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Where to Eat, Stay, and Drink Along the North Texas Distillery Trail

January 13,2021

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BlackEyed Distilling Co.
503 Bryan Ave., Fort Worth; 817-349-9977
Amenities: Tours, cocktails, and bottles for sale
Hours: Tasting room cocktail bar is open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 9. Distillery tours are at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

BlackEyed Distilling Co. operates out of Fort Worth’s historic Fire Station No. 5 (est. 1911).
Elizabeth Lavin
Trinity River Distillery
1734 E El Paso St., Fort Worth; 817-841-2837
Amenities: Tours, cocktails, bottles for sale, and dining
Hours: Only open for private events and special locations, check the website for news about opening plans.

Acre Distilling Co.
1309 Calhoun St., Fort Worth; 817-632-7722
Amenities: Tours, cocktails, and bottles for sale
Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m.

Where to stay: The rather stunning, historic Ashton Hotel offers elegance near Sundance Square. Closer to rodeo and longhorn cattle-drive action, you can sink into tufted leather armchairs at the equally historic Stockyards Hotel. Or try the new, luxe Hotel Drover nearby, poised to open early 2021.

What to do: The Cultural District has lots to offer, from the Kimbell Art Museum, with its low-slung Renzo Piano- and Louis Kahn-designed profile and water fountains, to the Fort Worth Modern, with its Richard Serra outdoor sculpture and socially distanced, masked film screenings (Magnolia at the Modern). The Fort Worth Botanic Garden offers the stunning Japanese Garden. Or, when pressed for time, you can have the unusual experience of walking down the tiered steps of the Fort Worth Water Gardens, in the shadow of the Convention Center (and very close to Acre!), a sunken water-works feature designed by the same Phillip Johnson who designed the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Stroll through the Stockyards. Or, starting June 4, check the Hip Pocket Theatre calendar for whimsical outdoor theater.

Where to eat: In the buzzy, hip, up-and-coming historic South Main district, which has recently made a dramatic comeback in revitalization, you’ll find options ranging from Summer Moon Coffee for coffee and pastries, or, if you’re interested in fortifying yourself pre-distillery tour, take-out bowls of brisket phở from Four Sisters, a passel of ‘cue from Panther City BBQ, or one of Black Cat Pizza’s wood-fired pies with bubbly, charred crusts. Among the shops and funky art murals, you’ll find the new neighborhood’s vibe.  Close to Sundance Square, we recommend you grab a Reuben from Little Red Wasp Kitchen & Bar, little-sister restaurant to the fine-dining Grace. Or head to the outdoor playground of Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse, which provides fire-graced fare, from smoked pork empanadas to shared plates overflowing with smoked beef shin to cradle in tortillas or side with camp bread.

Locations Mentioned: Acre Distilling, Ashton Hotel, Fort Worth Convention Center