For one of the best views of Downtown, it’s hard to find anything better than Bar Belmont at the historic Belmont Hotel — and the cocktails make it that much better. The flowery Liz Taylor is a crowd favorite, mixing champagne and crème de violette. The house specialty is the Belmontini, which combines vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and champagne. Try to grab the seat at the far north end of the patio for an unobstructed view of the skyline.
901 Fort Worth Avenue
Price range: $10 for cocktails
Tip: Go on weeknights for a more relaxed atmosphere.
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