Good day drinking buddies and coffee connoisseurs,
Drink With Treyhas visited a lot of coffee houses, and I’ve visited a lot of bars… but I haven’t visited a coffeehouse-bar combination. That is exactly what Ampersand is. It’s a coffeehouse by day, and transforms into a bar club in the night. It is literally business up front, party in the back.
Ampersand has locations in Dallas and Fort Worth to enjoy. Ampersand Fort Worthis located just off of the booming West 7th area. The have all kinds of coffee options from air roasted coffee, craft coffee, and coffee cocktails. The options are fresh, creative, and deliciously perfect. Cocktail infused coffee drinks are simply a win.
The building has a contemporary modern style. It’s clean, beautiful, and complete with an outdoor patio. There is plenty space for chatting with friends, studying or grabbing a quick coffee-moment with yourself. The overall setup is so clever. I’ve never seen anything like it. Just imagine a nice sunny morning, strolling down to Ampersand and having a nice cup of coffee on the porch. You can smell the fresh air already!
Ampersandoffers so many items that the other local coffee shops don’t. This includes nitrogen infused cold brew (on tap), cold brew frappes, and smoothies. They air roast their very own coffee beans. The Lavender Vanilla latte and the Vietnamese iced coffee have definitely been getting some traction here in the last couple of months. Perfect drinks for this lovely weather we have been having lately.
I definitely want to highlight that they have a coffee infused cocktail menu as well. I bet you’re interested now! You got to head over there ASAP and get one of these drinks.
If you choose to visit in the evening… Oh boy, get ready to have a great time. Ampersand Fort Worthis fully complete with incredible music, great cocktails and a party atmosphere. The bartenders are awesome and the customer service is superb. Be sure and say hello to ROCK STAR Corey Mobley if he’s on tap!
Ampersandis Fort Worth’s freshest stop to fuel your caffeine need and have a refreshing cocktail beverage. Head over there today and tell’em Trey sent ya!
The rock rolls again folks! Some years back in Keller, Texas, a place opened for business named Bronson Rock. Over the years they’ve added space, live full band performance shows, and good food. They’ve seen some hard times with a business partnership, but not any more. Those times are LONG GONE!
The new owner Sam Dalton is no stranger to the restaurant and bar business he’s been very successful with other ventures. Sam and the new Operations Director Dan Carr are excited about the new management, new staff, new delicious menu, and new operations. I’ve visited several times since the new owners took over and the rock is rolling full steam ahead.
Dan Carr prides him self on excellent customer service and strives to make each experience perfect at Bronson Rock. In a recent interview with VoyageDallas.com, Dann said this about his career choice in the restaurant business.
“One day ten years ago, I was honest with myself and acknowledged that although I never planned to make a career in the restaurant industry, there was no denying it; I loved it. As of now I have been in the service industry 25 years. I have worked almost every position that this industry has to offer. Through that I feel it has given me a great understanding and respect for this business. I have a genuine love for guest satisfaction. Nothing pleases me more than hearing about what a wonderful experience someone has in my establishment. When I was a bartender, I always strove to be the best, fastest, and friendliest bartender each customer had ever met. As a manager and now co-owner of an establishment, I love the fact that I carry on my shoulders the responsibility for the entire customer experience.”
If you drive west up Exchange Avenue in the fun Fort Worth Stock Yards you will find lots of great places to have fun and plenty of indulgences. When you need to grab a quick bite it’s always great to have good chow out in the Stock Yards. You will see The Basement Bar, The Longhorn Saloon, McNasty’s Saloon, and the Thirsty Armadillo. Located inside Thirty’s is the famous Old School “Hangover Kitchen.” When you walk into the Thirsty Armadillo you can smell what Chef Scott is cooking!
The “Hangover Kitchen” offers all kinds of deliciousness to fill that hunger gap. It’s also the perfect place for that late night craving of a house made tacos, pizzadilla, or fresh salsa and chips. Chef Scottis slinging some delicious dishes in the “Hangover Kitchen” in the afternoons, evenings and late night!
