For this edition of Where to Drink, we've uncovered five of the newest new spots, some so new that no one knows about them yet. If being first is your thing, then here's your list:
HG Sply Co.
This spin-off from the popular Greenville Avenue spot is mostly restaurant. But, like the original in Dallas, its bar program is serious, with cutting-edge ingredients such as the house-mashed barley syrup used in their house old fashioned, or the ginger kombucha that gives their Moscow mule an extra kick. At $10-$11, drink prices aren't cheap, but a happy hour on weekdays from 3-6 pm gets you that Moscow mule for $5, plus discounts on appetizers.
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.
A second branch of Dallas coffee shop from Barcadia owner Brooke Humphries has opened in Fort Worth's So7 development, taking over the former Love Shack space and serving coffee, juice, wine, beer, and sandwiches. There are craft beers, house wine, and drinks such as the kombucha on tap, combined with champagne for a new-age mimosa. and even some of the alcohol-free coffee drinks have a cocktail flair such as the Van Gogh spritzer, with four shots of espresso mixed with syrup and sparkling water.
The Stadium Club
Sports bar at AT&T Stadium is open seven days a week, so you can visit even when there is no game. In fact, that's the optimal time to go — during games, it's open only to Stadium Club members. Aside from the menu designed by chef Anthony Van Camp, the bar has 20 flat-screen TVs; a cocktail with champagne, orange curacao, gin, and lemon; and some kind of cheap deal every weeknight, from $5 margaritas to pitchers of Miller Lite for $8.
New spot from bar veterans Kevin Dunlap and Josh Campbell (two of the owners of the Rail Club) takes over the former Mule Pub space with specials galore. You've got your $4 local craft beers on Tuesday; your $3 "whiskey Wednesdays"; and $2 domestic drafts on Thursday. Not everything has to be "mixologied"; sometimes you just want an unpretentious bar where you can get a cheap drink and relax.