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Fort Worth scores its own Cidercade, new cider and arcade game room

Fort Worth scores its own Cidercade, new cider and arcade game room

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How about some cider. Photo courtesy of Bishop Cider Co.

A popular and growing cider-and-game concept is headed to Fort Worth: Called Cidercade Fort Worth, it's a new cider tap room and game arcade that will open at 1813 W Bowie St. #101, in the District 90 complex off Cleburne Road.

The venue is from husband-and-wife Joel and Laura Malone, founders of cider brand Bishop Cider Co. and the Cidercade concept, which currently has three locations in Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

Joel says that the Fort Worth location will be their biggest and most ambitious location yet.

“It’s in an industrial property that’s more than 25,000 square feet, and will have the highest number of games and the most outdoor patio space,” he says.

Features will include:

  • more than 300 arcade games
  • pool tables, shuffleboard, ping pong, air hockey, skeeball, basketball, and DDR
  • multiple bars with nearly 100 taps of hard cider, hard seltzer, and hard smoothies made exclusively by Bishop Cider
  • a restaurant serving thin-crust pizza, wings, and desserts, on a rotary stone hearth pizza oven
  • TVs throughout tuned to sports and other live events
  • four outdoor spaces and patios with yard games

There'll also be private event spaces for parties.

The Malones were cider aficionados making their own at home when they opened their first tap room in Dallas' Bishop Arts District in 2014. With a tremendous demand for cider, it didn't take long for them to outgrow that space and they expanded to a second facility in the Design District, a 27,000-square-foot space that is now home to Cidercade Dallas and their cidery.

That's where they devised their clever concept: Gifted with a bounty of extra space, they created a combination tap room and arcade, thereby becoming a smashing family-friendly destination — a formula they've since duplicated at their subsequent locations in Austin and Houston.

They serve beverages produced by Bishop Cider Co., including hard cider, hard seltzer, hard kombucha, and wine. Favorites include the Crackberry, a tart and sweet combination of cranberry and blackberry, as well as apple ciders in varying levels of sweetness.

As for the games, for a $10 day admission fee, or $15 per month, customers get free play on all games, including skeeball, pinball, shooting games, racing games, air hockey, and DDR. The selection includes lots of multi-player games so friends and families can play together. (At 8 pm, they shift from all ages entry to 21 and up.)

Cidercade Fort Worth is advantageously located near the TCU campus, and they're aiming to open in early 2022. Meanwhile, the thirst for their cider has not ebbed: It's now sold not only across Texas, but also Oklahoma, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, and plans to expand to other states including New York.