I’ve tried several dishes from Hangover and I loved each dish. He also makes great house made salsa you can take home with you. Salsa with names like: Cilantro, Maple Bacon, Melon, Inferno and many more. If you eat salsa and chips at Hangover you will be in love. I’ve tried the several of his salsa creations, and they where all layered with flavors.
I chowed down Chef Scottshouse made brisket tacos they were deliciously yummy totally unforgettable. I also tried the house made “Dilla Gang Bang” Oh man that was awesome! If you love “Fried Pickles” grab some of them, delish. I did manage to also sneak in a sausage-on-a-stick that is charred all over, giving it an awesome flavor. “Hangover Kitchen” and Lounge has an awesome menu with amazing dishes.
Maybe you’re in the Stockyards, maybe you need something catered to your work place, or maybe party food. Wherever you are, give chef Scott a call and drop him note! He will be happy to see you.
“Hangover Kitchen” is located at 120 W Exchange Ave Fort Worth inside the Thirsty Armadillo. Phone # (817)-504-1126
Join the Dallas Observer on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 4PM– 7PM at Dallas Farmers Market as we celebrate the Inaugural Between The Buns, A Dallas Observer Slider Event presented by Whole Foods Market.
Between The Buns is an outdoor slider-sampling festival that will feature over 20 of the best sliders that Dallas has to offer, from fried chicken, to pulled pork, burgers and more! It will also include music, cash bars with beer and cocktails. Get your fill of sliders, one of the best finger foods, only at Between the Buns!
Unlimited Samples From:
Barnes & Noble Kitchen
Dallas Chop House
City Council Restaurant & Bar
Cook Hall – Dallas
Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard
Fresh Art Foodie
Full Circle Tavern
Haystack Burgers & Barley
House of Blues Dallas
Hutchins BBQ McKinney
Isabelly’s Chocolates & Sweet Treats
Old Town Creamery
Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar
Texas Spice on Lamar
The Dapper Doughnut – Central Dallas
Village Burger Bar
Whole Foods Market
VIP Admission Ticket Includes:
Entry into the event 1 hour earlier than general admission (entry at 3pm). Included in the price is unlimited food samples from Between the Buns vendors, entertainment, access to VIP lounge with exclusive VIP only samples, 4 Drink Tickets at VIP Private Bar (Private Cash Bar available after tickets are used), as well as VIP restrooms.
All Tickets Include:
Entry into the event at 4pm. Included in the price is unlimited samples from Between the Buns vendors, entertainment and beer & cocktails available to purchase.
All guests must be 21+ with a Valid I.D. Rain or Shine
More information at betweenthebunsdallas.com
It’s back for another year beer buddies, Big Texas Beer Fest in Dallas. All the information from Big Texas Beer Fest and the Dallas Observer is listed below.
Dallas’ original and award-winning beer festival, Big Texas Beer Fest, returns to Fair Park for two separate sessions, Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. Sample from 500+ beers from over 100 breweries. Saturday VIP is already sold out, and we have ALWAYS sold out the last 5 years running, so grab your tickets now.
General admission tickets start at $35 and VIP from $60. Admission covers your first (12) 2oz samples; additional 12-sample cards are available at the event for only $2. Ride the DART rail for a quick drop off at our front door.
Jam out to live music in our outdoor food and music pavilion! We’ll have 10 local food trucks to choose from, and local music from other local favorites throughout the weekend.
We’ll also have a vintage mini-arcade co-sponsored by the folks from Free Play Arcade! Come out to meet all the folks who make your favorite beers. A portion of the proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank!
Big Texas Beer Fest and Dallas Observer. Please sees link below!
Some years back before the Fort Worth 7th Street area started rocking and popping, a little place opened up for business in the southwest corner called Magnolia Motor Lounge. We they opened I thought to my self this is going to be a great place.
MAGS offers a wide range of national and local artists nightly. This means on any given night there is awesome tunes being played at Magnolia Motor Lounge. They have a wide VARIETY of music from rock, blues, Texas blues, Texas red dirt, and any & all types of music. The atmosphere is guaranteed to be fantastic and the sounds are always great.
