Dining & Nightlife

BTB_couple Ricks_waitress_grin_0100Are 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.

COVID-19 Update

For the latest on what restaurants are offering and what is open as this COVID-19 situation progresses, click HERE.

Downtown McKinney is a Foodie Mecca

If you’re a foodie, you’ll definitely want to stop in our historic downtown for at least one meal during your stay ... or many all of your meals! Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind options at several family-owned-and-operated eateries dating back quite a few years. Most of our downtown restaurants also offer patio dining, perfect for enjoying our beautiful weather, summer sun, fall breezes, or crisp Spring air. 

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McKinney has become known for its fabulous dining choices, the downtown square becoming known as a haven for foodies. For more about the Foodie Scene in McKinney, click HERE. And to give multiple spots, take one of downtown McKinney’s food tours - Food Walks of Texas and We Ate Well Tours

Lots of Other Dining Options in McKinney

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.  

If you’re looking for a quick bite while driving through town, you’ll find favorite chain restaurants, sit-down, and fast food, throughout town, especially along Central Expressway, University / Highway 380, Custer, West Virginia and Eldorado.


McKinney’s nightlife is spread across the city, with the bulk of it in the historic downtown square. Two "coolness factor" night-time spots to check out include Arcade 92, a vintage arcade featuring original game consoles dating from the late 1970s to the e-sports gaming of today. No quarters are required either; pay one admission and play the rest of the day! And catch a comedy show on the roof of The Comedy Arena; shows will move indoors as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Not only does the rooftop show location provide lots of room to spread out, but it also gives guests a great view of the new neon sign welcoming visitors to downtown, the iconic old lighted water tower, and a beautiful view of the east side of the downtown area. 

JCD_Yates_May 2016_MPACCatch a Concert

McKinney is a designated Texas Music Friendly Community, and not only is there plenty of opportunities to hear great live music from locally-based singer-songwriters, but a number of our venues also host a little of everything from live local and regional music to karaoke nights, comedy shows, movie nights and more. 

In historic downtown McKinney, enjoy a concert in the quaint Courtroom Theater at the McKinney Performing Arts Center or go across town to Adriatica’s The Sanctuary Music & Events for some of the best regional and local rock, soul, and blues you’ll hear anywhere!

 For a list of venues, restaurants, and wineries in McKinney offering live music in the evenings, click HERE.

 For details on some of the businesses open after normal business hours, click HERE.