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Monday, April 25, 2011

My Favorite Happy Hour in Fort Worth

One of my favorite things to do in Fort Worth is grab an affordable drink and a reduced-price snack with my friends. This is also known as happy hour, and below are a few of my favorite happy hour hangouts. Atmosphere is as important to me as price, so these warm places are more than inviting. Click restaurant names for link to place website.

Winslow's Wine CafĂ© 
This quaint little neighborhood hangout offers a red and white wine selection during their happy hour for $6. The wine changes weekly, which I like because I'm introduced to new wines this way. Cocktails are about $2 off regular price. A Kettle One vodka martini would be $11 during happy hour and $13 during regular hours. The pizza is about $5 dollars off the regular price (which varies depending on which pizza you order). A few other items like their hummus are also discounted. The garlic-truffle hummus on their warm pita bread is my favorite in town.

The patio and restaurant are warm and inviting. I think the atmosphere is my favorite thing about this place. Happy hours are 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day Sunday.  Warning: not a big fan of the brunch.

Eddie V's
Eddie V's on W. 7th in Fort Worth
My favorite happy hour-priced food in town!  The huge lump crab cake is $8 and melts in your mouth, but my favorite is the tuna tartar with mango, grapefruit and avocado for $7. Yum. Gulf oysters are 75 cents each. As for drinks, I usually get their Svedka vodka martini or house red wine (Mark West pinot noir), both for $5. If you want Belvedere vodka then you'll need to cough up a little more dough. Dinner and a drink for $15 in this elegant enclave is a steal.

And the best part about this happy hour is that it is seven days a week — from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and all day Sunday and Monday. I also prefer happy hour times because you can hang out before the crowds hit, which means you can hear your friends talk.

Cat City Grill
Cheap flavored martinis and great snacks to share. Try the tempura asparagus spears and pear martini. Their hours are 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. I love to sit by the window and look out on the street at the year-round Christmas lights on Magnolia Avenue.

I'm always looking for new happy hour hangouts, so if you have any suggestions please comment on this post.

Upcoming Events in Fort Worth

Click the event name to link to website for more information. 
April 28: The Aluminum Show at the Bass Hall
Aluminum Show
OK, I've never seen this show, but it looks awesome! Does it count if I've been to the venue before? The choreographer uses aluminum tubes and dance to create odd visual effects on stage.  Click here to watch a video of the eccentric Israeli dance group. It's 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Bass Hall.

If you are anything like me and would like to know more about the FW mayoral candidates, then this would be a good event for you. It's from 5-7 p.m. at TCU's Brown Lupton Union Auditorium.

May 5-8: Mayfest
Maybe it's because I've been going to this event since I was in my mom's belly, but I think this is fun to do at any age. I love walking around, eating all of the snacks, watching the performances and playing some of the games. But there's endless activities for the kiddos. Try to avoid tornados.

May 15: Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth
Take a walk through FW's finest private gardens. For those of you with a green thumb or just want to see beautiful landscaping, this event is from noon to 6 p.m. one day only. Ticket sales benefit the Historic Fort Worth, Inc.

May 16-22: Colonial Golf Tournament
You don't have to love golf to like this event. It helps though.

This is one of my favorite summertime activities. Grab an old blanket, bring your favorite beer or wine and some cheese, and watch your favorite show in the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. The Beatles and Star Wars shows are some of my favorites from the past. I've done this with my sister, on dates or with groups of friends. Although I don't have children yet, I've seen lots of families at the shows. Update: The lineup is set for this summer series. Click here for a Star-Telegram schedule of events. 

August 10: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
I went to this show as an adult with some girlfriends. My sister surprised me with tickets as a going away present before studying abroad. It was a magical night, and even more entertaining that I remember it being as a child. The people swinging from the rafters, the tricks and more were all fascinating. Tickets go on sale May 21. The show will be 7:30 at the FW convention center.

April 29-30: Looking to leave town? Check out the Granbury Wine Walk this weekend. Read more about it on my friend's blog [click here].