Just when you think the Fort Worth West 7th area can’t get any better… BAM! A new fantastic business opens up. Not only is the new place big, bright and rocking, it’s named after Texas. WHAT?! You’ve got to be kidding me?
A new place to drink, party, watch sports, eat great food, listen to awesome music and socialize with friends into the wee hours of the night. What would you call a place with a tasty from scratch chef driven menu, strong drinks, big open space, friendly folks and Texas music? I’ll tell you what they call it.
Years ago when I was younger, the holidays were truly meant for families. Everyone came together at home and cooked. There was so much food and all you could do was eat, stumble to a chair and take a nap. After waking from a good food slumber you got up and went back to eating some more. It was an all day family chow down fest.
Sometimes we work too much, sometimes flights get missed and sometimes…just sometimes we don’t wanna do anything but relax on the holidays. Whatever it is, times have changed and so have our values. Today we have a lot of places open for you to dine during Thanksgiving. You can take your family, friends, or just eat a great Thanksgiving meal all by yourself. You can also hit the town with the family after a great Thanksgiving meal. Drink With Trey always has the 411 for drinking, partying, and all your cocktail needs.
If you’re like me I feel it is hard to beat a FANTASTIC patio to kick it on while you enjoy a cocktail, eat or socialize with friends. If you look up the word patio on Wikipedia, it defines it as: (an outdoor space used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved). That may be the Wikipedia definition, but truthfully patios are so much more than this.
In today’s times’ people search high and low, far and wide, and go to endless lengths to create amazing patios. Patios in most cases are an extension of how one perceives socializing, cooking, partying, or spending time with family and friends to look.
Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and event venues are no exception to this rule. They know if they can create a fantastic outdoor atmosphere that it will attract people who love the outdoor way of life. When you are in the sunshine or under the moonlight, everything is always fresh, and vibrant! To me, drinks and food always taste better outside. It just feels a lot better, and you do not feel confined. Being outside has a freshness to it that can’t be emulated any other way than being outside.
In the last year, I have spent much time outside looking for great patios that you can have some have fun, eat, socialize, play games, listen to music, drink, and feel alive. I wanted to share these favorite places with you in hopes you will have as much fun as I have had kicking it and slinging the good times. My choices may not have the word “patio” in their name, but if they are on this list, it has a patio for sure.
Everyone knows I love to socialize, party with friends, throw back some great shots and throw down some good times. For years people have said, “Nothing good ever happens after midnight.” I always say, “They’re wrong, dead wrong!” Almost every single memory worth remembering happens after midnight For Me!
The things that happen, the things I see people do-heck, the things I do after midnight might scare the average person, but not me! I always tell my friends all aboard the Trey Train and let’s go for a ride. Leave your troubles at the door step, get on, put a smile on, and let’s ride. The way I see it, you can sleep when you’re laying in the pine box. Who in the heck wants to grow up anyway? Not me. The way I figure it, you only have one life to live, and you better live it full throttle with no regrets. Get busy living folks!
I’ve listed my favorite places to throw back, throw down some cold ones, sling some shots, drink some whiskey, and tell some lies. All my top picks are PERFECT go-toplaces you need to check out. I would know, after all, I’ve been drinking, partying, listening to live music, cutting up, throwing down and swapping stories my whole life. I can promise you these places are awesome. I’ve spent a full year partying, visiting bars, saloons, pubs, clubs, and watering holes all around the Fort Worth and Dallas area and now I’m fixing to spring it on you like a drunk man on a pogo stick!
So listen up buttercups and get ready to jump on the “Drink With Trey” train. We will have some fun, get into some debauchery, live a little, laugh a lot, and have one hell of a time. Oh yeah and the real fun kicks in around midnight, so get on the “Drink With Trey” train and let’s ride this bad boy till the end of the line.
