Where to drink in Fort Worth: 8 rooftop bars with breathtaking views
Hard not to have fun on the rooftop, especially when it comes to cocktails. Look up and feel free like a bird. Look out and experience breathtaking views of the cityscape. Look down and feel sorry for those stuck to the ground. Here are eight of the best bars on the Fort Worth rooftop – a mix of new hotspots and old favorites – to enjoy a drink in the wind while looking out over the horizon.
Lot 12 is located on the new six-story Hyatt Place Fort Worth / TCU at 2512 W. Berry St., right on the Texas Christian University campus. It’s the Horned Frog fan’s hottest new hangout. The indoor and outdoor rooftop bar offers a bird’s-eye view of the university campus, nearby districts, and downtown in the distance. Sparkling fairy lights, neatly potted greenery and lots of clear lines from modern tables and benches do not distract from the wide view. Inside, the love of Horned Frog is full of memorabilia and a range of black and white snapshots from TCU sporting events. Two TopGolf Swing Suites are available for reservation. Try the Frog 75, a variant of the classic French 75 enriched with purple gin, topped with sparkling wine and garnished with a lavender blossom. Lot 12 opens Tuesday through Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday at 11 a.m.
The rooftop bar of the 17-story Hotel Sinclair Fort Worth (512 Main St.) is a special perk that is only available to hotel guests on Friday and Saturday evenings – but only for a few weeks. The hotel says the sky-high bar will be open to the public in late May or early June. That means everyone can take a seat at a teak table or at the sleek white bar for a cocktail this summer. There are uncovered seating areas and floor-to-ceiling glass cladding with a view of the clouds. The fully stocked bar, which also serves an appetizer menu, opens at 17:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
By the way, don’t confuse the Sinclair with the Kimpton Harper Hotel, which opens on June 2nd at 714 Main St. with a whiskey bar on the 24th floor and a cocktail lounge called Refinery714.
Free Fort Worth game
While the ground floor is a gamer’s paradise with more than 100 vintage arcade games, the uncovered open-air roof terrace attracts visitors who have a quiet view of the treetops and want to spread out over 3,000 square meters. People may remember the space that once housed the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. Free Play (1311 Lipscomb St.) took over the location in November 2019. The arcade game is unlimited, if not entirely “free,” as there is an entry fee of $ 11 to access it. However, there is no entry to the roof terrace or the ground-level terraces. Try one of the more than 120 beers available, including around two dozen on tap. There is also a full bar and menu of appetizers, sandwiches and flatbreads. Free Play is open Monday to Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
This feels like an inviting terrace on a cozy loft in the city center. Tinie’s Deck on the second floor is located at 113 S. Main St. on busy South Main Street near Southside and features wooden tables, a mix of wooden and iron fences, potted plants, and outdoor carpets, all topped with rows of fairy lights are. The bar called Escondite (“The Hideout”) pays homage to dark mezcal halls like Palenquito in Mexico City and Fort Worth’s favorite JJ’s Hideaway. Guests can sit for a while and drink tequila, whether in a margarita (try the casita margarita with simple citrus syrup) or straight. Tinie’s is open Tuesday through Thursday at 5pm, Friday and Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 11am.
Perhaps the most popular rooftop bar in Fort Worth is Reata (310 Houston St.), the crown jewel of the cowboy kitchen in Sundance Square. There are two levels here and both overlook the bright downtown lights. Vines and lots of greenery (and even a jerky cowboy topiary) surround the spacious patios, which is home to the main outdoor bar next to the famous rooftop dining dome. Parking has been confusing lately when the Sundance Square management abruptly shut down valet parking in February. But valet parking is back with an updated rate of $ 7 every 30 minutes with a maximum of $ 21. (Note that the parking garages in Sundance Square are free in the evenings and on weekends.) Try the longtime, popular Cowboy Cosmo, which is made with Dripping Springs vodka, Cointreau, lime, and cranberry juices. The roof opens daily at 4:00 p.m. However, call ahead to make sure it hasn’t been booked for a private event.
Branch & bird
Branch & Bird (640 Taylor St.) is not quite on the roof of the 25-story Frost Tower in downtown Fort Worth on the still very high terrace on the 12th floor. The view of the horizon and a spacious covered terrace make for an intimate date night environment. With minimal decor, the skyline serves as a backdrop. While the actual bar is inside, there is table service outside. Treat yourself to live music on Wednesday (when bottles of wine are half price) or Saturday nights and toast the sunset with a glass of wine or a cocktail like the Social Dove made from strawberry-lime tequila with topo chico.
Craft & Vine
Located in Old Town Roanoke (310 S. Oak St.), this third-floor rooftop terrace is known for its sunset views west along the open horizon. There aren’t many skyscrapers out here to get in the way. The bar and restaurant offer more than 70 beers and wines on tap, as well as a long list of martinis and cocktails. (Note that on Wednesdays, all Deep Eddy Vodka Martinis are only $ 5). Grab a couch on the covered terrace and save space for truffle fries, smoked brisket egg rolls, and tempura devil eggs. Craft & Vine opens daily at 5 p.m. and on Sundays at 10 a.m. for brunch.
The nearly 360-degree panoramic view of the city center doesn’t get old – or drinks after – at Tim Love’s rooftop Spanish-inspired tapas bar, located on the rooftop of the Springhill Suites Stockyards at 2315 N. Main St. Dinner, the indoor and outdoor areas offer rustic, luxurious seating in the lounge, high-backed bar stools overlooking the open kitchen and comfortable outdoor chairs. Try the signature Aigua de Valencia with vodka, orange juice and Cointreau topped with bubbly cava, or the warm, weather-friendly blood orange sangria over ice. Atico is open Monday to Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.