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Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 5 spooktacular bars for Halloween sips
Halloween month is the ideal time for bars to jump on board a current Instagrammy pop-up trend in spooky fashion. While the haunted holiday is taking over a few Fort Worth establishments, others are launching Halloween-themed drinks – some sweet like trick-or-treat candy and others as scary as their horror flick inspirations. Here are five Fort Worth bars for grown-ups to celebrate ghoulish shenanigans all month long. Some are so close together, they'd make for a creepy crawl. The last one is a beer haunt with new Halloween brews.
The award for “spookiest bar in DFW” goes to Nickel City, the Austin-based neighborhood bar on South Main Street. Now through the end of the month, it's home to a super scary pop-up bar concept called Black Lagoon, currently appearing in just nine cities across the U.S. and Canada (but not in Dallas). Life-sized coffins, skeletons, and goth-themed décor combine to create a spooktacular atmosphere with Halloween-themed craft cocktails to match. Try the Screaming Banshee, made with gin, pineapple syrup, and Greek yogurt; or the Hellraiser, made with Hornitos tequila and spiced rum. Drinks are served in eerie glassware, like skulls and bony hands, which are also for sale. Monster mash to the beat of sinister Black Lagoon playlists while there. The pop-up will run through October 31.
Nickel City is one of just nine bars in the U.S. to host the Black Lagoon pop-up.Photo courtesy of Nickel City
This longtime Magnolia Avenue cocktail lounge – which sets a high bar for expertly crafted drinks – typically goes all out for Christmas with festive décor and libations. But this year owner Lisa Little-Adams is letting her team go wild with a Halloween pop-up themed after the cult favorite movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cocktails with ties to the movie include the Hot Dog – a nod to the star character, Dr. Frank N. Furter – made with vodka, pineapple, lime, tonic water, and bitters; the Hot Mess, made with tequila blanco, lime, peach puree, crème de cassis, and Tajin; and the Dammit Janet, made with gold rum, apple syrup, lemon, curacao, and walnut liqueur. The pop-up officially kicks off on October 17 and will run through Halloween.
The Hot Dog cocktail at Proper.Photo courtesy of Proper
Tarantula Tiki Lounge
Call this South Main Street tiki bar “Tarantula Terror Lounge” this month as the tropical drinking establishment has launched a full menu of creepy cocktails, shots, and party bowls for sharing. Morbid concoctions include the Ghoul Summer, made with two kinds of rum, banana, pineapple, coconut, and spices; and Mai Time to Die, a play on the traditional Mai Tai. Knock back the pink-hued Rocky Horror Picture Shot, or share the Ghouls Gone Wild – made with three rums, mango, guava, and passion fruit – with a friend or two.
Ghoul Summer at Tarantula Tiki Lounge.Photo courtesy of Tarantula Tiki Lounge
The Back Room at Funky Picnic
This brand new South Fort Worth speakeasy, opened recently in the former Black Cat Pizza space (401 Bryan Ave.) by the owners of neighboring Funky Picnic Brewery & Café, serves cocktails, small plates, and wood-fired pizzas. The Back Room is strictly 21-and-up – but bring the fur babies because there’s a cute little covered pet-friendly patio. Drinks here are pretty, like the Trick-or-Treat Martini, a special this month featuring peanut butter-infused vodka, chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup, and a graham cracker rimmed glass garnished with a toasted marshmallow. Try one during limited opening hours, which are Friday through Sunday from 3-11 pm.
The Back Room's Trick-or-Treat Martini.Photo courtesy of Funky Picnic
Martin House Brewing Company
The Sylvania Avenue brewery along the Trinity Trails – which has gained national attention for its quirky beer flavors – just brewed up four new Halloween-themed brews. Collectively called Marty’s Little Monsters, the limited releases are available on tap at the brewery and in a four-pack of cans in select stores. The lineup includes Battle Bats, a vanilla milkshake IPA; Gummy Ghost, a strawberry cream sour; Mr. Mummy, a vanilla toffee crunch stout; and Wicked Wolf, a peanut butter marshmallow blonde. The taproom is open daily, but expect a busy scene on Thursdays and Saturdays when the brewery sells $15 wristbands good for a souvenir pint glass and four 8-ounce pours.
Martin House has brewed up several new Halloween-time beers.Facebook/Martin House