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Eleven Bar and Nightclub
The building that now houses Eleven Bar and Nightclub had an austere beginning in 1922 as the First National Bank of Sherman. This fact is surprising in light of the swooping lasers and dance music that characterize the club today. However, the building still preserves the vintage grandeur of its roots; exposed brick and tall, arched windows surround those on the dance floor, while a more intimate scene awaits guests in the second-floor lounge, where a double-sided fireplace keeps things cozy. After its stint as a bank, the building became a sound studio, recording tracks for the likes of Cher, Prince, and Donna Summer. This piece of history was more in line with current owner Richard Grossi's vision: a club and restaurant where crowds could jam to a different genre each night. Today, the calendar at Eleven brims with renowned promoters and recurring events throughout the week. Spontaneous reenactments of favorite Broadway numbers take place on Musical Mondays, whereas Tuesday nights mean games of Mexican-style bingo, or loteria, in addition to sets by DJs and concert ticket giveaways. Rather than deliver their 25 oz. drinks as a pyramid of stacked shot glasses, bartenders here craft cocktails in "mega" glasses. They also stir-up fresh margaritas with ingredients such as cucumbers, jalapenos, and agave nectar—refreshing complements to lobster enchiladas, shortribs in house-made mole sauce, and contemporary American eats on the food menu.