Five Must-Visit Spots in Fort Worth

Where to stop for Cowtown music and mingling

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Billy Bob’s Texas
This honky-tonk palace has the makings of the ultimate tourist trap, with live bull riding and a well-stocked gift shop. But Billy Bob’s is a real-deal slice of Fort Worth fun, catering as much to longtime customers as it does to newbies. Sidle up to one of the Texas-sized, neon-lit wooden bars, order a Lone Star, and soak it all in.



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The Chat Room Pub
Billing itself as Fort Worth’s “Eighth Best Bar” (wink, wink), the Chat Room is one of Leon Bridges’s favorite dives and part of the blossoming Magnolia Avenue scene south of downtown, which also includes the brand-new Fairmount Music Hall and Off the Record, where you can add to your vinyl collection while sipping on one of the beers on tap.

Heim Barbecue
Before a night on the town, fuel up on pit master Travis Heim’s brisket, sausage, ribs, and more, smoked over post oak. Pair that platter with a pour from the 100-plus-
bottle whiskey collection, and don’t even think about passing on the bacon burnt ends.



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Main at South Side
A venue that epitomizes Cowtown’s DIY ethos (it’s collectively owned by eleven members of the Fort Worth music scene), MASS books everything from jangle-pop teens Ting Tang Tina to local cowpunk acts such as Holy Moly.

Shipping & Receiving
Come for the music, stay for the sprawling beer garden’s rotating lineup of food trucks, from the vegan Zonk Burger to OH Balls, Fort Worth’s finest purveyors of meatballs. 

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The scene at Shipping & Receiving.

>Read more about Fort Worth’s music scene, here.