The Best Nightlife in Fort Worth
At Frank Kent Cadillac, we believe in working hard and having fun. Luckily, Fort Worth, TX, is loaded with live music venues, exciting party-time excursions, and artsy nightlife experiences. This spring, take your Cadillac out on the town to partake in some of the best nightlife that Texas has to offer. Whether you’re planning a fun date night, group get together, or looking to meet some new people in town, there’s plenty of hot spots worth visiting. Here are a few of our top suggestions nearby.
Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
If you like live music, you’ll love Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar. Since 1992, this legendary Texas establishment has spread its roots throughout Fort Worth, Addison, Houston, and Austin. The lively atmosphere at Pete’s immerses party goers in fun singalongs to the greatest party hits of all time. Four talented musicians rotate between two grand pianos on the stage to provide guests with a night out that is so much more than a typical pub experience.
Pete’s surprises their guests throughout the evening with “Showtime” moments, where the spotlight turns to the wait staff to lead the entertainment. For certain musical numbers, additional instruments join in on the stage, bumping the performance up a notch. The audience enjoys an engaging show where everyone is encouraged to get in on the action. Pete’s is also the perfect spot to host private parties. Small groups can reserve a table or two, while large groups and corporate events can take over the bar. For large groups, Pete’s offers hors d’oeuvres and a buffet station. Pete’s will even provide specialty cocktails and disposable cameras to make it a night to remember.
Four Day Weekend
Four Day Weekend is an award-winning comedy group that was named The Best Entertainment Experience in Texas. Every weekend they put on an improvisational show in downtown Fort Worth based solely on input they receive from the audience. This talented group has delivered a keynote address to the members of the United States Congress. They’ve also performed for two U.S. presidents. As a result of their success and notoriety, Four Day Weekend has even been awarded the key to the city.
In addition to their weekend shows, Four Day Weekend provides training to upcoming improv artists. They also host corporate team building programs as a unique and fun way to bond with coworkers. To get a better idea of what they’re all about, tune in to their podcast, Happy Accidents. If you’d like to purchase tickets to a weekend show, you can buy them directly on their website or call into the box office. For fans who are closer to the Dallas area than Fort Worth, check out their new location in lower Greenville.
Shipping and Receiving Bar
This indoor and outdoor concert space has a range of fun events on tap. The venue has enough space for about 600-800 visitors. Although they don’t have a kitchen, Shipping and Receiving Bar has a full drink menu. Food trucks also frequent the venue. Shipping and Receiving’s casual environment is ideal for the “real” music fans in Texas who are out searching for a good time. Reviewers describe it as “like having a private concert in your own backyard.”
In addition to the variety of bands who grace the stage, Shipping and Receiving Bar also hosts karaoke contests, open mic nights, and free jukebox parties. Call about hosting a private party in this funky, unpretentious space. With eclectic art pieces lining the walls, a solid selection of craft beers, and a staff full of friendly faces, you’re sure to feel right at home.
Go back in time to the Prohibition-era as you sip and enjoy classic cocktails at Thompson’sThompson’s. This old fashioned bookstore/pharmacy turned speakeasy requires guests to find a secret password before entering the hideaway basement bar. Thompson’s also has two floors above ground that can accommodate up to 160 people standing (95 sitting). Its intimate vibe is lovely for cozying up with good friends for an after-work drink.
The bartenders at Thompson’s are true craftsmen who mix-up historic drinks like the Aviation, French 75, and Moscow Mule. Thompson’s is known for their whiskey selection, antique decor, and relaxed atmosphere. If you’re looking for a classy, niche bar and a handcrafted cocktail made to perfection, Thompson’s is an excellent choice.
Cowtown Cycle Party
The Cowtown Cycle Party is a unique way to take in the city. Bring your own booze on this 16-person party on wheels. Riders peddle away as the driver guides the bike to various sites, all while providing insightful commentary. The maximum number of participants for a tour is 15 riders (and an extra person who sits in the middle). There’s also a minimum requirement, but if your group isn’t big enough, Cowtown offers a full refund or raincheck to visit on another day.
Full bike tours run seven days a week from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on most days. If you’re riding solo, try one of their “Make New Friends Mixer Tours.” These are scheduled on Thursday and Friday evenings or weekend afternoons. The cost for the tours is about $25 per person for a two-hour ride. Longer rides are available for an extra fee. If you have a big group and would like to have multiple bikes traveling together, Cowtown has the ability to accommodate up to 48 riders.
Scat Jazz Lounge
Scat Jazz Lounge is a dimly lit, swanky adult club that’s reminiscent of the classy establishments you might expect to see in a 1920’s Hollywood film. Make yourself comfortable with happy hour specials or an evening performance. At Scat Jazz Lounge, you don’t have to wait for the weekend to enjoy a late night out. They’re open until 2 a.m. on Sunday nights, as well as on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Headlining acts take the stage at 8:30 p.m.
Scat Jazz Lounge is tucked away in a dark alley. Follow their bright neon sign and ride the elevator down to the cool basement lounge. A red velvet theater curtain frames the stage for funky local artists. The mysterious atmosphere is smoke-free and serves reasonably priced drinks. See their online calendar for the latest schedule of upcoming performers. Depending on the show, there may or may not be a cover charge required. Because it’s a small place, reservations are always a good idea.
Billy Bob’s Texas
Another great venue featuring live music is Billy Bob’s Texas. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and this popular country bar upholds that standard. With a capacity of up to 6,000 guests, Billy Bob’s is a flagship destination in Fort Worth. Its Honky Tonk Kitchen is open daily for lunch and dinner. Southern-style dishes like chicken fried steak, ribeye, and bbq are crafted by homegrown Dallas-born chef, Chris Fersch.
Every Friday and Saturday night, live bull riding can be viewed in the small rodeo arena. Due to the dangerous nature of the sport, professional and semi-pro riders saddle-up for the challenge. Billy Bob’s also hosts concerts and events. Everything from live bands to country line dancing classes can be found there. With any event ticket, the bull riding show is only $4. True fans can purchase a Country Club Membership, which includes member appreciation events, valet parking, early ticket access, VIP bull-riding access, and meet and greet opportunities. 2020 memberships sold out in the blink of an eye, so be on the look-out for next year’s membership openings to avoid missing your chance.