West Seventh Street District, Fort Worth

This once sleepy Cowtown neighborhood has morphed into a shopping and nightlife hot spot.
Photograph by Darren Braun

1. Wrare

A recent addition to the new, 
pedestrian-friendly West 7th development, Adrian Wright’s decor and gift shop must be a godsend for the urban dwellers moving into the luxury lofts upstairs. The vibe is modern and masculine, featuring “vintage industrial” reproductions (a headlight lamp, a mint-green mechanics cart) mixed in with novel nonessentials like remote-control “man candles” and Tech Candy silicone iPad covers. There are only a few pieces of furniture here, but you’ll find much more two miles away at Wrare’s 
sister store, Wright at Home. 
 2955 Crockett, 817-885-8881

2. FIG Designers

Along the walls of this sleek showroom hang the cutting-edge—and big-ticket—collections of more than three dozen European designers you’ve likely never heard of, most of whom hail from Cyprus and Greece. You’ll quickly acquaint yourself with their talents, however, as you pull on Kika Ioannidou’s mid-length camel coat or vamp in front of the mirror with Dora Fitikidi’s green ostrich clutch under your arm or go slack-jawed over Efi Papaioannou’s strapless black-feather minidress. Best 
of all: every piece is made to measure. 2925 Crockett, 817-
886-0712, figdesigners.com

3. Fred’s Texas Cafe

This beloved barn-red institution (established in 1978) is holding 
its own amid all the trendy shops and restaurants. Wedge yourself into one of the sparkly gold-vinyl booths and prepare for a gut check before downing icy schooners of “cold-ass” beer, a half-pound Diablo burger with ultra-spicy chipotles, and a tangled mound of hand-cut bacon-cheese fries. Check out live music six nights a week (Fred’s is closed on Mondays) on the backyard stage, which is lovingly known as the Fort. 915 Currie, 817-332-0083, fredstexascafe.com

4. Bess and Evie’s Vintage

Shopping for vintage clothing often means sifting

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