How to explore Ft. Worth like a local

Sundance Square is the heart of downtown Fort Worth. It is a 35-block area filled with restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and hot nightspots. It buzzes with activity day and night as thousands of feet crisscross its red brick streets, courtyard, and plaza filled with lush landscape making Sundance Square a destination within Fort Worth.

If people watching is your thing, then you will want to hang out at Del Frisco’s Grille for dinner. It is located in the heart of Ft. Worth in the Sundance Square Plaza on E. 3rd st. and Commerce. Ask for a seat outside where you can watch people meandering with their dogs, couples walking hand in hand and children playing in the distant waterspout fountain garden. Del Frisco’s Grille has a delicious menu with some palette tantalizing plates such as cheesesteak egg rolls drizzled with sweet & spicy chili sauce, ahi tacos with tuna tartar and a spicy citrus mayo sauce for the appetizers.  For the main course, the lamb burger with roasted tomatoes, arugula and tzatziki sauce or the juicy and tender filet mignon, available in either an 8oz or 12oz option! They are all excellent choices! With such a savory dinner menu, of course they also have a decadent dessert menu as well! My recommendation would be the Nutella bread pudding with coffee ice cream and a caramel sauce or the lemon doberge 6 layer Cake with lemon buttercream icing and lemon glaze.

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Scat Jazz Lounge

No trip to Sundance Square is complete without experiencing some of the live entertainment available within the square. The Scat Jazz Lounge is a favorite for live music. The Lounge, located in the basement of the historic Woolworth building carries on the traditions of the old speak-easies of the 30’s in New York City with the dark wood trim, dim lights and swanky atmosphere. When we first learned of the Lounge, the directions that we were given to get there were, “go to Sundance Square, look for the alley with the red neon light, then take the elevator down”. With directions like, that how can you not have your curiosity peeked and just have to check it out! Check it out we did! There are no tv’s on the walls, no neon signs to disrupt the swanky feeling you get when you are sitting there listening to the musicians and sipping on your Whisky Sour, Martini or Old Fashioned. With live shows on every night of the week except Mondays, there is a jazz style for everyone.

 

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Jazz band
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Jazz band

Another amazing Sundance Square must see is the Four Day Weekend comedy group. This uproarishly funny comedy group is the longest-running show in the southwest. They perform live shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and 10pm from audience suggestions and participation. They have been called the “Whose Line is it Anyway” of the Americas. Four Day Weekend’s 212-seat theater is located at 312 Houston St. within steps from many eating establishments both casual and upscale.

 

Before you leave Sundance Square take a few moments to watch the light show on the massive umbrellas while you are sipping your latte from Starbucks, which is located conveniently in the Square. Sit at a table in the square and watch the water jets shoot vertically in rhythmic patterns to music and lights. It is common to see children playing on the outskirts of the fountains trying to dodge the next spray of water. It is a good spot to people watch and carry on a quiet conversation.

 

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Sundance Square

Not ready call it a night? Never fear! Sundance Square is reminiscent of New Orleans in that there are many open-air bands with a wide range of music genres belting out their tunes encouraging people to get up and dance! So, there is no reason to rush back to your car and house, meander, take your time and enjoy the sights and sounds of Sundance Square.

 

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Street band
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