Six of the best downtown Plano bars to spend the happiest of hours

The Fillmore Pub. Photo Jennifer Shertzer

The Fillmore Pub. Photo Jennifer Shertzer.

While the west side of Plano gets more pub these days, downtown Plano is arguably the city’s best bar destination. There’s plenty of variety, and if it’s too far to walk, the DART red and orange lines run to the area. That also makes it the perfect stop to have a quick drink before heading to Dallas. 

The Fillmore Pub

1004 East 15th Street

This is the O.G. of the downtown Plano bar scene. Before there was nightlife in the district, Fillmore gave Plano’s east side its first true pub experience. Into the sea of chain restaurants that existed at the time came a spot serving up black-and-tans, fish-and-chips and homemade pork rinds. Its beer and whiskey selections are still among the best in town.


Vickery Park

1011 East 15th Street

Dallas expats to the ’burbs rejoiced when former Henderson Avenue bar Vickery Park opened a Plano location. The Dallas outpost has closed since then, but Plano bar hoppers can still enjoy a bite and a beverage in this cozy spot. First-timers often miss that there’s a separate lounge area with games in the back.


32 Degree Rooftop Bar

1005 East 15th Street

Located on the third level of Urban Crust, this longtime Plano favorite still boasts its trademark ice-ringed bar and patio view. This is one of the few Plano spots that also has dancing, when a DJ is there. Also important: you can order Urban Crust pizza too, which is enough to get this bar on our list.


Twisted Root

1212 14th Street 

A giant center bar and a patio with games and an adjacent mini arcade makes this burger joint one of the best bars in Plano. Those who don’t fancy a burger can also order from the pizza and pasta menu.


Café Gecko

1410 K Avenue

One of Plano’s newest bars is actually one of its oldest, in a sense. Owner Dennis Dial moved Café Gecko’s antique bar from its former location in Addison to downtown Plano. The menu boasts handmade stuffed jalapeños and cocktails like the Mexican Candy or a Lizzarita. 


McNeal’s Tavern & Eatery

1422 K Avenue

This bar opened in April, featuring a menu designed by Mark Cuban’s personal chef, giant TVs for watching sports and an ample selection of beers and spirits. From poutine and Texas meatballs to steaks and tenders, the menu has a little something for everyone.

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