Magnolia Avenue on the Southside of Fort Worth is basically the Bishop Arts District of Cowtown. In fact, you could spend all day there without thinking about the Stockyards or West 7th. Here’s how to have a the perfect day strolling Magnolia Avenue. Get ready for art, history and lots of delicious food and drink.
Brunch at Brewed
While you could hang out here all day on a comfy couch with a craft coffee, you’re gonna need to work off that breakfast chicken biscuit (fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon and local provolone cheese) to make room for dinner (more on that later).
801 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-945-1545 or brewedfw.com
BIKE AROUND THE FAIRMOUNT NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT
About working off that brunch… With the Fort Worth BCycle sharing program, you can cruise through the Fairmount National Historic District, just behind Magnolia Avenue. The homes are not only swoon-worthy but also historically significant.
Embrace Your Inner Artist
SiNaCa Studios is both a school and a gallery featuring work from more than 50 artists who use glass as their medium of choice. Check the calendar of events before your visit and register for a class in glassblowing, kiln forming or flame working—yeah, all that stuff you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t gotten around to. They also have walk-up workshops on the weekends if you don’t want to register ahead of time. (Psst, it’s great for kids, too.)
1013 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-899-0024 or sinacastudios.org
Happy Hour at Kent & Co. Wines
Around 5 p.m., you’ll notice a steady flow of young moms ready to bang down the door of Kent & Co. Wines. The best part about this place? Wait for it….200 wines by the glass. Need we say more?
1101 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-632-6070 or kcowines.com
Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
It’s all things romantic here (just look at that patio), refined yet laid-back. So you’ll feel comfortable whether you’re wearing jeans or a nice dress. (Fort Worth is kinda awesome in that way.) Start with the Scott Farm melon salad and end with the cornmeal-crusted Texas redfish.
1501 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-926-3663 or ellerbefinefoods.com
Dessert at Melt Ice Creams
Delicious and locally made, this is some of the best ice cream you’ll ever have. They make their caramel from scratch, hand-stretch the peppermint and incorporate herbs like rosemary and basil in their flavors (mmm). You can count calories when you get back to Dallas.
1201 W. Magnolia Ave. #115, Fort Worth; 817-886-8365 or melticecreams.com
Nightcaps at Local Bars
Wind down from your epic Fort Worth day at The Usual, a speakeasy-ish bar serving up craft cocktails to a calm crowd. Want no-frills fun? Head to the Boiled Owl Tavern for pool, pints and people watching. What a day.
The Usual, 1408 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-810-0114
The Boiled Owl Tavern, 909 W. Magnolia Ave. #8, Fort Worth; 817-920-9616