Iconic music venue permanently closes after 16 years of business
After a 16-year run, Lola’s Fort Worth has bid farewell to its loyal patrons and vibrant music scene. The beloved venue, which initially opened its doors on Sixth Street in 2007, served as a hub for live music, vintage clothing, and a taste of the outdoors.
Owner Brian Forella founded Lola’s to fill the void left by his first establishment, The Wreck Room, which closed its doors. In 2015, Lola’s moved from its vibrant Sixth Street location to the lively Berry Street, undergoing a name change from Lola’s Saloon to Lola’s Fort Worth.
The two-story structure, proudly facing Berry Street, showcased two stages, each ready to reverberate with the rhythm of live music. Beyond the pulsating tunes, a spacious outdoor seating area known as the Trailer Park beckoned patrons to unwind and socialize, offering a family-friendly and pet-friendly haven.
Lola’s wasn’t just about music; it was also a haven for fashionistas and vintage enthusiasts. A dedicated vintage clothing area provided a treasure trove of unique finds, while an open-air artisan and vintage market and a farmers market filled the space with vibrant energy.
Abel Casillas of the Fort Worth band Squeezebox Bandits expressed his sadness upon hearing the news of Lola’s closure, stating that the venue’s absence would leave a void in Fort Worth’s vibrant entertainment landscape. The band had the honor of performing at Lola’s on several occasions, starting in 2017.
Lola’s website proudly lists a diverse array of regional and national acts that graced its stages, including the alternative rock band The Toadies, formed in Fort Worth, and the Arlington-born, Grammy Award-winning country singer Maren Morris.
The closure of Lola’s Fort Worth marks the end of an era, but its legacy will continue to resonate through the memories of its loyal patrons, the pulsating beats of the live music it hosted, and the unique blend of vintage charm, fashion, and fresh flavors it offered.