Just when you thought that the vibrant West 7th bar scene had maxed out on new hot spots, Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen opened its doors and is (so far) living up to its considerable buzz.
Texas Republic is the latest creation from the group that brought West 7th the popular Landmark Bar & Kitchen and launched several nightlife destinations in Uptown Dallas, so it is well aware of this area’s trendy crowd and its expectations.
When a new bar/club opens in a neighborhood that already features many nightlife options, there is little room for a learning curve and there needs to be a hook. Texas Republic’s theme is essentially “Texas-centric,” highlighted by a huge Texas flag painted on the ceiling above the main bar.
The Texas-size establishment took over the spot that was previously Esoterica Studios that faces Foch Street and is across the parking lot from Reservoir. The expansive main bar area is over 8,000 square feet of booths, tables and a covered indoor patio area known as the Beer Garden. The turfed patio features picnic tables painted as Texas flags and includes garage doors that either open it up to the neighborhood or conceal it from that unpredictable Texas weather.
A 6,000-square-foot rooftop patio deck with a view back to the downtown Fort Worth skyline will open in the near future.
The scene: The latest addition to the West 7th corridor has weekend nights featuring live music until 10 p.m.; then it morphs into a full-on dance club with a live DJ and sound and light show. Bottle service is available for those who are so inclined and ranges from $275 to over $1,300. High-toned bottle-service packages include the Showstopper, which includes two bottles of Belvedere Magnum, a bottle of Patron, Fireball, six house champagnes, your name on the big screen and a song request for $2,000.
The food: Texas comfort food across the board: Oversized, in-your-face, Instagram-friendly options including waffle-crusted chicken tenders, “Trash Can Nachos,” Texas brisket pizza and the “Heart Attack Burrito.” One of the more popular choices is the El Taco burger, which features taco meat as the patty; the inside is basically a deconstructed taco with pepper jack, shredded cheddar, lettuce, tomato, fried tortilla strips, guac and taco sauce aioli.
The TV: The huge screen in the back is over 160 square feet. When a big college football or NFL game is taking place, it will be emblazoned across what is likely the largest LED screen this side of AT&T Stadium. There are also 15 other TVs throughout the main bar area for sports fans.
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Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen
941 Foch St.
Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday