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This bar wasn't exactly a Usual suspect

Posted 11:02am on Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2010

NOT THE USUAL SUSPECT WHEN IT COMES TO BARS

The Usual, the new bar on Magnolia just south of downtown near the Medical District, can be a little tough to spot unless you know exactly where it is. But sometimes that doesn't even matter -- my buddy Alex drove right past it ... twice. From the outside, it looked pretty bland. I must admit, I was not impressed by the signage and was ready to venture over to the West 7th corridor.

Then we walked inside.

It was the total opposite of what I expected. The decor was very upscale yet very cozy, with several secluded booths (great for a date night!), and plenty of tables in the center of the room -- ideal for a big gang of friends. Their specialty is exotic mixed drinks, but they do have an extensive list of beers on tap. I was partial to the "Bartender's Root Beer." Another thing worth mentioning: the bar is non-smoking, with a deck for people to go outside and light up.

The slogan printed on our tab was: "Prohibition-era and classic-style drinks." We didn't exactly feel like we were in a speakeasy, but this place really definitely works as a cool alternative to the others bar/lounges in Fort Worth.


Follow Jay on Twitter at twitter.com/thefamousjay The Usual 1408 Magnolia Ave. Fort Worth TX (817) 810-0114

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