Eight years ago, The Capital Bar helped kick off the excitement in the corridor bordered by West Sevenh Street, University Drive and Lancaster Avenue that has morphed into Fort Worth's most popular nightlife destination.
Next weekend, it will bid a fond farewell to the bustling neighborhood.
The Capital Bar's final weekend is shaping up as more of a huge blowout than a quiet goodbye. Studio 54 will perform Saturday night, and Sunday night will wrap things up with the Sunday night Songwriter's Showcase featuring Skylar Paine. Beginning on Nov. 3, all beers will be $2.50 and all drinks will be $3.50 until they run out of stock.
When the Capital Bar opened on Sept. 3, 2009, the Lofts at West 7th were still under construction and about the only place to go in the immediate area was Fred's Texas Cafe. As the spot known simply as 'Capital' closes its doors for the final time on Nov. 5, more than a dozen bars featuring swimming pools, rooftop patios, mechanical bulls and Coyote Ugly girls dancing on the bar will remain within walking distance of the Capital Bar and it's popular Backyard area.
“We kicked off the area and it really grew from there,” said Clay Mazur, owner of Capital Bar. “We had a good run, we had a good time and hope everybody else did.”
Mazur added that there is a good possibility that a new concept under a different ownership group could open in the Capital Bar's prime location soon, but declined to elaborate, saying everyone should “keeps their eyes open because there's things in the works.”
When 8.0 in Sundance Square closed, Capital Bar was the perfect location for the 95.9 The Ranch Music Series to host its Wednesday night festivities. Capital Bar has hosted a plethora of big names acts over the past eight years including Robert Earl Keen, Cory Morrow, Candlebox, Gary P. Nunn, Radney Foster, Charlie Robison, Jason Boland, Cooder Graw, Brandon Rhyder and Cody Canada and the Departed.
“We've had so many acts over the years, but our biggest night ever was the Turnpike Troubadours about three or four years ago on July 3rd,” Mazur said. “It was right when they were hitting it big and since everyone was off work the next day, it turned into a huge night. That's just one of many good memories.”