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A New Saloon Brings Classic Cowgirl Vibes to Fort Worth’s Mule Alley

At Sidesaddle Saloon, find cocktails inspired by the most iconic cowgirls in history and caviar-topped deviled eggs

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Sidesaddle Saloon’s cowgirl-inspired cocktail lineup.
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A new drinking spot bringing craft cocktails, Texas-style tapas, and cowgirl vibes opens today in Fort Worth’s Mule Alley.

Sidesaddle Saloon is the latest project from Taco Heads and Tinie’s founder Sarah Castillo. The Stockyards-area saloon is a nod to vintage American Cowgirls, like performer Dale Evans and bronc rider Prairie Rose Henderson, plus other “tough, fearless women who can handle their own,” Castillo says in a statement.

The bar aims to be a refined but laid-back spot where everyone feels welcome, she says.

For food, Sidesaddle partner Christian Lehrmann has a created menu of “Texas tapas,” including Southern-inspired small bites like bison tartare on toasted sourdough, country ham with pimento cheese and pickled veggies, bacon cheddar chive biscuits, and caviar-topped deviled eggs.

Behind the bar, bar manager Glen Keely has developed a handful of cocktails playing homage to the cowgirls of the Old West, including a drink named after Prairie Rose, made with Old Forester Bourbon’d Texas Tea, raspberry, and rose water, and the Belle Star, vodka with mint, strawberry aloe syrup, lemon, and bitters.

Sidesaddle Saloon joins a handful of other restaurants and shops that have either opened or are in the works at Mule Alley, including chef Marcus Paslay’s Provender Hall, NYC burger chain Shake Shack, upcoming restaurants from chef Tim Love, and the soon-to-open Second Rodeo Brewing Company.