Fort Worth Tastemakers 2018
Best Bar of the Year

The 10 best bars in Fort Worth keep you sipping and tipping

The 10 best bars in Fort Worth keep you sipping and tipping

Stay Golden Social House cocktails
Cocktails are one of the things we look for in a good bar. Stay Golden Social House/Facebook

The 2018 rendition of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, honoring the best in local food and drink, has arrived. This annual event celebrates the best in local chefs and restaurants, culminating in a grand party, presented by Woodford Reserve, with sips and bites from participating nominees.

We've elected candidates in all categories of food and beverage, from best chefs to the best restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth. We'll toast them at our party on April 19 from 7-10 pm at Sixty Five Hundred, with tastings and awards. General admission tickets are $55; a portion of the proceeds benefits Bonton Farms. You can grab yours here.

Here are our nominees for Best Bar in Fort Worth:

Billy Bob's
Dubbed "the world's largest honky-tonk," this is Fort Worth's vast country-music dancehall and entertainment center, with more than 30 bar stations, an indoor rodeo arena, restaurants, arcade games, and a general store. They host concerts with all your major C&W acts such as Clint Black. And if by chance you still don't know how to line dance, they offer free lessons every Thursday night.

Flying Saucer
The Saucer was way into beer before beer became cool. Its selection of draft and bottled beers is still epic, and you can also grab eats such as pretzels, queso, burgers, and a well-liked Reuben sandwich. They moved from their original location to East 3rd Street, where they boast a huge and deservedly popular beer garden.

High Tide
Craft cocktail bar with a beachy name comes from the folks who own Trophy Ranch in Fort Worth and Trophy Room in Dallas. Their cocktail menu is large and seasonal, and they press their own juices. They also have a small menu of snacks including ceviche and charcuterie. The beach theme explains the big fish tank in the bar, stocked with saltwater fish. Their menu includes a big selection of shots, from the Lemon Drop to the 151 Ways to Die with Everclear and Cruzan 151.

Kent + Co
West Magnolia Avenue wine bar and specialty retail shop doubles as an automotive drop-off service center, while showcasing a collection of new and classic cars. The staff is a knowledgeable resource that can guide you to right glass of wine. A small menu includes cheese and charcuterie boards, salads, and a hummus sampler.

Proper on Magnolia
Small, cozy neighborhood bar serves nicely-made cocktails to Fort Worth from its Magnolia Avenue perch. With indoor and outdoor seating, and an atmosphere that's both casual and upscale, it's a good place for dates and grown-up conversation. In addition to craft cocktails, it has about a dozen craft beers on tap, more in bottles.

Shipping & Receiving
S&R has it all: live music, indoor and outdoor stages, specialty drinks, and craft beer. Located in a 100-year-old building, it has a warehouse vibe and features a salvaged bar from the Statler Hilton in Dallas, plus pool table and couches. Outside is a beer garden with picnic tables, food trucks, and a stage where jazz bands as well as local and regional acts such as Rhett Miller and Sarah Jaffe perform.

Social House
Located in the bustling West 7th District, this casual restaurant-bar emphasizes social interaction, with a renowned brunch and happy hour, 100 beers on tap, and more than 28 TVs for maximum sports viewing pleasure. This Fort Worth location is part of a small chain from the prosperous Syn Group.

The Usual
A rather unassuming exterior gives little clue to the state-of-the-art cocktail activity taking place within this Prohibition-era-themed bar, which helped usher in the art of mixology to Fort Worth. Savvy bartenders with precisely-trimmed facial hair mix it all up in a room that's vaguely mid-century modern, with chic expanses of wood.

Thompson's
The name of this downtown craft cocktail lounge pays homage to the real-life Thompson's Book Store, which occupied this historic 1910 building from '73 to '93. Inside, the vibe is quiet and friendly — perfect for those who want to chat and slowly appreciate every last drop of their $10 drinks. Part of its cute opening shtick required that you need a password to enter, found on its website or Facebook page, on Friday and Saturday, to get the full experience.

Twilite Lounge
Fort Worth spinoff of Dallas bar recreates its French Quarter vibe, with po'boy sandwiches, New Orleans-style cocktails, and jukebox full of rock, jazz, soul, and country tunes. Twilite not only serves as a second home for its neighborhood, it's the home bar for New Orleans Saints fans.