After a day-long conference or a just a busy day on the job, it heals the heart to be able to get together in a group setting with colleagues, counterparts, and friends for good laughs over good food and drinks. Here’s a list of destinations around Plano that can accommodate a large group and make for easy planning.
Downtown Plano Arts District
Named one of the top 10 best downtowns in America by Livability.com, downtown Plano offers a charming setting for a unique dining experience for your group and is just minutes away from Plano Event Center. Whether you want to plan a dine-around or let your conference attendees loose, there’s plenty of options. From wood-fired pizza at Urban Crust and specialty drinks at their 32 Degree Rooftop Bar to the famous barbecue of Lockhart Smokehouse and even Austrian cuisine at Jorg’s Café Vienna, there’s something for everyone. Meet-up at McCall Plaza after dinner or on the patio of The Fillmore Pub for free live music in the heart of downtown on various nights.
Hub Streat is a full service culinary entertainment center in the Downtown Plano Arts District. They feature hand crafted cocktails, a fantastic menu for every taste, live entertainment, a large outdoor patio, and tons of unique areas to enjoy your group hang out.
Legacy Hall & Box Garden
For those who can’t decide, Legacy Hall has it all. In this one-of-a-kind artisanal food hall, attendees can wander from stall to stall to meet local purveyors and sample everything from lobster rolls to Philly cheesesteaks. There’s also an on-site brewery and live music stage in the outdoor Box Garden.
Another perfect dine-around location, this “city within a city” is the largest mixed use destination in North Texas and is a perfect place to play, shop, dine, and stay. The 255-acre development boasts 415,000 square feet of open-air high-end retail and restaurant space. Here, your group can satisfy every craving, whether for steak at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle or Fogo de Chão, French bistro fare at Toulouse, or a perfect plate of pasta at North Italia or Taverna. Legacy West’s anchor hotel, the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, is walkable distance to all of these amazing restaurants at Legacy West and every restaurant has a patio.
Is your group the adventurous type? This 50,000 square foot fun zone features a 28-lane bowling alley, a ropes course suspended 20 feet above the gaming center, two-story laser tag, bumper cars, six lanes of LED-lit rock climbing walls, and hundreds of interactive games. Or maybe you just want to chill; they also have a specialty restaurant featuring a chef-driven menu and craft cocktails, an outside bar area, covered patio with fire pits, and a gelato bar. A luxury VIP bowling area is also available.
Shops at Legacy
Legacy Town Center is a mélange of homes, businesses, shops, hotels, restaurants and open spaces all in an urban village-style setting. The Shops at Legacy feature an upscale retail and dining mix. The development is also home to the area’s best restaurants like Jasper’s, Kenny’s Smokehouse, Mexican Sugar, The Keeper, and many others. After your meeting at their anchor convention hotel, the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, attendees can walk to over 40 restaurants around The Shops. After happy hour and dinner, groups can visit over drinks at Henry’s Tavern, Ringo’s Pub, Scruffy Duffies, The Ginger Man, Sambuca 360, Blue Martini, and VNYL for some dancing.
The Boardwalk at Granite Park
Across from the Hilton Granite Park convention hotel sits a new 30,000 square foot restaurant park, The Boardwalk, where groups enjoy eateries featuring cuisine like southern-inspired gulf seafood at Hookline to gourmet biscuits at The Biscuit Bar and even a new local brewery and restaurant, Union Bear. Each restaurant has a patio and there are Adirondack chairs along the Boardwalk to enjoy the view of the water feature.
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Cover photo credit: Legacy Hall
Gallery photo credits (left to right): Union Bear, Legacy West, Legacy Hall, Visit Plano, Visit Plano, and Visit Plano.