New Business in Fort Worth Combines a Bar and a Record Shop

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Fort Worth’s newest bar, Off the Record West, combines the enjoyment of drinks and a love for vinyl. The Star-Telegram writes, “In an area where many of the bars are high-end or dive, Off the Record West offers a middle ground with a fresh concept and a warm vibe.”

According to Dallas CultureMap, this is Off the Record’s second location. The original is located in Deep Ellum and opened in 2014. Both bars pair with Good Records for their vinyl, a venture owned by Chris Penn, musician Tim DeLaughter of the Polyphonic Spree, and Lounge Here co-owner Julie Doyle.

Off the Record was founded by business partners Josh Florence, Phil Coward, and Tim Daniel who have high hopes for spreading the bar’s concept. “We want to see if this concept has legs further than Dallas,” Florence says. “If it goes well here, maybe something else. I feel like out of everything we do this has the most unique brand to it. It might be something we can replicate.”

If reviews on Yelp are any indication of how Off the Record West will fair, the owners will have no problem with their Fort Worth location. “Like the cool cousin at family reunions whom you want to get to know better- OTR is just like that. There’s a few tables and seats at the bar; however, they have a great patio towards the back,” Tomas R. wrote on his 5-star review.