Welcome to the Forge!

The Forge Music Line-up March 2015

Weds 03/04 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 7:00 pm
Thurs 03/05 8 Ball Aitken 7:00 pm
Fri 03/06 Ben and Wes 7:00 pm
Sat 03/07 Jimmy Wallace 7:00 pm

Weds 03/11 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 7:00 pm
Thurs 03/12 Jimmy Bailey 7:00 pm
Fri 03/13 Kirby Kelley 7:00 pm
Sat 03/14 Stefan Cotter 7:00 pm

Weds 03/18 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 7:00 pm
Thurs 03/19 Rhett Sims 7:00 pm
Fri 03/20  Chris Edwards 7:00 pm

Sat 03/21 Over The Rainbow Saint Patty’s Day Celebration

Live Music all day ♠ Fire Breathers

12 – 3 Craig Wallace -Forge Indoors
3 – 4 Drake -Moores Porch
4 – 6 Beyond the Pale -Forge Porch
5 – 6 BAR STOOL RACES!!! All around town

6- 7:00 Kid Icarus Project -Forge Grist Mill
7-8:00 Steve Carpenter -Moores Stage
8:00 -9:30 Stefan Cotter & the Rastabillys -Forge Grist Mill
9 – 12 Chris Colston -Moores Stage
10 – 11:30 Deryl Dodd -Forge Grist Mill


Get your tickets now! Pre-sale tickets gets you into Moore’s and The Forge for $20!
Tickets AT THE DOOR will be $15 for Moore’s and $20 for the Forge


Weds 03/25 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 7:00 pm
Thurs 03/26 BOBBY DUNCAN 7:00 pm
Fri 03/27Heather Little 7:00 pm
Sat 03/28 Heather Little Encore Performance 7:00 pm


If you wanna see some barstool racing, here’s an example of it in Michigan…

We will be having the Motorized Barstool Auctions January 23rd
and then the first official race will be in downtown Ben Wheeler March 21st
in conjunction with our St. Patty’s Day celebration!

What is Motorized barstool Racing?
click here to learn more!

Our Hours

Wednesday • 11am – 10 pm
Thurs • 11am – 11pm (Kitchen & music until 10 p.m.)

Friday • 11am – 11pm (Kitchen & music until 10 p.m.)
Saturday • 11am – Midnight (Kitchen and Music until 10 p.m.)
(NEW HOURS!) Sunday • 11 am – 9pm
(Happy Hour 4-6 pm Fridays)


Check out our On-line Pizza Menu

To Go Orders Welcome! Call 903.833.5970 for more info.

Booking, email Jopi Drew at benbooked@gmail.com

No reservations required. Just come on in!
We are located in the heart of Ben Wheeler, Texas, on Hwy 279

We had Soul Brothers Moonshine here a while back doing a promo video with none other than the amazingly talented Mr. Wesley Pruitt! Here’s the what happened…

Hopefully, once they are in full swing production the Forge will get first dibs to sell in East Texas! We are thrilled to be the place they picked to make their video, as it is what this town represents.We applaud people like Michael Hale and Wesley Pruitt for their spirit and determination in doing what they love. It is the essence of what created Ben Wheeler.  


Guess who was featured in Texas Monthly!!!
That’s right, The Forge Bar and Grill was written up as one of Texas Monthly’s “Favorite Restaurants, Cafe’s and Joints.” Sufficed to say, we were thrilled! Kudos to our staff and the great patrons that make this all possible! Thanks Texas Monthly!


27 thoughts on “Welcome to the Forge!

  1. First time customer today but we will definitely be back! The Caesar pizza was amazing, and the big easy sandwich was delicious!

    • Thank you so much for visiting our establishment and then taking the time to tell us how you liked it. We hope you get to come back real soon. We are always adding new goodies to our menu. Thanks again!

  2. Love it.. very crowded. Will be back, because we live fairly close. My only complaint is.. you need more waitresses. We sat for a long time and a few walked by, finally we stopped one and she helped us, but our table outside seemed to have no one attending to it. We were there Sat Aug 10 around 8:30 p.m. I also suggested someone to play at your place.. hope he signs up!

