Nightlife in San Benito

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To lend Park Avenue's exposed-brick dining room its atmospheric lighting, the windows of its New York City skyline mural cast a faint white and green glow. The restaurant's mural and name aren't its only nods to NYC: there's also the Big Apple burger, which arrives smothered with fried mozzarella, bacon, avocado, a fried egg, and zesty salsa. The rest of the menu runs the gamut from bar staples, such as sliders and boneless wings, to steak-house classics including 12-ounce rib eyes doused with brown mushroom-cream gravy. Martinis, shots, and other drinks from the full bar complement these meals, which often precede late-night entertainment such as live bands and DJs.

400 West Nolana Street
Mc Allen,
TX
US

Most buildings don't include a 13th floor, and for good reason. Far from simple superstition, the 13th Floor Haunted House bears out the worst fears of its visitors. Nightmares are unleashed as a group called the Darkstalkers, under the command of the powerful Harvester, prowl for visitors amid the shadows. And, once inside the Vault, intruders might find themselves unable to escape—and forced to balance the spirits' checkbooks for eternity.

3209 W Business 83
McAllen,
TX
US

Vicente, the resident chef at Gazpacho's by Las Tablitas, specializes in incorporating Mexican flavors into globally inspired dishes. In some cases, these are pretty straightforward—empanadas stuffed with sautéed spinach and caramelized onions, or shrimp tacos doused in chipotle sauce. But the remainder of his menu takes a more roundabout route to Mexican tastes. He fills savory crepes, for instance, with poblano peppers and corn, while his paninis sport ingredients such as grilled chicken, avocado, and herbed mayo. Each globetrotting feast unfolds amidst vibrant oil-painted canvases in a lively dining room, which fills with the upbeat sounds of live music every Friday.

2451 Pablo Kisel Blvd
Brownsville,
TX
US

Tapping in to fresh, local ingredients, the wing-slingers at Wing Barn offer classic appetizers and sides along with a made-to-order menu of Texas favorites. Jumbo-sized crispy wings—available in orders of five ($4.49), 10 ($8.49), and up—can be smothered in one of 14 original homemade sauces, including garlic parmesan, honey mustard, and cilantro chipotle lime. Teeth can sink into half-pound burgers such as the Ranch Hand ($7.99), as well as fresh salads and Texas State Fair–inspired desserts, including funnel cake, fried oreos, fried twinkies, and fried oil rigs. Head to the outdoor patio, settle indoors within eyes' reach of several big screens, or polish off a dozen of the hottest wings to win the Lava Wing Challenge, thus earning a place on the Wall of Fame and a seat in Valhalla.

3000 Pablo Kisel Boulevard
Brownsville,
TX
US

Multicolored lights and DJ tunes set the mood at The Rink Family Fun Center. In this setting, groups skate around the rink, pausing occasionally to grab a treat from the snack bar or wish for an entire world without friction. The fun center also encompasses a novelty shop and a game area, which houses arcade machines and a pool table. In addition to public events, the fun center hosts birthday parties, fundraisers, lock-ins, and other private events.

901 N Raul Longoria Rd
San Juan,
TX
US

While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.

601 S Jackson Rd.
Pharr,
TX
US