There's nothing that'll make you feel fancier than sipping on a handcrafted cocktail mixed right in front of you. And Fort Worth has its fair share of places to try a craft cocktail. But these five establishments and their standout concoctions are a cut above. So, step out of your cocktail comfort zone and give one of these spots a try.
Situated in the heart of Magnolia Avenue's restaurant and bar scene, this Prohibition-style bar is as unassuming as you'd expect. The Usual has an extensive cocktail menu and knowledgeable bartenders who will ensure you end up with a drink sure to please the palate. Their Montpelier is a warm but sweet bourbon cocktail that includes rum, vermouth, and smoked maple syrup.
Little Red Wasp
This uncomplicated restaurant has a solid food menu and a bar featuring local brews and delicious cocktails. We recommend the Bitter Beauty, which combines vodka, Deep Ellum IPA, grapefruit juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and agave nectar. Craft beer in a cocktail? Sign us up.
Little Red Wasp’s upscale brother has an expansive bar and patio right on Main Street, pairing great views with featured cocktails. The Bee Sting is a must-try, as it contains gin, jalapeño honey, lemon juice, and egg whites, topped with a red jalapeño. But don't stop there, the bar is lined with a vast liquor selection, providing the opportunity to order any classic cocktail.
This impressive restaurant features quite the selection of special cocktails. The K21 stands out as a mixture of blueberry-infused gin, lemon velvet tea syrup, lemon juice, and prosecco. It's a refreshing pick-me-up for a hot summer day. Equally refreshing is the Jack Rose cocktail, with Apple Jack brandy, pomegranate, grenadine, and fresh lime juice. And as with its cocktails, all the food is handcrafted and based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Be sure to check in regularly to catch any new offerings.
Woodshed has made a name for itself by dishing up a selection of smoked offerings, and that's not exclusive to the food. The Smoked Old Fashion is made with whiskey, bitters, and smoked ice, for good measure. We recommend pulling up a chair on the bustling patio and sipping on this drink as you listen to live music.
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