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.
The Cocktail Tour in Downtown McKinney
- 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)
- 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 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 the Square, so you can enjoy dinner after if desired.
Look for your tour guide – “Tall Paul” – outside of Local Yocal BBQ & Grill.
Local Yocal BBQ & Grill
The place to get the quintessential Texas experience. Beef-centric, down-to-earth, with honestly sourced and prepared food and tantalizing cocktails.
The Celt’s motto is “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met!” You’ll be satiated by some traditional Irish fare.
Come for the burgers, stay for the drinks. Enjoy one of 30 beers on tap from their “Wall of Beers” or one of the many wines they serve by the glass.
A modern take on Italian dining, this restaurant offers thoughtfully prepared dishes with a touch of authenticity that is displayed in all of their dishes.
This creamery serves up alcohol-infused (and regular!) ice cream and sorbet. This is a sweet experience you won’t soon forget.
Where to Meet
Your tour guide will greet you outside of Local Yocal BBQ & Grill, located at 350 E. Louisiana St. Local Yocal has a large parking lot available, and there are also several parking lots around the Square. Another ideal parking option is the FREE parking garage on the NE corner of E. Virginia St. and N. Chestnut. 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.
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.
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