I vividly recall my days at TCU, when our big nights out were spent in and around Sundance Square. We'd often start out at Billy Miner's and then venture down to the Fox and Hound, Jack's Pub, the Library and then Pete's Dueling Piano Bar.
One thing was guaranteed, we'd have a blast -- and my clothes were going to wreak of cigarette smoke no matter which of the bars we spent the most time in.
But the times, they are changing.
Billy Miner's closed its doors after 27 years in Sept. 2010; Jack's Pub is long gone and and the downtown Fox and Hound turned out its lights this past April. Our trips to the Library have been less frequent, but my buddies and I have continued to drop by Pete's -- located directly above the Library -- because it is always a fun time and unique among nightlife options here. The entertainers playing sing-alongs on two baby grand pianos, taking requests from the crowd, always kept things lively.
But another constant at Pete's, at least back then, was the cloud of smoke.
As of June 1, Pete's Dueling Piano Bar has "quit the habit," according to a release from the bar. A downtown staple since 2004, it's nice to see Pete's joining ranks of smoke-free bars in the area, including Malone's Pub and the relatively new Brass Tap beer bar.
Since going non-smoking, the response at Pete's has been positive from customers and staff.
For those coming back to Pete's or coming for the first time, try the new summer signature cocktail, the Allnighter. The drink is made with Berry Pinnacle Vodka, Blueberry Redbull and a splash of 7-Up and topped with a "Pete's rubber ducky."
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar is open Wed.-Sat., 7 pm. to 2 a.m. Admission is $8 on Friday and $10 on Saturday and the show starts at 8 p.m.
PETE'S DUELING PIANO BAR 621 HOUSTON ST. FORT WORTH, TX (817)335-PETE
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