The Owl’s 16 taps always have something new from local breweries like Rabbit Hole and Martin House, and the crowd is an all-over-the-place mélange of service-industry peeps and desk jockeys, cyclists and Hummer enthusiasts, slacktivists and military vets, and every skater, lawyer, drummer, doctor, dork, and hipster in between. With its carefully curated jukebox, the Owl offers plenty for those who pride themselves on their impeccable tastes. If Zeppelin and PBR are your bag, there’s plenty of that, too. If you want the bar’s signature shot, order a Pink Drink (passion fruit rum, pineapple juice, OJ, cranberry juice), or a Raining Blood (Jack, Jim, Jager, Coke, and Sriracha).
One of the best parts of A Great Notion is that many of its regulars have been drinking there since they were 21; most of them are in their 50s and 60s now, but don’t let that vintage scare you away -- the Notion’s one of Fort Worth’s best-kept secrets: a lovable dive where you’re practically guaranteed to make a new friend over a couple gin & tonics, especially if he or she likes your jukebox picks. If you want to see what your parents were like before you came along, this is great place for them to have a few and relive the memories, because the bar looks about the same as it did during the Reagan administration.