Fred’s is a hamburger joint by nature, but has live music seven days a week, and the beer is always cold. Fantastic outdoor space, great drinks, and great food with a super cozy atmosphere. I love starting my evenings at Fred’s. Be sure to try the “Calf Fries”!
2909 is a fantastic party spot during the day, afternoon, evening and night. Colorful decor, excellent sound, great TV, picturesque surroundings, wonderful staff, and it’s mostly outdoors. I love the big open, colorful outdoor bar area and the big fire place. The vibe here is upbeat, and the fun never stops. If you want to enjoy some lazy days, great afternoons, or long cozy nights, Bar 2909 is your bet.
Whiskey Garden 7th Street, (regulars call it, ‘WHISKEY!'”), Fort Worth;
Whiskey is a truly amazing work of art. Cool artistic surroundings here. From the gas pump faucets, tire sinks, whiskey bottle light fixtures, and creative decorations to its incredible outdoor area that comes complete with a swimming pool. That’s correct, a swimming pool with underwater seats for pool drinking! Fantastic outdoor setting with semi-private tables and a massive wooden deck. Whiskey has plenty of bar space to quickly grab cocktails while still leaving lots of space open for socializing. Bring your suit, your fun times, and head to Whiskey Garden to throw down.
The park is outdoors with a small dimly lit indoor area that is ideal for relaxing. Beautiful old trees adorn the entire Lola’s Trailer Park. The outdoor stage is visible from anywhere, and the outdoor bar puts out nothing but good vibes. The live music is always impressive and sounds great, the staff is awesome, and the drinks are always flowing. Complete with BBQ, food truck parking, and outdoor games- I love Lola’s, and all the awesome bands that play here year round.
Pilikia is one of the hottest spots in Texas. This tiki bar is truly amazing and worth the drive from anywhere in Texas. Once you enter, you immediately get transported to the tiki party of your dreams. The atmosphere is completely tiki worthy from the skull walls, colorful, extravagant furniture, tiki hanging lights, and the big and cozy patio. They offer creative and extravagant cocktails that honor the tiki mid-century culture.
Reservoir is the best SPORTS bar in the Fort Worth-Dallas area, nothing else comes even close. Lots of T.V’s, a great patio, incredible vibes, big open spaces to enjoy watching sports, awesome service, new food menu, and plenty of spirits. If you’re looking for a sports bar with fun vibes and a banging atmosphere, then hit up Reservoir because that’s going to be your bar.
The atmosphere at the indoor/outdoor Local is always popping. They have big windows that open up and a large outdoor bar. This combination brings the outdoors inside and the inside outdoors. It has a vibrant, up beat vibe and a cozy feel. They have games, great cocktails, wonderful staff, and love slinging drinks and creating good times.
I’m going to tell you now if you haven’t had the Tipsy experience, then you haven’t lived. The Tipsy’s sole purpose is to blow your mind with elevated cocktails through science. They create magic at Tipsy- slinging smoking, creative, and colorful cocktails! When I say smoking, I literally mean smoking cocktails that will blow your mind! This place is a classy, energetic lounge that extends from the creative, craft cocktail bar downstairs to a beautiful Champagne Room upstairs. The Tipsy Alchemist is AWESOME!
Five-Sixty, in the Glass Ball over looking Dallas;
“Sky High Drinking” at its best in this beautiful cocktail lounge that offers 360-degree views of Dallas and beyond. The service is fantastic, the cocktails are strong and creative, and the views are simply incredible for socializing, lounging or closing that next big deal. I love Five-Sixty and the staff!
This bar is full of old school stories and tales of yester year. When you walk down the stairs and enter off of Exchange Ave, you’ll find a cozy bar, with amazing interior and a vibrant atmosphere. Being a classic, The Basement Bar is truly like no other and offers various types of entertainment and is open seven days a week.
You WILL NOT find another place like Button’s anywhere on this planet. Every time I enter Button’s my knees start twitching, and my feet start stomping. They always have the best Blues and Jazz music around. The sound is incredible and will have you dancing, the award-winning soul food will have you wanting to shake the chef’s hand, and a friendly, wonderful staff makes you want to kick back and stay a while. At Button’s you want to dance, wiggle, sing, and bust a move- old school style. I love me some Button’s!
