It’s been several months since I went out on any drinking adventures across Frisco, and since I last wrote about the best watering holes in Frisco, we’ve had several new bars open. Here’s my “travel log” documenting my second adventure in a series of three listing some interesting options to meet up with friends and relax after work.
Since the Frisco Rail Yard opened its gates in late September, it’s been one of the city’s hottest hot spots and a perfect example of Frisco’s expansion with unique dining experiences. Known for live music and a long list of rotating food trucks, the Rail Yard also has a full bar with draft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Drinks like The Conductor, The Hobo, or The Big O might have clever and creative names but they’re also delicious drinks. For example, The Tracks is a blend of Chopin Vodka, pineapple juice, Agave Nectar, and green Tabasco. If spicy isn’t your liking, a zesty, refreshing drink like The Boxcar might be a better choice. The Hopper is perfectly “summery” made with Patron Silver Tequila, Patrón Citrónge Mango, lime juice, orange juice, and fresh Agave Nectar. A smooth and thirst-quenching drink is smooth on a warm day. The comprehensive cocktails list has something to please everyone’s palette. At Happy Hour from 11am – 7pm on Tuesday through Friday, take advantage of these cocktails at a reduced rate, plus all draft beer, well drinks, and house wines are on special.
Frisco Square is a perfect place for a night out because you can enjoy dinner and a movie then have drinks without ever moving your car. NOLA is located in Frisco Square on Coleman Blvd with a street-side patio that looks out onto the square and Toyota Stadium. Happy Hour all day on Mondays and 3pm – 7pm throughout the week. NOLA also has a great selection of bar snacks that pair perfectly with their drink choices… from draft beer, to a great selection of wine, or maybe try The Nolatini.
CRUDO WOOD FIRED TAVERNA
Crudo delivers an upscale bistro setting with Italian charm and is Frisco family-owned and operated. One of the unique features that Crudo offers is Tuesday Jazz Night. From solo artists to big band sounds, the music definitely fits the restaurant. Food aside, I think one of the best features is Crudo’s extensive wine list. With over sixty wines to choose from, the taverna focuses on not only having a decent variety of wines but on offering wines that are unique as well. The Les Trois Couronnes Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Rhone France is an approachable wine with a lively bright purple color, juicy red fruit flavor with a strong balanced finish. If white wine is more your style, I’d suggest Robert Sinskey ’Abraxas’ White Blend 2012 from Napa, California. This blend has a lot going on with honeysuckle, lilac, lychee, almond, and white pepper aromas. A lime citrusy note on the back end taste makes this wine very crisp and special.
54th STREET DRAFT HOUSE
Boasting the COLDEST beers on tap, 54th Street opened its Frisco location in late December. With large TVs throughout the bar area, and a patio that features a large fire pit, 54th Street is a casual dining spot perfect for game day sports watching. The beer selection offers some of our local favorites like Lakewood Brewing Company, Community, and Franconia to others from across the country like Founders, Lagunitas, and Stone. The prices of these beers vary, but most have a pitcher option which make sense if you have a large group. Located at the northwest corner of DNT and Main Street, 54th Street can easily become an on-the-way stop-off favorite to wind down from the traffic.
Most people know Randy’s as a premier spot in Frisco for steaks and a fantastic special events location. However, its bar, Randie’s – named after Chef Randy’s daughter, is a warm and cozy watering hole with a Happy Hour that runs from 5pm – 7pm. Randy’s also features a Bar Bites menu, and most importantly, has a wide selection of Scotches and Bourbons. The line up consists of Macallan, Glenfiddich, Laphroiag, Baker’s, Bulleit, Maker’s Mark and many more. Looking for a specific year? Most likely, Randy’s has it. With a warm fireplace original to the house, Randy’s is the perfect watering hole that represents Downtown Frisco.
Nerdvana, like it’s coffee shop counter-part, is located in the Gearbox Building off Main Street across from Toyota Stadium. However, on this side of the house, Nerdvana replaces coffee with over 30 drafts beers and a very extensive spirits selection. Mirroring the video-gaming concept, they also have a unique cocktail menu to match. The Eldrid is made with Texas Dripping Springs vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice, thyme, and raspberry puree topped with sparkling soda and served over ice. If you’re in to something more adventurous, The Mad Moxxi might be more of your style. Hornitos Plata tequila, habanero-infused simple syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice, crème de mure, and muddled berries combine for a refreshing, spicy drink that’s sweet and smooth. Nerdvana has a covered patio to keep you warm in the winter and shaded in the summer while you take advantage of their Happy Hour from 4pm – 6:30pm Tuesday through Friday.
Wherever you choose to relax and imbibe, Frisco has a place for you. From cocktails to craft beer, formal to jeans and a t-shirt, you won’t have to take a long Uber ride to get home.