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Plano, Texas is part of the DFW metropolis, and sits about twenty minutes north of downtown Dallas. Like Dallas, Plano is a hub for corporate headquarters, tech companies, and government contractors; each year more companies relocate or open Texas based offices in Plano.
Plano, however, is equally suburban and as companies relocate, so do many families. With plenty to do after 5:00 pm, you can live, work, and play without leaving Plano. The north Texas city had, at one point, the most restaurants per capita in the US. Additionally, there’s parks, recreation, bars, outdoor boardwalks, high end shops, and a downtown arts district, all within the Plano borders.
If you only head out for one night, check out the Shops at Legacy / Legacy West. Legacy West is a premier, upscale shopping and dining area catering to everyone from families to businessmen. Enjoy an open-air cocktail, spend an evening shopping, or relax at Bishop Park, all within the Legacy development.
How to Get to Plano, TX
A quick 20-25 minute drive from DFW or Love Field (without traffic), Plano is accessible by car or the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), though DFW residents recommend renting a car or taking an Uber to explore Plano and the surrounding areas.
You’ll need a car to get around Plano, whether renting or using an Uber.
Where to Eat in Plano for Dinner
Legacy Food Hall // Over twenty bars and eateries can be found in Legacy Food Hall. Sip a glass of wine, munch on a made-from-scratch waffle, or score some authentic street tacos while listening to live music or enjoying some of their special events.
Sixty Vines // If you’re looking for a more upscale and gourmet experience, still with relaxed vibes, Sixty Viies offers up wines on tap and consciously sourced food.
Torchy’s Tacos // It’s not a trip to Texas without a stop at Torchy’s Tacos. Torchy’s thrives on perfecting their ‘damn good tacos,’ along with some impressive queso and guacamole. Unwind with some cheap but delicious tacos and a margarita!
Truck Yard // Technically in The Colony, TX, Truck Yard sits on the border of West Plano. Open daily until midnight or later, visitors will find a beer garden, rotating selection of food trucks, music, and an eclectic display of hand painted toilet-seats.
Milky Treats // Milky Treats is a non-conventional ice-cream shop offering customizable cereal infused ice cream concoctions and a selection of intriguing flavors, like VSCO Vanilla and Nutella Coachella.
Despite the over 1000+ restaurants, Plano’s food scene is crowded and busy! You absolutely NEED reservations on Fridays and Saturdays.
Things to See in Plano at Night
Granite Park Boardwalk // Granite Park Boardwalk features restaurants and a brewery, each with a large patio for outdoor dining and relaxing. You’ll also find oversized outdoor games, like Connect-Four and corn-hole, in addition to fire pits and lounge chairs. Granite Park is connected to numerous office buildings and a hotel, as well.
The Void // The Void is an immersive virtual reality experience in which guests take an active role in their favorite movies and stories.
Pinstack // In addition to its state of the art bowling alley, Pinstack Plano offers an LED rock climbing wall, laser tag, video and arcade games, and a full service bar and restaurant.
Dark Hour Haunted House // Dark Hour is an open year round haunted house featuring season specific themes, such as Saint Patrick’s Slay, Dog Days of Summer, and Wreck the Halls.
Downtown Plano Arts District // Downtown Plano is more than shopping and dining. Visit a railway museum, take a tour of the city, see a play, discover street art, or participate in one of the many events, such as the Art and Wine Walk, trivia night, karaoke, or live music in the park.
Also check out:
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm
- Charlotte, NC After 5:00 pm
- Kansas City, MO After 5:00 pm