As a wine lover, I never thought my home town would offer even one wine bar, much less four. Years ago, McKinney had no night life. Now, sophisticated wine bars tempt the theater-going crowd. Times have changed and all for the better for local wine aficionados.
For those driving in from Highway 75, Landon Winery is the first wine bar they see when arriving at the square. Located at the corner of Kentucky and Louisiana, it’s across the street from the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Surrounded by Rick’s Chop House and the Grand Hotel, it’s often the location of street musicians and a meeting place. Landon Winery is open seven days a week, Monday -Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 11am – 11pm, Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 12pm – 9pm. Award winning wines in a tasting cellar environment entice the crowd that wants to see and be seen. Parking is a challenge, but lots are located within walking distance on Kentucky street.
Lone Star Wine Cellars
Lone Star was the first wine bar in McKinney, boldly opening in 2003. They’ve been ahead of their time right from opening. They also offer outdoor seating, but inside they’ve virtually taken over the former Ritz movie theater at the corner of Kentucky and Louisiana. Looking to sample wines from grapes grown and fermented within the city limits? Look no further. They sell wines from all over Texas, as well as local vintages. They’re open Tuesday – Thursday 2pm – 9pm, Friday 1pm – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 11pm and Sunday 2pm – 6pm. Parking is available at the lot across the street on Kentucky.
Tucked away from the square on Church street, Café Malaga transports McKinney wine lovers to a Spanish tapas bar. Warm and inviting, both the outdoor and indoor seating encourage patrons to linger. The food menu surpasses all other local wine bars. Live music, good conversation, and sophisticated service separate this bar from typical McKinney restaurants. Parking is plentiful on the north and east sides. Hours include Wednesday 4pm – 9pm, Thursday and Sunday 11am – 9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am – 11pm.
Zin Zen Wine Bistro
Not every wine bar is located in downtown McKinney. The one option west of US 75 is found on West Virginia in Adriatica. Croatia or McKinney? Overlooking an actual vineyard? Locals often do a double take at walking in the door of this wine bar. Zin Zen also offers live music. Adriatica offers hidden, but plentiful, parking behind the street side.
Growing up in McKinney, I would have expected to travel to Spain or Croatia to experience the pleasures now offered by the local wine bars. I wouldn’t have believed it even just a few years ago. But whether the flavor is Texan or European, McKinney wine lovers have much to appreciate.