Drinking

Brad Hensarling's New Bar The Gold Standard Opens Today in Fort Worth

If you wanna talk cocktails in Fort Worth, you're likely speaking of one person and one person only: Brad Hensarling. The thirtysomething behind dive bar The Chat Room and creative cocktail den The Usual has almost single-handedly shaped the Cowtown craft drink scene, and today he expands his empire with the opening of his third bar, The Gold Standard (2700 W. 7th St), in a sector of downtown that's home to a bevy of chains (Gloria's, Eddie V's, Chuy's, Fireside Pies, Sushi Axiom, et al).

I spoke with Hensarling over the weekend to get the scoop on the new place and to try to find out why there seems to be a craft cocktail drought in Fort Worth.