Let’s be honest, when we think of Uptown our minds go straight to what it’s best known for; posh bars and fine dining. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good cocktail lounge, but Uptown has a little more to offer than a (perfectly crafted) old fashioned. Check out our list of the five low-key ways that Uptown slays.
McKinney Avenue Trolley
What better way to see all that Uptown has to offer than by taking a ride on the McKinney Avenue Trolley? These restored vintage trolleys run 365-days a year with heating and air-conditioning to keep you comfortable in all types of weather. Plus, It’s FREE! Move over, Uber.
Let’s Get Down and Sweating!
Whether you run, walk, or ride, The Katy Trail has you covered. The 3.5-mile track runs north from Victory Park through Uptown before traversing North Central Expressway into Mockingbird Station. After an hour of calorie burning, (frequent) bouts of hyperventilating, and some very interesting people watching, we like to recover at the Katy Trail Ice House, where the 50-foot bar has 50 beers on tap!
Whining and Dining!
Man’s best friend deserves a night out too, and leaving your pup at home while you hit up happy hour can be a downer (puppy dog eyes, anyone?) This part bar, part dog park gives a new meaning to the word cockTAIL. Enjoy a round of draft beers or boozy frozen lemonades while Fido chases his tail/reenacts Lady and the Tramp with his new four-legged friends at Mutt’s Canine Cantina!
P.S. there’s even a doggie menu featuring Doggie Dessert–peanut butter sundae for two, please.
Whether you are looking to grab a bite at one of the 19 full-service restaurants or shop until you drop, West Village is bursting with things to do! This popular residential and retail hub is known as Uptown’s Downtown featuring a wide variety of retail shops and boutiques including Banana Republic, Gap, Lucky Brand, and much much more. So, get out that wallet and treat yo-self!
The songs, the laughs, and of course the liquid encouragement! McKinney Ave Tavern gives you a chance to live out your American Idol dreams during its public karaoke nights, Wednesday-Saturday. Even if you’re not the next Kelly Clarkson, it’s time to grab that mic and give the Uptown public a taste of your shower solo–you might even meet Big Al himself! If you prefer a more old-style, dog-friendly spot to show off those vocals, check out Uptown Pub on karaoke nights (Wednesdays and Sundays) or listen to the live music on Thursdays and Saturdays.