The epicenter of Fort Worth nightlife is Sundance Square, a 35-block area filled with boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, and art galleries. Named after western folklore’s Sundance Kid, the area is easily one of the finest entertainment districts in the Southwest.
The classic Billy Bob’s Texas, which proudly bills itself as the world’s largest honky-tonk, is a must-see. Boasting 100,000 square feet of interior space (that’s almost three acres under one roof, folks), Billy Bob’s features 30 individual bar stations, live music with country music’s biggest stars, live pro bull riding, and a Texas-sized dance floor.
Another spot to keep in mind is the White Elephant Saloon. Open since 1884 (that’s right, 1884), the White Elephant Saloon has earned a legendary status. A small place in the historic Stockyards, go for intimate acoustic music performances or just to soak up the atmosphere (many a gunfight took place here once upon a time). Other saloons include Filthy McNasty’s, Lola’s, Lil’ Red’s Longhorn, and Pearl’s Dancehall and Saloon.
For a pub atmosphere, check out the Flying Saucer, where the menu lists sandwiches and tons of craft and imported beers, or Abbey Pub, the oldest Irish spot in the area known as West Seventh. For blues and jazz, there’s Scat Jazz Lounge, a dark and moody spot, while for comedy, particularly improv, try Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub and Four Day Weekend. And, for something a bit more modern (wear your hippest black clothing), the Boiled Owl is home to primo bartenders, karaoke nights, and a young, hipster crowd.