|Plano, Texas has one of the liveliest cocktail scenes in North Texas, with an array of memorable ways to say “cheers.” Here’s a quick tour of the city’s eclectic collection of watering holes, which offer something for every taste.
Punch perfect. It’s always five o’ clock somewhere, but at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel at Plano Legacy West, six p.m. is the golden hour every Monday through Thursday. That’s when the gong sounds in the Asian-Texan fusion hotel’s Whiskey Moon bar, signaling that punch is served. Patrons are treated to a free glass of the nightly concoction, which varies on the whim of the Renaissance’s inventive mixologists. (At breakfast, hotel guests are also served a free “smoothie shot of the day” – no alcohol involved.)
Bubbles, bloody Marys, and bulldogs. In the Plano Downtown Arts District, the dog-friendly Hub Streat is the perfect spot for a casual weekend brunch. The “culinary entertainment center” offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces and an eclectic street-food inspired menu, along with craft cocktails, beer and wine. At brunch, the Bloody Mary and mimosa bars are stocked with an assortment of ingredients that beckon guests to build their own. Meanwhile, pups can enjoy their own water station on the outdoor patio.
Of tiki and tequila. The Keeper, located in the Shops at Legacy, has a seafood-centric menu and a collection of delicious and beautifully presented tiki cocktails. On Tuesdays, Mai Tai’s, Painkillers, Copacabanas, and Pali Kai Punch are just $6 each during the “Keeper Hour.” Just across the street, the blue drinks are flowing in Legacy Hall’s Idol Time Tiki Bar. Those who prefer tequila to rum can check out the food hall’s Lunazul tequila bar, where are all juices used are squeezed fresh daily.
Wine on tap. That’s the M.O. at Sixty Vines, which features a wine-country inspired menu of shareable plates and dozens of wines by the glass on tap on a glass-enclosed, greenhouse like patio. The tap system is eco-friendly (saving many bottles from the landfill), and there is no oxidation, no waste and fresher taste with each pour.
Beer, there and everywhere. It’s not hard to find a good brew in Plano, but it’s fun to sample seasonal and signature beers at the source in the Unlawful Assembly Tap Room, on the third floor of Legacy Hall. The brewery also has a ground floor outpost next to the Box Garden, where live music performances take place.
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