Does Fort Worth cross your mind? It should when it comes to the nightlife.

Many people want to compare the nightlife of Fort Worth to Dallas and Austin. However, if you look in the right places, Fort Worth has some of the best bars and hangout places of the metroplex and throughout Texas.

For those wanting to start off the night with a relaxing drink or just want to hang out with friends and watch the big game, Ojos Locos could be the place.

Located just off Houston Street, patrons don’t even have to be over 21 to enjoy a nice dinner and game with friends. Morgan Kirkpatrick, sophomore biology major, says that he enjoys the feel of Ojos Locos Sports Cantina.

“I love the fish tacos at Ojos Locos,” Kirkpatrick said. “They have good music and no matter where you sit, there are plenty of TVs. There’s a pretty nice view of the downtown streets as well.”

For those over 21, Ojos Locos has a variety of unique drinks to choose from including their Locarita to their Solarita. These drinks are both like margaritas, the difference between the two is the Locarita is a margarita mixed with Sauza giro gold tequila and Sangria and the Solarita is a 7 oz sol cerveza with Sauza tequila.

Just around the corner from Houston Street, you can salsa your way down to Barcelona. It has a variety of music genres from salsa to hip hop and has a huge dance floor.

Back to Houston Street is The Library Bar. Many college students from the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University come together in unity to enjoy this kickback atmosphere, both night and day.

This place will not disappoint. They have $1 drafts on Thirsty Thursdays, friendly college students, and hundreds of drink varieties.

Right on the outside of downtown Fort Worth is the cultural district, West 7th street and Magnolia.

Brownstone and Bar Louie are known to have frequent visits from Wesleyan Law students who come from their downtown apartments to relax and hangout. Some say Brownstone is like The Library Bar but for graduate students, a nice relaxed atmosphere with cheap drinks.

Bar Louie is a two story bar with plenty of area to either dance or sit down on the patio upstairs to chat with friends. Also off 7th Street is Poag Maghones.

Drew Cavender, senior mass communications major, said he likes this spot because it is laid back.

“It’s a small bar and usually never over crowded,” Cavender said. “I like to shoot pool and play darts there.”

If you’re looking for something different, Vee Lounge on 500 Taylor Street just announced it’s grand opening on Feb. 1. It is not only an Ultra exclusive lounge, but a restaurant as well. It serves Mediterranean, Asian and South American dishes.

Country lovers can’t forget about Billy Bob’s Texas  in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Visitors from all over the United States come to this bar for the experience, and it’s just a few miles from Wesleyan.

However, if you’re wanting to escape away from the college atmosphere Magnolia Avenue may be a better bet.

Kelly Burton, senior mass communications major, said she likes a good, chill spot to enjoy her friends.

“My favorite bar in Fort Worth is The Boiled Owl because it’s tiny, chill, plays good music, and has a pool table,” Burton said. “And it’s not overrun with TCU students, which is my favorite thing of all.”

Fort Worth seems to have a little bit of everything to fit to anyone’s personality.

Fort Worthless? More like Fort Worth-it.

eestrada@txwes.edu

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