Bars in Arapaho

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Zesty Mexican Grill & Bar veers away from the path beaten by typical Tex-Mex restaurants. Instead, the chefs zero in on regional Mexican recipes, specializing in dishes from Veracruz along with unique vegetarian options. Take the Mexican pizzas: the chefs start by baking?not frying?a flour tortilla for the cracker-crisp base, before topping it with a house-made, spicy tomato sauce, cheese, and brisket. For the non-meat-eaters, the Veracruz potato cakes, loaded with spicy jalapenos, roasted corn, and cheddar cheese?and served with salsa and pickled jalapeno?might even give meat-loving dining companions something to think about. Regardless of the guest's chosen entree, each meal begins with fresh chips and salsa, which pair nicely with a cold draft beer or margarita.

800 West Arapaho Road
Richardson,
TX
US

At Cloud 9 Hookah Lounge, patrons recline in a low-lit room full of comfy cushions and couches as they puff sweet-smelling tobacco from bubbling water pipes. They can relax as they exhale tendrils and clouds in flavors such as coconut, mango, mint, and jasmine, or they can experience a rush of citrus by inhaling lemon or orange tobacco or by smoking from a hollowed-out pineapple. Guests can enjoy the lounge during the week, or come on weekends for dancing and a live DJ.

Friendly, attentive staff help patrons by making flavor recommendations or blending ingredients into mind-blowing cocktails such as the orange-peach-vanilla Dreamsicle, or cinnamon-peach-vanilla Peach Cobbler. Visitors who pay an extra fee can rent out the secluded VIP room, a private paradise full of wall-to-wall black and white sofas.

804 W Shore Dr.
Richardson,
TX
US

With its weathered wooden bar, smattering of flat-screen televisions, and many tables and booths, Rocky's Bar & Grill exudes a thoroughly laid-back atmosphere where people can feel comfortable lingering over a drink with friends. The cooks embrace this same spirit as they prepare a menu of American and Tex-Mex finger foods as well as heartier meals. The selection includes shareable orders of cheese fries, nachos with chicken, and fried pickles, as well as burgers topped with everything from mushrooms and swiss cheese to bacon and jalapeño. Although the grill features two pool tables and four bouncy castles in the back room, it also keeps guests entertained by hosting special events throughout the week, such as poker nights, pub trivia, karaoke, and live bands.

215 N Central Expy
Richardson,
TX
US