Texas' Cocktail made in texas' fly shop

A Sunny Place for Shady Anglers

Author: Neil Turner

Photos: Lawson Fish

The Tailwaters Shop Bar came to fruition in late 2015 as the shop was transitioning from the McKinney street location to the Design District. As the storefront would be tripling in size, the idea of hosting events was much of the driving force behind relocating, well, to be honest, maybe it was to host room for the bar. Yes, a bar in a Fly Shop, genius, and why not? The world of Fly Fishing is intimidating as you enter the sport, a slew of numbers, weights, nomenclature, and countries to chase fish that no one can pronounce correctly. Why bother, too confusing, elitist, and stuffy.

At Tailwaters we aim to eliminate the fear of the great barrier to entry. At the end of the day, it's just fishing, and in this sport the learning never stops, and what better place than to provide a welcoming environment than a comfy watering hole. That, truly is the spirit of the shop bar. Come in, have a cold one, relax and immerse yourself in what might likely become your next obsession. Barstools built for dreamers, you’ll fit in fine and find that this world of fishing is as simple or complicated as you choose to make it. As we like to say, old friends, new friends and fast friends can share a cold one or a cocktail and instantly feel a part of the club.

Serving free beer all day long, occasionally we like to mix our favorite cocktail for our patrons to share their latest war stories over the 100 year old Cypress wood top from Woodland Plantation. Though a nice bourbon brings the most honesty out of anglers, it’s none other than our version of Texas’ most popular drink we prefer to serve, The Ranch Water. Because, at the end of the day, we are Texas’ Fly Shop.

Nacho’s Spicy Ranch Water

  • 2 Parts Aguasol Tequila 
  • 1 Part Agave 
  • Muddle Fresh Jalapeno
  • ½ of a lime (juice)
  • One splash of Topo Chico
  • One Splash of Pineapple Juice
  • Salted Ocotillo Rim