It’s hard for me to explain the Durty Crow. All I can say is it’s down-home cozy, and everyone is your friend there. They have big garage doors that open so that the outside can come inside. They have live music sometimes, which is always good. The staff is friendly, and the customers love to sit and tell Fort Worth’s biggest stories. The vibe is friendly, cool, and always welcoming. It’s kind of like your local hometown bar. I love getting Durty at the Crow.
Known for its nightly music acts, Keys Lounge is a Fort Worth staple. Great Blues, extremely down-home cozy atmosphere, and wonderfully friendly staff. Keys Lounge is always hopping and has some of the best Blues tunes in Texas. If you want to get Bluesy with friends that feel like family, Keys Lounge is the place. They have the key to the blues.
The best way to describe Oscar’s Pub is that it has authentic, feel-good bar vibes where everyone knows your name. Oscar’s is just a wonderfully friendly place with an incredibly knowledgeable staff and loyal regulars. If you want to relax and crack some jokes, then head to Oscar’s Pub and have a ball.
If you want to talk about a cozy little down-home bar, then my friends, Mad Hatter wins hands down. It’s a small, dark and narrow building full of stories and charm. I swear every time I enter this bar, I just want to plop down on a stool and start telling stories because here, everyone is your friend. They have to be! It’s too cozy not to be. If you truly want comfortable in a Cheers sort of way, Mad Hatter is your bar.
The Lazy Moose is everything most bars hope to be. It is extremely cozy, with a relaxed atmosphere and wonderful peeps. “The Moose,” as I call it, has done a masterful job at creating a wonderfully inviting place where the food is delicious, and the cocktails are perfect! They have living room style chairs, tall tables and there is even a piano in the bar. I really can’t explain it, you just need hurry on up to slow on down and get Lazy at the moose. Trust me, you will thank me!
Saint Rocco’s Bar has a fantastic view of the Dallas skyline from the Trinity Groves development. The bar itself is beautiful, colorful, and very cozy. The east side of the bar is entirely open, and you have amazing views of Dallas and the new Trinity Groves Bridge. They have a lot of couches set up like a living room with coffee tables. I’m going to say at least 15 different “living room” seating options, not including the extra chairs. They also have large H.D. T.V. screens projected on the back walls for sports games and events. It’s a large, cozy, atmosphere that you can feel very comfortable in and socialize for hours. Every time I get there, I hate leaving and always end up hang out a little longer than planned. The staff is friendly and great at slinging cocktails. And if you’re hungry; they have some great Italian pizza and a small menu from Saint Rocco’s downstairs. If you’re near Dallas, Fort Worth or Austin be sure and hit up Saint Rocco’s Roof Top Bar. Check out their Facebook page for updates and make sure it’s not closed for a private party that evening!
“Mags” is famous for its live music and good times. They offer a large variety of music on any given night. The sound is always on point, and the bands are always great. Most evenings they feature 2 or 3 acts, some acoustic, which are always great and some full band. They have fantastic service and slang those cocktails like Dale Junior races his cars- fast and smooth! They have a chef who whips up a great menu, and specials that change every month! “Mags” has lots of shows, and all of them are good. I can’t remember ever having a bad time at Magnolia Motor Lounge! When you get there, throw the door open and tell ’em Trey sent you!
If you are wondering where to go to smoke some great cigars, drink some incredible cocktails, and look at some awesome cars- I will tell you; Javier’s, of course. Javier’s is a Dallas institution, one of which that has a bar, cigar bar, and that also serves excellent continental Mexico City cuisine. The decor is traditional Mexico chic with big chairs and vibrant furniture, and on the floor, there are handmade clay tiles that complete that old school Mexico atmosphere. The customers are always looking sharp, and the service is first class amazing, and on any given day or evening you can see all kinds of unbelievable cars lining the parking lot. Lambo’s, Hot Rods, Bentleys, Custom Porches, you name it- Javier’s has it. I love Javier’s and all it offers to help you escape with a cigar and a smile!
