Landmark: West 7th's newest hot spot

Posted 7:10am on Monday, Jul. 07, 2014

The new Landmark Bar & Kitchen is a welcome addition to Fort Worth's vibrant West 7th corridor between downtown Fort Worth and the Cultural Cistrict.

When the word came out that another bar would be opening in the district, I had heard a few people say that they wished that rather than opening more bars, the area would just improve its dreadful parking woes. Those same people have raved about how much they have enjoyed the new spot and the fact that, in addition to having its own parking lot, it brings a new energy to the area.

From my multiple visits to the new spot, the Landmark reminds me of a hybrid of two of Dallas' hottest spots in Uptown, the Kung Fu Saloon and the Rustic. First off, it features a 4,000 sq. ft. patio with a full bar in the center, tables around the perimeter and a mechanical bull off to the side. That's right, a mechanical bull. The patio also has the capability for live music and DJs spinning deep into the night.

Once inside, there is another bar, with vintage arcade games including Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. and SkeeBall. Although it's not a sports bar, there are 30 HD TVs that make it a great place for watching games, as evidenced by the big crowds on hand when we visited during the TCU College World Series games and the USA vs. Germany World Cup soccer game.

As for the "kitchen" part of the new establishment's name, options range from pizza and wings to sandwiches and salads. Our group split the Texas BBQ pizza that featured pulled pork, bourbon BBQ and cheddar jack; and the Landmark Supreme with meatballs, pepperoni, Italian sausage, peppers, mushrooms and roasted veggies. The food ranks among the best bar food I have ever had.

For those interested in the adult beverages portion of the menu, Landmark has 29° drafts, bottled beer ranging from Bud Light and Coors Light to Stella Artois and Guinness Draught, can beer including Lone Star and Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, specialty cocktails and shots, and carafe cocktails. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri from 4-7 p.m. and features $2 champagne, $3 wells, $4 calls and half-price pizza.

The crowds -- and they have been big -- are mostly people in the mid-to-late 20s and the all-important girl-to-guy ratio has featured more ladies than gentlemen on the busy weekend evenings. The relaxed setting and great scene all but ensure that Landmark will be a hot spot for a long time.




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