UPDATE 10-23-2020: Nickel City is now open.
Dallas-Fort Worth loves things from Austin, and here comes another concept to make our day: Nickel City, which has won awards as Austin's favorite neighborhood bar, is opening a location in Fort Worth.
Nickel City is an acclaimed spot in Austin that won a CultureMap Tastemaker award in 2018 for Best Bar.
"Austin has been waiting for a bar like Nickel City for a long time," wrote CultureMap Austin's Brandon Watson, describing why it won. "Owners Travis Tober, Zane Hunt, Brandon Hunt, and Craig Primozich saw an opportunity in the former home of Longbranch Inn by (slightly) jazzing up the interior while keeping the dive roots firmly planted. The result is a bar that feels like home from the moment you walk in the door."
The drink menu in Austin includes contemporary versions of famous mixed drinks, takes on New Orleans classics, and originals from Tober and Bar Manager JR Mocanu. The bar showcases almost 300 whiskey labels, including special barrels from some of the biggest names in American spirits.
Food comes courtesy of a food truck on-site called The Delray Café which serves sliders, Coney dogs, onion rings, fries, and chicken wings. Fort Worth will have its own Delray Cafe truck, with a few dishes special to Fort Worth, as well as a small 15-seat agave bar-within-the-bar serving tequila and other agave spirits.
Co-owner Travis Tober tells Eater Austin that they're looking forward to being part of Fort Worth. But here's a curious statement:
"We believe in that, it's that more blue-collar city, it’s got that vibe that Nickel City already has," he says, before calling it "truly the most authentic city in Texas."
Is that really true, that Fort Worth is more blue collar than Austin? How do you measure blue collar? Is it day laborers? Waitresses named Alice? People who buy Bud?
The team, which CultureMap's Watson says has redefined Austin’s dining culture, is busy: They are also opening a restaurant in Austin called Uncle Nicky's that'll be a Northern Italian-infused all-day cafe.