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6 awesome hotel bars in Fort Worth

Move over dive bars. Hotel lobby bars are all the rage in DFW.

The Fort Worth hotel scene is on a haute streak. Boutique hotels are popping up in some of the area’s most popular neighborhoods, and hotel lobbies are becoming the city’s newest watering holes for locals and visitors. Here are some of our favorites.

Hotel Drover’s Lobby Bar & Veranda Bar

Hotel Drover, 200 Mule Alley Drive, FW, TX 76164

Hotel Drover, nestled in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, is a place for both visitors and locals to see and be seen. Its aesthetic, a blend of rugged cowboy charm and modern elegance, has been aptly dubbed ‘cowboy chic.’ The hotel’s Lobby Bar, a haven of comfort, is thoughtfully designed to greet its patrons with a cozy yet massive fireplace, plush seating, and a charming built-in two-story library bookshelf.  Just off the Lobby Bar is Drover’s covered patio, the Veranda Bar for an outdoor or overflow option. Both outlets serve customized cocktails that rotate seasonally.  Must haves are Lavender Bees Knees, Quiet Man, Texas Paper Plane, and Mule Alley Mule.  The price per cocktail averages $16 a piece. Heads up! Hotel Drover is a popular spot, so please plan accordingly. 

The Wicked Bar

The Sinclair Hotel, 512 Main Street, FW, TX 76102

This iconic building, The Sinclair Hotel, has been a part of downtown Fort Worth’s rich history since 1930, standing as a testament to the city’s enduring charm. The Wicked Bar, located on the 5th floor of the hotel, runs the gamut when offering custom cocktails, an extensive array of old fashions, and a martini menu that would make James Bond jealous. During the warmer months, the rooftop bar is open on the 17th floor (Fridays and Saturdays only).

The Bar At Bowie House

Bowie House, 3700 Camp Bowie, FW, TX 76107

Bowie House, in the heart of Fort Worth’s vibrant arts and cultural district, offers a unique experience. Once you step inside, you’re transported to an exquisite Texan home with its warm and inviting ambiance. This upscale western feel transitions into the hotel’s lobby bar, The Bar At Bowie House. Patrons can saddle up to a 150-year-old bar, sit around the cozy fireplace, or snuggle into a carved nook for privacy.  The mainstays at this establishment are the Knotty Mane (Licor 43 spiked local cold brew), Kick Off the Dust (Balcones Distilling Rye Whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Lemon), Come Hell Or High Water (local bourbon-based libation with egg foam), and what has become a Texas classic, Ranch Water. The average drink price is $13-$16. Bar bites are also available with ingredients grown/raised in locally sourced ranches and farms. 

Bar Dryce 

Hotel Dryce, 3621 Byers Avenue, FW, TX 76107

Mere steps (a few more than two) from Dickies Arena is Hotel Dryce.  The word “Dryce” is a conjunction of the words “dry” and “ice,” which is just what this repurposed building is: an old warehouse for dry ice.  Hotel Dryce houses 21 minimally yet beautifully curated rooms and one hell of a lobby bar.  Rich in color, warm decor, and a super chill vibe, Bar Dryce offers proofed cocktails and “dry” cocktails, both concocted with housemade syrups.  Strongly suggested are the Dryce Tea (whiskey, smoked tea, and orange peel) and their GNT (gin, tonic, grapefruit ice cubes). Though the only food option is their Fiesta Nuts, there is always a live DJ every weekend, making it one of the best hotel bars in Fort Worth.  

The Circle Bar

Crescent Hotel, 3300 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW, TX 76107

The acclaimed Crescent Hotel is minutes (if not seconds) away from two of Fort Worth’s acclaimed museums. The hotel’s Circle Bar is in the center of these mostly glass walls. It is named after a Fort Worth circle in the 1940s that produced hundreds of works of art, allowing this space the pleasure of paying homage to the neighborhood in which it sits. An extensive spirited cocktail list chock full of local distilleries and a “free-spirited” menu for those not looking to imbibe. During The Circle Social Hour (Monday – Friday, 4 pm-6 pm), signature cocktails are served: Aperol Spritz, Old Fashioned, Margarita, and a Gin/Vodka Martini alongside bar bites of fresh oysters or Parmesan fries. 

Refinery 714

Kimpton Harper Hotel, 714 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

On the 24th floor of the Kimpton Harper Hotel sits Refinery 714, a whiskey bar with an unforgettable list, a hand-crafted cocktail lounge, and a 360-degree view of downtown Fort Worth. The established mixologists have refined the tried and true libations and created fresh house concoctions. Cocktails can run from $13-$19, with the Tipsy Tori taking center stage (Tito’s vodka, Benedictine, Grapefruit, Lime, and Cranberry).


