There are plenty of places to go at night in the Plano/Dallas/Fort Worth area, whether you enjoy rock or blues, dancing or theater, or you just want to find an exciting place to meet others that share your interests. We've put together some of the highlights from Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton and everywhere in-between.
Shops at Legacy
The Shops at Legacy in west Plano offer a variety of nightspots. Begin the evening sampling the fine wines at CRU Wine Bar and enjoy an independent film at the Angelika boutique cinema. Experience upscale dining in Nicola’s Ristorante, Jaspers, Barumba Latin Lounge or RA Sushi and enjoy a game on the big screen in the Fox Sports Grill. The area offers a unique shopping experience from eclectic and contemporary to shabby chic in fashion and home décor as well as distinctive gifts and accessories.
In historic Downtown Plano, you can appreciate the talent in the creations found in the East Side Art Gallery and on display at the ArtCentre of Plano. After a stroll along the inlaid brick streets through Haggard Park take pleasure in the cultural heritage of downtown Plano and enjoy the drama offered at the indoor performing arts venues offered at the Courtyard Theatre or the Cox Building Playhouse.
Dallas West End Historic District
The historic Dallas West End, a district rich with restored turn-of-the-century buildings, offers a unique blend of restaurants, retail and nightlife. The streets are lined with old-fashioned street cart vendors and sidewalk cafes, as well as a variety of restaurants. You can find plenty of live music and dancing at Dallas Alley, including Have A Nice Day Cafe and Tiki Bob's.
Greenville Avenue is a long street that begins near Garrett Park in Dallas and continues all the way to Richardson. You can find unique places to shop and dine. The Northern half of the street is referred to as Upper Greenville, while the area South of the Mockingbird Lane intersection is referred to as Lower Greenville. The iconic Granada Theater offers eclectic attractions featuring all types of performances by up and coming bands and great food from a full service kitchen.
Addison is known for its entertaining nightlife for both visitors and residents. Addison packs top restaurant dining at more than 170 restaurants, nighttime fun, and spectacular town sponsored special events into its mere 4.3 square miles. Addison Circle Park boasts over 372,000 sq ft of outdoor and indoor space, three distinct performance venues, covered pavilion with seating for 200 guests, water gardens and interactive fountains and fields for active recreation and walking trails.
Victory Park is Dallas’ new redevelopment that features high rise condos, chic hotels, bars and a major sports arena all in a dense, walkable environment. The district is anchored by Victory Plaza which fronts the American Airlines Center home of the Mavericks basketball and the Stars hockey teams. Plano residents can hop on the DART train to Victory Park in just a few minutes.
Immediately northeast of downtown Dallas is the 125-year-old neighborhood known as Uptown. McKinney Ave. is Uptown's main street and the McKinney Avenue Trolleys connect the Uptown area with the Downtown Arts District. This is a chic, but historic area that includes dozens of restaurants including boutiques, spas, art galleries, upscale shopping and opulent hotels. The West Village is a shopping district with hip stores and entertainment. A few bocks away is the Quadrangle, a unique dining and shopping spot.
Deep Ellum has been a part of Dallas's cultural roots since the late 1800's. The residents nicknamed the area "Deep Ellum" after its location, down on Elm Street. Today it remains a popular location for restaurants and nightlife, including such popular clubs as Club Clearview, Curtain Club, Liquid Lounge, Galaxy Club, Club Dada, Trees, and Indigo, all within walking distance of each other. The community also has a strong commitment for neighborhood safety. For a complete list of restaurants and clubs, visit
Sundance Square consists of 20 blocks of restored and replicated turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Fort Worth where people work, live, shop and dine. Sundance Square is home to the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, the Bass Performance Hall and the Casa Manana Theater, as well the Four Day Weekend improv club and City Streets, voted best dance club by the AOL City Guide
Fort Worth Stockyards
Texans are proud of their Western heritage, and the Fort Worth Stockyards is where the West begins. In addition to weekly rodeos, horseback riding, and historic sites, you can experience the country and western atmosphere of Billy Bob's Texas or the White Elephant Saloon.
Denton is a city North of Dallas/Fort Worth and is home to two distinguished colleges - the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. But that doesn't mean it's all studying at night. There are many popular night attractions around town and on the eclectic Fry Street, including Andy's Bar and Grill, a multi-level bar with live music from all genres. Those who enjoy live theatrical performances should stop by the Campus Theatre. But for jazz lovers, don't miss Denton's annual Jazz Festival, featuring more than 1,300 performers on 6 stages, fine arts, food and games, held right in the heart of the city at the Civic Center Park.