Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Fort Worth

Fort Worth offers a melting pot of live music. And though country music is obviously a big scene in Cowtown, audiences pack out bars, clubs and restaurants to hear up-and-coming acts ranging from jazz and blues, rock, eclectic and mainstream sounds. Here are a few local favorites:

Billy Bob's Texas
Both locals and tourists pack this destination place at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, known as the world's largest honky-tonk. Besides the indoor rodeo arena, Texas-sized dance floor, and full restaurant, this venue regularly packs a crowd for top names in country, blues and rock.

Railhead Smokehouse BBQ
This BBQ joint just west of the city limits at 120 S. Ranch House Road in Willow Park has become one of the most sought after venues by the hottest musicians in Texas. Besides serving up delicious, slow-smoked barbecue, this spot is a local favorite that showcases great up-and-coming talent along with seasoned artists such as Charlie Robison, Deryl Dodd and Randy Brown.

Capital Bar
In addition to offering a spectacular view of the Fort Worth skyline, this downtown favorite at 3017 Morton Street is becoming one of the top music spots in the city offering a wide range of sounds from the likes of many talented artists including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Radney Foster, as well as fun, local entertainment from Electric Circus, Studio 54, and Walton Stout Band.

Shipping and Receiving Bar
This bar at 201 S. Calhoun Street offers live music in an indoor and an outdoor venue, with craft beers, specialty drinks and an array of performances including The O'S, The Cerny Brothers, and The Greyhounds.

This favorite dining spot at 4701 W. Freeway features some of the best soul food in the south by award-winning Executive Chef Keith Hicks. You can't go wrong at this venue with a combination of accolades including Best Southern Food restaurant as well as Best Live Music Venue, offering the best in live jazz and blues from artists such as Freddie Jones, Melanie Dutton, and Linny Nance.

Susan McFarland is a breaking news reporter and freelance writer in the DFW area.