BY TERESA GUBBINS, CULTURE MAP FW, JULY 28, 2021
The time has come for the return of the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, our annual culinary celebration, making its comeback with our signature in-person tasting event and awards program.
The Tastemaker Awards spotlights the top talent in Dallas-Fort Worth’s restaurant and bar communities, as determined by their peers.
This is the first installment of our special editorial series in which we’ll go over all of the nominees. It culminates in a party at Fashion Industry Gallery on August 19, when emcee CJ Starr will announce winners in all the categories. (Tickets are on sale here.)
Our first category is Best Bars: the places we go to socialize with friends, toast an accomplishment, or just enjoy a cocktail or cold beer.
The 2021 crop for Fort Worth is especially rich with variety, from chic wine bars to cool breweries to fancy new hotel spots.
Who will win? Find out at the Tastemaker Awards party on August 19 at Fashion Industry Gallery, where we’ll dine on bites from nominated restaurants while emcee CJ Starr reveals the winners. Buy tickets here.
Here are the 10 nominees for Best Bar:
Maple Branch Craft Brewery
Brewery from husband-and-wife Stuart and Allyssa Maples produces quality, small-batch craft beer — but the neat part is the massive beer garden, with three types of trees — maples, live oaks, and bur oak — making it a lovely place to drink beer.
38 & Vine
Innovative bar in the Foundry District is all about the wine. Its innovative system allows patrons to serve themselves from a 25-foot wall of wine dispensers that pour 1-ounce, 3-ounce, or 6-ounce tastes. They also serve champagne and craft beer from DFW breweries. The space features a 10-seat private tasting room for small group tastings, educational classes, and private reservations, and they also offer wine club memberships.