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The best local frozen treats and ice cream shops in ATL

We've got a round-up of the yummiest frozen treats in town and the sweet spots to frequent in Atlanta.

Want to indulge your sweet tooth in ATL? We’ve rounded up our list of the best local spots for frozen treats in town. From popsicles to soft serve, we’ve got you covered when it comes to keeping cool in the most delicious way. 

King of Pops

Inspired by Latin American “paletas,” King of Pops is known for its high-quality ingredients and delicious flavor combinations like Thai iced tea or blackberry ginger lemon. If you’re feeling like a popsicle that’s a little extra, try a “pop tail” that’s part popsicle/part cocktail which can be found at several of KOP’s locations around the city. And the good folks at KOP did not forget your favorite four-legged friends either. Snag a King of Pups pup cup from the telltale rainbow umbrella push carts, and make everyone in the family smile!

King of Pops can be found all over the metro area; use their handy pop cart locator and find your closest cart when a craving hits!

Big Softie

We admit it. We’re total softies for this sweet spot located in the charming neighborhood of Summerhill. The ingredients are top-notch, using local Georgia dairy products and cane sugar which is why they only offer a small curated list of flavors at any given time. You can check their Instagram for what they’re scooping (or technically swirling) but you can also always find a vegan flavor or two, which is a big win for many who can’t tolerate dairy but love ice cream. They are also known for their delicious house-made toppings like cornflake streusel and waffle cones, which are all baked on-site by their sister venture next door, The Little Tart Bakeshop. This local gem only has one location for now but we advise making a trip here and then strolling down Georgia Avenue to window shop and people watch, all while licking up every last bit. 

HoneySuckle Gelato

What started as a food truck in 2010 has become a brick-and-mortar with 6 locations currently open across Georgia and North Carolina. Self-described as “ice cream’s cooler cousin,” the brand is known for blending classic Southern flavors into rich and creamy gelato. Local fans flock to their Ponce City Market, Fayettevitte, and West End locations to get a scoop of butter pecan blondie, carrot cake, or strawberry shortcake (to name just a few). They also offer sorbets, baked goods, or a make-your-own milkshake served in a mason jar. It’s like the South and Italy had a baby, and we are definitely here for it. 

Where’s the Scoop

Located in Alpharetta’s City Center, Where’s the Scoop sets itself apart by offering hand-rolled ice cream made completely from scratch with top-notch ingredients, including milk from locally produced Mountain Fresh Creamery. Watch them roll your favorite flavors right in front of you and behold the endless combinations! Truly, they’ve had a customer calculate the offerings and they came up with 37 million possibilities. There is something for everyone, including dairy-free options for our vegan friends!

Calling itself a “dessert bar,” Where’s the Scoop also serves delicious bubble teas and floats, and they even have a robust coffee menu complete with nitro cold brews. Be prepared to wait in line but we firmly believe some things are simply worth the wait.

SunO Dessert

Located in Decatur, SunO is pronounced “sun-oh” or snow, which is appropriate because of the delicious snow-like Asian shaved ice treats that they serve. Made with a special machine that shaves the ice into a fluffy consistency, you’ve likely not tried anything quite like it before. There are plenty of options to choose from; many are low-calorie and all are gluten-free (excluding toppings). You can build your own or try a signature SunO like the Tropical Delight made with mango SunO base, lychee jelly, kiwi, and mango syrup. This small, locally owned shop can be hard to miss at a busy intersection in the Emory area but pros know to order ahead via Square for a quick and refreshing pick-me-up! 


Women laughing and drinking mocktails

11 Places Around the Valley to Grab the Best Mocktails

Here’s where to find the best booze-free beverages around Phoenix.

The mocktail movement is a growing trend extending far beyond Dry January — and we’re thrilled that talented mixologists Valley-wide have found ways to morph the bland non-alcoholic drinks of yore into tasty beverages that only lack in booze, not flavor. There are plenty of fun bars, restaurants, and other unexpected venues in town that make a beautiful and thoughtful mocktail. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.

UnderTow

The cocktail bar voted best in the country is in Phoenix, at Century Grand. And on this property are three distinct venues: UnderTow, which looks like you’ve stepped below deck on an antique Clipper ship; Platform 18, akin to stepping on board a 20th-century Pullman train car; and Grey Hen Rx, a New Orleans-inspired apothecary-style bar. UnderTow is revealing a new menu in June, centered around the bar’s own line of non-alcoholic spirits using varying blends of tea. 

