Fort Worth’s trendy West 7th District is already home to plenty of great places to eat and drink, like Thirteen Pies and Dude, Sweet Chocolate, but the bar scene here is really about to explode. Starting on New Year’s Eve, three new venues will open their doors on a previously-abandoned corner of the up-and-coming neighborhood.
First up is Varsity Tavern, a 2-story, 8,000 square-foot sports bar and playground for grown-ups that will open on New Year’s Eve. 90-inch flat screens and indoor “sideline bleachers” will occupy the massive downstairs portion of the bar, while the upstairs area called “The Tavern” will offer a more upscale experience.
Chef Brian Fanzman (formerly at J. Blacks and Eddy V’s) will run a cafeteria-style Philly cheesesteak line. “Concession favorites” like freshly-popped popcorn, nachos, and candy will also be on offer. An “old-school hip-hop” bar and lounge called Funky Sound, complete with glow-in-the-dark murals of Willie Nelson and The Notorious B.I.G., will open next door.
Two blocks over, a “true pizza concept” called The American Pub (or T.A.P.) will add a late-night dining option to West 7th. The American Pub will offer a full bar open until 2 a.m. and fire pies until 4 a.m. on weekends. In addition to indoor and outdoor seating for dine-in pizza, the restaurant will also offer pizza by the slice from a street-facing window.
Varsity Tavern will open its doors on New Year’s Eve, and all three new venues will host their grand openings in late January. Stay tuned for more concrete opening dates for Funky Sound and The American Pub.