Dining & Nightlife


Are you hungry? Part of the fun of visiting new places is exploring the dining options. You’ll find just about any kind of cuisine to satisfy your taste buds and tummy in McKinney. Find favorite chain restaurants, sit-down and fast food, throughout town, especially along Central Expressway, University / Highway 380, Custer, West Virginia and Eldorado.

You can also find memorable, one-of-a-kind options at several family-owned-and-operated eateries dating back quite a few years. No trip to McKinney is really complete without a stop at the city’s longest-running tradition, the nostalgic diner, Bill Smith’s Café, opened in McKinney in 1956. The setting is so authentic, Bill Smith’s has even been used by film crews coming to McKinney to shoot scenes for TV shows and movies! McKinney’s first pizza joint, Jim’s Pizza, opened in 1969 and provides an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, carry-out or delivery! (Find both of these McKinney traditions on University / Highway 380, between Central Expressway and Highway 5 / McDonald. Both are still run by the original families.

Two particular areas of town, Downtown McKinney and Adriatica, feature primarily locally owned and operated restaurants that offer “Uniquely McKinney” cuisine. Access a list of restaurants in McKinney.


McKinney’s nightlife is spread across the city, with the bulk of it in the historic downtown square. The venues below provide everything from live music to karaoke nights, comedy shows to movie nights and more. An asterisk indicates a live music venue on the downtown square.