Say goodbye to the days of stale pretzels and marginal wine menus. The Plano area is packed with picturesque hotel bars that make visitors actually want to spend time on their sophisticated stools. And these destination locations don’t just sling drinks for tourists; they are known to draw in curious locals looking for a hip place to hang. So grab a seat, order a drink – or few – and ease into one of these upscale North Dallas hotel bars. Cheers!
The Edge Bar
The Star is so much more than just football. Picture this: a sophisticated, chilled refreshment, a beautiful pool, a fourth-story look out onto the outdoor field of the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. All of that and more are available at The Edge Bar at Omni Frisco Hotel. This vibrant bar is standing by for warmer weather and the flavors that come along with spring. Its seasonal menus ensure the freshest dishes and drinks in the area, like the Mango Ancho Avocado Margarita. The Caribbean-inspired, Texas-influenced bites and signature drinks give off bright flavors that are perfectly made for a day by the pool. The bar has VIP cabanas available to rent starting mid-March. And with the hotel’s live weekend DJs, it’s definitely a place to be seen.
11 Cowboys Way Frisco, TX 75034
Head from the greens straight to the players’ lounge at Ernie’s Bar at The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club. This comfortable hotel amenity is the perfect place to celebrate a solid 18 holes or relax after a busy workweek. While other bars in the area have sleek, sophisticated furniture, it’s easy to melt into one of Ernie’s lush couches. Cozy up by the fireplace or grab a spot in a booth. Enjoy one of the many single-malt scotches or assorted concoctions, like the Cucumber Lemonade. Ernie’s also has a hefty menu. Or, walk next door to The Legacy Grill for a premium culinary experience.
1549 Legacy Dr Frisco, TX 75034
For a trendier atmosphere and romantic lighting, stop by LOCL at NYLO Plano at Legacy. The industrial chic bar and restaurant offers craft cocktails on top of tasty dishes that will keep patrons coming back for more. Perch at the bar, by the homey bookshelf or tableside for a night of indulgence. Swing by during happy hour to catch local live music and take advantage of the amenities – be it a riveting game at the billiards table or libations outside by the ultra-modern swimming pool, when it gets a little bit warmer, of course.
8201 Preston Rd Plano, TX 75024
The fiery lighting fixture may draw guests in when passing by Prairie Fire at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, but it’s the premium drinks that keep people in their seats. The signature, the Granite Park Paloma, matches the fresh ambiance with Casamigos Blanco Tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda and agave nectar. It’s easy to wander from one cozy spot to another in the lounge. Check out the outdoor fire pit and patio on warmer nights. It’s known to be the destination for the hotel’s happy hour events, like Patio Palooza coming this spring.
5805 Granite Pkwy Plano, TX 75024
The newest upscale hotel bar on the scene has already made a splash in West Plano. Whiskey Moon in Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel perfectly marries eastern and western influences to create a sophisticated nightlife hot spot. Pull up a cowhide bar stool underneath the quirky branding irons hanging from the ceiling. Or move into one of the hotel’s cozy nooks for a quieter evening. The menu includes both Texas and Japanese whiskeys, allowing everyone to sample the best of both regions. Come at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to try the daily complimentary cocktail recipe made with local spirits and house-made ingredients.
6007 Legacy Dr Plano, TX 75024