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Best Nightlife



Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Fort Worth nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Fort Worth Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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Pearl's Dancehall & Saloon


Within this two-story, red-brick building dating from 1928, you'll find some of the area's most energetic dancing. Specializing in "Western Swing," the club offers patrons an amalgam of musical styles that's quintessentially Texas. With influences from Europe, Mexico, and America's own rural communities, the music boasts an unmistakable quality that folks can't get enough of. You'll find patrons hoofin' it up and enjoying themselves immensely, but you won't find any line-dancing or inauthentic rhythms. Don your hat, your boots, and your most form-fitting jeans and see if you can pick up some moves yourself.

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8.0 Restaurant and Bar


Although this downtown hotspot serves lunch and dinner, it comes into its own as a popular after-work and nighttime hangout. Its black-and-white interior gets a color punch with bright murals created by local artists. The bar is a perennially favorite destination, as evidenced by throngs of patrons and hopping bartenders. Inside, DJs often play to energetic folks, while on the terrace, live bands regale guests with a range of musical styles. Should you become hungry, the menu offers appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and a handful of hot entrees. A great place to nurse a drink, socialize, and listen to music with friends.

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Booger Red's


For a touch of Western flair, mosey on into Booger Red's. A mounted buffalo, saddles serving as bar stools, and authentic memorabilia remind guests what part of the world they're in. Named for bronc-buster Samuel Thomas Privett, the saloon is a great place to hang out and sample a tequila or savor a top-notch stogie. Beer, of course, is a mainstay, especially the Buffalo Butt Beer, a house signature. A selection of bar food is available if you want help dispersing the alcohol. No matter your intent, the place makes for a fun evening and gives you a great vantage point for the energy of the Stockyards.

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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium


Beer aficionados are delighted by this cozy establishment, which offers a wealth of options from the lager and ale families. The bar carries scores of beers on tap and more than 100 varieties in bottles; wine and cocktails are also available. With such hearty beverages, food is an ideal complement, and the German-inspired menu features light fare, including sandwiches and dishes featuring authentic bratwursts. An upstairs bar and a pool hall can also be found, along with numerous board games and a full bar. Live music is scheduled regularly several times a week and on weekends. Plus, an outdoor patio gives patrons room to spread out when the weather's nice.

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White Elephant Saloon


This 100-year-old saloon, once a hangout for 19th-century cowboys selling cattle, is still one of the city's best Wild West bars. Serving cold beer and offering C&W music seven nights a week, the saloon boasts an outdoor patio with live bands during the summer. Plus, you'll find pool tables and a dance floor. For added ambience, the ceiling is lined with hats belonging to cowboys from long ago. An added touch of nostalgia comes in the bar's annual re-enactment of Fort Worth's last gunfight, which took place just outside the saloon. It's staged annually on February 8th (for details, call 817-624-9712). The long-lived watering hole is just what you'd imagine a Texas saloon should be. A must-see!

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Michaels Restaurant and Ancho Chile Bar


Chef-owner Michael Thomson has made his mark on FW's culinary landscape with this trendy restaurant and bar. Specializing in "contemporary ranch cuisine," the menu capitalizes on local ingredients and traditions. The place's signature dish, pepper-crusted, pan-seared tenderloin with ancho bourbon sauce, is an example of the fare available. The Ancho Bar offers patrons a comfortable spot in which to enjoy cordials, wines and a menu of upscale bar food, along with many of the restaurant's dishes. The bar's clean-lined, rustic decor is a frequent backdrop for post-dinner gatherings and after-work get-togethers. If the restaurant's crowded, the bar is also a good place to grab a quick bite.

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The Aardvark


A TCU student favorite, this happening club offers a host of live bands. The place has a knack for booking talents before they hit the mainstream, so you're likely to find the hottest acts right on the cusp of the big time. A variety of musical styles is represented by performers, and the ambience is as casual or as upscale as you care to make it with your circle of friends. The party atmosphere isn't one of over-the-top wildness but good-natured camaraderie. Folks often stop by to have a few drinks (amaretto sours are the house specialty) and to take in the great music. There's also food available if you need something to temper the alcohol.

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Billy Bob's Texas


With 32 bar stations and space for 6000 guests, Billy Bob's proclaims itself the world's largest honky-tonk. Recognized for its quality and atmosphere by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, this facility books weekly entertainment by artists such as Robert Earl Keen, Sammy Kershaw, Willie Nelson, Emilio, and Lorrie Morgan. Other attractions include live bull riding and ladies night. Within the enormous complex, you'll find numerous dance floors, pool tables, arcade games and dining areas. A word to the wise: Cover charges may exceed $30 on some nights.

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Rodeo Exchange


Another great nightlife opportunity in the Historic Stockyards District can be found at this much-frequented club. Most of the time, country music is the preferred genre, although you'll find Top 40 tunes played occasionally too. A dance floor is available if you're in the mood to kick up your heels, and live bands play as well. Additional attractions include drink specials, dance lessons, and barbecue.

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