Discover the tastes and sights of historic downtown McKinney on this guided “Eat There or Be Square” food tour while enjoying tastings at 6 diverse eateries.
- Tour starts promptly at 6 p.m.
- Alcohol included with ticket purchase
- Restrooms available during the tour
- All food and drink included with ticket
- Photography encouraged
- Easy 1-mile walk
- Must be at least 21 years old to join (please bring photo ID)
- We follow all Covid guidelines and mandates to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience!
- Adult Ages 21+
A Unique Cocktail Tour in McKinney
Join us in historic downtown McKinney as we indulge in five-star cocktails and delectable appetizers. This isn’t your average bar crawl!
- Check out downtown McKinney’s hottest and award-winning cocktail scene.
- Enjoy innovative and fresh tastings perfectly paired to complement your cocktail.
- Discover why McKinney earned the distinction of a “Cultural District Designation” from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
- Support local and family-owned businesses.
- Weekends don’t have to start on Friday. End your Wednesday or Thursday evening on a high note!
What to Expect
Food Walks of Texas offers visitors as well as natives a unique and tasty way to explore historic downtown McKinney.
Our 2.5-hour Quarantini Cocktail Tour includes 5 tasting stops at a variety of locally owned restaurants and bars. Enjoy learning about the uniqueness of each restaurant, what makes their cocktail special, as well as the other cultural landmarks and events McKinney has to offer.
We leisurely and safely cover 1 mile strolling around the downtown Square area, spending a sufficient amount of time at each stop. Wear comfy shoes, come thirsty, and get ready to have an exciting evening! While we serve food tastings alongside the drinks, we end the evening near the center of Square, so you can enjoy dinner after if desired.
Look for your tour guide – “Tall Paul” – in front of the McKinney Visitor Center.
Note: Social distancing and face masks are required to participate in the tour. Custom, individually wrapped, “Quarantini Tour” masks will be provided and are yours to take home as a souvenir.
A seasonal, small-plate restaurant and cocktail bar offering a different way to dine. You will find a menu comprised of locally sourced items and constantly rotating menu items.
CT Provisions Cocktail Parlor & Kitchen
A progressive take on American dining, this restaurant offers thoughtfully prepared dishes with a touch of artful technique and beautiful cocktails rooted in the classics.
Located inside The Pantry, this creamery serves up alcohol-infused ice cream and sorbet. This is a sweet experience you won’t soon forget.
The place to get the quintessential Texas experience. Beef-centric, down-to-earth, with honestly sourced and prepared food and tantalizing cocktails.
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen
As noted by the 2 gas pumps outside, Sugarbacon resides in a former service station. Fast forward to today: it’s an acclaimed eatery serving New American food with Southern flair.
Where to Meet
Your tour guide will greet you outside of Visit McKinney, the McKinney Visitor Center, located at 200 W Virginia St. There are free parking lots across the street and adjacent to the Center too. Another ideal parking option is the FREE parking garage on the NE corner of E. Virginia St. and N. Chestnut or one of the several FREE parking lots around the Square. Be on the lookout for the “Parking Lot” signs posted around the area. Individual street parking is also available, but limited.
Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our guides and the community, including our customers and restaurant partners. In order to continue supporting our local businesses and restaurants, we must do so in a safe manner. Please be advised that temperatures will be taken upon arrival. Face masks will be required to participate and must be worn at all times except for when actively eating and drinking.
Absolutely! Many of our tour guests are local yokels! While you may be familiar with the downtown Square, our walking route, and some of the tasting locations, we hope to offer up new food items and the opportunity to learn more about the establishments themselves. We’ll be sharing many interesting insights around the chefs/owners of these fine establishments and why they chose to call McKinney home. Besides, there’s always something fascinating and new to learn about McKinney’s rich history!
As a local, you’ll have the unique advantage to re-visit many of the eateries on the tour, as well as others we recommend, all at your leisure. It’s also a great opportunity to show off our lovely historic downtown Square to visiting family and friends or co-workers!
The tours are held rain or shine because the food tastes great in any weather. Texas weather is usually good year-round, but we suggest you check the weather conditions for the day of your tour and dress appropriately. We also provide rain ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella.
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