    • Thank you so much for coming to our establishment! I apologize for the delay in your service, we are working on making sure we have more than enough people to take care of all our customers. We did have music scheduled that night, but perhaps they were on a break. We usually have live acoustic music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Be sure not to miss our music festivals, as they are really quite fun! Thank you once again for coming out and visiting us and too take it a step further by telling us about your experience. It is so very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
      Kerian & The Forge

  3. For months I had been hearing about the awesome Pizza at a place called The Forge in Ben Wheeler, Texas so I decided to take a friend and go over and check it out. WOW I was impressed to say the least. I’m not a huge Pizza fan but I am now. The Pizza was the tastiest Pizza I have ever eaten and trust me over the past 15 years of living between Orange County California to Seattle I can say it’s got to be the BEST!!!….. I will definately go back. One recommendation…..Seemed to be under staffed but overall was worth the wait….. Belinda Blackshear..Hideaway, Texas

    • Thank you so much for coming out and visiting us! We love to hear our customer feedback and this really makes us proud when we make our customers happy! I just found out that we made it into Texas Monthly and I am positive we would not have made it there without patrons like you. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon!

  4. First time at The Forge on Saturday night!!! Met some really neat people and the food was fabulous…Will definitely be going back! And a special thanks to my new friends Mike and Phyllis, they asked me to join them at there table as i was waiting on the rest of my group to come in from Canton…Really nice people.

  5. Everything about the place is great (love the Saturday acoustic blues), except for the service! For example, Saturday was the perfect example of how not to serve your customer. The place wasn’t busy, and it was just two of us at the table. Had to find the waitress to order a pizza. Then she stopped by 10 min later to ask if it was a Caesar Pizza (no, it wasn’t). Forty minutes later (I don’t mind waiting on the cook, that was OK) I flagged her down to ask if she would check on the progress of our pizza. She brought it immediately and it was cold. It had sat waiting for her. Asked if we wanted anything else I asked for another Lone Star and my wife asked for water. She brought the beer, we reminded her of the water, and she left shaking her head. Finally got tired of waiting for her to take our ticket and cash, put a salt shaker on it and left. EVERYTHING ELSE was wonderful, though, and so we’ll go again. I just want let the server run all over us next time.

    • I am so happy that you came out to our establishment and loved it here. I apologize that your server was not up to your standards or ours for that matter. There are times when our wait staff is super busy but that was not the case with your server. We have increased the amount of servers on the floor and are addressing individual servers on their quality of service so our customers get the attention and service one should expect. Thank you once again, and I hope that the next time you come in, you are delighted by the staff and if not, please ask for management and we will be sure to make it right. Happy Halloween!

  6. Best place around by far!! Has great talented musicians that play from all over. The food is unbelievable and has specials daily. Such a playa place to chill and have a beer or two or three!!! Whoop whoop!!

  7. Hey Kerian
    Its william H..

    Today was our first time eating at the Forge..

    We had great service everyone was great.

    We had my mother with with us who has owned and managed restaurants for 60 plus years..

    Normally she can find something that needs improvement but not tonight.

    I must admit growing up with her owning and running restaurants I managed some myself so I can be a hard sell as well..

    It was great..


    • We have a Fish Fry that night with Ben Lowery and Texas Express in the Pavillion from 5-9. It’s a fish fry, so I’m pretty sure everything is breaded with the exception of the coleslaw and beer… lol But inside we will have Jimmy Wallace and Jerry Don Branch doing a great Blues/ Rock N ‘Rolll set and the menu includes some great salmon and rice dishes, you can bring your own gluten free dough and we can make you a pizza with it, or you can try our delicious fajitas… We have a large menu and can make any kind of change to suit your dietary need! Hope to see you there!

  8. I’m glad I found this site because the original Ben Wheeler site with a drop down box for the Forge is not up to date. We’re local, but out of towners and others may get confused.

  9. First time to visit The Forge with spouse and friends Wed, 27 th, for Birthday Evening on Friends. Chose quite night to make sure I could get ion with no problem with cane. Parking was fine by ramp..don;t do stairs. Set down at Picnic table waiting on spouse, waitress came out and ask was all okay..I answered Yes, just waiting ..friends coming. She said Come on in plenty of room. She was very helpful and check on table often. Meal was very good and Looked good. We will be back and on a night sometime with Music. We visit many places because love Music. Connie Giles and Stephen Giles of East Texas BackRoads Band an Plus and Kathleen and MIchael Jerch , ( Singer songwriter ) and owner of Show Place Ranch.

  10. Having trouble finding a current music line up. What’s in store for November 2014? Also, is there a consistant web site to follow the music? Thank You

    • I’m sorry, but we try to stay true to a more music based venue. We are so happy that you love our place and hope that in your time away from games you get to come up and enjoy some of our great food. Thank you so much for your patronage!

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