New on Magnolia: Inside The Lazy Moose

Magnolia Avenue's newest bar offers a laid-back atmosphere with plenty of taxidermy.

When Vance Martin, owner of Lili’s Bistro, and David Shaw, longtime restaurant veteran and co-owner of Shaw’s Patio Bar & Grill, put their heads together for a unique bar concept in Fort Worth, The Lazy Moose was born. Opening late last year, the lodge-like establishment instantly transports guests from the Magnolia sidewalk to a cozy ski-town respite. A dramatic stone fireplace, less appealing now but will be calling our names in a few months, demands attention upon entering. Overstuffed comfy leather chairs anchor the space, and warm wood accents are throughout. We’d hate to see the taxidermy bill for the stuffed creatures dispersed throughout the space.

On a visit with a group of friends needing to decompress during happy hour, the place was packed with those who apparently had the same idea. Being a frequenter of The Lazy Moose, I stuck with my usual, the Blood Orange Basil Martini ($9). The bartender successfully blended the Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, St-Germaine elderflower, blood orange juice and sour mix. My friend tried the recently added Just Peachy ($9) libation consisting of Maker’s Mark, peach preserves, vanilla and an airy hazelnut foam that sent this drink over the edge.

For those wanting to graze as they drink, The Lazy Moose has a small, new food menu. Stand-out items include the Mac N Cheese Bites (creamy bites served with marinara, $8), the Lili’s House Burger (half-pound burger with Gorgonzola dressing, bacon and tomato, $12.50) and The Big Shaw Dog (quarter-pound, all-beef hot dog with grilled peppers and onions, marinara and mozzarella cheese, $8).

Recently there have been some changes at The Lazy Moose. In addition to the menu receiving a facelift, a few new cocktails were added. Focus has intensified on live music, and owners are exploring ideas of adding trivia nights and possibly karaoke. “We have looked, listened and learned and are doing what we think our market and our guests want to see more of,” Martin says.

Location: 1404 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth 76104
For Info: 682.708.3822
Hours: Tue.-Thu., 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m.-midnight; Sun.-Mon. Closed