A one-of-a-kind concept from Deep Ellum is about to become two of a kind. Off the Record, the truly unique spot that combines a craft beer bar and a record shop, is spinning off a second branch in Fort Worth's Magnolia District.
The first Off The Record opened in Deep Ellum in 2014. It's a collaborative concept from the folks who own a collection of Dallas clubs and neighborhood bars such as City Tavern, Club Dada, Independent Bar & Kitchen, along with the folks who own Good Records.
The idea came from Dada co-owner Josh Florence, who recruited Penn and Good Records to oversee the spins.
The Fort Worth location is opening in the up-and-coming Magnolia District at 715 W. Magnolia Ave., an address that was once upon a time home to a place called Daddio's Jazz Cafe, along a strip that includes Hot Damn Tamales and Brewed Coffee. Just like its bigger brother, the Fort Worth OTR will sell thousands of vinyl records for sale along with craft beer and cocktails while featuring local bands and DJs.
Its bar offerings will include 20 craft and local beers on draft along with a hand-crafted cocktail menu featuring local and small batch whiskeys and house-infused spirits.
It is once again teaming with Good Records, owned by musician Tim DeLaughter of Tripping Daisy and Polyphonic Spree, Julie Doyle, who also co-owns Lounge Here in East Dallas, and Chris Penn, to provide the vinyl collection.
Penn describes the concept as "three-fourths bar, one-fourth record store," with bins of vinyl records for browsing and purchasing. "When I'm doing my ordering for Good Records, I order extra copies for Off the Record," Penn says. Vinyl continues to see a resurgence in sales.
The original location in Dallas has proven to be a boon for the local DJ scene, with lots of DJ nights along with discount drinks.
The decor at the Fort Worth store will feature two patios, one in front, one in back, plus a stage for full bands and DJs, multiple TVs, and a first-class sound system.
Construction is currently being finalized, with plans to open in November. Hours will be 4 pm-2 am Monday-Friday and 12 pm-2 am Saturdays and Sundays.