What to order: Anchors Up, made with NA Jamaican rum, NA London gin, chartreuse, strawberry, coconut, ancho chili, lemon and pineapple.

Bitter & Twisted

With a cocktail menu so extensive that it can seem overwhelming, Bitter & Twisted is the place to be for drinks — it’s been named one of the 50 best bars in North America. Non-drinkers will be delighted to know that 60% of this venue’s cocktail offerings can be made as zero-proof cocktails, or mocktails (each one is clearly designated on the menu). 

What to order: Tea-Kachu, where a green tea-infused zero-proof vodka substitute is balanced with tangy sudachi and yuzu, and sweetened with a cantaloupe syrup. 

Maple & Ash

All of Maple & Ash‘s mocktails are made with premium non-alcoholic liquor alternatives, curated to assimilate the flavors of traditional cocktails. Instead of relying on juices, these beverages were created as an upscale selection of non-alcoholic libations that deliver an authentic drinking experience.

What to order: Forbidden Fruit, a balance of Floreale Aperitivo, Dry-Secco, Sicilian lemonade, and herbal bloom. 

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Citizen Public House

Located right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen Public House is known for a great social hour filled with scrumptious bacon fat popcorn, rosemary roasted nuts, and beer fondue with pretzel bread. The zero-proof cocktails are also on point, made with fresh ingredients and perfectly balanced. 

What to order: The Gemini, a color-changing mocktail featuring a stunning purple hue from fresh-brewed butterfly pea flower tea and includes Seedlip, a sophisticated herbal distilled non-alcoholic spirit.  

Hula’s Modern Tiki

Decorated with retro-style tiki memorabilia, Hula’s is the go-to for tropical-inspired mocktails, poke tacos, and crispy coconut shrimp rolls. Mocktails are served in vintage-inspired tiki mugs and every drink is topped with a tiny colorful umbrella and a fun, fruity garnish.

What to order: The Captain’s Colada, featuring coconut cream, allspice falernum syrup, and pineapple juice. 

Cala Scottsdale

Patrons often choose Cala Scottsdale for the awesome patio, Mediterranean far, and coastal-inspired cocktails, but don’t overlook their busy bartenders’ prowess with mocktails, too. It’s located on the first floor of The Senna House hotel in Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, the perfect place to start your evening or do brunch up right.

What to order: The Margarita Mirage, made with Seedlip Grove 42, Liquid Alchemist Passion Fruit, Liquid Alchemist Peach Puree and lime juice. 

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Restaurants and bars aren’t the only places in town to grab a refreshing mocktail — the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is offering a new one at all six of its pools (hot tip: we especially love the newly renovated Princess Pool, the 9,000 square feet of soft white sand at Sunset Beach, and the adults-only retreat Sonoran Landing, but don’t miss Sonoran Splash if you’re in the mood for twisting waterslides!). Lazy summer days don’t get any better than this. 

What to order: The Garden Party, featuring Seedlip Garden 108, Almond Orgeat, Lemon Juice, Fee Bros Celery Bitters, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic.

The Herb Box

Fresh, seasonal menus are a point of pride for The Herb Box, so it’s no surprise the same care goes into crafting its high-quality mocktails. The restaurant is debuting a new mocktail menu that’s sure to quench your thirst for a great drink.

What to order: The Blackberry Refresher — made with blackberries, honey, sage, and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer — goes particularly well with brunch. 

Drink Me! Tea Room

A tearoom is probably a total surprise on this list, but Drink Me! Tea Room in Tempe serves up organic teas, plant-based and gluten-free savories and sweets, and “special-tea” cocktails — including mocktails. The venue relies on Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits and tea syrups that are made in-house and infused with teas that can be found on the tea room’s menu.

What to order: The Penny Rose, made from Lyre’s White Cane Spirit, Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso, rose tea syrup, and rose petals. 

Quartz

A downtown Phoenix nightlife gem, Quartz houses two concepts in one: Quartz is the casual front lounge, while The Cave is a more elevated experience with extravagant cocktails featuring unexpected ingredients. The menu is inspired by gemstones found in deserts around the world, and each side of the venue features four mocktails.

What to order: Ivory Jungle, made with fresh grapefruit soda, soursop limonada, and soured coconut, and topped with mint and smoked cinnamon. 

Mix Up Bar

The swanky cocktail lounge at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Mix Up Bar, offers guests delicious mocktails crafted by master mixologists. Centered around Ritual’s line of zero-proof, non-alcoholic Spirits, Mix Up has alcohol-free seasonal specials year-round.

What to order: Paloma, made with Ritual Tequila, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and lime juice, topped with grapefruit sparkling soda. 

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