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Magnolia Motor Lounge: Not your parents' garage

Posted 7:49am on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

Just when you begin to think the West 7th/LoLa (Lower Lancaster) area is overrun with bars and may hold steady for a little while, another really cool new concept pops up. The Magnolia Motor Lounge is a cool new spot on the corner of Crockett and Morton next door to the Capital Bar and in easy walking distance of so many of the residences in this booming corridor.

My buddy Dave and I dropped in simply looking for a place with multiple flatscreens so we could watch the Dallas Stars and the New York Yankees games, and kill some time before meeting some other friends. We arrived at 6:30, plenty of time to enjoy their Happy Hour that runs from 3-7 p.m., and features $1.50 PBR pints (all day, every day), $2.00 Domestic Pints, $2.50 Domestic Bottles and $2.75 Import Pints. As I glanced around the cozy room with the bar in the back, and the covered patio to my right on the other side of a glass window, I began to feel like I was in a Planet Hollywood-esque place for classic cars and old school neon signs.

In addition to its diverse happy hour crowd, the place began to get packed as a very popular guy named Steve (I don't know him, but I saw his cake) was celebrating his birthday and had friends continually show up every few minutes. But with the Magnolia Motor Lounge's relaxing atmosphere, we decided to bypass our earlier plans and stay for dinner. I actually filled up on Chicken Fried Bacon ($3.69) and a Standard burger ($6.72) and Dave had a Sloppy Jalopy sandwich with chicken fried steak and bacon ($7.43). Before we realized it, the games were over, but their Late Night Happy Hour (11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday) was getting underway.

Needless to say, our best laid plans of an early night -- after a LONG week and before a big sports weekend -- went awry. But in this case, it was a good thing because we discovered another great place to hang out in Fort Worth.



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