The term “sports bar” usually refers to places you passively slug down lukewarm Bud Light and stare at a flatscreen. When a bar does boast activities, it’s mostly adult versions of what you’d find at Chuck E. Cheese’s, like Barcadia, Dave & Buster’s, or Main Event. Too bad we can’t go down to the local baseball diamond bar and take batting practice while chugging those weird wine-based margaritas they sell by the yard at Rangers’ games. Note: As a person who watches no fewer than 70 baseball games a year, if you know of such a place, hit me up.
It’s rare to find bars dedicated to one specific sport and certainly not one where you can actually play at the same time, which makes the new Top Golf in Fort Worth interesting. Please note, as I talk about a golf-centric bar, that I’m not a duffer. I have taken lessons and played in the past but stopped before getting the required visor and melon-colored microfiber shorts of a legit lady golfer. Even though I don’t use a pitching wedge regularly, I’m pretty damn good at raising a pitcher of cocktails with an orange wedge. Luckily, the club-swinging part is ancillary to the sport of consumption at this hotspot, and you don’t need to start a scorecard to have a fine time.
Top Golf Fort Worth may have a startling amount of contenders in my Top 5 favorite summer cocktails for ’17 category. The whole bar menu looked as if it had been created as a refreshing distraction from the fact that you are doing physical activity in a place that is hanging open to the searing Texas sun. A perfect example was the Frosé, with a cube of frozen rosé and berries floating in prosecco. If you really like the taste of coconut, check out Kenny’s coconut mojito, with Blue Chair Bay white rum. But when I think of golf drinks, I think of the Arnold Palmer, and TG’s version of the Tipsy Palmer was a tasty, albeit sweet, hat-tip to the classic, with Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka, Absolut Citron, iced tea, and lemon.