It has made its mark on Dallas-Fort Worth as the new concert venue, but Toyota Music Factory is so much more than just one building. Right in the middle of this entertainment mecca is Texas Lottery Plaza, an open-air destination where up-and-coming acts take the stage and you're surrounded by some of the best food and drink in the area.
From local bands to DJs, you can catch music nearly every night of the week. Coming up on the main stage are performances from The King Bucks, Incognito, Drunken Hearts, and Blane Howard. The lineup of live acts is constantly being updated, but check out Texas Lottery Plaza's website to hear the latest.
And it's not just tunes that are filling the air — five original restaurant and bar concepts surround the plaza, along with the Albertsons Tom Thumb Farmers Market, retail shops, and plenty of family fun.
Each of those five restaurants has its own stage as well, showcasing genre-specific performances 365 days a year. What can you expect to nosh and sip at Texas Lottery Plaza? Here's a peek:
The coastal taqueria Bar Manzanilla uses traditional Latin cooking techniques and fresh ingredients, resulting in a menu of elevated tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas. There's also an extensive tequila library to complement the thirst-quenching cocktails and 24 ice-cold regional craft beers on tap.
No matter when you're feeling peckish, the Texas Jam House & Marketplace is there for you. Open 24 hours, it serves "old stove" family recipes that are steeped with Southern hospitality.
Inspired by the blues clubs and performance halls along that famous road, Highway 61 South serves up Texas barbecue that's smoked over a special blend of hardwoods. Sample a juke joint-inspired cocktail or local craft beer while listening to American blues artists performing live every day.
The cowboy-chic Martini Ranch has been called "Dallas meets Vegas," thanks to its expertly crafted nouveau and classic cocktails.
Engaging the senses, Texas C-Bar represents everything extraordinary. A sommelier-driven wine program is supported with nearly 300 vineyards from around the world, while the Scotch library is a comprehensive collection from the finest distillers. The chef-inspired cuisine is seasonal and sustainable, created to pair exclusively with that incredible wine selection.
Texas Lottery Plaza even has a special license so that you can bring your open-container beverages along for the stroll. It's also happy hour from 3-8 pm every day at Bar Manzanilla, Highway 61 South, Texas Jam House, and at the plaza itself. How convenient.