taco Heads and Tinie’s restaurants. This is primarily a cocktail bar with a small selection of “Texas tapas” such as bison tartare and bacon, cheddar and chive biscuits. While the interior is super cowgirl-chic, with a marble-topped bar and teal-green vinyl seating, it’s the small patio that offers top-notch sightseeing. The space has space for cacti and horse troughs and overlooks the busy Mule Alley, where tourists and locals alike chat and pose for photos. Sit back and watch The Prairie Rose Henderson mixed with Old Forester Bourbon’d Texas Tea, raspberry, and rose water. and the Belle Star, made with local Silver Star vodka, mint, strawberry, and lemon.
With a new owner comes a redesigned terrace in this popular Southside wine bar. Robyn Davis – a regular WineHaus customer – bought the bar in November 2020 after learning of the impending closure. On their list was updating the quaint back patio, now open with a new pergola, a new stage for live music, outdoor fans, fresh landscaping, and a 240-square-foot mural inspired by Monet’s water lilies and bar -Manager Monica was painted Wright. (Don’t miss live jazz on Fridays.) WineHaus is officially opening with a three-day event from May 14-16, featuring live music, local art, culinary pop-ups, and themed tastings. As a reminder: The wine bar offers several wines on tap as well as refillable growers.