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Southern Living Magazine - Fort Worth's Second Rodeo

February 1, 2022


Fort Worth is no stranger to kicking up some dust, but it refuses to fade into it. After decades of watching historic buildings sit empty and in a sad state of disrepair, the city began a long road to restoration (that got a lot smoother recently thanks to extra funding) to help bring new restaurants, shops, and a swanky hotel to a previ­ously neglected area dubbed Mule Alley.

Rodeo Brewing, where the indoor-outdoor seating and bar consist of colorful lawn chairs on turf; it seems to make the live music even more enjoyable. (The on-tap grapefruit-infused ranch water is another tempting sipper.) Brunch is best taken at The Biscuit Bar. Have an order of the Hot Honey Bis­cuit with fried chicken and a cereal-milk cocktail.

Anchoring the renovation of Mule Alley, Hotel Drover is a 2OO-room property that opened last year and could be a getaway all on its own. Inside and out, it embodies old Texas style with an air of sophistication. Take a peek around the lush gardens to find in-house restaurant 97 West Kitchen & Bar or the accompanying Veranda Bar. With twinkling lights on the trees and cozy seating clus­tered around firepits, the property makes a quiet oasis, walkable to everything in the entertainment district.

You can mosey into any steak house near Exchange Avenue for an old-fashioned...keep reading