Silver Leaf is tucked away in the Sundance Square Development in Downtown, Fort Worth. “The Leaf” as I like to call it has an incredible selection of cigars and spirits. The atmosphere is upscale and downright chic. It still doesn’t matter if you dressed in jeans, a suit, or a tux, it is all the same here- it’s cowtown! They have great furniture, TV’s, classy decor and excellent service! If you wanna smoke a great cigar, stop in and the cigar aficionado will fix you up! They have great cocktails and slang ’em with the best! They know cigars and good times at “The Leaf!” Tell ‘ em Trey sent you!
Well, my drinking buddies, I hope you enjoyed my picks because I sure have this last year and will continue to for years to come! Holler at me if you see me at any of these “Drink With Trey”favorites. Let’s do a shot, have some fun and snap a selfie!
When I was a teenager, you didn’t want to be anywhere near Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth. Magnolia Ave. was full of all kinds of surprises. Surprises you wanted no part of, for any reason. But that was then, and this is now! Magnolia Ave. is one of the hottest places to be in the Fort Worth-Dallas area these days. It has changed so much with all the new construction, remodeling, and updates that it’s only getting better by the day. Magnolia is full of restaurants, bars, art galleries, shops, retail spaces, and they’re building two new hotels called, “Boutique Hotels.” It’s just a fantastic place to dine, drink, socialize, shop, and get your art fix on
A friend of mine called me a month ago and said, “Trey, have you been to the ‘Lazy Moose’ on Magnolia Ave.? You would love it!”
To which I replied, “‘Can’t say I have!” After I had received that phone call, I started thinking, “‘Lazy Moose,’ that’s a cool name.” I kept picturing a moose, just strolling down Magnolia taking his time- slow and steady! I couldn’t take it; I immediately headed for the Lazy Moose. When I opened the door and heard, “Hello, come on in!” I knew I was going to like it. If you follow me at all, you know I love it when folks make an effort to acknowledge you after entering, it lets you know they care.
I started looking around, and I saw a big fireplace, some leather couches, and chairs. I saw beautiful tables, comfortable bar stools, and noticed animal mounts hanging on the walls. I took in the dark, rich colors around me and the bar area. They have the furniture set up in the shape of a small living room so you can socialize and well, get lazy at the Lazy Moose. Once you sit in the comfortable chairs or those fluffy couches, you won’t wanna get up.
The staff is super friendly, helpful, and enjoyable to be around. The Lazy Moose offers craft cocktails, beer, wine and all kinds of reasons for you to relax and unwind. One of the many great things about this establishment is the incredible chef-driven menu featuring some tasty, creative cuisine. I’ve tried just about everything on the menu, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the deliciousness they offer in each and every dish. I love the “polenta fries,” “moose wings,” and “sweet potato fries!”
I see newless, places open every day in the Fort Worth-Dallas area, but the Lazy Moose is definitely a great treasure. You can stop in for a glass of wine or a snack and unwind for a bit. You can meet friends and socialize all night, or you can even stop by solo, get cozy, have a cold one, and feel right at home. Whichever you choose, I would get to the Lazy Moose ASAP to get L-A-Z-Y. I’ve been back five times now and can promise you; you will fall in love with the moose- I sure did! Be sure and tell Jason and the team hello!
Love Y’all and God B
Trey (Chow Down) Chapman
Lazy Moose is located at 1404 W Magnolia Ave. Fort Worth Texas
Good Day Everyone,
About six months ago or so I was walking around the 7th street area, as I do very often. I saw these guys working like Trojans on this place. I thought, “My, what have we here? A new place to play?” Time passed, and I went by one night and saw these bright lights that said “2909.” It was looking inviting and cozy! I went by again, and I saw colors and heard music, then I noticed it was a new bar. Oh, yea baby! My heart started racing, a new place to hang off 7th called, “Bar 2909.”